Talking in broad strokes, black metal is all about emotion. It uses it to steamroller your senses and the ability of a successful black metal band in parlaying said emotion is an impressive one. It’s difficult to play a guitar incredibly fast but you can learn to do that much more easily than learning to convey your emotions. That’s why we knew Morð were the real deal when we saw them playing live at Eistnaflug Festival earlier this summer.
July 27th, 2014
Another Sunday, another Slaylist dedicated to the line-up of one of the UK’s upcoming summer festivals. This week it is the turn of Alt-Fest – a brand new festival taking place over the weekend of 15-17 August, in the Boughton Estate near Kettering. It’s still got a fair whack of metal and rock in the line-up, but Alt-Fest separates itself form the crowd with a healthy dollop of goth and industrial music as well. Go stuff this week’s Slaylist down your ears and you’ll see what we’re talking about.
Oh dear. Alt-Fest has been cancelled. Still, you can still enjoy our Spotify Playlist, right?
April 29th, 2014
Roadburn Festival describe themselves as “Europe’s leading underground festival for psychedelic, avant-garde, doom or any other variation of leftfield sonic pleasures that push the boundaries of music.” It’s that offering that brought Rob McAuslan over the sea and back to the festival for his third consecutive visit – this year featuring line-up choices and a day of curation from one Mikael Åkerfeldt.
Six Things We Learned At Roadburn 2014:
September 29th, 2013
In keeping with our ongoing theme of Winter metal-fest themed Sunday Slaylists, we were going to put something together today to herald the impending (and quite frankly magnificent-looking) Live Evil Festival 2013. We say “were”, because yesterday while bumming around on the internet, we found out that Dylan Hughes aka A Fist In The Face Of God got there first. And made a better mix than we ever could.
June 28th, 2013
If you say Hard Rock Hell presents AOR 2’s given acronym – HRHAOR – you end up making a noise like a dinosaur. This is the bit where you can come up with your own joke about the kind of acts that get announced for HRHAOR being a bunch of rock dinosaurs. Ha! Did you see what we did there?!?
May 6th, 2013
May 6th, 2013
We didn’t go to the Friday of Desertfest 2013 because we have jobs and couldn’t get the time off. Yeah, that sucked. Still, it meant Hugh Platt was 50% less “fragrant” than the vast amounts of beards bustling around when he headed up to Camden on Saturday afternoon to get his fill of fuzzed up dirty stoner metal.
Six Things we learned on Day 2 of Desertfest 2013:
February 17th, 2013
Of all the indoor multi-day festivals that take place in the UK, there’s one right here in London that has always stood head and shoulders above all the others as far as we’re concerned – DesertFest. Returning to a brace of venues across Camden over a weekend this coming April, DesertFest is three days of the best sludge, stoner and doom carnage the UK will see in 2013. That’s why we’ve dedicated this week’s Slaylist to this year’s line-up.
March 30th, 2012
Well, this is a turn up for the books – the Vans Warped Tour is going to be coming to the UK after nearly a decade and a half of absence. Even though at this stage there’s no information concrete information regarding the line-up, ticket price, exact date beyond “November” or venue beyond “it’s in London”, the fact that it’s coming here at all is still something of a surprise.
October 16th, 2011
Iceland Airwaves is traditionally a very cool festival with very cool bands. Iceland’s got loads of awesome metal bands though, and they’re more often the ones that tour overseas. That’s what WE care about. Luckily, Saturday had a whole day of it in a biker bar called Amsterdam. And yes, there’s an Iceland Chapter of the Hell’s Angels.