Gojira were a rising star in the metal world. Now, the band have surpassed ambitions to simply ‘play metal’ with their environmental themes and unique twist on technical metal gaining global notoriety. The French four-piece drop by Newcastle on a chilly Bonfire Night to kick off their UK tour in support of stunning new album ‘L’Enfant Sauvage’.
Things could be worse for Cradle Of Filth. The Suffolk-based extreme metal act have just hit a huge milestone in their careers and are about to embark on an historic tour. ‘The Manticore & Other Horrors’ is the Filth’s tenth record since their formation in 1991 and they’re soon to promote it live with a mammoth European tour alongside God Seed and Rotting Christ. I had a chat with Dani Filth about the new album, the band’s penchant for a good story and why criticism has followed them since day one.
Dragged Into Sunlight’s first album ‘Hatred For Mankind’ spewed an acidic existential darkness over us with the unrelenting hell of blackened metallic passages and chunks of doom. The mysterious foursome from Liverpool seemingly came from nowhere to give us the unsettling debut. They’re back again and what Dragged Into Sunlight have done on this second attempt is an altogether more ambitious package. The full 40 minutes of this record is one single track of three sections and it absolutely must be listened to from beginning to end.
One way or another, Cradle Of Filth have kept the British metal underground reeling for years. Whether the Suffolk act hit a wrong nerve with the so-called black metal ‘purists’ or ring a chord with lovers of all things extreme and escapist, their reception has been volatile.
Norway might lead the charge when it comes to black metal alongside the rest of the Scandinavian countries. But travel across the sea, north-west of Scandinavia and you come to another icy land known for breeding bands similarly shaped by the prolonged days of darkness and the bitter winters.
Whilst Britain enjoyed a healthy influx of intelligent bands following the birth of progressive rock music in the ‘70s, there was another equally talented force brewing over the water.
If you don’t include frontwoman Julie Christmas, then this is essentially the return of American noise-influenced rockers Made Out Of Babies. The New York four-piece called it a day earlier in the year because of musical differences with their ex-singer, but they have returned with a new vocalist in Megan Tweed from experimental electro rockers The Family Curse.