Harvey Weinstein, Decapitated, Trump: Ill timed coincidences, or the last cry of a dying age?

There is no surer way of guaranteeing that the internet trolls to circle the wagons than when angry women are talking. Funny as it is to mock the bruised egos of individual men desperately clinging to what they believe to be masculinity, I have always found it interesting to ask why the trolls circle, and … Continue reading Harvey Weinstein, Decapitated, Trump: Ill timed coincidences, or the last cry of a dying age?

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Let’s ruminate on Heavy Metal’s coming of age: Angel Witch and Cirith Ungol

By 1980 some interesting developments had occurred, developments that were to prove to be essential for heavy metal to stay relevant and fresh into the new decade. The most important external factor was punk. I often view the punk movement as a catalyst of sorts. Whatever value it held in its own right, as protest … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on Heavy Metal’s coming of age: Angel Witch and Cirith Ungol

Let’s ruminate on some classics: Sabbath and Priest

In recent months the temptation to do a self-indulgent top 100 list has become overwhelming. The problem with lists is that they either become a musical biography of the writer, based mostly on albums that were significant to them at the time with anecdotal tales related to the music, the appeal of which depends completely … Continue reading Let’s ruminate on some classics: Sabbath and Priest

Developing yourself is largely a waste of time

Listening to the new Queens of the Stone Age album ‘Villains’, it is apparent that a desire for exhibiting the so called virtues of ‘progression’ and ‘musical exploration into new and uncharted waters’ has - for these musicians - completely taken the helm from the more traditional catalyst of creativity: the undefinable artistic impulse behind … Continue reading Developing yourself is largely a waste of time

Two independent organisms, one suppurating deformity

NokturnalMortum and The Ruins of Beverast both released an album this year. Beyond that there’s not much connection between the two outfits other than their status as masters of post 2000 European black metal. The Ruins of Beverast have been releasing material fairly consistently both chronologically and qualitatively over the past few years. Starting with … Continue reading Two independent organisms, one suppurating deformity

People are pretty strange these days, and why I don’t review

If the noughties were an album, 2000 would be a meandering opener, a directionless ambient track lightly seasoned with dread, it would be entitled ‘intro’, or ‘prelude’, or ‘prologue’, 2001 would be the big opener that really draws the listener in and sets the tone for the remainder of the record to come. 2004 and … Continue reading People are pretty strange these days, and why I don’t review