When I was a little kid, my dad would sometimes take me to a shop called Ampower in Studley (West Midlands). It was mostly a computer shop but also a video library and, for me, it was the place of dreams. I’m not sure what my dad even went in there so much for. I know he liked to browse the new computer hardware (he enjoyed gadgets) and he bought reams of that old dot matrix printer paper, and I think maybe he just liked talking to the guys in there about computer stuff. I have no idea because it…


Catharsix (2021)

I have a bad memory. I can barely remember what I did yesterday and don’t ask me to get within more than a 2 day radius of your birthday, but I have an uncanny ability to remember the first time I heard songs that I love. I can tell you when, where, how, every last detail. It must be something chemical, getting that massive serotonin rush that you only get from the first hit of a great song. My brain just thinks “Yes, this is important, I want to hold on to this memory”. …


It feels anathema to choose a covers album over every original piece of work that came out this year (especially in a year that gave us tons of great music) but this is the one I keep coming back to, the one that makes me feel the deepest reaction, the one that repeatedly takes my breath away. This, frankly, is the sound in my heart.

Let me justify my love…

I spend a lot of time on metal news websites and I’d say my least favourite articles are the ones that are all “Check out an incredible metal cover of…


Five Perfect Metal Albums For Autumn

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Yes, I’m one of those people. Autumn is my favourite season. I mean, of course it is. I live for horror movies and “Halloweeny” would be an ideal adjective to describe me (were it an actual word), but the late October spookiness is far from Autumn’s only appeal. I don’t do well in the heat of summer and those days when finally the temperature starts to drop again are like a literal breath of fresh air. I mean, just think of all the cool things you can start doing. Wearing jumpers; seeing the local…


Rough Trade East, London, 15/09/2017

It was a dark and stormy night…

Myrkur at Rough Trade East, London 15/09/2017

No, really. Well, more of a drizzly one if I’m honest, but still grim, cold and gloomy enough to feel appropriate for a black metal album launch. Except, ironically, that Mareridt by Myrkur is anything but your average black metal album.

Myrkur’s a controversial figure in the underground metal scene but I’ve always had a lot of respect for her. She does whatever the hell she wants with the genre and seems impervious to derision which, to me, is metal as fuck. Every fan has their own definition…


In 1984, Metallica released Ride The Lightning, an album now so ingrained in pop culture it feels strange to think it was ever underground or controversial. But things were different then. Heavy metal was about to be the focus of a moral outcry, headed by the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center), a lobbyist group who claimed it had a corruptive influence on the young; encouraging unhealthy interests in sex, violence, the occult and even suicide. …

C.J. Lines

Author of Filth Kiss and Cold Mirrors. Film distributor. @denofgeek columnist. Award-winning pie-maker. Horror podcaster. Niche blog at @ninjasalltheway

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