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Author Matt Mason

Matt Mason (The Mighty One)

Big mouth. Big belly. Big...............ego! Since the age of 14 I have had headphones strapped to my head blasting metal, punk , goth and hippety hop. Never a genre purist I feel that the worlds musicians are merely there to provide the soundtrack to my adventures from my Norf Landan roots to my exile in the Suffolk wilderness (Ipswich).
Having spent the early part of the millennium (This one I ain't that old!) rocking the airwaves on TotalRock I can now be found presenting the MattCave every Friday night 9-Midnight under the stations new name www.bloodstockradio.com . Masochists amongst you can catch me telling bad jokes and reuniting photographers with lost lenses as the compère of the international London Tattoo Convention every summer. Inkredible!

Nornes – Threads (Sleeping Church Records)

These melodic Doomsters hail from Valenciennes in Northern France and take their inspiration from none other than Candlemass with what sounds like more recent Alcest too. This four track E.P. is a continuation of ‘Vanity’ which came out two years… Continue Reading →

Little Albert – Swamp King (Aural Music)

I was a lucky young man growing up. My local The Torrington in North Finchley , London put two gigs on a week that featured the great and the good of the rock and blues world past and present (late… Continue Reading →

Gaylord – Wings of the Joyful (Blackened Death Records)

“I love neofolk and I love black metal, but I absolutely despise how both have become breeding grounds for hateful ideologies.” Thus spake Richard Weeks of Gaylord and the brilliantly monikered Olivia Neutered John. If you are aware of this… Continue Reading →

Burning Witches – Dance with the Devil (Nuclear Blast)

It’s back to school for this quintet from Brugg Switzerland. The old school this is. Classic speed metal mixes with some classic hard rock sounds to create a flashback to the days when denim, leather and hi tops were the… Continue Reading →

Then Comes Silence – Machine (SPV)

Nothing melts my frozen heart as much as the current resurgence of Post Punk sounds. (You say post punk I still like to say Goth). With bands like Beastmilk and Publicist UK coming out of the dry ice in the… Continue Reading →

The Good the Bad and the Zugly – Algorithm and Blues (Fysisk Format)

I am a new convert to The Good the Bad and the Zugly.  A great friend of mine insisted I stuck some on about 6 weeks back and I liked what I heard.  These Norwegian punks recently received a Spelleman (Norwegian Grammy)… Continue Reading →

The Legendary Flower Punk – Wabi Wu (Tonzonen Records)

Did someone slip me some Brown Acid? The Legendary Flower Punk is a project from “Grand Astoria” main-man Kamille Sharapodinov. The Russian experiMENTALIST  has teamed up with Michail Lopakov and Nick Kunauin on drums to produce Wabi Wu; seven tracks of… Continue Reading →

Invictus – The Catacombs of Fear (FDA Records)

Wow they are a lot of bands called Invictus! A quick search on Encyclopaedia Metallum unearths 10. Are they all such fans of Matt Damon and rugby I wonder? This particular Invictus are a three piece Death Metal band from… Continue Reading →

Goblinsmoker – A Throne In Haze, A World Ablaze (Sludgelord Records)

Goblinsmoker started as a one man band born in a Durham bedroom in 2016.  The idea that Adam Kennedy had was to combine the bleakness of Black metal and the colossal riffs and fuzz of Doom.  He had a story that he… Continue Reading →

A Life Divided – Echoes (AFM)

OK peeps if you like 80’s movies, Stranger Things, keytars, wind machines, Giorgio Moroder and neon then stick around. If things have to be straight up metal with devils and doom all the time you may want to keep on… Continue Reading →

Jordablod – The Cabinet of Numinous Song (Iron Bonehead)

Messy, chaotic, raucous, rampant and encrusted with filth. Sounds like my kinda party, and also the kind of party that Iron Bonehead have been hosting for years. No surprise then that Jordablod from Malmo have come to the gathering with… Continue Reading →

Atena – Drowning Regret and Lungs Filled with Water (Indie Recordings)

An Oslo quartet that are purported to blend influences from hip hop and classical composers into their metalcore. Now that final genre often sends me running but there is something about the bands logo of a giant inverted cross with… Continue Reading →

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