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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 - 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
Interview - Lonely Kamel

Interview – Lonely Kamel

What happens when you mix a healthy offering of the blues with some bits of classic rock, stoner rock, doom and psychedelia for good measure? You get Lonely Kamel. The Norwegian four piece have a few albums out already and over the summer they released.. Read More
Latest Album Reviews
Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum (Metal Blade)

Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum (Metal Blade)

8 albums in and their first release for Metal Blade. Anyone expecting a diluting of Nathrakh’s  ‘pandemonic hyper-blast’ music is gonna be disappointed. Despite slowly evolving beyond the raw black metal of 2001’s  ‘The Codex Necro’ Anaal Nathrakh have hardly become sellout popstars. This band.. Read More
Bethlehem – Hexakosiohexakontahexaphobia (Prophecy)

Bethlehem – Hexakosiohexakontahexaphobia (Prophecy)

Yeah, that’s one mouthful of a title (the fear of the number ‘666’ apparently) but we’ll get onto that later. More significantly, this release underlines the fact that the godfathers of depressive black metal are back and mean business – and that’s a big deal,.. Read More
Einherjer – Av Oss, For Oss (Indie)

Einherjer – Av Oss, For Oss (Indie)

Einherjer is back with another round of epic, adrenaline-fuelled battle chants and out to prove, yet again, that it’s still got what it takes to be among the vanguard of pagan metal bands. As with all good bands, Einherjer has developed a sound all of.. Read More
Latest Film Reviews
The Visitor - Giulio Paradisi (Arrow)

The Visitor – Giulio Paradisi (Arrow)

It’s not so common that I have the pleasure of watching a film of this kind from this era for the very first time but be assured The Visitor is anything but a common experience. I had been eyeing this cult obscurity up for some.. Read More
Night Of The Comet – Thom Eberhardt (Arrow)

Night Of The Comet – Thom Eberhardt (Arrow)

Back to 80’s America when hair was big, rock music was bigger and comets were hitting town turning everyone into piles of dust or rapidly mutating zombies. Times were great in 1984 and never better than on the video shelves when films like this were.. Read More
Killer Klowns From Outer Space – Stephen Chiodo (Arrow Films)

Killer Klowns From Outer Space – Stephen Chiodo (Arrow Films)

“The drug which gives the clown power Means the circus can never be stopped And his dream can go on unhindered ‘Til the last human being has dropped” Any excuse to use lyrics to the classic Human League track Circus Of Death 1979 and it.. Read More
Latest Live Reviews
The Wounded Kings, Landskap & Mammothwing – London Black Heart 24/10/14

The Wounded Kings, Landskap & Mammothwing – London Black Heart 24/10/14

This is a gig that’s divided the London doom community this evening, as Satan’s Satyrs are playing across town at the Boston Music Room. However, despite the clash, there’s still a decent turnout for tonight’s gig at the Black Heart. This could be down to.. Read More
Vallenfyre & Ancient Ascendant – London Boston Arms 21/10/14

Vallenfyre & Ancient Ascendant – London Boston Arms 21/10/14

Bit odd that there was just the one support tonight and they were not on for well over an hour after the doors opened. Anyone would think there was a lack of bands up for playing, especially as the one that was is Ancient Ascendant.. Read More
Dark Fortress, Secrets Of The Moon & Schammasch – London Underworld 20/10/14

Dark Fortress, Secrets Of The Moon & Schammasch – London Underworld 20/10/14

The sewer stench of Camden gives way to the fragrant scent of incense as we walk into the Underworld. Candles are on stage and ritualistic ambient music washes over us from the PA. We await the arrival of the strangely named Swiss band Schammasch and.. Read More