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From Friday 25 February 2022

Copse – ‘Mara|Mondrem’

Let’s cut to the chase; this debut EP from Copse is pretty astonishing. It’s not often that a band nails it on the first attempt, but this Bristol-based post-black metal outfit have come straight out the gate sounding fully-formed on their debut EP ‘Mara|Mondrem’. These two sprawling tracks are more

Wednesday 03 November 2021

MØL – ‘Diorama’

At this point, mixing shoegaze / post-rock with black metal isn’t exactly breaking ground. The most casual fans of either genre know of bands like Deafheaven and Alcest, but even those titans have never really managed to capture the expansive beauty of the former without at least slightly compromising

Tuesday 12 October 2021

LIVE: Long Live Ant Allen @ The Leadmill, Sheffield

In May 2021, Dead Harts drummer and Skull & Bones Boys Club founder Ant Allen passed away following a history of mental illness and addiction. Due to pandemic-related restrictions in place at the time, his funeral attendance had to be limited, and as Ant was a popular lad, this

Thursday 24 June 2021

Amenra – ‘De Doorn’

How do you begin to review a band like Amenra? To talk about them in the usual terms of instrumentation and production, lyrics and arrangements; it just feels reductive, like trying to write a haiku about the Old Testament. The true Amenra experience is equal parts religious ritual and

Wednesday 23 June 2021

Drug Church – ‘Tawny’

Can you spare 10 minutes? You’re busy, of course. You’ve got your main job, your evening job, your hobby that Instagram has convinced you to turn into a side-hustle. You’ve got a social life – when you can fit it in – and then somewhere among all that you

Wednesday 16 June 2021

Interview: The Housebound Ska Collective

When the UK went into lockdown in early 2020, people kept themselves busy (and sane) in all sorts of different ways. Some people took the opportunity to work on their fitness, some started making sourdough and banana bread, and others got really into plants. Like, maybe a little too

Wednesday 14 April 2021

LIVE: Black Peaks @ The Brighton Centre

Live streams are bloody weird, aren’t they? It’s like being at a gig, but you’re in your pyjamas, your beer is cold (and probably didn’t cost you six pounds), and your nostrils aren’t full of that unmistakable mix of sweat, farts and booze. Basically, it’s not as good. Is

Friday 09 April 2021


Tuesday 02 March 2021

Tigers Jaw – ‘I Won’t Care How You Remember Me’

When more than half the band unexpectedly quit back in 2013, it would have been so easy for the remaining members of Tigers Jaw to call it a day right there and then. Thank the emo gods that they didn’t, because the work that guitarist/vocalist Ben Walsh and vocalist/keyboardist

Tuesday 02 February 2021

Cult Of Luna – ‘The Raging River’

If you’re at all familiar with the post-metal genre, Cult Of Luna will need no introduction – since their inception in 1998, the experimental Swedish collective have pushed the boundaries of expansive, overwhelming heavy music. From seminal releases like 2004’s ‘Salvation’ and its successor ‘Somewhere Along The Highway’, to