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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…

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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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Split: Amenra/VVOVNDS – The Abyss Stares Back #1

July 1st, 2014

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Amenra/VVOVDS
The Abyss Stares Back #1
Hypertension Records
02 June 2014

by Cheryl Carter

Hypertension Records’ The Abyss Stares Back split series is one that will surely be closely watched due to the names and sounds involved. Their first instalment features the cathartic tones on the incredible Amenra alongside their fellow Belgian countrymen VVOVNDS (pictured above), and other planned releases will see Scott Kelly, Primitive Man, Alkerdeel and Hessian lined up against each other.

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EP: Falls of Rauros / Panopticon – Split EP

May 9th, 2014

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Falls of Rauros / Panopticon
Split EP
Bindrune Recordings
29 April 2014

by Cheryl Carter

Panopticon’s career output been fairly prolific, with the one man band giving us four full lengths (with another due this summer) and seven split releases (including the one we talk about here). It’s in stark contrast to Falls of Rauros who, in a similar time scale, have released two full lengths a handful of early demos and this split. Both though, tread their own path of nature inspired black metal with the former often turning to slightly different sounds depending on the records theme while the latter are firmly planted in that Cascadian sound that’s been rife these last few years.

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EP: Drudkh/Winterfylleth – Thousands of Moons Ago/The Gates

January 18th, 2014

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Drudkh/Winterfylleth
Thousands of Moons Ago/The Gates
Season of Mist
21 January 2014

by Tom Gibbons

The Ukraine’s black metal underground is so underground that one of its leading bands, Drudkh, has a “no photos, no interviews, no website, no gigs” policy, and then streams their latest EP on Bandcamp. Awesome right? But it goes deeper – this EP isn’t just Drudkh covering lesser-known bands from the Ukranian scene (Hefeystos, Unclean, Sacrilegium) but also inviting the very English folk/black metallers Winterfylleth to contribute a cover of Hateforest’s ‘The Gates’ to conclude this four song split EP.

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Split 7-inch: Is the UK Hardcore scene a divided place?

November 28th, 2013

The battle between culture and commerce is something that’s always on the agenda, whether we’re actively talking about it or not. The UK Hardcore scene is one that has been enjoying a surge in popularity over the past few years but why is that? Tomas Doyle talks to prominent figures in the scene to try to discover whether the divide that appears to be growing is really there and if it is, what we can do about it…

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Few scenes, if any, have enjoyed such a leap to mainstream popularity as hardcore has in the last ten years. The rise and rise of its sister genre, post-hardcore, package tours both domestic and foreign and a proliferation of the niche as a lifestyle package have all played their part in making the counter culture a big deal but has this move overground diluted what hardcore once stood for and is the UK scene in particular splitting in two? One side more underground, the other sprawling into more public consciousness. What does it mean to be in a hardcore band, either under the radar or more high profile in 2013 and does it even matter anyway?

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EP: Self Defense Family / Goodtime Boys – Split EP

November 19th, 2013

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Self Defense Family / Goodtime Boys
Split EP
Palm Reader Records
11 November 2013

by Alex Andrews

Self Defense Family are a strange one. They’ve changed their name so many times you can never be sure what they’re actually called; they’re wildly prolific yet they’ve only managed three albums in 10 years; and despite the fact that they practically live on social media, their inane chatter and lack of a proper website means that Wikipedia remains the best way of keeping track of their discography.

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EP: Departures / Moose Blood – Split EP

October 25th, 2013

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Departures / Moose Blood
Split EP
Fist in the Air / No Sleep Records
11 November 2013

by Alex Andrews

You can’t blame for Departures for their sincerity; hardcore has always taken itself far too seriously and the Glaswegians’ particular brand has been inherited from a time when the genre was becoming increasingly self-aware and beginning to develop poetic pretensions. While this kind of music can feel desperate, primal and life-affirming, Departures fall into the trap of sounding meticulously-studied and a little too slick.

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Album: Wet Nuns – Wet Nuns

October 11th, 2013

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Throng Of Nobs
07 October 2013

by David Keevill

So, Wet Nuns have announced that they’re splitting up. As they gleefully posted on their Facebook page, “our four year long joke isn’t very funny anymore. We’re sick of the sight of each other and the band is imminently to cease to exist.” Fair enough. For a band who’ve spent nearly half of a decade arsing around, this hardly seems like an incongruous end. Rest in peace, Wet Nuns. Remain in obscuria.

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Album: Earthtone9 – IV

April 17th, 2013

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Earthtone9
IV
Self-released
8 April 2013

by Rob McAuslan

Ask a random selection of UK metal fans aged mid-20s and up which band they thought should have been massive at the turn of the century, and there’s a fair chance that Earthtone9 will be the answer you get. The Nottingham six-piece had a blend of accessible melody, progressive tendencies and sheet-metal fury that was rare at the time, and still proves hard to find now. Splitting in 2002, the band announced in 2010 that they’d be reforming to play a few shows…and then we even got a new EP a few months later…and now 11 years almost to the day since the release of their last EP, (finally!) a new Earthtone9 album has arrived.

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