September 17, 2020

Pretty much any mediocre shock-rock act can douse themselves in stage blood, slip on a ‘scary’ mask or strap on a prosthetic claw or two in some vague and half-baked attempt at passing themselves off as a 'dark' or (worse still) 'edgy' musical collective. Indeed, the h...

Last we checked, the world was still very much in the metaphorical toilet, with news of rapidly climbing COVID-19 infection rates killing off whatever tiny glimmer of fragile, tentative hope we might’ve had for the revival of our beloved live music scene. But hey, at l...

September 12, 2020

Whether it’s the luscious, airily flourishing territories of symphonic metal, Norwegian black metal’s raggedly abrasive trademark riffs or the windswept, stirringly evocative throes of Scandinavian melodeath, it’s easy to pigeonhole and compartmentalise new music we se...

September 11, 2020

With UK grindfathers Napalm Death about to drop their 16th album, there seemed no better time to look back across the bands storied and long history, via five of what I consider to be some of their most pivotal and influential work. Whilst none of the original members...

As we lurch ever onward into yet another new month of fresh horrors, which this week included the nationwide reopening of schools, news of proposed border closures and spiking infection rates elsewhere across the globe, it’s fast become apparent just how frighteningly...

September 4, 2020

Ah, the memories….! Gathering with your mates in the brisk night air outside a dimly lit venue plastered with posters. Fishing out your ticket stubs from your back pocket as you get frisked by over-zealous security. The odours of beer and leather and the great unwashed...

September 1, 2020

Sometimes all you need is a name, and you know everything you need to know. Black Sabbath. Neurosis. Cannibal Corpse. Cradle of Filth. You know what you're getting with names like those. And in a curious way, you know what to expect from Russian trio Dunwich. If you're...

From stone cold classics to fantastic new finds, check out what’s been on heavy rotation this week here at Dark Matter HQ…

FAYE COULMAN 

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MEPHORASH

'Sanguinem' ('Shem Ha Mephorash', 2019)

From the brimstone-scorched vitriol of Dark Funeral to Shining’s grimly...

August 26, 2020

If you ever get some smart arse saying metal is just a load of noise, play them Primitive Man. You won't change their mind, and in fact they might need counselling afterwards to help repair it, and they may even never speak to you ever again, but least you can go back...

August 22, 2020

At the age of 89 Sir William Shatner is still rocking it out there, kind of. It did take him 33 minutes to appear in this film, but when he arrived it was a very entertaining scene, where he throws a tirade of abuse at his son about being a coward, ending with the immo...

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