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Xtro – Harry Bromley Davenport (Second Sight)

Xtro – Harry Bromley Davenport (Second Sight)

I first heard about Xtro in slightly odd circumstances as my dad had shares in a company that had some involvement in its production. I saw some photos in a trade publication he was sent and boy do I wish I had snapped it up.. Read More
Lykhaeon – Ominous Eradication Of Anguished Souls (Godz Ov War)

Lykhaeon – Ominous Eradication Of Anguished Souls (Godz Ov War)

Did you know that there is a Helvetic Underground Community and their mission statement is “advancement of grotesque, vile, depraved and putrid audio torment?” I bet their meetings, hidden away somewhere in the Swiss Alps are great fun and woe betide the person who forgot.. Read More
Zeal And Ardor & Schammasch – London Village Underground 4/6/18

Zeal And Ardor & Schammasch – London Village Underground 4/6/18

It’s a trip that’s a bit out the comfort zone tonight to hip Shoreditch where beards, vaping and craft beer rule supreme. Interesting to sit outside the venue once it has been found and watch street artists at work and it’s not long before a.. Read More
The Mountain Of The Cannibal God – Sergio Martino (Shameless Films)

The Mountain Of The Cannibal God – Sergio Martino (Shameless Films)

It’s back to the infamous 72 film hit-list that were known in a time of mass hysteria as the Video Nasties and Sergio Martino’s The Mountain (Slave, Prisoner) Of The Cannibal God released back in 1978. The Italian cannibal genre may have been short lived.. Read More
Marduk, Ragnarok, Unlight & Azziard – London Dome 25/5/18

Marduk, Ragnarok, Unlight & Azziard – London Dome 25/5/18

There’s been a certain amount of controversy following the English dates of this tour which has seen Polish band Infernal War’s somewhat questionable past catching up with them and them being outed from several shows. This sort of behaviour seems all the more prevalent of.. Read More
Formalist – No One Will Shine Anymore (Third I Rex)

Formalist – No One Will Shine Anymore (Third I Rex)

That’s one attention catching album cover and although I recognised the photo I wasn’t entirely sure about the story behind it and had to go searching. At first I was convinced it was some sort of satanic crime being represented and as Formalist are from.. Read More
Barst – The Endeavour (Consouling Sounds)

Barst – The Endeavour (Consouling Sounds)

Apparently this is the seventh release from Belgian collective Barst. I can’t say I know much about the first five but last album ‘The Western Lands’ went down a treat. Imaginative, experimental and with literary source going back to William S Burroughs it really enchanted.. Read More
Skogen - Skuggorna kallar (Nordvis)

Skogen – Skuggorna kallar (Nordvis)

The shadow is calling once more and I have encountered this brand of Nordic Darkness before and having used up translation clichés I best get down to things. It’s been four years since last album ‘I döden’ and this is the 5th from the Swedish.. Read More
Wiegedood, Shrines & Jøtnarr – London Black Heart 22/5/18

Wiegedood, Shrines & Jøtnarr – London Black Heart 22/5/18

You could tell this was going to be a busy gig, just before the doors opened the queue snaked down the stairs, across the downstairs bar area and practically out the door. Luckily we all just about managed to fit in as Colchester mob Jøtnarr.. Read More
eXistenZ – David Cronenberg (101 Films)

eXistenZ – David Cronenberg (101 Films)

A true auteur and one of the great visionary directors of our time, David Cronenberg’s career has been incredibly interesting to say the least. Although his films are really varied in some ways, as we will discover here they are all in the same universe.. Read More
Altars Of Grief – Iris (Hypnotic Dirge)

Altars Of Grief – Iris (Hypnotic Dirge)

I do love the place name Saskatchewan and it is from that Canadian province that Altars Of Grief call home as do their record label Hypnotic Dirge. There must be a healthy amount of misery in a place that image searches show as full of.. Read More
Amorphis – Queen Of Time (Nuclear Blast)

Amorphis – Queen Of Time (Nuclear Blast)

It’s been three years since last studio album ‘Under The Red Cloud’ stormily hit in 2015 making my album of the year in the process and I was quick to call dibs on this keen to hear whether it would be in contention again and.. Read More