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This Saturday 31 July (3 pm - 10 pm) a very special celebration of the life and work of singer Denise Johnson will be taking place at Gorilla, Manchester.

Joey Jordison Slipknot founder and drummer dies at 46

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Slipknot founder member and innovative and powerful drummer who was the heart and soul of the band dies at the age of 46

This Saturday 31 July (3 pm – 10 pm) a very special celebration of the life and work of singer Denise Johnson will be taking place at Gorilla, Manchester.

This Saturday 31 July (3 pm - 10 pm) a very special celebration of the life and work of singer Denise Johnson will be taking place at Gorilla, Manchester.

A eulogy to Fiona Apple -our writer finds all kinds of gems in a catalogue revisit

So it's kind of a miracle that Apple is still putting out quality music. I think of her as a Joni Mitchell type. Calling her work "confessional" is lazy. It's so much more than that. She's a consummate artist
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This Saturday 31 July (3 pm – 10 pm) a very special celebration of the life and work of singer Denise Johnson will be taking place at Gorilla, Manchester.

This Saturday 31 July (3 pm - 10 pm) a very special celebration of the life and work of singer Denise Johnson will be taking place at Gorilla, Manchester.

A eulogy to Fiona Apple -our writer finds all kinds of gems in a catalogue revisit

So it's kind of a miracle that Apple is still putting out quality music. I think of her as a Joni Mitchell type. Calling her work "confessional" is lazy. It's so much more than that. She's a consummate artist

Joey Jordison Slipknot founder and drummer dies at 46

Slipknot founder member and innovative and powerful drummer who was the heart and soul of the band dies at the age of 46

In Conversation with Fenriz: “We’re “Alive” while a lot of others are “Rock And Roll Over”…”

Dan Volohov interviews the founding member of Darkthrone - Fenriz, about Eternal Hails..., writing process, esthetics, post-production and doom - for Louder Than War

The Lovely Eggs: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds – live review

The Lovely Eggs | AK/DK | Thick Richard The Brudenell...

Strat!: The Charismatic Life and Times of Tony Stratton-Smith – book review

Strat! The Charismatic Life and Times of Tony Stratton-Smith...

Various – Taking Some Time On – album review

Various - Taking Some Time On Esoteric Recordings 4CD/DL Released 30 July...

Tush: Fantast – album review

Tush: Fantast (Do Right Music) LP|DL Released 30th July 2021 Pre-order from Bandcamp   It’s...

Otherish: Otherish – album review

Otherish Otherish Self Released Out Now - Buy Here Otherish are a Belfast/Bristol...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Ultrasound release deluxe version of their classic debut album Everything Picture

Some bands should have been big but for acts like Ultrasound for all sorts...

Various – Taking Some Time On – album review

Various - Taking Some Time On Esoteric Recordings 4CD/DL Released 30 July 2021 New collection from Esoteric subtitled...

Tush: Fantast – album review

Tush: Fantast (Do Right Music) LP|DL Released 30th July 2021 Pre-order from Bandcamp   It’s time to get back on...

Otherish: Otherish – album review

Otherish Otherish Self Released Out Now - Buy Here Otherish are a Belfast/Bristol based 4 piece. Their eponymous...

The Graveyard Tapes Volume 3: Various Artists – album review

Various Artists: The Graveyard Tapes Vol 3 Mental Records Out Now Red Vinyl My quiff was all-of-a quiver...

H2SO4: Love And Death – album review and video premiere

H2SO4: Love And Death Lo-Tek CD | DL Out Now Rising from the ashes of their brief yet...

Icons of Filth: Plight – album review

Icons of Filth - Plight (Grow Your Own) 10"/DL Out Now A resurrected blast from the anarcho-punk...

Meggie Lennon: Sounds From Your Lips- album review

Meggie Lennon: Sounds From Your Lips (Mothland) Available Now on Limited Vinyl | DL and Streaming Buy...

FESTIVALS

Underneath The Stars Festival – preview

Underneath The Stars 30 July to 1 August 2021 The three-day Underneath The Stars festival will return next month with a fantastic line up, including headliners...

Y Not Festival 2021: The Louder than War Preview

Y Not Festival 2021: The Louder than War Preview It is actually happening: festivals are finally returning and the world is starting to look right...

Photo Reviews

Stereophonics: Manchester Arena – live photo review

Stereophonics Manchester Arena March 13th 2019 Louder Than War photographer Michael Bond, captured Stereophonics on the Manchester leg of their European tour, promoting their 11th studio album...

Nasty Cherry: Manchester Academy 3 – live review

Nasty Cherry | Noisy MancesterAcademy 29th February 2020 Cazz Blase and Melanie Smith witness Nasty Cherry’s turbocharged Manchester debut. A far cry from the howling wind and...

Book Reviews

Strat!: The Charismatic Life and Times of Tony Stratton-Smith – book review

Strat! The Charismatic Life and Times of Tony Stratton-Smith by Chris Groom Wymer Publishing Out Now The biography by Chris Groom tells an in-depth story of a...

