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Cryptic Shift – Visitations From Enceladus (Blood Harvest)

In recent years I’ve grown to appreciate Technical Death Metal and the more Sci-fi infused sorts of Metal bands in general. I grew to enjoy the likes of Nucleus, Vektor and even Voivod whom I personally never saw any appeal… Continue Reading →

A Forest Of Stars – Grave Mounds And Grave Mistakes (Prophecy Productions)

With a pinch of snuff, a rustle of taffeta and the swirling bitter aroma of laudanum, the Gentleman’s Club of A Forest Of Stars open their oaken doors after a long three years of quiet, and yet of whispers. Do… Continue Reading →

Deus Vermin – Monument to Decay (FHED)

As a local lad I’m not sure how I’ve managed to miss this Leeds bunch and their misanthropic excretions, but this is something I need to rectify in the near future as this EP puts them up there as a… Continue Reading →

Damnation Festival – Leeds University Union 4/11/17

As I approached the University Union in Leeds, on a cold November morning, I could feel the air of anticipation growing, for I was about to embark on the annual bonfire weekend extravaganza that is the Damnation Festival. There were… Continue Reading →

Suffocation, Cryptic Shift, Visions Of Disfigurement – Leeds, Eiger Studios 28/8/17

As the festival seasons more or less comes to a close bands tend to start their Autumn touring schedule and mine got off to an early start with some brutal Stateside death metal from Suffocation, but before that was support… Continue Reading →

Old Corpse Road, Stahlsarg, Mountains Crave – Leeds, The Fenton 30/7/17

This triple bill of black metal covered a wide spectrum within the genre that began with local act Mountains Crave who have made huge improvements musically since I last saw them converting their wealth of live experience into this accomplished… Continue Reading →

LeadRobot – ST (S/R)

Groove Metal four piece LeadRobot from Leeds are rather heavy. With clever use of samples, a massive sound, heavy as hell tone and some thundering work from the rhythm section, the four components of the band really pull no punches… Continue Reading →

Akercocke, Fen, The Infernal Sea, Sathamel Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall 7/4/17

With not being able to attend the Ritual Festival after this pre fest warm up show due to a gig clash with Taake in Manchester, this was the next best thing as the hyper busy venue sports a traditional long… Continue Reading →

Damnation Festival – Leeds University Union 5/11/16

Black clad hordes descending on the Union building of Leeds University, sending unsuspecting students running for cover can only mean one thing – Damnation Festival! This was the 12th consecutive annual incarnation of this one day festival, showcasing the best home… Continue Reading →

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