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.
February 11th, 2013
The Underground Resistance
25 February 2013
by Tom Dare
In a funny way, you have to feel sorry for Darkthrone. Every time they’ve done something different, avoid what’s cool and flip humanity the finger, whatever they’ve done has, sooner or later, become trendy in metal circles. Unluckily for Darkthrone, ’80s speed metal and crust have both made a comeback. Everyone who spat their dummy out over The Cult Is Alive and F.O.A.D. incorporating both is now falling over themself to praise The Underground Resistance. So is this just hipster froth (well… some of it is, but is all of it?) or is album fifteen genuinely one of the Norwegians’ better moments? [Read more →]
March 1st, 2012
In the final part of his look at the Black Metal evolution over the past 20 years, today Tom Dare is examining the murkier and more indistinct realms of “post”-Black Metal band, as well as those bands who might’ve moved beyond the boundaries of Black Metal musically, still remain within the genre in spirit, at least….
February 27th, 2012
With Sunday just past marking the 20th anniversary of the release of Darkthrone’s A Blaze In The Northern Sky (and therefore being pretty much the closest thing to a birthday that black metal can claim to have), over the coming week we’re letting Tom Dare off the leash to run his mouth about one of metal’s most controversial off-shoots. But instead of rehashing the same-old same-old tales from the genre’s torrid history, we thought we’d get him to look at how the genre’s evolved since those first, frosty releases two decades ago. Take it away, Mr. Dare…
February 26th, 2012
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Darkthrone’s seminal second album, A Blaze In The Northern Sky. As this pretty much makes today the closest thing to a birthday that black metal can claim to have (for the sake of clarity we’ll ignore the first wave, yeah?), we’re going to be marking the occasion in with a Spotify Slaylist seeped in old necro evil.
September 24th, 2010
You know sometimes something comes along that is so inherently metal, right down in its bones and blood and balls, that I feel inadequate even writing about it? Well, that’s how I feel about next months inaugural Live Evil Festival. It’s so damn heavy I think it might just drag The Underworld in Camden literally down into Hell,. [Read more →]
March 12th, 2010
Circle The Wagons
8 March 2010
by Tom Dare
Legendary black metal pioneers Darkthrone began moving away from a conventional black metal style some time ago, and with Circle The Wagons, their fourteenth album, it could be argued they have stylistically abandoned black metal altogether. However, this would be a mistaken impression – because although this record initially sounds very much like a punk record, it still has the consummate feel of traditional Darkthrone.
October 7th, 2009
Colour us excited – not only does tonight see the first public screening of Until The Light Takes Us, the brand spanking-new black metal documentary from Audrey Ewell and Aaron Aites, but there’s also going to be a free afterparty for the film taking place at The Intrepid Fox afterwards. BLACK METAL PARTY TIME.