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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

Laird Barron – Swift to Chase

The last couple of books by Laird Barron have been expanding his range beyond cosmic horror. There was the novella Man With No Name, a gore- encrusted Yakuza story which blended Miike’s and Kitano’s sensibilities with splashes of unnerving weirdness (this publication was paired with Blood and Sawdust, a brief but hugely enjoyable mad scientist

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

In which the reliably kiddie- friendly Star Wars universe reaches the logical conclusion of all that “heroism in battle” narratives, resulting in arguably the most downbeat chapter in its’ film history. That doesn’t mean that Rogue One is better than Empire… (let’s not kid ourselves here), but- even at its’ darkest- the original trilogy was always a

Scott Nicolay – Noctuidae (King Shot Press)

                    Scott Nicolay’s lean, pitiless horror novella is the kind of narrative that feels slight initially, but ends up staying with you long after you’ve finished it. Experienced from the point of view of a young Asian American woman, the story follows three hikers exploring the Arizona

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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