Thrall on Aokigahara Jukai & Japanese Culture

Thrall on Aokigahara Jukai & Japanese Culture

Discussing Thrall's third album, Aokigahara Jukai, Japanese culture and its appropriation of death, as well as some token misanthropy.
Oranssi Pazuzu - Valonielu

Oranssi Pazuzu – Valonielu

Genre bending cosmic warlords from Finland release their latest opus. We reflect on the past to make sense of the present.
Industrial Chaos: Combing through the ruins of a lost scene

Industrial Chaos: Combing through the ruins of a lost scene

An obscure American industrial compilation yields a few pearls in the muck, and serves as a foggy window into a (justly) forgotten moment in the evolution of extreme music.
Schopenhauer, Pessimism & Black Metal

Schopenhauer, Pessimism & Black Metal

A reworking of our Schopenhauer & black metal piece. An attempt to elucidate the similarities between black metal and the famous pessimist.
Bosse-De-Nage and Sump live in London: a recap

Bosse-De-Nage and Sump live in London: a recap

Visual artifacts from Bosse-De-Nage and Sump live in London.
Endless Bliss: In conversation with Mories de Jong on Seirom

Endless Bliss: In conversation with Mories de Jong on Seirom

Prodigious in output, singular in sound: Mories de Jong of Gnaw Their Tongues returns with a new sound, a new project and a new album. We catch up with the man himself to see how his landscape has changed since our 2010 interview.
Clothes are music too

Clothes are music too

As Stephen O'Malley enters the world of metal fashion, Nick takes a sincere look at the launch event for his new pair of jeans.
The Great Old Ones & Terzij de Horde, 05/01/2013, London

The Great Old Ones & Terzij de Horde, 05/01/2013, London

Snaps from LURKER's first show.
Manticore - Behold the Ascension of the Execrated (streaming)

Manticore – Behold the Ascension of the Execrated (streaming)

Commit satanic violence to the new Manticore album, streaming in its totality here.
Arosian Black Mass MMXII

Arosian Black Mass MMXII

"It's not all about the black metal, it's also about books!"
Night Sky Transform: Cosmic musings with Dephosphorus

Night Sky Transform: Cosmic musings with Dephosphorus

Beneath Dephosphorus's debut album lies a whole other universe of ideas.
Setting water to flame: An interview with Menace Ruine

Setting water to flame: An interview with Menace Ruine

Contemplate the alchemical mysteries of Menace Ruine's new album, Alight In Ashes. Geneviève answers some questions on the record's birthing process.
Godstopper - What Matters (streaming)

Godstopper – What Matters (streaming)

Experience Godstopper's monolithic debut album.
Label Spotlight IV: Daemon Worship Productions

Label Spotlight IV: Daemon Worship Productions

Daemon Worship Productions is proof that orthodoxy can still be scathing and iconoclastic in this modern age of experimentation.
Psychedelic Warfare: An interview with Apocryphon

Psychedelic Warfare: An interview with Apocryphon

Insights into the scathing, unhinged brutality of Apocryphon.
Living To Tell: An interview with A Pregnant Light

Living To Tell: An interview with A Pregnant Light

A run-down of A Pregant Light's latest EP, Live To Tell, followed by a candid interview with the project's anonymous mastermind. Don't you go making assumptions now, you hear?
Interview With Amebix's Rob Miller, Part IV: The Feeling of Land

Interview With Amebix’s Rob Miller, Part IV: The Feeling of Land

In the final part of this in-depth discourse, Rob reveals where he feels most anchored in a society that lost its primal connection to the Earth a long time ago.
Post-prison Burzum

Post-prison Burzum

With the advent of Burzum's new album Umskiptar, LURKER looks back on how the project has developed since the Count's release and considers some of the flak he's taken in the process.
Interview with Amebix's Rob Miller, Part III: Power In Music

Interview with Amebix’s Rob Miller, Part III: Power In Music

Edging closer to the end of this enlightening discourse, with Part III Rob and LURKER discuss the preternatural power and emotion of music that keeps us all spellbound.
Wreck and Reference – Youth

Wreck and Reference – Youth

The innovative Wreck and Reference have flourished since their demo. In an attempt to kill two birds with one stone, LURKER reviews their new album, Youth, then explores it with Ignat and Felix in an in-depth and exclusive interview.
Interview with Rob Miller of Amebix, Part II: Intellectual Influences

Interview with Rob Miller of Amebix, Part II: Intellectual Influences

Halfway through the series now, Part II explores some of the extramusical mysteries lying beneath the art of Amebix – including psychedelics, myth and the occult.
Label Spotlight III: Total Holocaust Records

