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Albums Of The Year 2014

Albums Of The Year 2014

  Pete Woods What a year as far as music was concerned, even if everything else is pretty much shit it is the tonic that keeps us going through it all and there has been no shortage of choice. It would not have been too.. Read More
Nekromantik – Jorg Buttgereit (Arrow)

Nekromantik – Jorg Buttgereit (Arrow)

“Warning: Some of this film may be seen as grossly offensive and should not be shown to minors!!!” As this appears on the screen along with a childish home-made font with the movie title, everyone in attendance at the Kings Cross Scala cinema sunk that.. Read More
Interview - Cavalera Conspiracy With Iggor

Interview – Cavalera Conspiracy With Iggor

It’s not every day you get to sit down and have a conversation with a metal legend, so when I was informed that I had the chance to interview Iggor Cavalera after reviewing the latest Cavalera Conspiracy album, Pandemonium, (You can read it here: Read More
Interview - Voices

Interview – Voices

It’s absolutely no secret that Voices second album London, a concept to our Capital city has completely blown me away. Mixing so much emotion, atmosphere and extremity into its cinematic hour long playing time it’s a real feast and a beast of an album. Naturally.. Read More
Damnation Festival - Leeds University 1/11/14

Damnation Festival – Leeds University 1/11/14

It’s time for the most hectic day of the year with no less than 27 bands playing over four stages. Celebrating its tenth year anniversary Damnation Festival has risen from strength to strength and actually sold out here today. It’s definitely the biggest one day.. Read More
Shivers – David Cronenberg (Arrow)

Shivers – David Cronenberg (Arrow)

This is pretty much where it all started for me, Shivers was one of the very first extreme horror films I ever viewed and it’s got a lot to answer for. Firstly it set the path for a near obsession with director David Cronenberg that.. Read More
Interview - The Order of Israfel

Interview – The Order of Israfel

Doom metal seems to get better and better these days and so it shouldn’t be a surprise when the genre casually throws up a band like The Order of Israfel totally out of the blue. Well, not quite out of the blue. Former Church of.. Read More
Interview – Tim Yatras - Autumn’s Dawn

Interview – Tim Yatras – Autumn’s Dawn

To say that Australian Tim Yatras who also at times goes by the name Sorrow has had a busy career would be an understatement. It’s pretty easy to lose count of the amount of bands and solo projects he has been in past and present.. Read More
Interview - Vintersorg

Interview – Vintersorg

Vintersorg, the man, the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, has contributed to more than 25 albums since 1994, encompassing many different styles of Metal. His past and present bands include Otyg, Fission, Waterclime, Havayoth and Cronian, but is probably best known for fronting Borknagar since the turn.. Read More
Interview - Thine

Interview – Thine

‘All things come to he who waits’ goes the saying and in Thine’s case, it feels particularly apt. Back in 2002, the band’s star was very much in the ascent. 1998’s eclectic and well-received debut ‘A Town Like This’ was followed up in 2002 with.. Read More
Incineration Festival – London Garage 10/5/14

Incineration Festival – London Garage 10/5/14

  This new and highly anticipated festival catering for the extreme black and death metal audiences had been creating a lot of interest almost as soon as it was announced and with each new band getting added, the bill just kept getting better and better... Read More
Interview - Conan

Interview – Conan

Ah, Conan. Lords of heaviness and thunder. With Blood Eagle still pounding in our ears, and gigs on the way, we managed to grab a little email time with guitarist/vocalist Jon Davis and took stock of what the view looks like for them from Crom’s.. Read More
Interview – Kampfar

Interview – Kampfar

Kampfar was one of the bands that defined dark, extreme pagan metal back in the 1990s and has always managed to keep its hobnailed boots planted firmly in respectable black metal territory. Now, with the band’s 20th anniversary approaching, Kampfar is back with a vengeance,.. Read More
Interview – Dayal Patterson on Black Metal Evolution Of The Cult

Interview – Dayal Patterson on Black Metal Evolution Of The Cult

If you like black metal chances are you have heard of the fantastic new Feral House published book ‘Black Metal Evolution Of The Cult.’ In fact you have probably bought it like I did at the first available opportunity and been devouring it page by.. Read More
Interview - Cynic

Interview – Cynic

It’s an oft-used cliché but in the case of renowned prog-death-metal crew Cynic, it really is no exaggeration to state that they have never played by the rules. From their 1993 debut ‘Focus’, the prodigious talents of the band were plain for all to see.. Read More
Albums Of The Year 2013

Albums Of The Year 2013

  So it is done, another year and another round up about what has really made its mark with the music we love in 2013. This is everyone’s most difficult task of the year and it seems that this one has been harder than ever... Read More
Interview - Conflict

Interview – Conflict

If you are a regular reader of this site the chances are you like your music to be edgy and confrontational. It is not always meant to be safe, indeed sometimes it can even be downright dangerous and contentious. As far as punk rock is.. Read More
Interview - Hail Of Bullets

Interview – Hail Of Bullets

Having set their sights on Russia, Japan and North Africa most recently, it was now time for Ave Noctum to fall in the firing line of Hail Of Bullets’ immense armoury. Rather than the blood, shit and severed limbs which we were worried might result.. Read More
Damnation Festival – Leeds University 2/11/12

Damnation Festival – Leeds University 2/11/12

You can tell how successful a festival is by the amount of people there and even as we enter the labyrinth Leeds University to negotiate the four stages that the event has been expanded to the first band on our list are playing to a.. Read More
Interview - Autopsy

