Writer/Photographer (Deganwy, Conwy, UK)
- Writer and photographer for all things heavy. Growing up in a small town in north Wales, I took the opportunity to start writing as a means of sharing my thoughts on music with the world, which has snowballed into a full blown passion for all things journalism. Probably sat somewhere listening to Woods of Ypres and drinking coffee, or stood in the photo pit doing what I love.
The rising outfit, Contrarian have surged on with their third studio album, Their Worm Never Dies. In the Willowtip Records release, we see progressive elegance amidst tough as nails #deathmetal riffs.
As a standalone record out now via Eisenwald Records, Stone and Sea displays FEN’s evolution and refinement over the years, and is a strong showcase for modern #blackmetal.
After a long time of working and perfecting, Downfall of Gaia have unleashed a #blackmetal behemoth with Ethic of Radical Finitude, out now via Metal Blade Records.
King 810, a band who shot up the ranks in the early 2010’s, have self-released Suicide King after a brief bout of silence.
With a uniquely varied take on black metal, Mo'ynoq have created a labyrinthine record in Dreaming in a Dead Language. For those enthusiasts willing to delve and understand the album’s complexities, there is a well-earned reward at the end.
From the multi-talented Noctis comes Nachteule’s new release, Bergdorf, via Wolfspell Records. A beautifully atmospheric journey which requests to be savoured with your full attention.
After a decade-long break, Forest of Shadows have returned with Among the Dormant Watchers via Inverse Records. Seeping with atmosphere and emotion, it’s one for fans old and new, and any doom metal connoisseurs.
Omgeving is the new project formed by Distillator member Franck Johanson. The multi-instrumentalist has soared into the astral planes with his debut record, Widje Wijdte, blending black metal, doom, and more.
A swarm of underground metal and rock bands invaded Leeds University Union once again this month for the fourteenth installment of the UK’s Damnation Festival. PureGrainAudio was there to experience the now-legendary energy and diversity for which the festival is known.
Beneath.Below.Behold demonstrates that Antlers is certainly an act to keep an eye on from this point forward, for those interested in atmospheric black metal’s emotional journeys.