ALBUM REVIEW: Before & Apace – The Denisovan

In my reviews and other writings, I relish the chance to show off some piece of obscure knowledge. There is an element of joy that I get that can only be found as a result of two disparate topics coming together in the most peculiar of ways. And I think, just maybe, I’ve found a … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Before & Apace – The Denisovan

ALBUM REVIEW: Candlemass – Green Valley (Live In Lockdown)

CANDLEMASS are a cornerstone of the global doom metal scene. Having emerged in 1984 from Stockholm, they’ve been around long enough to solidify a reputation as masters of their craft. Green Valley (Live In Lockdown) sees the band revisit some favourites from their lengthy back catalogue. These tracks include tracks from the acclaimed Epicus Doomicus … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Candlemass – Green Valley (Live In Lockdown)

WORDS FROM THE TEAM: Fractured Minds and How We Show Mental Illness

Last year Lotty, Martin and I were discussing a game that had come out. The game had won a  BAFTA award and was generally pretty well received by mental health advocates. The designer Emily Mitchell showed you six different chapters each meant to represent some aspect of mental illness. I hated it. In the moment … Continue reading WORDS FROM THE TEAM: Fractured Minds and How We Show Mental Illness

ALBUM REVIEW: Grey Aura – Zrwart Vierkant

I was thinking that I’m beginning to have a special appreciation of the way the Dutch think about black metal. I wasn't  sure what it is about that particular variety, but something captures a familiar bleakness. So I sat down and thought about it. Some time ago I reviewed the album The Comforting Grip of Misery … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Grey Aura – Zrwart Vierkant

ALBUM REVIEW: Motörhead – Louder Than Noise… Live in Berlin

I never had the privilege of seeing MOTÖRHEAD live. They were my brother’s favourite band, my parents were fans and a number of close friends enjoyed them live too. But I never saw them live. They are a band with a legacy that is quite unlike any other. A legacy that is best summed up … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Motörhead – Louder Than Noise… Live in Berlin

ALBUM REVIEW: Cannibal Corpse – Violence Unimagined

I often find myself in a strange place with death metal. I'll happily listen to fusion genres on a regular basis; Death doom, blackened death, death and roll and progressive death metal. But I'll rarely go for the genre itself. There have been bands that have held my fascination before and I'm sure there will … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Cannibal Corpse – Violence Unimagined

ALBUM REVIEW: The Medea Project – Southern Echoes

I had the pleasure of reviewing Sisyphus by THE MEDEA PROJECT last year. The release was pleasing and yet, at the end of my review I noted that  the ”...album isn’t stereotypical doom metal and I think that works in its favour. It doesn’t seem afraid to step out of the bounds of the usual … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: The Medea Project – Southern Echoes

ALBUM REVIEW: Exanimis – Marionnettiste

In terms of symphonic death metal Italy has FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. Greece has SEPTIC FLESH and now it seems France has the energetic, bombastic and fun EXANIMIS. Here they have channelled the spirit of those that came before, and blended it with equal parts Batman Returns and The Lord Of The Rings to create an experience … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Exanimis – Marionnettiste