Label Spotlight III: Total Holocaust Records

In the footsteps of Volume II comes a glimpse into one of the most prolific European black metal labels that has consistently avoided the limelight.
Interview with Amebix's Rob Miller, Part I: Musical Influences

Interview with Amebix’s Rob Miller, Part I: Musical Influences

In this four-part series, LURKER gains unprecedented access to one of rock n roll's great minds – Rob Miller of Amebix. Join us as we delve far beyond the music to uncover a gripping philosophy and way of life. Part I explores Amebix's influences.
Behind the Ritual: An interview with Monarch

Behind the Ritual: An interview with Monarch

Back from a gruelling tour of Europe, Monarch reveal some of the thought processes behind their latest 13bpm black mass, Omens.
One Tail, One Head

One Tail, One Head

"What is black metal? How much of yourself should you invest in these two words? Maybe this energy should be invested in ourselves instead. Existence would perhaps begin to actually mean something."
SIGH, Sex, & Old Age: Into the Mind of Mirai

SIGH, Sex, & Old Age: Into the Mind of Mirai

Mirai Kawashima speaks about Sigh's upcoming album [In Somniphobia], his relationship with saxophonist Mikannibal, and growing into ones 40s in the metal scene.
LURKER's guide to: Essential Noise Rock

LURKER’s guide to: Essential Noise Rock

The finest propagators of the noise rock movement, hand picked by LURKER.
Death or Sovngarde: The music of Jeremy Soule

Death or Sovngarde: The music of Jeremy Soule

The virtual mountains and glaciers of Skyrim are made all the more imposing by the grand soundtrack that accompanies the Dragonborn's adventures. LURKER puts the video game to one side to discover the artist responsible for these battle anthems.
Paysage d'hiver: Wintherr Speaks

Paysage d’hiver: Wintherr Speaks

Join us as Wintherr, herald and sole wanderer behind Paysage d'hiver, waxes on the sublime, art, upcoming releases and his own personal meditations.
Botanist & the Verdant Realm

Botanist & the Verdant Realm

Otrebor of Botanist reveals the secrets of the Verdant Realm and drags LURKER deeper into his horticultural nightmares.
Ex-Berzerker member speaks: The Senseless - "The Floating World"

Ex-Berzerker member speaks: The Senseless – “The Floating World”

Sam Bean (ex-The Berzerker, ex-Mithras) waxes poetic on the injustices of the extreme music industry and the science of metal solitude.
LURKER's guide to: The Great Norwegian Death

LURKER’s guide to: The Great Norwegian Death

Join us on a twelve-song journey through a long forgotten scene.
Black Mind's Eye: The art of Anthony Roberts

Black Mind’s Eye: The art of Anthony Roberts

An interview and feature concerning the art of Anthony Roberts, whose work has graced the output of Electric Wizard, Urfaust and Unearthly Trance.
An interview with Caïna

An interview with Caïna

Andy Curtis-Brignell guides us through the world of Caïna's final album, Hands that Pluck.
Label Spotlight II: None Shall Defy

Label Spotlight II: None Shall Defy

LURKER talks pure black metal and the merits of vinyl with None Shall Defy. The article includes reviews of Deathgate Arkanum, I Shalt Become, Animus Mortis, Akitsa, Horns and Die Toten kehren wieder mit dem Wind.
The History of Leviathan; He Whom Shadows Move Towards

The History of Leviathan; He Whom Shadows Move Towards

Reflections on Leviathan's history including a review of the upcoming album True Traitor, True Whore. Deciphering legend within Wrest's briar.
Blut Aus Nord's 777 Trilogy

Blut Aus Nord’s 777 Trilogy

An exploration of the themes at play in the 777 trilogy and the ideological background of this acclaimed entity.
Probing the Archaic: Interview with Antediluvian

Probing the Archaic: Interview with Antediluvian

This fall Antediluvian will release 'Through the Cervix of Hawaah'. Haasiophis discusses music, the bible, the reptile brain and other oddities.
An interview with Lev Weinstein (Krallice, Bloody Panda, Astomatous)

An interview with Lev Weinstein (Krallice, Bloody Panda, Astomatous)

LURKER catches up with one of the finest drummers in metal today.
LURKER's guide to: Progressive Rock

LURKER’s guide to: Progressive Rock

During a month of music-induced delirium, one lurker gazed a little too deep into where rock has been and where it is going.
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Conversing with Nortt

Nortt speaks about his monuments to melancholy.
Paracletus: The trilogy comes full circle

Paracletus: The trilogy comes full circle

Deathspell Omega is the most relevant band in black metal. This is non-negotiable. They have received as much criticism as praise for their challenging take on the genre but remain untouchable and transcendent. Now with the final part of the trilogy Paracletus impending, LURKER looks into Deathspell Omega's past and...
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