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  • The Year that Was…

    The Year that Was…

    Fully reflecting the contemplative spirit of 2023’s waning hours, I look back upon a successful twelve months with HeathenStorm Productions and the bands I’ve had privilege to work alongside. Doing my part for old friends and UK scene stalwarts has always been one aspect of why I do what I do. But beyond that, it’s…

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  • In Defence of Offence

    In Defence of Offence

    It’s no secret that MENTORS have drawn ire in their half-century of history. Starting in the 1970s with the “I Can” attitude of youthful rebellion, these offensive upstarts pioneered the Shock Rock genre through their indomitable lyrics and style. Appalling, gross, and tongue planted firmly in collective cheek, this band were here to repulse and…

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  • The road to Mount Doom

    The road to Mount Doom

    Looking back at a victorious weekend working with American Doom Metal legends Orodruin, supporting Yorkshire’s Iron Void on the first leg of their 25th Anniversary UK tour. Driving, loading, and handling merch and door duties for a trio of riff-heavy shows in Bradford, London and Bristol. Life on the road is seldom smooth, and there…

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  • Memories of Midsummer Madness

    Memories of Midsummer Madness

    After a 2500+ mile round trip to the mountain, I finally have time to reflect upon the journey. One which took me across eight countries and to the brink of wild abandon. The first time I’ve celebrated my actual birthday in Abtenau, it was humbling to receive such kindness from friends old and new. My…

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  • Behind the Merch table

    Behind the Merch table

    I recently had the privilege of working the merch table for melancholic doom siren Jayn Maiven’s DARKHER, as she played a packed out local show at The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge. One of my favourite musicians, as well as a good friend; it’s always a delight to be part of the crew – whether…

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  • A New Year’s Missive

    A New Year’s Missive

    In this interim week of crapulent self-indulgence, there’s nothing more fitting (unlike one’s trousers) than looking back over the past twelve months. A year which has seen triumph and tragedy alike. Coming into the first free year since lockdown, things were always going to be unsteady. Eager to reconnect with others and embrace new challenges,…

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  • Bradford Invades Britain

    Bradford Invades Britain

    Way back at the turn of the century, November 2000 to be precise; The Enchanted threw together a small UK tour alongside Bradford bands Bloodstream and Purity Cries. Our first extended endeavour, we found great success in overcoming the challenges of getting to and from venues and making sure folk turned up. With an aesthetic…

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  • Something (rather than nothing)

    Something (rather than nothing)

    Back in January 2022, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Rachel Lally for the Art and Philosophy podcast Something (rather than nothing). Over the course of an hour, we covered an eclectic mix of esoteric subjects. Starting with the humble village life, and finishing somewhere around the end of the universe. Along the…

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