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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  – Fäulnis

Interview – Fäulnis

Having just delivered third album Snuff || Hiroshima on Cold Dimensions German act Faulnis as ever posed a musical conundrum that got my imagination flowing and intrigued as to where exactly it was coming from. With a melting pot of ideas behind it musically along.. Read More
Interview - Atlantean Kodex

Interview – Atlantean Kodex

Once, years ago someone cited the music of Solefald as ‘music for eggheadbangers’. However with Bavaria’s well read sons Atlantean Kodex, you should never underestimate the ability of these articulate gents to produce music that as well as making you think, hits you in your.. Read More
Interview - Nocturnal

Interview – Nocturnal

With their third full length album hitting the shelves recently, what better time to hear from German black/thrashers Nocturnal. Riding high once again on a wave of Teutonic vitriol, neck snapping riffage and a fine back catalogue, Ave Noctum caught up with bassist Vomitor to.. Read More
Latest Album Reviews
Putrified - Sacrilegious Purification (Hellthrasher Productions)

Putrified – Sacrilegious Purification (Hellthrasher Productions)

Forget In Flames, forget Arch Enemy, forget Dark Tranquillity. This EP from one-man project Putrified (also Swedish), drags us kicking and screaming right back to the slimy, maggot-infested inception of the whole Swedish Death Metal scene, or at least that is the intention of the.. Read More
Skelethal – Deathmaniacvs Revelation (Iron Bonehead)

Skelethal – Deathmaniacvs Revelation (Iron Bonehead)

Hailing from France this death metal duo have only been around for about two years and this is their debut EP of filthy, retro lo-fi nastiness. Skelethal feature Jon Whiplash (drums / bass) and Gui Haunting (vocals / guitars) both from more straightforward & classy.. Read More
Fordarv – The Echo Of Emptiness (Nigredo)

Fordarv – The Echo Of Emptiness (Nigredo)

This is some authentic Scandinavian black metal here, which certainly harks back to bygone times and is reminiscent strongly in structure to the aesthetic developed by the 2nd wave of bands developing in the early 90’s. Fordarv are fairly new despite their sound and the.. Read More
Latest Film Reviews
Bloodsucking Freaks – Joel M Reed (88 Films)

Bloodsucking Freaks – Joel M Reed (88 Films)

Of all the lurid titles vying with each other for attention in the golden days of exploitation film none had quite the compelling call of Bloodsucking Freaks. Just one mention of the film was enough to have gore fans literally giving their right arm for.. Read More
Blind Woman’s Curse – Teruo Ishii (Arrow)

Blind Woman’s Curse – Teruo Ishii (Arrow)

To say Teruo Ishii was a prolific Japanese filmmaker would be one hell of an understatement. Helming over 90 features between 1957 and 2001 the chances are even if you are not aware of him you may well have clashed swords somewhere down the line.. Read More
The Stuff – Larry Cohen (Arrow)

The Stuff – Larry Cohen (Arrow)

1985 was one of those golden years for genre titles and saw the release of some of the films that would remain firm favourites to this day. Day Of The Dead, Return Of The Living Dead, Re-Animator, Lifeforce, Demons and Phenomena were among them. Nestling.. Read More
Latest Live Reviews
Kampfar, Hate, Velnias & Iskald – London Underworld 3/4/14

Kampfar, Hate, Velnias & Iskald – London Underworld 3/4/14

Well there’s some shocks in store at the Underworld on arriving today. Firstly a display board has gone up outside the venue which will have the names of the bands playing put up each day and secondly they are going to refurbish the toilets there!.. Read More
Van Canto, Winterstorm, enKelination -  London Underworld 2/4/14

Van Canto, Winterstorm, enKelination – London Underworld 2/4/14

Having never heard of enKelination, I had no idea what to expect, but the fact that there was a queue to enter the Underworld this early certainly boded well. When the band slipped on stage under cover of darkness and proceeded to play very slow.. Read More
Hail Of Bullets, Ichor, Desdemonia, Trier Exhaus, 06/03/14

Hail Of Bullets, Ichor, Desdemonia, Trier Exhaus, 06/03/14

A gig at an inconvenient point of the week. What are you gonna do: not go and forever hold your grudge or make the effort and exacerbate the misery of your looming day at work? In the case of HOB – a band I’ve long.. Read More