Tentacled slug-creatures, shipwrecks and nautik funeral doom – Weird Metal Blog investigates Ahab’s 2015 concept album ‘The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” and William Hope Hodgson’s eponymous source novel.
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"
The post below was originally given as a paper entitled ‘”Within this music’s darkness are glinting the treasures”: Four Theses on Weird Metal’ at The Weird: Fugitive Fictions and Hybrid Genres – a conference run by the University of London on 8 November 2013. It has been tweaked to make sense as a blog post, with recent […]Read more "Four Theses on Weird Metal"
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"
My cassette copy of the fourth release by French duo Deveikuth, entitled VII-π-III, arrived in a rather attractive cloth bag marked with their ‘Desolation’ rune. The band included a handwritten message thanking me for my support, and promising ‘Funeral Drone x Funeral Noise x Not Music’. The tone for the album is set first by […]Read more "Album Review: ‘VII-π-III’ by Deveikuth"
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: […]Read more "The Weird Tale of Mutations Festival 2015"
Illustrations by Matt Fox, in Famous Fantastic Mysteries, June 1944. Thanks to Murray Ewing for introducing me to Matt Fox, clearly a key illustrator of the Weird – I’m sharing his post here. Murray blogs about SF and related genres in literature and film, so give his site a read.These images depict Algernon Blackwood’s […]Read more "Illustration for Algernon Blackwood’s ‘The Wendigo’ — Matt Fox"