Black Velvet Butterfly: Black Velvet Butterfly (2022)

Black Velvet Butterfly: Black Velvet Butterfly (2022)

Black Velvet Butterfly are a one-man band from Auckland featuring James Castady-Kristament. I was intrigued to be sent this as when I looked on their Bandcamp page it said, “It may just well be the coolest thing you’ve heard in the Goth scene since Type O Negative.”...
Massacre: Mythos (2022)

Massacre: Mythos (2022)

Massacre have been through multiple line-up changes over the last nearly 40 years since their inception, but they are widely regarded as one of the most important bands on the death metal scene, creating a style which has impacted and influenced many others. Indeed,...
Kirsty Dewar: Influence (2022)

Kirsty Dewar: Influence (2022)

Scottish singer Kirsty Dewar contacted me recently to see if I would be interested in reviewing her new EP, and as one of my self-imposed rules is that I always review whatever I am offered by a band (as opposed to a label or PR company) I of course said yes. She told...
Carnifex: Slow Death (2016)

Carnifex: Slow Death (2016)

Carnifex are one of those oddities, in that their core line-up has been incredibly stable pretty much since formation, and they even survived a year-long hiatus intact. At the time of this their sixth album in 2016, they still had founder members Shawn Cameron (drums)...
Carnifex: Graveside Confessions (2021)

Carnifex: Graveside Confessions (2021)

Not long before turning to their eight album, Carnifex lost lead guitarist Jordan Lockrey, and the core quartet decided to continue as they were for the time being, which allowed a little more room in the music for the bass to make it presence felt. Given it was...