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.
December 23rd, 2014
Look, we know it’s nearly Christmas, but that doesn’t mean that the relentless touring machine at the heart of heavy metal has stopped yet. Kreator and Arch Enemy have only just finished a punishing double-headliner tour. We sent Pete Long along to headbang himself senseless at the London leg of the tour.
6 things we learnt while watching Arch Enemy and Kreator in London:
September 30th, 2014
It takes talent and force of will for a band to change direction as solidly and successfully as Anathema have done. The last half-decade has seen the band truly shrug off their heavier, more goth-metal roots, becoming trailblazers in the UK prog scene. We sent Cheryl Carter along to the London date of their most recent tour to marvel at Anathema’s enduring appeal.
6 things we learnt while watching Anathema in London:
July 18th, 2014
Our verdict: This is a rock band! Formed from the ashes of Tropics – a band we were quite partial to – they have become slightly odder in their melodies and there seem to be more melodies on what evidence we’ve heard so far, which we are very much down with. The great news is that there’s still a lot of rocking to be done by Exes and so they’ve let us put their new song, ‘Reptilian’ up on this site. That’s bloody good. Here’s a wee interview with Jodie Cox too. Read, listen, enjoy.
May 7th, 2014
You know what, Funeral For A Friend? If you’d waited until next year, you could’ve billed this tour where you’re playing Hours – your magnificent second album – in full as a tenth anniversary celebration of said album. But you didn’t. Oh, okay, we forgive you. But only because we like you so much. Let’s see what that Gavin Lloyd thought about your show at the Camden Underworld last week.
Six things we learned watching Funeral For A Friend in London…
April 26th, 2014
London is a cruel place for bands to gig. Audiences have seen it all before. They stand at the bar with their arms folded, demanding to be impressed. A Plastic Rose found that out the hard way when they came to North London, but as Gavin Lloyd observed, it didn’t dent their momentum at all.
Six things we learned while watching A Plastic Rose in London…
April 23rd, 2014
Camden Town smells. In the sunshine, it often smells very bad indeed. On Bank Holiday Weekends, it often smells even worse than usual, thanks to all the spilled cider and puddles of drying vomit. smelled something when he caught Of Mice & Men’s headline show there just before Easter, but was it the smell of success, or just the pong of stale hype?
Six things we learned while watching Of Mice & Men in London…
April 1st, 2014
With Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motörhead and Soulfly (and Wolfmother…) set to fill the main stage of a day at British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park this July, it struck Raziq Rauf that the same bill could easily have been announced in 2000 to the same fanfare. What has (or has not) happened in the last 14 years for this to be the case and what does the future have in store?
What is the future of music festivals? I’m not talking 2015 (because 2014’s summer season lineup is just about fully lined up), I’m talking about something more like 2025. What is going to happen to our music festivals in the next ten years? Will Metallica still be headlining on a rota with Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Linkin Park? The classic rockers like Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Black Sabbath have a shelf-life. Are Avenged Sevenfold or Rammstein the answer? While they sell out arenas in London and that simply translates to headlining Donington or Knebworth, neither have ever had quite the same impact as those first mentioned few and they likely never will.
March 20th, 2014
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:
March 7th, 2014
Do bands get the crowds they deserve? We hope not, because Radkey had an absolute shitshower watching them when they played the “prestigious” 100 Club here in London. The usually mild-mannered Tomas Doyle silently seethed and endured it for the sake of some good old fashioned punk rock.
6 things we learnt watching Radkey in London: