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Review: Home of Metal: Black Sabbath 50 Years Exhibition

When it comes to Heavy metal music, there is one iconic band that springs to mind – Black Sabbath. Heavy, doom-laden songs powered by Tony Iommi’s signature guitar riffs, Geezer Butler’s powerful and technically proficient bass lines and the relentless battery of Bill Ward’s jazz-influenced drumming. Add the unique vocals of John ‘Ozzy’ Osbourne and you have the recipe for the most influential band in heavy music history. A special exhibition is being held at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to celebrate fifty years of the band’s existence. I was lucky enough to be able to go and check it out. (more…)

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Film: An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn (2018)

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“Every girl needs a Colin.”

An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn is the latest film from writer/director Jim Hosking (The Greasy Strangler). My first thoughts when this film popped up on Netflix was “what the fuck is going on?”

But in a good way… (more…)

Album: Immolation – Atonement (2017)

immolation-atonementImmolation have been part of the US death metal scene for over thirty years now. Theirs is a name that I heard mentioned a lot back in the 1990’s but for one reason or another, never really listened to.

If you’re anything like me, death metal will have become something of a blurry memory of days gone by. It’s fair to say that the music scene has moved on, but the genre lives on (or should that be remains undead?) and there are still some die-hard bands out there producing very high quality music. (more…)

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Album: CARDINAL’S FOLLY – Holocaust of Ecstasy & Freedom

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“You can only die once. After that, nothing and nobody can harm you.” 

Cardinal’s Folly are a relatively new band to me, despite being active in the underground doom metal scene since 2007 (the band actually formed in 2004 as The Coven changing their name to Cardinal’s Folly in 2007). (more…)

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Film: The Devils (1971)

The Devils dvdThe Devils is not a film for everyone.”

Ken Russell’s 1971 masterpiece The Devils mixes the avante garde with the blasphemous, creating an unforgettable cinematic experience.

Censored and widely banned since it’s release, the full, uncut version of the film, which includes an infamous scene involving a crucifix (known as the “rape of Christ” scene) and several other salacious scenes, has never been made available to the public. This DVD version contains as much of the film as Warner Bros. will currently allow to be released and is as good a version as I have ever seen.

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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!

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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…)