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Under the Influence with Virginia Monti from Psychedelic Witchcraft

We asked Virginia Monti from Italy’s occult doom band Psychedelic Witchcraft about the 3 records that have influenced her the most as a musician and song writer.

Celtic Frost – The Reissues

The recent Celtic Frost reissues provide a great opportunity for our team of writers to shine a light on these artefacts, though never forgetting the story behind them. This is music people should hear, music that should inspire a new generation.

Under the Influence with Lucas Gadke from Völur

Canadian folk influenced ritual doom metal band Völur impressed us hugely earlier this year when they released Ancestors throught he excellent Prophecy Productions. Owen Coggins wrote “An all around excellent, focused and adventurous add …

Grateful Dead: A Primer For The Long Strange Trip

With the recent 50th Anniversary celebrations, a new documentary showing on Amazon Prime, and the remaining core of the band selling out arenas across the US, Grateful Dead’s stock has never been higher. The strangest of bands in that they are cultural cornerstones of the hippy movement, and form an integral part of musical history, they nonetheless remain a cult band.

Under the Influence with Victor Vicart from Dvne

Dvne guitarist and vocalist Victor Vicart tells us about the 3 albums that have influenced him hugely as a musician.

Echoes and Dust Guide to Mark Lanegan

Of course this list is incorrect. The following guide will probably do more to confuse new listeners and annoy longstanding fans alike.

Dialects Tour Diary

We’ve been fans of Dialects for ages now and were lucky enough to catch them at this year’s Strangeforms Festival in Leeds where, for this observer at least, they played one of the standout sets of the weekend. That show was the last night of their first tour for a while so we got Conor from the band to give us a few thoughts from the road.

Under The Influence with Massimo Pupillo from Zu

For those unaware of Zu (and what have you been doing with yourselves, frankly?), they are signed to Mike Patton’s Ipecac Recordings and are an avant garde jazz/noise/mathcore trio who are just as comfortable in face-melting free-jazz hardcore as they are in drawn out experimental doom. It’s every type of heaviness under the sun, but with jazz saxophone solos. We asked bassist Massimo to pick 3 influential albums & unsurprisingly he came up with some fascinating choices.

Under The Influence with Gavin from Lush Purr

Lush Purr first came to our attention about 18 months ago when they featured on Song By Toad’s David Cameron’s Eton Mess compilation where Chad Murray described them as having “the muffled charm of The Beta Band with the staggered pop sensibilitie …

Supergenius – Supertired: A track by track analysis by Ed Godby

Supergenius | Facebook | Bandcamp | Twitter Last month two independent labels 9000 Records (part of Consouling Sounds) and Hypertension Records joined forces and released the new album Supertired by Belgian ‘supergroup’ Supergenius. …

Under The Influence with Valerian Swing (plus track premiere)

Valerian Swing have long been one of the more interesting ‘heavy’ bands around. Ahead of the release of their new album Nights, we have an exclusive listen to brand new track ‘Five Walls’ and Francesco Giovanetti gives us a bit of insight in to what makes them tick musically.

Echoes Of The Past: The God Machine – Scenes from the Second Storey

An essential album from a band with an all-too-short career.

Under The Influence with Kerry & Stewart from Bad Owl Presents

We have long admired the work of Bad Owl Presents in Leeds; for the last few years they have been tirelessly championing the math & post rock scene putting on bands from all over the country in a series of outstanding lineups, including their annual 2 day celebration of the scene Strangeforms Festival. Here Kerry & Stewart give us an insight in to the records that inspired them to do such great work.

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 …

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.

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 …

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