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The Month in Black Metal with Cheryl Carter – November 2014

November 27th, 2014

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Last week we kicked off our new series of genre-specific columns with Prog, and this week we’re turning our attention to things a little nastier. We’ve asked Cheryl Carter to give us her insight to the past month (well, month and a bit – we’re just getting into the swing of this whole “regular schedule” thing, after all) in Black Metal…

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Album: Autopsy – Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves

March 21st, 2014

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Autopsy
Tourniquets, Hacksaws & Graves
Peaceville Records
21 April 2014

by Rob McAuslan

For all the talk that gets bandied around, you’d be forgiven for thinking that every band needs to be on some ceaseless quest for progress. It simply isn’t true; not everyone wants to ‘push the boundaries of what’s possible in music’, or whatever other guff gets spouted around this conceit. Autopsy did their innovating as one of the very earliest bands at the birth of the death metal scene, and their particular brand of gore-flecked nastiness has proven hugely influential for the best part of thirty years. Why fix what’s already broken in the best possible way?

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EP: My Dying Bride – The Manuscript

May 20th, 2013

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My Dying Bride
The Manuscript
Peaceville Records
13 May 2013

by Daniel Cairns

Whilst peers like Paradise Lost and Anathema have gone through a litany of musical changes, experimenting with Depeche Mode style electronics and glorious anthemic rock songs, My Dying Bride have mercifully continued to wallow in their Keats-meets-Castlevania misery, writing melodic dirges for those moments at four in the morning when you’re not miserable enough for Khanate, but still feel a bit naff anyway.

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Album: Darkthrone – The Underground Resistance

February 11th, 2013

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Darkthrone
The Underground Resistance
Peaceville
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 →]

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Album: Katatonia – Dead End Kings

July 17th, 2012

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Katatonia
Dead End Kings
Peaceville
27 August 2012

by Tom Dare

There aren’t many bands 20 years into their career producing their very best work, but Katatonia’s creativity curve has been consistently on the rise for the last decade. Their previous album, Night Is The New Day, was widely hailed as their career-best, despite their move in more melodic, less metallic directions. Three years on, they’ve changed subtly directions again with ninth album Dead End Kings, and it’s probably not what you might think.

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Album: Darkthrone – Circle The Wagons

March 12th, 2010

Darkthrone
Circle The Wagons
Peaceville Records
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.

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Album: Katatonia – Night Is The New Day

October 28th, 2009

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Katatonia
Night Is The New Day
Peaceville Records
02 November 2009

by Wrigz

It’s been three years since The Great Cold Distance, Katatonia’s last physical release. Needless to say, the latest offering from these Swedish atmospheric doom merchants Night Is The New Day is rather eagerly anticipated…let’s just say that fans will not be disappointed.

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