James Parry-Smith
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James Parry-Smith

Advocate of riffs and general noisiness. From London, England - now slightly further North (but not too far). Music // words // vinyl // nature // ale // coffee.

Avant GardeBlack MetalMusicReviews

Despite the consistently churning waves of eclecticism and experimentation that has surrounded Caïna since the project’s inception in 2004, the rich sense of focus and introspection carved from the hands of mastermind Andrew Curtis-Brignell has rarely failed to galvanise the metal underground in a staunch show of support and acclaim.

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Death MetalDoomFeaturedMusicReviews

The darkest recesses of Sweden’s unfuckwithable metal legacy have long since been a part of the nation’s furniture, and to this day its distinctive din pumps vigorously and unapologetically through the hearts of emerging bands worldwide. Situated half way between the country’s capital and the spiritual home of melodic death

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Avant GardeBlack MetalMusicReviews

Back in 1997, a tour was announced that would forever change the way my then-eighteen-year-old self thought about music. Much could be (and was) said about the awe-inspiring coalition of Entombed and Neurosis, yet it was the off-kilter, crushing darkness of opening band Breach that truly challenged me as a

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DoomFeaturesMusicReviewsSludgeStreaming

They say time heals all wounds. In the case of Richmond quartet Cough, time appears to have become the catalyst that feeds their demons and fuels their fire. Their experiences over the past decade have helped shape the band’s sound into the unequivocally monstrous, down-tuned behemoth that has finally returned

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Death MetalDemosDoomReviews

It’s difficult to talk about doom-drenched, subterranean death metal without mentioning Peaceville Records circa early nineties, when the likes of Paradise Lost, Anathema and My Dying Bride were busy churning out the kind of morbid, pounding ferocity that stands to this day as superlative examples of the subgenre. Add in

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Black MetalFeaturedMusicReviews

Black metal feels like an increasingly intriguing genre in 2015. The spin-offs; the cross-genre pollination; the experimentation; it all adds up to an abundance of exceptional releases and some incredibly interesting listening that often finds itself unchained from the archetypal components that have fed the genre over the past thirty

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