(((O))) Tag: Richard Owens

Haast’s Eagled – II: For Mankind

A refreshing sound in the gradually over-saturated doom scene in the UK and it’ll be interesting to see where the three go from here. – By Richard Owens

Boss Keloid – Herb Your Enthusiasm

No review will do it justice, it just won’t. If you love your sludge to go down untrodden paths, that’s playful with melodies and heavy riffs, and creatively bonged out: ‘Herb Your Enthusiasm’. – By Richard Owens

Interview: T from Dragged Into Sunlight

Richard Owens managed to chat with Dragged Into Sunlight vocalist T about the new album ‘N.V.’, the UK metal scene and why it might be a good idea to keep a cassette player handy for future projects.

Dragged Into Sunlight & Gnaw Their Tongues – N.V.

‘N.V.’ is a nasty experience, a soundtrack to human suffering. An(other) intense release by two of Europe’s most punishing bands. – By Richard Owens

Mogwai – Central Belters

Rather than review the record in a traditional sense we asked our writers to each contribute a short piece on what Mogwai mean to them persoanally. This caused a considerable degree of consternation in the camp and much discussion as to how on Earth you distill two decades of music in to a couple of paragraphs. This is what they had to say.


Altogether, ‘DEATH MAGIC’ is a dark beast. A change like this might split fans depending on the releases they prefer, but this is an album to sink into, it definitely needs time to be absorbed. – By Richard Owens

The Moth – And The Rise

Overall, this is a great effort by The Moth: full of heavy riffs, grooves and down-right catchy songwriting. – By Richard Owens

Interview: Mathew Barnes from Intensive Square

Richard Owens had a chat with guitarist and saxophone player Mathew Barnes from Intensive Square about the album ‘Anything That Moves’, as well as influences from literature and film.

Intensive Square – Anything That Moves

This is the most relevant release in its genre for a long, long time; and probably a long time coming. If you want tech metal that isn’t fucking ‘djent’ and brutalises a thousand times more, this is for you. – By Richard Owens

Festival Review: Temples 2015

Temples Festival was another great success. We had a huge team present who got together to write a mammoth review. Read what Andrew, Kat, Mark, Richard, Ross and Steff thought about this year’s edition, which includes photos by Tamar Elderton.

Wilderness Hymnal – Transmutation EP

Transmutation is a refreshing borderless and experimental vein in music that hasn’t been punctured yet. Leeming is onto something here and this taster only brings a lot of promise for future releases. – By Richard Owens

Coffinworm – IV.I.VIII

IV.I.VIII is a testament for all things heavy, ugly and dark. – By Richard Owens

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