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Paul Castles
Living in the 'birthplace of metal' - Birmingham, UK - Paul Castles has been covering the extreme metal scene for many years.

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Bloodstock 2020 cancelled

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Bloodstock has joined the long list of European metal festivals to have been struck down by the curse of Coronavirus. While the UK’s leading outdoor metal festival will ...
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Review: Ihsahn ”Telemark” [Candlelight Records]

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Telemark is the first of two EP’s to be released this year by the incomparable Ihsahn, this opening offering featuring three of his own compositions with a couple ...
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Review: Telepathy “Burn Embrace” [Svart Records]

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My first encounter with Telepathy was at Desertfest and the cosy confines of The Devonshire Arms – or simply The Dev to regulars. With four stages sprawled across ...
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Review: Downcross “Current Towards End” [Cavum Atrum Rex]

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With four scabrous black metal cuts cocooned into this searing EP, Downcross are as ever in no mood to play games. The Minsk men generated plenty of interest ...
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Bloodstock Clarifies 2020 Event Position + Further Bands Announced

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In these unprecedented times and following the recent cancellation of Download & other May/June festivals, BLOODSTOCK HQ wishes to reassure everyone that currently, this year’s event planning is proceeding with full ...
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Review: Sovereign “Neurotic” [Redefining Darkness Records]

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A brief but nonetheless fulfilling demo has landed courtesy of Norwegian newcomers Sovereign. Neurotic rolls out steak-sized chugs to suggest that a poor prize heffer has been sacrificed ...
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Review: Ols ”Widma” [Pagan Records]

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Multi-talented Polish solo artist Anna Maria Oskierko created Ols as an outlet for her haunting and holistic songs. While gentle in delivery, Ols’ ritualistic pagan prose makes for captivating ...
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Interview: MORK

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With its roots reaching back in time to the birth of Norwegian Black Metal, innovative solo project Mork remains one of the leading dark lights of the current ...
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Six more bands heading to Bloodstock 2020

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BLOODSTOCK has confirmed six more outstanding bands to the UK’s premier summer metal fest.  Not only that, the festival has a brand new charity partner this year.  Read ...
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Interview: The Infernal Sea

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UK masked Black Metal mavericks The Infernal Sea talk to Paul Castles about touring, plans for the new album and the mysterious Agents of Satan… How did the ...
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Bloodstock 2020 – Opening Party Night Line-up Confirmed

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Are you a BLOODSTOCK regular? Perhaps you’re thinking of going for the first time, or you’ve tested the waters before with a day ticket just to see what you ...
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Hatebreed Among the Latest Additions To Bloodstock 2020

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BLOODSTOCK have taken the wraps off seven more acts for the UK’s best metal weekender. Sunday’s headliner on the Sophie Lancaster stage will be none other than Connecticut ...
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Review: Porta Nigra “Schöpfungswut” [Soulseller Records]

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German black metal mavericks Porta Nigra earned plenty of favourable reviews four years ago for their sophomore album Kaiserschnitt. Well its successor Schöpfungswut is an equally opulent offering. ...
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