In 2016, Mayhem toured performances of their entire debut album for the first time, and released an autobiography of the band’s early years.
μ (pronounced ‘mew’) is a South-East London based artist who has for many years been producing some of the darkest and most unsettling drone, ambient and noise soundscapes around. Packed into the tiny basement venue of Vinyl – a wonderfully welcoming cafe, bar, record store and music venue in Deptford that’s full of character – μ opened […]Read more "Alien Noises – A conversation with Mu"
Released on Atomsmasher Records in 2015, The Finest Day I Ever Lived, Was When Tomorrow Never Came is the debut album from Falmouth’s finest doom/black metal duo Monolithian. Combining the seriously bad-ass bass-playing and varied vocal styles of frontman Simon with Shannon’s solid drumming, Monolithian are a formidable live force. Weird Metal Blog knows this, having […]Read more "Album Review: ‘The Finest Day I Ever Lived, Was When Tomorrow Never Came’ by Monolithian"
“All some people want to do on a Saturday afternoon is drink craft ale surrounded by pickled vertebrae and scrota, listening to pop-punk Christmas carols, and selecting just the right, lovingly hand-crafted, stuffed crow diorama for their weird Auntie Mabel. Is that really too much to ask?”Read more "Barts Bazaar, Barts Pathology Museum, 5/12/15"
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"