ALBUM REVIEW: The Pineapple Thief – Nothing but the truth

What do we call an album that was not strictly speaking recorded in a studio. And that was not recorded live in front of people, and is definitively not a collection of demos but instead was broadcast live over the internet? We’re going to need a word. The last year and a half robbed musicians … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: The Pineapple Thief – Nothing but the truth

ALBUM REVIEW: Leiþa – Sisyphus

It’s often with some degree of dramatic irony that I’m given albums to review. This time it's a progressive black metal and jazz affair by German act LEIþA (Translation from Old German: Suffering). This album was described to me as being akin to a few other albums I have reviewed and naturally I was interested. … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Leiþa – Sisyphus

ALBUM REVIEW: Vincent Crowley – Beyond Acheron

In Dante’s Inferno, the Acheron is the river that serves as the border to Hell. In more general Greek mythology, it was known as the river of woe or pain and it is the one that the immortal boatman Charon ferries the dead across. It is this what VINCENT CROWLEY’s newest album concerns itself with, … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Vincent Crowley – Beyond Acheron

“A return to where we started with the benefit of everything we’ve learned”

Earlier this month I caught up with the atmospheric black metal band SOJOURNER to talk about their latest release, the mini EP Perennial. The EP is eclectic in both mood and style and really captures the spirit of the bands previous discography. Hi guys, thanks for taking the time to talk to me. How's it … Continue reading “A return to where we started with the benefit of everything we’ve learned”

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