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Video Premiere: Rhys Bloodjoy – Aphrodite’s Mirror

Rhys Bloodjoy | Facebook | Bandcamp Rhys Bloodjoy — “a solo psychedelic explosion” — has been wowing audiences on the underground since emerging on the Manchester live scene in late 2014. Shrouded in mystery with his head hooded, Bloodjoy’s one-guitar- …

Album Stream: When Icarus Falls – Resilience

When Icarus Falls | Website | Facebook | Bandcamp Formed in 2007 in Lausanne, When Icarus Falls materializes the exploration of dark musical universes, oscillating between hazy atmospheres and heavy riffs. When Icarus Falls’ musicians are well known fo …

Under the Influence with Brett Campbell from Pallbearer

Melodic doom and heavy metal band Pallbearer recently released their new album Heartless, through the excellent Profound Lore Records, but also through Nuclear Blast Records. In a sense this is the band’s first release on a major record label. The …

Video Premiere: Klimt 1918 – Comandante

Klimt 1918 | Website | Facebook  Last year Italy’s Klimt 1918 released their excellent album Sentimentale Jugend on Prophecy Productions, which Matt Butler described as “easily Klimt 1918’s best work” in his review. The band now releases …

Exclusive Track Premiere: Among Gods – Vinter

Among Gods | Facebook | Bandcamp Norway’s Among Gods likes to welcome drummer Andreas Johansen and bassist Jonis Forland from the band Ashowa to the band’s line-up. Among Gods are now full focused on putting together a new live set, …

Under the Influence with Becky Laverty from Pioneer Music Press and Roadburn Festival

For our next Under the Influence feature piece we asked Becky Laverty from Pioneer Music Press and publisher for Roadburn Festival about her 3 most influential releases.

Festival Review: Heavy Scotland 2017

Our metal editor Sander van den Driesche went to the first instalment of Heavy Scotland, Scotland’s first proper metal festival. Includes photos by Bruce Cowie.

Under the Influence with José Carlos Santos from Terrorizer and Roadburn

If you regularly read heavy music reviews then the name José Carlos Santos shouldn’t be unfamiliar to you. He’s been writing with passion about heavy music and extreme metal for many, many years now, including various magazines and outlets, but mainly …

Exclusive Video Premiere: Norse – Cyclic

Norse | Facebook | Bandcamp Australian black metal band Norse surpass everything they’ve done in the past. Pest was a unique slice of harsh, dissonant black metal but their new album is a stunning progression while retaining the band’s tradem …

Under the Influence with JJ Koczan from The Obelisk

As part of our pre-Roadburn Festival coverage we decided to ask some of the people involved in the festival about the 3 records that has shaped them into the music fans they are today. In this feature we turned to JJ Koczan, who is the main man behind …

Video Premiere: Emphasis – Muna + Iam

Emphasis | Facebook | Bandcamp Emphasis set out to craft an earnest and personal sound through intense grooves and dark atmospheres. A blend of metal and post-rock marks the sonic coordinates of the project, with aggressive soundscapes fusing with …

Exclusive Track Premiere: A-Sun Amissa – The Recapitulation

A-Sun Amissa | Website | Facebook A-Sun Amissa return with The Gatherer, their first release since 2013 and a debut for Belgium-based label Consouling Sounds. Led by Richard Knox (Shield Patterns, The Rustle of the Stars, Gizeh Records) and featur …

Exclusive Video Premiere: USA Nails – University Home

Photo by James Perou USA Nails | Website | Facebook | Bandcamp | Twitter London based noise-punks USA Nails release their third album, Shame Spiral, on June 16th, 2017 through French DIY stalwarts Bigoût Records and one of London’s newes …

Exclusive Track Premiere: Buioingola – Irriconoscibile

Buioingola | Facebook | Bandcamp Perhaps reaching the end of their obscure but unparalleled existence, Buiongola present their swansong to the world in the form of a brand new monolith of obsidian black sonic affliction. This brand new – and perha …

Exclusive Album Premiere: Entartung – Baptised into the Faith of Lust

Entartung | Facebook Entartung was founded in 2011 by Lykormas and Vulfolaic. As veterans of the old-school black metal scene, they set out to make music true to the original vibe of the genre, void of commercialism and modern trends. The duo skip …

Video Premiere: Closet Disco Queen – El Mustachito (Ghost City Sessions)

Closet Disco Queen | Facebook Forged in the darkest recesses of the mind, Closet Disco Queen is the diabolical offspring of Jona Nido and Luc Hess, two musicians who have traipsed to the very borders of insanity with such unique musical entities as Coi …

Track Premiere: 1476 – Solitude (Exterior)

1476 | Website | Facebook | Bandcamp Salem, Massachusetts’ 1476 creates isolationist sound stories, heavy in atmosphere, that draw upon elements of many genres including metal, punk, neofolk and ambient. The band’s music harbors an energy and …

Exclusive Track Premiere: Asira – Efference

Asira | Website | Facebook | Bandcamp It is rare that you come across a debut album so starkly beautiful and intensely powerful as Asira’s first release, Efference. A vehement disregard for genre conventions, Efference is a stunning mixture o …

Video Premiere: 7C – Approaching a City

C7 | Website | Facebook | Twitter After four years since the last album Red Spider, the 7C, or Sette Ci, are back with a change of line up: the entry of Tony “Death” Berardinucci on guitar with the band’s founders Davide Di Virgilio (drums, electronics …

Stefanie from Brutus

Jody Dunstan asked Stefanie from Belgium’s Brutus some questions about their new album ‘Burst’ and more.

Exclusive Track Premiere: MNHM – Equals of Gods

MNHM | Website | Facebook | Twitter The Dutch collective MNHM is defying labelling and genres. Being pigeonholed as noise rock, math rock, post-metal, doom metal, prog, all the way up to free-jazz still fails to aptly describe the band. They have a ver …

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