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Tom Coles

Tom Coles lives in Southern England and plays drums for Sail. He likes cats, gin and black metal. He suffers, but why?

CvltureHistoryMusicPost Rock

Neurosis‘ focus on music as a cathartic experience makes them more than a little difficult to process, not only by virtue of their power and volume but as a result of their fondness for taking extended hypnotic sections and twisting them to become endurance feats. Their use of space and

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DoomMusicNoise

Sunn O))) are towering figures of dread. Their live shows are the stuff of frightening legend, a ritual to pure volume, pushing the concept of metal – and the human body’s capacity for aural punishment – to its absolute limit. White1 is a curious record in a curious discography, marking

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Black MetalMusic

On the cusp of releasing Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, 2018 finds Deafheaven continuing to advance and develop their aesthetic. In doing so, they’ve strayed from the template laid out on their landmark 2013 record Sunbather, though they’ve managed to re-visit some of their summery shimmer on latest single “Honeycomb” –

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ArtComicsIllustration

Fantasy storytelling often engages with a dark/light struggle, and as writers it’s tempting to portray this on a grand scale to establish a sense of threat and character motivation. It’s far harder to write a nuanced take on this. Izzi Ward’s webcomic Sephie sidesteps potential issues by closely following a

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Apocalyptic BluesFeaturedMusic

Photos by Charles Nickles February saw the 10-year anniversary of The Bees made Honey in the Lion’s Skull. Warm, bright and psychedelic, for many long-term fans this was a time to reflect on a landmark event in doom’s history. But before their expeditions into shimmering folk doom, Earth’s experiments were

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Avant GardeDoomMusicPsych

Earth’s curious career has led them from drone-rock pioneers to gorgeous Americana-doom, fusing their natural aptitude for stark minimalism with a huge bank of influences. In their distinct second phase, The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s SkullĀ is a creative peak; warmer and busier and sunnier, and already celebrating its

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