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I’ve been writing for Echoes & Dust since December 2013, mostly on drone, doom and black metal. Since then I've completed a PhD looking at mysticism, ritual and religion in drone metal, and will be publishing a book related to this in 2017. I'm also trustee of Oaken Palace Records, a record label run as a charity, each drone release raising money for the conservation of a particular endangered species.

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Yawning Sons – Sky Island

The highs offered by Yawning Sons’ Sky Island get pretty high.

Profond Barathre – Tinnitus

The Swiss black metal trio’s new record Tinnitus explores post-metal textures while conveying atmospheric iciness.

Mainliner – Dual Myths

Guaranteed to make your brain fizz.

Tuskar, Calligram, Ungraven at The Black Heart, 14–15 October

In a world without live music Owen Coggins was lucky enough to see back-to-back gigs by Tuskar – one live, the other livestream – in an autumnal double-header at the Black Heart.

William Basinski – Lamentations

A fantastically immersive soundworld, revisiting the powerful impact of his processed loop investigations while exploring a wider range of atmospheres.

Urfaust – Teufelsgeist

It’s the most absurdly evocative combination of sonic theatricality and occult power.

Yawning Man – Live at Giant Rock

Seriously, all you need to know is: band play excellent, excellent music in the desert. Stunning.

Cryptae – Nightmare Traversal

Great new drilling, juddering experiment-o-death album, a tight, controlled burst of brutal claustrophobia and sonic imprisonment.

Safer Spaces launch guide for venues and promoters to tackle sexual harassment at gigs

Obviously we’re all desperately missing live gigs . . . But in this difficult time, we can think about what we want when live music comes back . . . and make sure it’s as safe and accessible as possible for everyone.

Häxenzijrkell – Die Nachtseite

A flinty, fierce debut album that builds on strong demos and splits to develop a hissing and crackling, doomy black metal style.

Null – Entity

Null build on their sprawling debut with a follow up Entity, six tracks of dense atmospherics elevated by some striking and properly extreme vocalisations.

Diamanda Galás – De-formation: Piano Variations

Mournful but angry, a requiem that’s also a horror story.

VoidCeremony – Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional Unravel

A great gutturally fierce, rumbling weird death metal debut album from VoidCeremony.

Sloath – Sloath III

Weighty enough for the amplifier worshippers, with hidden depths for the curious, Sloath III comes highly recommended.

Serment – Chante, Ô Flamme de la Liberté

A fully formed epic, ambient black metal record that has the best of all of those terms.

Sombre Héritage – Alpha Ursae Minoris

A melodramatic and aggressive black metal record, touring the touchstones of the best contemporary black metal.

Mark Lanegan – Straight Songs of Sorrow

It’s just a bit of a mess of a record

Diamanda Galás – The Litanies of Satan

Diamanda Galás reissues coruscatingly brilliant and extreme debut album The Litanies of Satan.

Turia – Degen van Licht

Another instalment of ambitiously exploratory, tightly controlled, and above all, furiously exciting music.

Fluisteraars – Bloem

Flower-themed brightness, brevity and directness give the record an invigorating and mind-expanding potential.

Nocturnal Depression – Tides of Despair

Overall a worthwhile addition to the discography for Nocturnal Depression, though for newcomers to the band I’d probably refer them to the earlier touchstone albums.

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