Oct 272020


(Andy Synn is celebrating his decade of writing for NCS with a collection of 10 reviews, one for each year….)

You know what I discovered this weekend?

I’ve now been writing for NCS for ten years.

I know. Mind = blown.

Over the last decade I’ve had several different jobs, moved house multiple times, and seen various relationships – both good and bad – come and go. But NCS has consistently been one of the few constants in my life which has helped keep me going through thick and thin.

So I want to say thank you. Thank you to all the bands for all the great music over the years. Thank you to all the readers and commenters (the good ones anyway) for all the kind words, “witty” banter, and support. Thank you to the rest of the core NCS crew, for always having my back (even if/when they disagree with what I’ve written, which inevitably makes them wrong and me right).

And thank you most of all to Islander for allowing me to become a part of the site. Hopefully one day you’ll finally understand just how much you’ve helped change my life.

Anyway, in honour of this momentous occasion I’ve picked out ten albums – one from each year I’ve been writing here, including this year – which I overlooked when they first came out. Continue reading »

Apr 232019


On their debut album, Seven! Sirens! To A Lost Archetype, the blood-freezing Germany mystics in Temple Koludra demonstrate a spine-shivering mastery of a particular kind of night-dark musical art. Inspired by a fascination with Indian spirituality and armed with the implements of black and death metal, they’ve crafted an experience that’s both nightmarish and spellbinding, a throwing-open of portals to dimensions where nothing seems real but everything seems ready to devour you, body and soul.

The song we’re premiering today, “This Diadem Will Last“, is emblematic of the band’s terrifying gifts. It has the quality of a disturbing vision, a hallucinatory revelation of apocalyptic doom, demonic grandeur, and psychotic cruelty. It may cause your skin to crawl, but it’s transfixing, and it’s likely to haunt your memory for perhaps longer than you would like. Continue reading »