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Diamanda Galás @ Barbican Centre (19/06/2017)

Diamanda Galás’ appearance at the Barbican in the midst of an oppressive London heatwave is intimate and terrifying- and we wouldn’t have it any other way. The first thing to notice is the sheer variety of the audience- a mix of goth queens, metalheads, people with dresses and glittered cheekbones (regardless of gender) and the

The Afghan Whigs & Ed Harcourt @ KOKO, 30/05/17

                      Taking place as it does a few days after the Manchester attack (not to mention a few days before the Borough market horrors, but we don’t know that yet), the Afghan Whigs London gig does come with a certain trepidation. Happily though, the crowd

ALESTORM Release brand new video for ‘MEXICO’!

Press Release: A pirate’s life is simple; they drink, steal and kill. But lead by the one & only heavy metal pirates, ALESTORM will be also killing it with their new and 5th studio album ‘No Grave But The Sea‘, which is set to be released on May 26th on Napalm Records! With their just

Mayhem at Electric Ballroom (29/03/17)

I love the Electric Ballroom. It’s a cavernous space, the acoustics are good, it’s close to the Camden tube and- crucially- the bars are easily accessible. It was the ideal venue for Wednesday evening’s entertainment. Mayhem (these days going by the name True Mayhem) played their era- defining classic De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas and we were there to

Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome

          Ah, the blues covers album. One of the most irritating affectations in the history of the record industry, it’s a sure- fire way for any given rock dinosaur to obtain some authenticity by going back to the roots (oh, hello Eric Clapton!). It’s not as cynical a move as  hooking up

Max & Igor Cavalera @ O2 Forum (30/11/16)

                      It took two hours for me to reach Kentish Town, due to massive delays in the London Underground, so it’s not like I was in a massive hurry to mosh or anything. I did expect the Cavalera brothers to gather quite a crowd- even

Leonard Cohen passes away at the age of 82

Singer, songwriter and poet, Leonard Cohen passed at age 82. “It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries”  his web and facebook page stated a few hours ago. Wikipedia declared him dead on 7/Nov/2016.

Ghost – Popestar

                Depending on who you ask, Ghost’s new EP is either a gorgeous piece of baroque pop metal or a bloated, kitsch monstrosity that is only worthy of the Eurovision song contest. There is precious little room for the middle ground here. While the metal community either loves

Red Fang, Torche @ Koko, Camden 27/09/16

            To no one’s surprise, last week’s Red Fang show at Koko was a blast. The evening started off well at Camden’s Black Heart, one of London’s greatest rock bars, which was predictably full of people who were drinking before the show (including assorted members of Red Fang and Orange Goblin).

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