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Watch the brand new video from Uniform – &lsqu…

Watch the brand new video from Uniform – ‘The Walk’. New album The Long Walk out on August 17th via Sacred Bones Records

Damnation festival 2018 add Ne Obliviscaris, C…

Damnation festival 2018 add Ne Obliviscaris, CELESTE and Mourning Beloveth as UK exclusives, also joining the line up will be Caligula’s Horse…


For one night only in April of this year, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds shared a show from their celebrated 2017 world tour on cinema screens worldwide.

Now, they announce the release of a special EP of audio from that extraordinary show, Distant Sky – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live In Copenhagen, available on Digital and 12” vinyl from September 28th.

The tracklisting of the EP (released on Bad Seed Ltd) is as follows:

Side A:
Jubilee Street
Distant Sky

Side B:
From Her to Eternity
The Mercy Seat

Lotic releases their new song ‘Solace’…

Lotic releases their new song ‘Solace’…

Hypophora release video for Spires – new album…

Hypophora release video for Spires – new album Douse is out on 21st September via Easy Action/Zen Ten

The Hinterlands Volume 2 by David Lees

Welcome to column number two! This time out we have  some techno, a fair bit of ambient and a seasoning of hardcore electronica, so hopefully something to please everyone.

First up we have Offending Public Morality by DJ and producer Dax J, a release on his own label Monnom Black. This album has a little more depth than a lot of techno releases, lacing each track with simmeringly aggressive drum’n’bass and mixing vocal samples from old British movies to explore themes of racism and police brutality, a dystopian vision that feels all too relevant right now. Though guest vocals by Zanias on Waves of Isolation add some melancholy to the mix, overall this is the soundtrack to a dark urban fable with no happy ending in sight.

Just out from [aufnahme + wiedergabe] is Psychoterrorpriest by Acid Vatican which consists of two tracks, Repent Motherfucker and Preacherman. There’s a touch of the 80’s synthwave sound going on but it’s far more rooted in the world of Italian horror movies than that of mirrorshades and neon. It also includes a particularly meaty remix of Repent Motherfucker by Sarin which throws in some murdery vocal samples to add another layer of menace. One to listen to while driving through a rain-slicked city at night looking for murderers in leather hoods lurking down alleyways. As we all do from time to time.

Odd Scene/Shit Luck is a bit of a surprise single release from Blanck Mass, not related to or taken from any recent album and considerably more hardcore (as in the genre) than their usual output of experimental electronica and post-rock influences. Driving guitars, distortion  and growled vocals are the order of the day here. Is this a cathartic release or a change of pace after the experimentation of World Eater and its Re-Voxed remix album? Either way it grabs you by the head and shakes for a solid 8 minutes.

Slowing things down a bit we have some Dark Ambient from Shamsiel with Mighty Sun of God. Unsurprisingly for a project named after an angel there’s a heavily religious overtone to this, with the sounds of echoing, distant ritual worship and Latin (I assume) chanting creating a sense of vast, sepulchral spaces, like a journey through an abyssal cathedral or great slow slabs of sound drifting across a dark arctic ocean.

Heart Murmur is the new album by Darkrad, the dark-industrial music project of multidisciplinary artist Jana Komaritsa. A collection of subdued electronic soundscapes made to evoke themes of “inner blackness and disturbances of mind”, to me the album sounds like the ambient soundtrack of a psychological horror movie steeped in darkness punctuated by brief patches of neon light, dragging you further and further down into anxiety inducing weirdness as it progresses.

Therapy? announce November tour:

Therapy? announce November tour:

Therapy? ‘Going Somewhere’ tour dates.

8-Nov Cardiff The Globe
9-Nov Southampton Engine Rooms
10-Nov Norwich Waterfront
11-Nov Nottingham Rescue Rooms
12-Nov Glasgow Garage
13-Nov Sheffield o2 Academy 2
15-Nov Stoke Sugarmill
16-Nov Manchester Gorilla
17-Nov Leeds Brudenell
19-Nov Brighton Concorde 2
20-Nov Bristol SWX
21-Nov Exeter Phoenix
22-Nov London O2 Islington Academy
23-Nov Birmingham Asylum

The SoapGirls release video for Johnny Rotten.

The SoapGirls release video for Johnny Rotten.

Catch them live:

June 15th The Parish Huddersfield, 

16th Sanctuary Burnley

22nd Yardbirds Rock Grimsby 

23rd Custom House Hotel Greenock

25th Bannermans Bar Edinburgh

29th Rigger Rock Venue Newcastle under Lyme, 

30th The Lantern Halifax

July 5th Bar 42 Worthing

6th Amplified Open Air Festival Quarrydowns, Gloucestershire

6th The Green Room Welwyn Garden City 

7th North Shore Troubadour Liverpool

12th Mama Liz’s Stamford

14th The Underground Bradford 

26th Bierkeller Exeter

28th Woolpack Live Doncaster

August 2nd Winter Gardens Rebellion Festival 2018

September12th Brin de Zinc Barberaz, Rhône-Alpes, France

13th Music-Club-Munich Munich, Germany

October26th The Fenton Leeds, 

27th The Flag Watford

November 17th The Trades Rotherham

SHANE EMBURY launches new project and label – …

Britain’s original grindfather, Shane Embury, has today launched his own Extrinsic Recordings label by confirming details of his first release. Set up with the purpose of providing an outlet for his creative endeavours outside of his Napalm Death “day job”, Extrinsic Recordings’ first release will be BORN TO MURDER THE WORLD.

The album is titled The Infinite Mirror Of Millennial Narcissism, and it will be released digitally on August 24.

With the weight of two stalwarts of extreme metal behind it, BORN TO MURDER THE WORLD was always going to be heavy. With the blueprint for the band hashed out on drunken night’s out in their Birmingham home town, Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Venomous Concept, Brujeria, Lock Up etc) and Mick Kenney (Anaal Nathrakh, Mistress) swore to join forces.

Having known each other for the best part of twenty years, and being avid fans of each others’ creative output, distance was no barrier for the pair once Kenney relocated to California. As the album began to take shape, they recruited Duncan Wilkins AKA Drunk (Fukpig, Mistress) to give a voice to tracks such as The Virus Is Within Us All, and Brutality Alchemist.

Menace Beach release new single…

Menace Beach release new single…