God Is In The Radio: Barney Hoskyns – book review

God Is In The Radio (Unbridled Enthusiasms 1980-2020): Barney Hoskyns Omnibus Press Published on 29th July 2021 (paperback) Pre-order/buy from Omnibus In his forty-year career, Barney Hoskyns has...

LIVE REVIEWS

The Lovely Eggs: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds – live review

The Lovely Eggs | AK/DK | Thick Richard The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Saturday 24th July 2021 Andy Brown finally heads back to his spiritual home to...

Clean Cut Kid: Mr Wolf’s, Bristol – live review

Live music is back. For that reason alone, it sounds better than ever. Clean Cut Kid, supported by Pet Snake made us feel ultra-grateful.

Stepford Wives: The Castle Hotel, Manchester – live review

Stepford Wives / Woman You Stole / Pleasures / Harpens Kraft. The Castle Hotel: Manchester - Friday 24th July. Waaheeyy!! I'm at a live gig! My...

John Bramwell: Hebden Bridge Trades Club – live review

John Bramwell Hebden Bridge Trades Club July 15th 2021 In another life one of our best tunesmiths was singing TV host Johnny Dangerously, so it’s not that...

Damon Albarn :Manchester International Festival : July 2021 : live review

That ghost band is now a reality as it creaks and shapeshifts in all its spectral glory - this was a wonderful gig and a very big hint of a classic album coming our way in the autumn. 

Acoustic Pines: Cold Water Swimmers and guests – live review

Acoustic Pines: Highfield Country Park, Levenshulme - Friday 9th July. Acoustic Pines is the brainchild of Chris Bridgett and his fellow DIY bandits who have...

INTERVIEWS

In Conversation with Fenriz: “We’re “Alive” while a lot of others are “Rock And Roll Over”…”

Dan Volohov interviews the founding member of Darkthrone - Fenriz, about Eternal Hails..., writing process, esthetics, post-production and doom - for Louder Than War

bloody/bath interviewed: grief & loss & Unholy Cross

there's sadness in your lonely song:  bloody/bath interviewed  Barely a year old, with six tracks released to date on Spotify, Bandcamp and other digital platforms,...

Great Music Venues: Part II – Night N Day, Manchester – interview with Jay Taylor

I started a feature just before the Covid outbreak on great music venues which was put on the shelf for obvious reasons. With...

Descendents: 9th & Walnut – interview and album review

Pioneers of Californian pop-punk revisit their early material on the upcoming 9th & Walnut album. In 2002, the original line-up of the Descendents gathered to...

NEW ARTISTS

Tush: Fantast – album review

Tush: Fantast (Do Right Music) LP|DL Released 30th July 2021 Pre-order from Bandcamp   It’s time to get back on the dancefloor and, right on time, Canadian duo Tush have...

bloody/bath interviewed: grief & loss & Unholy Cross

there's sadness in your lonely song:  bloody/bath interviewed  Barely a year old, with six tracks released to date on Spotify, Bandcamp and other digital platforms,...

Watch This! Big Lad announce new album, Power Tools, with new video

The two-headed drum trigger noise party machine that is Big Lad have announced a new record, Power Tools, for release on 10th September this...

Meggie Lennon: Sounds From Your Lips- album review

Meggie Lennon: Sounds From Your Lips (Mothland) Available Now on Limited Vinyl | DL and Streaming Buy Here Montreal-based singer-songwriter, Meggie Lennon, has just released her debut album,...

Film Reviews

Punk Producer Mike Bennett Makes Musical Slasher Vegan Vampire film in California!

Manchester based punk producing legend Mike Bennett (The Fall, Fat White Family, Fuzzbox, Ian Brown, The Specials) has made a B movie in California...

Wild Search – film review

Wild Search (1989) Director: Ringo Lam Cast: Chow Yun-fat & Cherie Chung Format: Blu-ray Language: Cantonese (with optional English subtitles or dub) Runtime: 99 minutes Release date: 19 July 2021 What...

SINGLE REVIEWS

JENNY: Trajinero – single review and video premiere

JENNY: Trajinero – single review and video premiere Wanda Records/ Dirt Cult Records Out Now California based JENNY deliver another slice of classic West Coast power pop...

James Alexander Bright: Drink This Water – single review

James Alexander Bright: Drink This Water !K7 DL Released 14th July 2021     James Alexander Bright returns with a new single. Drink This Water, he implores. Sage advice. It’s...

Deathretro: Black Lights – single review

Deathretro: Black Lights (Cosmic Glue) DL/ Stream Out Now! BUY/ STREAM HERE   Dance-rock instigators Deathretro bring the noise with Black Lights, the second single from their much-anticipated debut album....

Autogramm: I Am A Situation – video premiere

Autogramm: I Am A Situation – video premiere Nevado Records Out Now With Autogramm’s second album, No Rules, already on the shelves, Louder Than War bring you...