Having been a little lukewarm to Blanck Mass’ other records I was interested to see what he would do next. Would it be more of the same, more extreme, maybe even trying something a bit different. Blanck Mass is the solo project of Benjamin John Power who is a founding member (alongside Andrew Hung) of one of my favourite bands, F**k Buttons. While Hung’s solo album surprised with verse and chorus structures and a loving nod to Talking Heads, Power’s Blanck Mass is pure sonic terrorism. It’s clear it’s him in F**k Buttons who loves to smash you over the head with sound!Read More
For those in the know, this album came out on 13th March and I’ve only just managed to finish listening to it although I’ve had it earlier than that. If that isn’t a red flag for you, let me make it clearer – this album is an abomination.Read More
With a name like Com Truise you sort of expect the band to not quite take themselves seriously and yet the latest release Persuasion System is surprisingly beautiful in tone. It’s retrowave 80’s synth wonderfulness. You may say it oh it just sounds like the Stranger Things TV show and that’s as may be but this reviewer will take that over the combined works of Drake and Beyonce. And sure, retro synth is probably old hat and overdone but so is like all guitar music ever and people still make it and love it.Read More
There really isn’t much more to be said about John Carpenter. You either know who he is and have seen his films or your life is not as good as it could be. He is the Master of Horror responsible for making some of the classics throughout the seventies and eighties that influenced the whole industry. On a more personal level I’d count three of his films in my top ten of all time: Halloween, Escape From New York and The Thing so if you’re looking for an objective review of his live show you won’t get one here – this tour is 100% fan service that delivers at every level.Read More
As I sat down to watch Mandy I wondered when the last time there’s been a Nicolas Cage film shown on the big screen. So much of his recent output had been direct to streaming sites and, mostly dreadful, that it never even made the silver screen. That said, I’m sure there are plenty of you who consider much of his work awful even when he was in his golden period.Read More
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