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Festival Preview – Uprising 7

Uprising Festival, the East Midlands metal extravaganza makes a welcome return  to the O2 Academy in Leicester on Saturday May 25 and this year’s bill, the seventh incarnation of the festival, could easily be the greatest in its history.

SLEEPMAKESWAVES – THE GARAGE

The Sydney post-rock favourites blew the bloody roof off the much-loved venue from minute one. They sounded MASSIVE.

Disemboweled God Fest 2024 – Seattle, WA

Seattle’s Michael Freiberger (owner of Satanik Royalty Records and director/booker for Disemboweled God Fest) pulled off an incredible feat for the second consecutive year: packing an intimate venue with top-notch national and regional purveyors of death metal to celebrate the genre in all its glorious forms.

Teiger • Cabiria • Kunal Singhal – The Hope & Anchor

Hosted by London Prog Gigs, tonight’s show brings together three forward-thinking artists at the intimate, storied Hope & Anchor venue for an eclectic musical mélange: featuring the inimitable vocal drones of Kunal Singhal, the eclectic post-metal of Cabiria, and the sparkling, unclassifiable power that is our headliners Teiger.  

Enslaved – Islington Assembly Hall

Enslaved are a compelling live band for many reasons – stage presence, an endearing penchant for self-deprecation, energy, great sound, supreme musicianship, but especially because they always work to make each show unique.

Loscil & Lawrence English – Le Petit Bain, Paris

As Valentine’s day casts its enchanting spell upon the city of love, what better way could one celebrate love’s ineffable essence than by immersing oneself in the ethereal realms of ambient soundscapes.

Drab Majesty – Fabric, London

I think the appeal of Drab, for me, is that they seem to distill the essence of so many styles and micro-genres from the 1980s, or that fetishize that period subsequently, whilst feeling like something new, without relying simply upon retro thrills.

Kendo Nagasaki • The Courtesy Group • Moths Of The Moon – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

Three bands, five quid. Splendid idea really.

Mary Ocher – Centrala, Birmingham

For all the cautionary meditations on the coming doom there is also something celebratory in Ocher’s music. Of small achievements and the connections between people, the possibilities in spaces and evenings like these.

Bat Sabbath – Chinnerys

The Sabbath worship comes to an end as it must with ‘War Pigs’. . . the song goes down a storm, naturally, andthe band take the applause and acclaim for themselves and for the architects of all the great music they have performed

Årabrot • Jaye Jayle • Karin Park – Downstairs at The Dome

Now is a very good time indeed to go and see Årabrot!

Satanik Royalty Records Showcase

The joyous 2-day showcase of Satanik Royalty Records artists was a testament to the vibrancy of the Seattle music scene and the importance of one of its most important members, Michael Freiburger.

Perpetual Flame Volume 2

The final ever gigs of LINGUA IGNOTA were in London. Sinner, get ready to cry.

Sonic Dissonance

Simon Mernagh went to the inaugural festival edition of underground heavy music festival Sonic Dissonance in Edinburgh.

The Keening, S.E.R.P.E.N.T.E.N.T., & Tiny Vipers – Clockout Lounge, Seattle

The Keening took the crowd on a journey through haunted swamps, bottomless wells, concealed crimes, gilded prisons, and the unfortunate role of a murder witness. But it also showed that there’s still hope in this world if we can find and harness it.

Supersonic Festival 2023

I went to Supersonic and I had a really great time. You know I did, of course I did, because it’s a brilliant festival with a packed bill of excellent bands. “It’s not an accident, it’s a choice.” 

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