Atlantean Kodex – The White Goddess 2013, Ván Records/ Cruz del Sur Music So, she’s back after an age and not even talking about USPM. Galling, no? But trust me, this is a fun story, so let me bring you up to speed. I can hardly believe that it’s been over three years since I […]Read more "Atlantean Kodex – The White Goddess"
Slauter Xstroyes – Winter Kill 1985, Independent I realise it’s been a while since I’ve written anything. A good, long while. And, to be honest, it might have been a lot longer, had I not come across some news that shocked me out my creative lethargy. I think it’s important at this juncture to introduce […]Read more "Slauter Xstroyes – Winter Kill"
As if it’s February. I do love living in the South West. I’m never more than five minutes away from absolute wilderness, and I have embraced country living – stomping around with the pups through woodlands and streams has become part of our daily routine. Best of all – the listening corner is back up […]Read more "2017 – The End"
Apollo Ra – Ra Pariah 1989, Independent It’s been a while, I know. I should start where I left off, in the triumph of securing the training programme of my dreams, in a world-renowned centre for Orthopaedic surgery. My girlfriends and I headed out to sunny Ibiza, and as the deep bass filled my […]Read more "Apollo Ra – Ra Pariah"
Keep it True XX 28-29 April 2017 Well, what an emotional rollercoaster the past few days have been. The only way I can truly describe the existential crisis in which I found myself heading out to KIT XX is to start with a little context. Every junior doctor in the UK dreams of their ‘number’ […]Read more "Keep it True XX"
Fifth Angel – Time Will Tell 1989, Epic Records Pondicherry – a small union territory on the South Eastern Coast of India – perhaps the place I think of as ‘home’ the most. Indeed, some of my first memories of being human were here, under the tropical sun, walking wide, paved streets flanked by beautiful […]Read more "Holiday listening: Fifth Angel – Time Will Tell"
It’s hard to believe it was only 48 hours ago that I stood at the fire exit of The Rebellion club, and heard the first strains of one of L.A.’s finest bands sound check for their first ever Manchester gig. Throughout their chequered history, Armored Saint have maintained a quality and commitment to their sound that […]Read more "Interview: John Bush (Armored Saint)"
A little over a year ago, on a freezing night in Bavaria, I met a set of young lads, and we bonded over peppermint schnapps and power metal. Ever since, I have had the pleasure of watching their growth and evolution as musicians, culminating in their fantastic full length debut. It gives me great pride, diverging […]Read more "Interview: Max ‘Savage’ Birbaum (Lunar Shadow)"
Lizzy Borden – Love you to Pieces 1985, Metal Blade Records There are days that you do your hair, put on your make-up, wear your most fabulous outfit and strut around like you own the earth, because damn, you just feel so good. Today was not one of those days. As I shook off what […]Read more "Lizzy Borden – Love You To Pieces"
Psychotic Waltz – A Social Grace 1990, Rising Sun Productions Can it be that the sun has risen and set for over a fortnight into the new year? It seems that where others have been propelled forth into action with new purpose, I have already started sinking into old patterns – confusion, introspection, contemplation – […]Read more "Psychotic Waltz – A Social Grace"