Matt Butler


Motörhead changed my life. Then the Ramones did. And Guitar Wolf. Public Image Ltd probably did as well. Then there was NoFX… and Henry Rollins. And Kyuss. Maybe even Monolord.

Come to think of it, Elvis and the Beach Boys probably changed my life as well, as I listened to them as a child (thanks mum and dad) and still harbour a desire for the former artist’s leathers and the latters’ garish Aloha shirts.

All right, I will admit it: every new thing I hear gives me something – even if it is just nausea. And it is this that keeps me looking. One day I might even find something as life-changing as Ace of Spades was all those moons ago.

Even  if I don’t, the exploring is still fun.

Oh, almost forgot. I am a Kiwi, I like long walks (well, runs), socialising (whisky), good food (chocolate and pork scratchings) and cosy nights in (doom metal by candlelight). And I am a Pisces. In my day job I write about people in shorts.

Articles by Matt Butler

Arc of Ascent – Realms of the Metaphysical

Arc of Ascent certainly aren’t the first to put out a whole album of massive riffs accompanied by a very good vocalist singing lyrics with an eastern looking viewpoint. And they won’t be the last. But the fact they did – and did it very well – should be more than enough reason to buy this album. Do it and give Hamilton a claim to fame.

Wounded Giant – Vae Victis

This is a snarling, seething, spooky record. Imagine taking tea with Aleister Crowley then realising too late that he has spiked your cucumber sandwiches.

Body Count – Bloodlust

Ice-T’s metal outfit hasn’t changed much in the 25 years since their debut. But then again, neither has the world.

Cavalli – Vol.2

This band describe themselves as “anti-fascists who play rock ‘n’ roll”. So that is already two points in their favour before the start playing.

OHHMS – The Fool

This is a fierce album: massive, loud and just the right side of bombastic. Prepared to get immersed in some incredible music.

Spidergawd – IV

This is a frozen-margarita-with-mini-parasol of a record: gaudy, fun and ripe for a party, but with a firm kick behind it.

Forming the Void – Relic

Heavy music is a hoary, hairy beast. But with bands like this one, it is possible to present the ideas as fresh. Catchy, epic and a joy to listen to.

Lo Sound Desert

This documentary fried my television. But from what I saw it is an essential watch for fans of desert rock.

All Them Witches – Sleeping Through The War

All Them Witches promised us that “you’re gonna freak out” when we heard this album. They were right. We did. They should be proud as hell over this album. Because it is a masterpiece.

Wiegedood – De Doden Hebben Het Goed II

With a more aggressive, orthodox approach and a greater use of light and shade, Wiegedood produce an even better album than their stunning debut.

Santa’s Gauze (Crust-mass Special) – The Unicorn, London

There were no more than 50 in the room, but we witnessed something special.

1000mods – Repeated Exposure To…

There are more riffs and hooks in the first song alone to fill an entire album. Put simply, it sounds huge, fuzzy, warm and crisp. Awesome stuff.

Raspail – Dirge

It could have fallen between two stools – too arty for the doom crowd and too loud for others seeking something contemplative. But it doesn’t. It reconciles the irreconcilable.

Klimt 1918 – Sentimentale Jugend

The compendium is a towering work, possibly a little overlong, but impressive none the less. And it stands easily as Klimt 1918’s best work.

Last of the Easy Riders – Last of the Easy Riders

If these six songs are anything to go on, this band will be worth keeping an eye on. In the meantime we can only dream of living in their colourful, sunny world. By Matt Butler

Geezer – Geezer

Is it worth dropping your hard earned cash on? Yes. But only if you don’t listen to the lyrics. Or they release a special prude’s edition with instrumental versions of the second and final tracks. – By Matt Butler

Year of The Cobra – In the Shadows Below

This album proves that you don’t need a guitar to play decent heavy music; there’s no mistaking that this is a great album. – By Matt Butler

Domkraft – The End of Electricity

They’re heavy, yet hypnotising. They’re loud, yet languid. They’re simple, yet psychedelic – and so, so good. – By Matt Butler

Wayfarer – Old Souls

There is a lot to take in, with four of the seven songs pushing (or exceeding) 10 minutes each, but it is still well worth a listen, especially as winter approaches. – By Matt Butler

The Well – Pagan Science

So is it essential? Probably not. But it is fun. And it reeks of a joss-stick-scented time that most of us never knew and our parents never told us about. – By Matt Butler

Téras ‎– Pandora

A very good slab of high-speed metal, played by people with an ear for a crunching breakdown or a soaring chorus, as well as barreling riffage. – By Matt Butler

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