Album review: Life Obliteration – Uten Håp

  The world is a cold, dark and often unforgiving place to live, Life Obliteration by Uten Håp reflects this perfectly with this collection of 7 tracks of depressive, suicidal black metal. I’m a newcomer to the band having only stumbled across their mention on my Twitter feed. After some investigation, I found the music to be…

Words & Music: A guest post from Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi

Today, Erin Al-Mehairi stop by with an excellent guest post on poetry and music. I’m a little late to the party with regard to reading poetry, but the darker works I’m reading are resonating strongly with me. This post is split into two parts, the first of which you can read below and the second…

Album review: Sonder – Tesseract

  I feel as though the metal world has been truly blessed with some excellent albums already this year: Alters of Grief, Rivers of Nihil, Primordial all have released strong records. Recently we had the new album from A Perfect Circle – some 13 years in the making and an album I was very excited…

Tom Adams chats with the Grim Reader

  This week, Tom Adams joins me for a chat about writing, dark fiction and metal! Tom talks in-depth about his influences and his own work. I love it when people take the time to answer my questions with such thought, so thanks to Tom for that! Hope you dig.   TGR: Tom, thanks for…

Album review: Stormcaller – North Hammer

  Andrew Sutherland is certainly a talented chap. His project, North Hammer, sees him play all of the instruments on the album as well as write all the songs. I’ll be honest, when I come across a one-man project such as this, I approach with caution. I’ve found previously that albums as such can soon…

Corpsepaint – David Peak and Word Horde get kvelt

    April 30th sees publisher Word Horde unleash David Peak‘s latest novel, Corpsepaint – a black metal inspired horror novel! To say I’m excited about reading this is an understatement (so much so, I immediately hit Word Horde‘s Ross Lockhart up for a review copy!). I love metal, especially black metal, and so what better way to…

Album review: Es Taut – Soldat Hans

  After wading through oceans of filth when listening to Gnaw Their Tongues then following that with a heavy dose of sludgy doom metal courtesy of Black Royal, I decided to take a step back and spend some well deserved time with Soldat Hans and their latest release, Es Taut. Soldat Hans is a dynamic,…

Stunning new EP from Cunning Man!

  It seems so long ago since Ged Cartwright reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in listening to Cunning Man. Now a two-man metal project featuring the guitar talents of Theo Le Derf, Cunning Man is back with a new EP called To Heal A Broken Body and let me tell…