Rebuilding Temples Festival 2016

Those with an ear to the underground will have heard the sound of Temples Festival 2016 imploding with a pungent whiff of sadness, good-natured understanding and bitterness, barely a week before this popular metal-fest was due to shake Bristol’s foundations for a third year running. Posting a long apology and cancellation announcement on the festival’s […]

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The Weird Tale of Mutations Festival 2015

Back in the Year of our Lord 2015 Weird Metal Blog – accompanied this time by a mysterious individual known only as The Partner – ventured forth to the English coast to attend the inaugural edition of Brighton’s Mutations Festival, organised by One Inch Badge. The Mutations Festival, spread across several venues in Brighton, was conceived with an implicitly Weird premise: […]

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Gig Review: Marilyn Manson, Hammersmith Apollo, 19/11/2015

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 […]

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Gig Review: Myrkur, Underworld, Camden – 28/10/2015

“This song’s about wolves”, explains Jøtnarr mainman Chris laconically, before launching into ‘Hernswolf’, a short sharp example of the UK band’s punk-infused black metal. It’s perhaps not difficult to understand why Jøtnarr take inspiration from Norweigan mythology rather than that of their home, given that the band are from Essex. Despite this, when someone in the crowd […]

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