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Live: Stephen O’Malley @ London St John on Bethnal Green – 11 April 2014

April 15th, 2014

Even in a genre as pointed iconoclastic as heavy music can be, Stephen O’Malley does not make “easy” music. As one of the founders of doom-drone experimentalists Sunn O))), he pushes the boundaries of what constitutes music. With his solo stuff, well, let’s just say he drives through those boundaries with the care and consideration of Dick Dastardly trying to win the Wacky Races, only with “insane noises made with a guitar while remaining stoic and in the shadows” instead of “wild scheme to crash everyone else’s car” as his Unique Selling Point. 

Six things we learned while watching Stephen O’Malley in London…

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Live: Old Man Gloom @ London Scala – 03 April 2014

April 7th, 2014

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It’s taken them fifteen long, long years to get their act together, but Old Man Gloom are playing their first ever European shows – of which just a single one is taking place in the UK. We set Hugh Platt down to finally, finally get that taste of Old Man Gloom he’s been jonesing for ever since he heard Meditations in B as an ugly teenager.

Six things we learned while watching Old Man Gloom in London…

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Live: Mutoid Man @ Los Angeles The Echo – 19 March 2014

March 26th, 2014

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It’s nice seeing a band comprised of musicians that you have incredible respect for but it’s bittersweet when it’s a band that, for a variety of reasons, not many people will ever get the chance to see. This was the situation when Raz went down to see Mutoid Man, who have members of Converge and Cave In in their midst, supported by Black Mare in LA.

Six things we learned while watching Mutoid Man in LA…

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Live: Architects @ London KOKO – 14 March 2014

March 20th, 2014

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Over three long years ago, many predicted that Architects’ headline show at KOKO on the eve of the release of The Here and Now was the start of an album campaign that would catapult the band into mainstream greatness. That didn’t happen, and the band have spent several years working on rebuilding the momentum that got them to that point. Now they’re back at the venue where that journey began at – will history repeat itself? Gavin Lloyd was on hand to bear witness.

6 things we learnt watching Architects in London:

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Live: The Defiled + Butcher Babies @ London Islington Academy – 14 February 2014

February 17th, 2014

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The last time we saw The Defiled play the Islington Academy was five long years ago, as part of the somewhat disastrous Hellfire Festival. We were tipping them for greatness even then, so that they’ve returned to the venue as near sold-out headliners (for their biggest home-town headline show to date, no less) on Valentine’s Day is more than enough excuse for Hugh Platt to go have a bit of a love-in with them.

6 things we learnt while watching The Defiled in London:

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Live: Behemoth @ London Kentish Town Forum – 10 February 2014

February 14th, 2014

Behemoth at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 by Gary Wolstenholme (because we don't have a London gig shot, OBVS)

With their new album The Satanist only just released (and already getting plenty of plaudits), Behemoth came to London this week to headline a show on top of a stacked bill of bands to remind people why it’s already being touted as an early contender for one of the albums of the year. Okay, technically it was a co-headline with Cradle of Filth, but there was no argument over who was going on last. Cheryl Carter hit the Kentish Town Forum early doors to catch the whole show. Well, nearly the whole show.

6 things we learnt while watching Behemoth in London:

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Live: Touché Amoré @ London Underworld – 12 December 2013

January 25th, 2014

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It was a Deathwish, Inc double-header the other week when Touché Amoré and Self Defense Family came to town. Well, it was a triple-header if you count Touché Amoré-side project Dad Punchers, who opened the show. Luckily our man Alex Andrews is in to this stuff, so for him it was like getting an extra slice of fried bread with a fry-up.

6 things we learnt watching Touché Amoré in Camden:

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Live: Watain + Coltsblood @ London Camden Electric Ballroom – 08 December 2013

January 17th, 2014

Watain at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

We’re not sure if Erik Danielsson was casting an unholy spell on the audience at Watain’s show at the Camden Electric Ballroom. He seems like the type. He’s certainly got all the smoke and fire and stench to carry out all manner of rituals. We asked Cheryl Carter if she could resist the hexes long enough to write a review which we’re only posting now because we lost it down the back of sofa, or whatever the digital version of that excuse may be.

6 things we learnt at watching Watain in London:

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