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Aura Noir, Degial & Taphos – London Boston Arms 7/5/18

Aura Noir, Degial & Taphos – London Boston Arms 7/5/18

London swelters in the hottest may bank holiday ever but there is a room in Tufnell Park where people wearing far too much black are taking refuge in. It’s grim, ugly and suitably air-conditioned as we get ready for a trio of hideous bands. First.. Read More
Alunah, Gévaudan, Kilter - The Lounge, London 2/5/18

Alunah, Gévaudan, Kilter – The Lounge, London 2/5/18

A heavy sort of night musically beckons at The Lounge in London’s Archway. Brummie atmospheric doomsters, Alunah are on the eve of a European tour and to kick things off in style they’ve teamed up with Gévaudan and Kilter for a Wednesday evening riff session... Read More
Cerebral Extinction, Black Skies Burn, Total Consumption, Triangle Face - Portland Arms, Cambridge, 29/4/18

Cerebral Extinction, Black Skies Burn, Total Consumption, Triangle Face – Portland Arms, Cambridge, 29/4/18

Four bands of different extreme kinds were on tonight’s menu. It’s Sunday evening. This beats the domestic torpor of watching “Countryfile”. First on was Triangle Face, who according to my prior research play avant grind, whatever that is. I was of course about to find.. Read More
Ex Eye and The Magickal Wow Band - KSET, Zagreb, Croatia, 16/4/18

Ex Eye and The Magickal Wow Band – KSET, Zagreb, Croatia, 16/4/18

Zagreb’s KSET, though not sold out, was nicely filled when Colin Stetson’s Ex Eye opened this year’s ZEZ Festival with a bang. Or a series of bangs, because Ex Eye’s drummer Greg Fox definitely attracted the most attention. Ex Eye are, as they said at.. Read More
Iron Monkey, Sigiriya and Iron Duke – London Underworld 14/4/18

Iron Monkey, Sigiriya and Iron Duke – London Underworld 14/4/18

The return of Iron Monkey to recorded format was something that was never particularly expected after the tragic early death of original howler Johnny Morrow in 2002. Many detractors were not at all happy about any form of reformation without him but like it or.. Read More
Epica, Myrkur, Oceans Of Slumber - Manchester Ritz, 12/4/18

Epica, Myrkur, Oceans Of Slumber – Manchester Ritz, 12/4/18

I enter the Ritz to a half empty floor and hoped that the crowd would swell in order to show Epica the support they rightly deserve. Oceans Of Slumber opened up the night and had a sleek and limited set to try and impress the.. Read More
Inferno Festival 2018 – Day 4, Oslo Norway 1/4/18

Inferno Festival 2018 – Day 4, Oslo Norway 1/4/18

Easter Sunday brought the fourth and final day of this year’s Inferno Festival, and another sold out day with a mouthwatering line up was in store. Norwegian black metal band Djevel got the evening underway and they wasted no time delivering their unholy sermons to the gathered.. Read More
Inferno Festival 2018 – Day 3, Oslo Norway 31/3/18

Inferno Festival 2018 – Day 3, Oslo Norway 31/3/18

Saturday began with a lie in and a late breakfast before exploring Oslo a little more with a few beers along the way before returning to the hotel for the metal auction. As usual, this was hosted by Tore Bratseth with rare gems from Immortal,.. Read More
Inferno Festival 2018 - Day 2, Oslo Norway 30/3/18

Inferno Festival 2018 – Day 2, Oslo Norway 30/3/18

I was greeted by clear blue skies on Friday so took the opportunity to take in Oslo’s waterfront and let the hangover clear. The day quickly passed and I soon found myself in the photopit at Rockefeller waiting for Swedish occultists Mephorash. I had been listening.. Read More
Inferno Festival 2018  - Warm up Gig and Inferno Day One, Oslo Norway 28-29/3/18

Inferno Festival 2018 – Warm up Gig and Inferno Day One, Oslo Norway 28-29/3/18

While most people sit around over the Easter weekend eating too much chocolate, a select few head to Oslo for 4 days of the best extreme metal on offer courtesy of the Inferno Festival, and for the 7th consecutive year, this was where I found.. Read More
Karybdis, Raze the Void, Haema and Bearfist at the Portland Arms, Cambridge, 7/4/18

Karybdis, Raze the Void, Haema and Bearfist at the Portland Arms, Cambridge, 7/4/18

I’ve lived in Cambridge for almost 6 years now, and apart from reviewing one album by a locally-based band, to my discredit I have had no knowledge of or encounter with the local metal scene until now. I was aware of the Portland Arms through.. Read More
Testament, Annihilator, Vader -LCR Norwich 3/4/18

Testament, Annihilator, Vader -LCR Norwich 3/4/18

It’s an early off tonight for the Polish veterans and the venue is steadily filling up when Vader take to the stage to give the Norfolk massive the full leather, studs and Satan experience. You’d think, given the other bands on this package Pete and.. Read More