Interview – Autopsy

In the mid-nineties, when death metal was as popular as Cradle Of Filth is now, I discovered an album. Not just any album, but a second-hand copy of Autopsy’s ‘Mental Funeral’. On my descent into the obscure world of death metal, this commandment would go.. Read More
Interview - Solefald

Interview – Solefald

One thing that was rather a big surprise was to find out that Solefald were not only going to play their first dates since 1998 but also they were going to kick off the ‘Fire Walks With Me’ Tour alongside Vreid and In Vain in.. Read More
Interview - Vreid

Interview – Vreid

After an unusually quiet year for Vried, the band came back with a vengeance last month with their sixth album Welcome Farewell. Darker and more direct than its predecessor it will no doubt get an airing over the coming months as the band gear up.. Read More
Interview - Voivod

Interview – Voivod

  Just an hour and a bit before this interview was due to take place I could have literally killed technology as I had what can only be described as a bastard power cut. Surrounded by candles with analogue phone but questions on the useless.. Read More
Interview - Shining - Niklas Kvarforth

Interview – Shining – Niklas Kvarforth

  As far as depressive blackened textures are concerned there are few more adept at painting them musically than the Swedish band Shining. Perhaps for some the thought of approaching the music is too off putting as dwelling on the dark side is not to.. Read More
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Interview - Korzus

Interview – Korzus

  Following on from the release of their latest album ‘Legion’ Ave Noctum’s Mark Eve caught up with Antonio Araujo (Guitar) and Dick Siebert (Bass) from Brazilian thrashers Korzus for a chat about thrash, the universe and everything…. AN: You have a very long history,.. Read More
Interview - Execration

Interview – Execration

For those who misguidedly believe death metal to be a one dimensional form of music I present Norway’s Execration. Their third album, the aptly titled ‘Morbid Dimensions’, blew me away when I received it for review a couple of weeks back. Full of twists, turns.. Read More
Interview - Dysteria

Interview – Dysteria

If you’re a regular on the London gig circuit then Dysteria is probably a name that’s passed across your radar; if not, then you’re probably attending the wrong gigs and need to rectify that immediately. Formed from a union of two of London and Brighton’s.. Read More
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Solefald – World Metal Kosmopolis Sud (Indie)

Solefald – World Metal Kosmopolis Sud (Indie)

Following up on last year’s EP ‘Norrønasongen. Kosmopolis Nord’ Solefald have completely expanded their reach from the more insular travelogue that took in the traditions and folklore of the Norse centric regions and explored their chilly terrain with a progressive cold musical touch. As the.. Read More
Ahamkara - The Embers Of The Stars (Nordvis / Bindrune)

Ahamkara – The Embers Of The Stars (Nordvis / Bindrune)

Perhaps their moniker is a reference to Hindu philosophy or, less likely, the dragon-like creature in the massively multiplayer first-person shooting videogame Destiny. One thing is for certain, Ahamkara sure know how to get under your skin. They are Newcastle-Upon-Tyne duo, multi-instrumentalist Michael Blenkarn (The.. Read More
The Cyon Project - Tales Of Pain (Pavement Entertainment)

The Cyon Project – Tales Of Pain (Pavement Entertainment)

With only a demo and a couple of singles this Italian band gives us their full length debut and like many intelligent bands they do not rest on genre descriptions or indeed current trends but favour an approach that will test your senses, as music.. Read More
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The Girl Who Knew Too Much – Mario Bava (Arrow)

The Girl Who Knew Too Much – Mario Bava (Arrow)

Considered to be the first true Giallo thriller committed to celluloid and cheekily swiping its name from Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much this was a 1963 black and white film from Italian auteur Mario Bava and one that paved the way for countless.. Read More
Rabid Dogs / Kidnapped – Mario Bava (Arrow)

Rabid Dogs / Kidnapped – Mario Bava (Arrow)

This is a real gem of a movie and one that has been missing in the annals of time until recently when star of the film Lea Lander, along with some German backers and Bava enthusiasts helped get it out of the litigation hell it.. Read More
What We Do In The Shadows - Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi (Metrodome)

What We Do In The Shadows – Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi (Metrodome)

When it comes to New Zealand films undoubtedly the person who has the made the biggest impact in recent years is Peter Jackson. Long before he was on his Tolkien trip and breathing life into books about precious rings and Hobbitses it was gory over.. Read More
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Die Antwoord – Rockhal Box, Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg 25/01/15

Die Antwoord – Rockhal Box, Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg 25/01/15

Die Antwoord are the South African Zef (see wikipedia) collective whose obscure videos, lyrics and image have elevated them way beyond the status of being considered just a rap/electro entity. My first encounter with their darkly humorous world of grime was the ‘Enter the Ninja’.. Read More
Kreator, Arch Enemy, Shining + Marty Friedman – London Forum 18/12/14

Kreator, Arch Enemy, Shining + Marty Friedman – London Forum 18/12/14

It was a dark and funnily enough, not too cold night for autumn, so I’m certain people in the queue around the corner, with the rather strange police presence, weren’t hypothermic by the time they got to enter the venue and while I was told.. Read More
Morbid Angel, Benediction, Unfathomable Ruination – London Islington Academy 12/12/2014

Morbid Angel, Benediction, Unfathomable Ruination – London Islington Academy 12/12/2014

With doors opening at 6pm, it’s a mad rush from the office to Islington tonight and with such a strong line up, the disappointment of being late is looming over our heads as we rush up the underground escalators.  Unfortunately for openers Unfathomable Ruination, it.. Read More