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Batushka & Noctem – London, The Dome 22/5/17

Batushka & Noctem – London, The Dome 22/5/17

If you have dreams of upstaging a fast growing phenomenon like Batushka, you’ll need to come up with something good. So probably best to plug your fingers into the nearest demonic power socket, aim yourself roughly in the direction of the stage and grimace your.. Read More
Riverside London Islington Assembly Hall 22/5/17

Riverside London Islington Assembly Hall 22/5/17

Riverside were without support. They don’t need support. They weren’t alone either. Their reputation goes before them, so a good sized crowd of all ages convened downstairs and upstairs at the Islington Assembly Hall, breaking the recent trend of low turnouts for prog bands in.. Read More
Manor Fest - Victoria Hall, Keighley 13/5/17

Manor Fest – Victoria Hall, Keighley 13/5/17

“I’ll tell you now and I’ll tell you briefly, I don’t ever want to go to Keighley”……says the John Cooper Clarke poem ‘Burnley’, referring to the West Yorkshire town which was ranked 40 in the book “Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places to Live in.. Read More
Wolverine, Oddland and Until Rain - London Garage 27/4/17

Wolverine, Oddland and Until Rain – London Garage 27/4/17

There’s a form I sometimes have to fill in which has three categories: preparation time, travel time and time to deliver the activity. Quite apart from the fact that in my old eyes you deliver coal or milk, not activity, one thing I always appreciate.. Read More
Inferno Festival – Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 4

Inferno Festival – Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 4

Day Four Saturday 15th April The final day of any festival is always bitter sweet, with a whole day’s festivities still to look forward to, but also knowing that it is almost over. Thankfully day four at Inferno was another strong line up to keep.. Read More
Inferno Festival – Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 3

Inferno Festival – Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 3

Day Three Friday 14th April Good Friday brought day three of the festival and I couldn’t wait for things to get underway. With things not kicking off until 1730, I had a lie in and then took the opportunity for a bit of a mooch.. Read More
Inferno Festival - Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 2

Inferno Festival – Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 2

Day Two Thursday 13th April Before the festival began on day two, I paid a visit to the excellent Katakomben records store, and emptied my wallet on a variety of hard to find black metal releases, before heading back to the hotel for the metal auction, where.. Read More
Inferno Festival - Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 1

Inferno Festival – Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 1

Norway’s Inferno Festival is one of the highlights in the gig calendar for me, and this was to be my sixth consecutive pilgrimage to witness an enticing mix of big names rubbing shoulders with the best of the underground from the world of extreme metal... Read More
Zeal & Ardor, Pryapisme & Combineharvester – London Underworld 20/4/17

Zeal & Ardor, Pryapisme & Combineharvester – London Underworld 20/4/17

I’ll say something about this show, it would have sold out a lot quicker than a few hours before doors if Roadburn was not on. Zeal And Ardor’s excellent ‘Devil Is Fine’ album has caused a huge buzz among those in the know. It got.. Read More
Persefone and Poem - London Underworld, 16/4/17

Persefone and Poem – London Underworld, 16/4/17

After a quick check of the merch stand I was in familiar territory … the pit at the Underworld. I’ve taken to looking at merch stands nowadays for bizarre items. A recent one was Haken coffee, which I resisted at £10 for a small bag,.. Read More
Blood Red Throne, Wretched Soul, Sublime Eyes, Anoxide – London Boston Arms 15/4/17

Blood Red Throne, Wretched Soul, Sublime Eyes, Anoxide – London Boston Arms 15/4/17

The Boston Arms Music Room in London’s Tufnell Park plays host to a solid mix of bands tonight. Headliners Blood Red Throne are joined by some truly heavy colleagues all set to blast the senses and get energy levels cranked up.  A mix of thrash.. Read More