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Corpse-paint’s gonna be melting – London’s aptly incinerating in a mini heat-wave as this two day fest of extreme black and death hits Tufnell Park. Blazing away, Scutum Crux provide a ‘Chaos Ritual’ of black thrashing riffs, icy cold atmospheres and no shortage of technical dynamics, proving tight and destructive with it. Downstairs Warcrab form a six limbed pincher movement and crush with a heady cocktail of death, thrash and sludgy goodness. Greek band Lucifer’s Child prove an early revelation, as heady as the incense burning on stage. A classic Hellenic stance with powerful grooves sees them unleash their Wiccan brand of ‘Hors De Combat’, resulting in the first violent pit of the day. Punishing and richly melodic, their obsidian craft is a real tour-de-force. Harking back to their roots from haunted woods Hecate Enthroned are reinvented again due to the necro-quacking of new vocalist Joe Stamps. Pompous keys and eerie textures take us right back in time and their ‘Dark Requiems…’ sparkle and are hungrily lapped up. Engorgement open the medical textbook and go down the beat-down and pig squealing route, much to the delight of those wanting to toss themselves around in the pit. Mithras seem to have evolved somewhat, delivering a melee that’s both technical and pulverising. Shredding it up with savage drumming, the musicianship is clinically top-notch and new song ‘Let The Stars Align’ promises lots for the future. Spiteful and chaotic, Norwegian horde Tsjuder batter out a set of ‘Demonic Supremacy’ and threaten to combust due to the absolutely savage speed they play at. Toxic, violent and without a shred of mercy, the terrible trio are really on fire tonight. A “true” in every sense of the word cover of Mayhem’s ‘Deathcrush’ is a fitting finale. It’s somewhat hard to take Dark Funeral seriously after that and the fact they feel the need to have pig’s heads on stage irritates before a note is struck. Armed with new songs (that we are informed they have been working on for a while by recent draftee vocalist Heljarmadr), there’s just a serious lack of vitality or spark about things which, despite good intentions, fails to nail us to their cross.

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Everyone loves vinyl. Whether people actually play it or simply have it on the shelves to look at and appreciate the artwork in all its glory, while listening to the audio through devices however, is another matter. This month sees a new vinyl release that will ensure that people will actually play their new 12 inches of black stuff. It’s the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ hologram soundtrack vinyl. The week this issue went to print I was fortunate enough to attend a playback of this ingenious (and extremely geeky, yet cool) release. And while I soaked up the atmosphere of Abbey Road’s Studio 2, feeling all the creativity of the room and the vibe contained within, it really dawned on me why this is so special. Star Wars is legendary. Many of us have grown up with the films from an early age and it becomes part of your DNA, without a doubt. Its music is also special, I challenge any band out there to have the balls to cover John Williams’ compositions. And now the new film’s soundtrack gives the vinyl collector a reason to play their record and geek out at the same time. What makes it special? Tristan Duke’s holograms of both the Millennium Falcon and a Tie Fighter that magically appear above the vinyl while the brilliant musicality of John Williams’ composition blasts out of your speakers. Genius! It elevates the whole audio and magical experience to unchartered new heights in the musical world. It’s a soundtrack brimming with depth and of course, it’s affinity with the metal community is inescapable – after all metal is the ultimate Dark Side. So while I go back to my sci-fi world, I’ll let you enjoy this month’s issue! I have loved Nails for years and it’s an honour to have them on this month’s cover. Enjoy reading their story as well as a heap of other great features, news and reviews! See you next month Darren Sadler