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Date:- Friday 18th May until Monday 21st May 2018

”Its nearing that time of year again where the annual pilgrimage to Leipzig gets under way and a large section of the worlds Goth community, around 20,000 people go see a large eclectic selection of bands and performing artists along with the experiencing of numerous exhibitions at various museums in and around the city!! Just think, 1992 was the first year of annual darkness with only 8 Artists on the bill including Das Ich and 25 years later 231 bands played! The organisers started small, worked hard with the groundwork and we finally get to  where we’ve ended up today, a festival that has become an integral part of the Leipzig calendar. Whatever your musical tastes you’re sure to find something that satiates the palate be it EBM, darkwave, post punk, neo folk, metal or shoegaze. And there’s sure to be some theatre, comedy and burlesque for variety. The festival is a city-wide experience and is not just concentrated in the central area so you can get a flavour of the whole city if you so wish!! I’ve been twice and i think it is a great place to hold an event like this because the city embraces all things dark and you are made to feel very welcome! And because Leipzig is not a sprawling conurbation like London it is within capability of getting around fairly easily!! Places to visit while in Leipzig include:- The Museum Of The Printing Arts, The Natural History Museum, The Museum Of Applied Arts and the Monument To The Battle Of Nations! Also check out the Alter Johannisfriedhof  (St Johns Cemetery) or Südfriedhof if you have time”

”Usually people start preparing for the following years festival not long after the current one has wrapped up so if you have not sorted out accommodation yet then i suggest you get on to that  asap!! Many places won’t accept bookings for less than 5 days and i suspect most of those have gone already but you may be lucky especially if you decide to go the hostel/Air BnB route!!”

”Bands so far confirmed for this year include:- Australian outfit Buzz Kull,  Trepaneringsritualen, Front Line Assembly, Jesus And Mary Chain, Tiamat, Einar Selvik and God Module.You have to go to this festival at least once in your lifetime and trust me when i say you’ll not regret it!!”














Mortiis Live!!

Date:- 28/5/2016

Venue:- The Garage, Highbury Corner, Islington, London, Uk.

Support:- Die Kur, Ventenner and Seraph Sin


”Short and sweet this review!! Just like the support for Mortiis, short and sweet! Just enough music from each band on the bill to wet the appetite and get us all ready for the main course! And the main course, Mortiis was mesmerising, in my opinion!! Havard Ellefsen is a seasoned performer, every movement, every dread shake, every shake of the finger was carried out with a purpose, nothing was put on, nothing felt fake, no going through the motions here, this was a real visceral spectacle that had the front row staring glassy eyed with satisfied smiles. Die Kurs set went down well with the crowd, another no nonsense set with no distracting frills or frippery followed by Ventenner, a band i have known about but not heard before! There set was hard and  pulse like with an interesting use of abrasive guitar textures floated of the top of the back beat like rusty gossamer strands! Seraph Sin, the penultimate band on i have never heard of before, i thought they were Italian but in actual fact they were from Scotland. There is a NIN vibe running through all the bands, some more than others, apart from Mortiis! They sound like, ermmm, well, Mortiis!!!”



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Metal 2 The Masses.

Venue:- Nambucca, Holloway Road, Islington, London, UK.
21st February 2016


”A few bands i saw this Sunday passed, all i have seen before at an earlier stage in this competition to find a winner to play at Bloodstock 2016. I missed the first two bands but out of the three i did see Dorylus were worthy winners! The lighting was terrible for Xelas and i lost interest in taking photos of them hence the single shot on here! Sound wise though all the bands were on top form!”














Violent Offender

Violent Offender






























Metal To The Masses Heat 3

Venue:- Nambucca, Holloway Road, London, UK.

Unheard Before The Wake:- Melodic Death Metal

Bad Frankenhausen:- Heavy Metal

Xelas:- Melodic Death Metal

Mercury Rising:- Hard Rock  (Did not see)

”Four Bands playing short sets of around 3/4 songs and then they wait to see who has been voted into the next round by the crowd and judges! I have not seen or heard of any of the bands on tonight’s bill but i did enjoy Xelas and Unheard Before The Wake, very Cradle Of Filth/Dimmu Borgir etc!”


Bad Frankenhausen

Bad Frankenhausen








Unheard Before The Wake

Unheard Before The Wake








Unheard Before The Wake

Unheard Before The Wake









Unheard Before The Wake

Unheard Before The Wake


































Venue:- 02 Academy Islington, London N1



”Brilliant!! Energetic, manic rock n roll from the 70’s and 80’s with a Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin Vibe , swirling guitars solos and a deep and heavy and sludgy bottom end, tinged with hint of psychedelia and mysticism!”

”I was out of he house by 8pm and i was home by 11pm! Sometimes times all you need 3 hours!!’








The Underrunners:- No God No Kings

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“The Underrunners are clever!! They bring out an album that sounds like so many things i have heard before but with the flip of a coin i have no idea what they sound like, apart from The Underrunners. Its as if a clever use of mesmerism has clouded my brain and i am standing in the middle of a park at 3 in the morning thinking to myself ”This looks familiar, how the hell did i get here??” The voice! Warbly like its been processed with chorus and then rinsed with a gargle of water mostly but gruff at other times . And then there’s the guitar, sinewy and shrill,sharp and bendy.Listen to ”Suspended” and you’ll see what i mean!! The bass of course along with the drums does its job keeping all the elements together like a membrane keeping the viscera from going for a wander and upsetting the overall symmetry and function .”Game Over” illustrates my point exactly Nothing is over done here, no over use of effects or other sonic trickery, like a steak and kidney pie with gravy this hits the spot nicely thank you very much!! Oh yeah i have remembered who they sound like now! “Die In The City” manages to sound like latter day Marilyn Manson with FOTN flourishes. “Just like Them” has that dirty sinister & Moody feel a la Nick Cave! “Second Republic” is an urgent romp stomp with Ghost Dance & Flesh For Lulu overtones that puts me on top of a cliff at sunset with the wind in my hair whilst i look off into the distance with the remainder of the suns rays squinting my eyes! All in all this is a good album that is a pleasure spending 45 odd minutes listening to. A few days after my first listen i still have a few tracks doing their merry dance around my head (Suspended/The Officer) and listening to other stuff is not erasing them! Job done wouldn’t you say??”














“The Underrunners are good live too!! What else can i say? Tight, confident,well rehearsed and the sound mix at The Hope And Anchor on Saturday night was excellent. I’d like to see them play at a larger venue at some point, not too large though because i don’t want the intimacy or the vibe to be lost in an expanse of space but we’ll see what the future brings, i expect it to be bigger things!”

“Check these guys out, they are definitely worth a look!!”



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No God No King out now on Itunes, CD Baby and all good music retailers!!!



Track Listing:-


1:- Joyrider

2:- Antihero

3:- Game Over

4:- Suspended

5:- Just Like Them

6:- Second Republic

7:- Gone Generation

8:- It Ain’t Hell

9:- The Officer

10:- Die in the City

11:- Face to Face

12:- The  Party’s Over