January 20, 2018

This complex and meticulous melding of turbulent, ceaselessly churning groove, lacerating technical detail and gargling bile is no easily definable, nor instantly digestible proposition. Through relentlessly sustained lines of echoing distortion and coldly hypnotic, kn...

January 14, 2018

From brilliant, psychologically precarious scribes to ingenious compositional minds plagued by mental illness and addiction, it’s long been acknowledged that human suffering frequently breeds rare and exquisite works of art. And with its disquieting bouts of bludgeon...

January 6, 2018


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The 3rd Attempt’s historic roots in Carpathian Forest may have lured and enticed many a black metal obsessive since their relatively recen...

December 20, 2017


As a famously troubled personality who’s long been famed for grisly acts of self-mutilation, violence and inflammatory behaviour, few musicians could be better equipped to shed some exploratory light on b...

December 16, 2017

Dark Matter explores black metal’s notorious, curious and always controversial ties with death and self-destruction

Picked out in lurid pools of rapidly congealing crimson, black and scarlet, a semi-naked form slumps dead-eyed and lifeless over a bathtub generously dash...

December 4, 2017

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Black metal aggressors The 3rd Attempt have unleashed the first blistering offering to be extracted from epic new full-length ‘Egocidal Path’. Taking the shape of a suitably grim and self-destructively inclined lyric v...

November 21, 2017

Above clubbing hotspot Heaven’s faintly fermented and unmistakable aroma of many a misspent Saturday night, Myrkur’s sumptuous vocals seamlessly unravel with an airy, crystalline purity utterly removed from this earthly realm. Stripped of instrumental backing, her lone...

October 27, 2017


Ereb Altor’s unashamedly transparent love of Bathory seems to have earnt the Swedes precious little kudos in critical circles since their now-distant inception back in 2003. But while the craggy, intensely visceral presence of their legendary pre...

October 26, 2017

As far as today’s explosively popular trend for 1980s nostalgia goes, Stephen King’s IT is, at first glance, an impressively thorough box-ticker of a reboot. Motley crew of bicycle-riding, adolescent misfits? Check. Token lovable chunky kid? Check. Mollycoddled momma’s...

October 16, 2017

...An audience with White Ward

“What if the supposed ‘insane’ simply see the world in their own unique way? What if you can find love, compassion, empathy and kindness somewhere deep inside those shattered minds?” muses guitarist Sergii Dariyenko on the damaged and much...

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