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Black Metal Monthly with Cheryl Carter – April 2015

April 16th, 2015

It’s time for us to delve into the world of Black Metal again with Cheryl Carter’s latest column…


As this column progresses, the format and what’s talked about will change. Because evolution is cool and fact and it keeps it interesting for myself and you lovely readers.

So let’s look at some things mentioned last time and what’s been happening with those bands or records since. That’s fun, right?

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Black Metal Monthly with Cheryl Carter – February 2015

March 5th, 2015

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A lot has happened in the world of Black Metal since our resident Black Metal Expert Cheryl Carter’s last column, and there’s never enough room to talk about it all. Curse those bloody word limits / the internet’s embarrassingly short collective attention span. Whatever. Here are the 6 things that Cheryl thinks are worth your time and interest in Black Metal right now.

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65daysofstatic – The Fall of Math: ten years later with Paul Wolinski

March 26th, 2014

Come 20 September 2014 and 65daysofstatic‘s debut album, The Fall of Math will be ten years old. It’s an album that thrust an instrumental post-rock band from Sheffield and all of their odd time signatures and samples of film dialogue firmly into the limelight. With radio attention and a lead single that resonated with many, it has led to the band having a healthy career of four more excellent albums, a soundtrack and a collaboration with Robert Smith of The Cure. Not bad. Here, we ask guitarist Paul Wolinski to talk about the album, track by track, ten years on.

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Album: Serpent Eater – Hyena

February 5th, 2014

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Serpent Eater
Hammerheart Records
17 March 2014

by Pete Long

Serpent Eater may be new the the scene even if most of their members are not (with bands such as Throats, Hammerhead and Daskrill on their collective resume). Hyena isn’t perhaps the hardcore album you might expect though. It’s a melting pot of a record – you might think about calling them crust, or maybe sludge, but it’s more probably more to the point to describe them as semi-coherent fury.

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Album: Kampfar – Djevelmakt

January 30th, 2014

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Indie Recordings
27 January 2014

by Pete Long

For those not aware, Kampfar is apparently an old Norse war cry meaning “Odin”, with a probable alternate meaning of “we’re going to disembowel you”. If you already knew that, you’re probably also aware of the Norwegian black metal band bearing that name. They have just released Djevelmakt, the follow up to 2011’s Mare, which was all about witches. Djevelmakt is all about “the muck and bile of the underworlds” which is, as concepts go, a pretty damn suitable one given their music.

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Album: The Swellers – The Light Under Closed Doors

November 20th, 2013

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The Swellers
The Light Under Closed Doors
No Sleep Records
29 October 2013

by Gavin Lloyd

I’ve recently been reading The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. It’s a great book about how psychologists test people to see if they’re, well, psychopaths. While it’s a great tool for finding psychopaths in your day-to-day life (I found three in my local Pret the other day), it also inspired me to want to create my own test to engage with peoples’ personalities and gauge their taste in punk music.

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Album: Malevolence – Reign Of Suffering

November 13th, 2013

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Reign of Suffering
Siege of Amida Records
11 November 2013

by Gavin Lloyd

You could argue that we’ve reached a point where music can’t offer us anything completely original, and with more music at our disposal than ever before it’s now increasingly rare to discover something that sounds like nothing you’ve heard before. Perhaps that’s why so many bands attempt to make a lasting impression these days by picking as broad a range of musical influences as possible and combine them in the hope of making something close to new and exciting. This certainly seems to be the approach Malevolence have taken on their new album Reign of Suffering, drawing as they do from a plethora of modern, retro metal and hardcore source material.

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EP: Whores – Clean

October 29th, 2013

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Brutal Panda Records
29 October 2013

by David Keevill

In a digital landscape where every single cut you ever make will end up on the internet, you’ve got to be sure that each time you flick the light off at the recording studio that you’re completely satisfied with what you’ve created. EPs are no longer valid places for musical overflow. B-sides and off-cut compilations can pass muster as one-offs (hopefully Rise Against won’t be quick to repeat this year’s Long Forgotten Songs), but fill your extended play with offal and you’ll immediately shed any credibility you’ve fostered within your fanbase.

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