Entombed A.D. at The Underworld, Camden; November 14th, 2014


Following the split of Sweden’s Entombed, LG Petrov decided to continue the esteemed death ‘n’ roll band in a second incarnation of Entombed AD, which he then took on tour in late 2014 throughout Europe. Accompanying them were to be British sludge/metalcore acts Hang The Bastard and Corrupt Moral Altar, yet right before the London show at The Underworld venue, both of the aforementioned names had to drop out at least a day before. The reason was that members found themselves having to be hospitalised, for serious spinal injuries. Mercifully, new support bands were found in the form of locals Diesel King and Swedish retro doom set The Graviators.

Yet while these two offered an interesting contrast between musical aggression and groovy melodies, it was Entombed AD who left a mixed reception by the end of the night.

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Hooded Menace/Dragged Into Sunlight, the Dome, London; November 8th, 2014

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Hallowe’en may have come and gone, but November 8th was fright night at The Dome, for an evening of horror-themed death and doom metal was ready to begin. Co-headlined by Finns Hooded Menace and Brits Dragged Into Sunlight, the show was an ode to sinister forces and Hammer Horror films; a shared interest of both genres of music, with the likes of Uncoffined, Decrepid, The Wounded Kings and Resurgency coming along for support.

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Eastern Front album release party – The Black Heart, Camden, London; July 26th, 2014



Saturday saw the sun continue with its irregular, summer heat wave, which reached all the way into The Black Heart in Camden. Though the lack of proper ventilation and air conditioning made the place too uncomfortably warm for many, it was mercifully not so much that people couldn’t enjoy themselves for the half-day long album release party of Ipswich-based black metal band Eastern Front.

They were joined by the likes of death/black metal hybrid Sidious, Primitive Graven Image and even a special, rare (last minute) appearance from the Danish/London trio Sturmtiger, amongst others in the British black metal scene. While no one was spared from the sweltering conditions of the upstairs venue, everyone played a decent show.

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Live from The Underworld – Ann talks to Aage, from Iskald!

When you’re from one of the smaller scenes in your homeland, it must be amazing to be able to travel abroad and play gigs in other countries.

It certainly looked to be the case, for Iskald’s drummer and co-founder Aage André Krekling.



Right before the band got up to play the first act for Kampfar and Hate at the Underworld on April 3rd, I was lucky enough to snag a few minutes to sit down for a brief talk about touring, the Bodø scene and more.

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De Profundis at the Black Heart, Camden, London; September 26th, 2013


Tucked into an alleyway behind The World’s End, the Black Heart could be considered an elusive venue. Regardless, it’s steadily gaining a good reputation among the metal underground for its cleanliness and intimate spacing. This was the case on Thursday night, when Londoners De Profundis, Mørktår and Premature Birth came to play, with Chesham’s Primitive Graven Image in tow.

The venue’s relative newness naturally came with a few curious folks who knew little about the music they were to see, as evidenced by a few bouts of silly nu metal dancing and moshing, which were entirely out of place at an extreme/progressive metal show. Inevitably, this did little to dampen the spirit of  bands that delivered a full, fun night of music for most who were dedicated enough to listen.

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Enslaved: Spring Rites European Tour at the Underworld, Camden, London; March 21st, 2013


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Me(n)tal-Meltdown presents – Folk Metal in England – A Day at the Warhorns Viking Festival

K. Ann Sulaiman reports to you from the Warhorns Viking Festival in York; a delightful town in the north of England that played host to a string of bands from across Europe for the weekend long Warhorns Viking Festival. Continue reading


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