The-Obsessed

The Obsessed release NEW SONG!

Doom-rock legend Wino has put together a new line up of his classic band The Obsessed, with Spirit Caravan bassist Dave Sherman and drummer Brian Costantino. The band have signed to Relapse Records and are currently touring the USA.

They have released this new demo track as a teaser of what’s to come. I think we’re in for a treat when the finished article arrives!

Vardis-2016

Album: Vardis – Red Eye

vardis-red-eye“Life’s a bitch and then you die!”

NWOBHM veterans Vardis originally called it a day in 1986 before reforming in 2014. This album comes in the wake of the tragic death of their bass player Terry Horbury last year. Horbury had been with the band on and off since the early 1980’s and is replaced by Martin Connolly (ex- Rick Wakeman, Paul Fox). The cover art was painted by legendary horror artists Graham Humphries (Evil Dead, Death Waltz Recording Company) and features the band as disembodied heads (with red eyes of course) and Horbury is depicted, which serves as a fitting tribute to him. (more…)

Book: The Magician – W. Somerset Maugham (1908)

The-Magician cover  “And what else is it that men seek in life but power? If they want money, it is but for the power that attends it, and it is power again that they strive for in all the knowledge they acquire.”

It could be argued that reviewing a book from 1908 is a sign that I am not exactly up to date with today’s current crop of bestsellers. You’d be right to think that, but it doesn’t matter. I tend to review books that are new to me, regardless of when they were published, and The Magician is one such book. (more…)

Psychedelic-Witchcraft

Review: Psychedelic Witchcraft – The Vision

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“People reject us. They will never know the answer to the question that we carry in our hearts.”

The Vision is the debut album from these Italian blues-doom rockers. The album is the follow-up to last year’s Black Magic Man EP, and offers nine tracks of smoky, classic blues rock with occult-themed lyrics. Singer Virginia Monti delivers said lyrics in a suitably witchy style, and manages to sound like she means it. That’s because she does!  (more…)

Goatess

Review: Goatess II – Purgatory Under New Management

Goatess IISweden’s Goatess released their debut LP in 2013 and came to my attention mainly via their singer (Lord Vicar and ex-Count Raven and Terra Firma frontman Chritus Linderson). Their music is a cross between stoner rock and doom with plenty of psychedelia thrown in for good measure. (more…)

Classic album: QUARTZ – Stand Up and Fight (1980)

Quartz-Stand Up and FightBirmingham’s Quartz, were a hard rock/heavy metal band who counted long-running Black Sabbath keyboard player Geoff Nicholls among their founding members. Formed in 1974 under the less than metal name of Bandy Legs, the band played club gigs and released a single (‘Bet You Can’t Dance’) for Jet records in 1976 before changing their name to Quartz (sounds a lot cooler doesn’t it?).
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Film Review: Spookies (1986)

richard-corben_spookies-poster_1987Spookies harks back to that glorious time for American horror films – the mid to late 1980’s. It has the perfect mix of stereotypical teen characters (all played by actors that are well into their twenties, in line with horror tradition) and incredible special creature effects that still look good today. No CGI here – all the effects were done with puppets and models, giving them a solid, believable look that is sadly missing from today’s horror movies. (more…)

Video: IRON MAIDEN – Speed of Light

Here’s the video for new single ‘Speed of Light,’ from my all-time favourite band, IRON MAIDEN. The video sees the band’s mascot (Eddie the ‘Ed) playing through the evolution of video games from the early ’80’s right up to the modern 3D era, with the graphics getting better each time. Great stuff!

Their new album The Book of Souls is out next month. I can’t wait to check it out.

Review: HIGH ON FIRE – Luminiferous

high-on-fire-luminiferousHigh on Fire are back with their seventh studio album, and I’m pleased to say that the band are definitely not mellowing with age. Luminiferous is nine tracks of the heavy rock, doom and thrash metal hybrid that Matt Pike and co. have spent the past fifteen years perfecting. Equal parts early Celtic Frost, Slayer and Motorhead, with just right amount of Venom and a healthy pinch of Wino, shoved in a blender and then set alight. That best describes the sound of High on Fire, and though it hardly seems possible, the new album takes things up another notch from their previous effort (2012’s De Vermis Mysteriis).  (more…)