Since the late 1980s Marilyn Manson (MM), both the man and the band, has produced art steeped in Weirdness at virtually every level. From their music, lyrics, Manson’s stage personas and life, conceptual narratives and general aesthetics, the intelligence and complexity of MM is frequently lost amidst the tide of controversy that inevitably follows in their […]Read more "Gig Review: Marilyn Manson, Hammersmith Apollo, 19/11/2015"
“Chaos is present everywhere,” Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) once stated, “whereas order remains an impossible ideal. We can always hope.” ‘The Amazing World of M.C. Escher’ – the first major exhibition of Escher’s work in the UK – is as well ordered as the artist in question’s thought-provoking and mind-bending engravings and lithographs. Straightforwardly arranged in […]Read more "Reassembling Reality: ‘The Amazing World of M.C. Escher’, Dulwich Picture Gallery, 5/11/2015"
This was always going to be memorable. Not only does tonight’s show mark the tenth anniversary of the Swedish depressive black metal collective known as Lifelover, it’s only their second performance since the death of core member ‘B’ in 2011, and it follows an announcement that there will be no more recordings under the Lifelover […]Read more "Gig Review: Lifelover, Hypothermia, Eye of Solitude, Kall – Nambucca, 26/09/2015"
Weird Metal Blog reviews the latest London gig by neo-Victorian black metallers A Forest of Stars.Read more "Gig Review: A Forest of Stars, Black Heart, Camden, 18/10/2015"