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I’ve been writing for Echoes & Dust since December 2013, mostly on drone, doom and black metal. Since then I've completed a PhD looking at mysticism, ritual and religion in drone metal, and will be publishing a book related to this in 2017. I'm also trustee of Oaken Palace Records, a record label run as a charity, each drone release raising money for the conservation of a particular endangered species.

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Cryptae – Nightmare Traversal

Great new drilling, juddering experiment-o-death album, a tight, controlled burst of brutal claustrophobia and sonic imprisonment.

Safer Spaces launch guide for venues and promoters to tackle sexual harassment at gigs

Obviously we’re all desperately missing live gigs . . . But in this difficult time, we can think about what we want when live music comes back . . . and make sure it’s as safe and accessible as possible for everyone.

Häxenzijrkell – Die Nachtseite

A flinty, fierce debut album that builds on strong demos and splits to develop a hissing and crackling, doomy black metal style.

Null – Entity

Null build on their sprawling debut with a follow up Entity, six tracks of dense atmospherics elevated by some striking and properly extreme vocalisations.

Diamanda Galás – De-formation: Piano Variations

Mournful but angry, a requiem that’s also a horror story.

VoidCeremony – Entropic Reflections Continuum: Dimensional Unravel

A great gutturally fierce, rumbling weird death metal debut album from VoidCeremony.

Sloath – Sloath III

Weighty enough for the amplifier worshippers, with hidden depths for the curious, Sloath III comes highly recommended.

Serment – Chante, Ô Flamme de la Liberté

A fully formed epic, ambient black metal record that has the best of all of those terms.

Sombre Héritage – Alpha Ursae Minoris

A melodramatic and aggressive black metal record, touring the touchstones of the best contemporary black metal.

Mark Lanegan – Straight Songs of Sorrow

It’s just a bit of a mess of a record

Diamanda Galás – The Litanies of Satan

Diamanda Galás reissues coruscatingly brilliant and extreme debut album The Litanies of Satan.

Turia – Degen van Licht

Another instalment of ambitiously exploratory, tightly controlled, and above all, furiously exciting music.

Fluisteraars – Bloem

Flower-themed brightness, brevity and directness give the record an invigorating and mind-expanding potential.

Nocturnal Depression – Tides of Despair

Overall a worthwhile addition to the discography for Nocturnal Depression, though for newcomers to the band I’d probably refer them to the earlier touchstone albums.

Blood Incantation – Hidden History of the Human Race

Complicated, weird, heavy, tight and uncompromising but also cerebral, curious and accessible. All praise that this record has received already is definitely well deserved.

Tuskar – The Monolith Sessions

A furious but brief equinox storm, the sounds evoking complex swirls and riptides.

False – Portent

No quarter-second is wasted when some seriously densely organised noise could be forced into it.

Profetus – The Sadness of Time Passing

Ancient trees falling, icebergs toppling into the ocean, molten rock crackling as it cools, it’s difficult to imagine a more impressively epic way of crashing about.

Botanist – Ecosystem

Botanist appear from the undergrowth with Ecosystem, an intriguing new record of their trademark zithery, plant-supremacist black metal.

The Great Old Ones – Cosmicism

All in all, an excellent new step for the band, extending their previous accomplishments with a noticeably complex, faster interlocking riffs matched to the existing harmonic intensity and sinisterly animated drumming, all serving to crowbar open the portals and let the elder gods in.

Tomb Mold – Planetary Clairvoyance

Tomb Mold’s new album Planetary Clairvoyance is cosmic-themed, bottom-heavy growly death metal with unusual flourishes.

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