Slayer Live at Arena, Birmingham [Live Review]

SLAAAAAAAYER! It’s a name that cannot he uttered in a traditional manner. It needs to be screamed like a screech from the bowels of hell. Few bands can command such a majestic legacy as Slayer, and on their final tour, legacy is front and centre. The very way in which their name is shouted from…

Damnation Festival 2018 [Live Review]

Indoor festivals seem to be few and far between. With their outdoor summertime counterparts seemingly exponentially growing and multiplying, it’s hard for the smaller niche festivals to get a footing in the market. How heartening then that Damnation should celebrate yet another sold out year chock full of the great and good of underground extreme…

Ohhms, Boss Keloid and Final Coil – The Vault, Leicester [Live Review]

Leicester’s lacking when it comes to music. The city that birthed Gary Lineker and Kasabian is understandably a hub for sports, and displays a dearth of decent gigs. It’s rare that bands that really bring in a crowd would ever choose to visit the East Midlands City, especially with Nottingham being a stone’s throw away,…

The Black Queen Live at Nottingham Contemporary [Live Review]

Nottingham isn’t short on incredible venues. Whether it’s the legendary Rock City, or the grungy DIY feel of the Bodega, there’s a place for every band. It’s apt then that, The Black Queen should choose to play in the downstairs of Nottingham’s modern art museum, the Contemporary. In an exhibition room that is ostensibly the…

Deafheaven – Live at Leeds Stylus [Live Review]

Lying somewhere between space rock, dream pop and blackgaze is something extraordinary. Something undefinable by insufficient portmanteaus. There lie Deafheaven. A band whose majesty wanders in an æther beyond words, as such making a critic’s job near impossible. Though the venue is not sold out, Deafheaven play as if they were headlining an at capacity…