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Under The Influence with Blanket

Blanket have been on our radar for a little while now, last year’s Ep Our Brief Encounters was a fine record, so we were very much looking forward to their debut album, How To Let Go,. To coincide with that release, we asked the guys to pick the books, films & music that have influenced where they are as a band today.

10 Years of Dingo Barracks

Stuart Metcalfe from Rail Cables celebrates 10 years of DIY promoting in the North West by Dingo Barracks

Under the Influence with Liam Phelan from Svalbard

On May 25th UK based hard hitters Svalbard will release their new album It’s Hard To Have Hope through Holy Roar Records and Translation Loss Records (pre-order here). This is their second full length album, which refines their distinctive blend o …


An underappreciated gem from the vaults of black metal, Death and the Beyond offers escapism of the most exquisite kind.

Under The Influence with the crew from Portals Festival

With a monster of a show hoving in to view rapidly, we thought it was time to get the brains behind it, Asher, Arran & the two Sams, to pick a record each that started them on this path.

Under the Influence with Tobias Grave from Soft Kill

On May 11 Soft Kill will release their new album Savior through Profound Lore Records. Savior is the follow up album to 2016’s critically acclaimed Choke. Soft Kill have matured into a melodic powerhouse; effortlessly blending …

Sunday’s Satanists: Emotional Catharsis At Roadburn

Sunday’s Satanists: Emotional Catharsis At Roadburn.

Under the Influence with Frayle

Sean and Gwyn from Cleveland stoner/doom band Frayle tell us about the 3 records that have influenced them the most.

Under The Infuence with Austel

Austel is the nom de plume of Devon born songwriting talent Annie Rew Shaw. Having studied classical vocal and piano from a young age, at the tender age of 19 Annie took the plunge to move to London to try and ‘make it’ as a musician. In late 2016, Aus …

Under The Influence with Midas Fall

On April 27th Midas Fall release their 4th album Evaporate through Monotreme Records and it is absolutely stunning. A breathtaking mix of impassioned, emotive vocals performances set to intense post rock soundscapes, it is sure to make many e …

Under the Influence with Timo Ellis from Netherlands

We asked Timo Ellis from Brooklyn based band Netherlands about the 3 most influential albums that have led him to become the musician he is today..

Under the Influence with Martin Bisi

On April 20 the legendary New York producer, engineer and musician Martin Bisi will release BC35 through Italian label Bronson Recordings. BC35 is an album paying tribute to the 35th anniversary of BC Studio, and serving as a unique …

Under the Influence with Dirk Serries

Having had a career that spans over 30 years, Dirk Serries felt the urge to take a moment, and commemorate the past. This gave him the inspiration to make his Epitaph. The result is an album that encompasses 30 years of experimentat …

Under The Influence with Charismatic Megafauna

In addition to having one of the best names around, Charismatic Megafauna have been ripping up the London scene of late earning themselves the mixed blessings that come with being tagged as ‘rising stars’. Having heard their debut album Semi Regular we can assure you that there is plenty of substance behind the hype. Ahead of the album’s release, we got them to pick the three records that mean the most to them as a band.

Echoes Of The Past: Iron Maiden – Live After Death

Even after all these years ‘Live After Death’ ranks is one of the greatest live albums ever.

Under The Influence: Nik Koniwzski from Aesthesys with Exclusive Track Stream

Aesthesys is an instrumental outfit based in Moscow, Russia. Founded by Nik Koniwzski as a one-man project back in 2007. Over time it has evolved into an ensemble performing post-rock with ambient and neoclassical influences, becoming a quartet by the …

The Endless Vastness of Bong

Several hours’ worth of new Bong, powerfully manipulating the the fabric of time and rhythm, underwritten by the ever-present pure amplified doom drone.

Under The Influence with Chris Naughton from Winterfylleth

Over the last 10 years or so England’s Winterfylleth having been making a name for themselves as one of the country’s best and most successful atmospheric black metal bands. Next month the band will release their new album The Hallowing Of He …

Under The Influence with Ant from Baba Yaga’s Hut

Ant Chalmers, aka Baba Yaga’s Hut, has long been established as one of London’s finest promoters of all things psychedelic, experimental and all round weird. Week after week he produces consistently superb lineups, was the promoting muscle behind the r …

Under the Influence with Agrimonia

Agrimonia, from Gothenburg in Sweden, recently released their 4th album Awaken though Southern Lord. Agrimonia’s sound has always been dense, immersive, ambitious even, and on Awaken, Agrimonia have evolved their prog-infused form o …

Under The Influence with Death & The Penguin

Death & The Penguin have been tearing up the London post/math scene for a while now so we were quite surprised to find they hadn’t yet released an album. That all changes later this year but ahead of that they are releasing the second single to be …

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