Author: Alexander Hay

Theresa May Brexits English to Death

Theresa May's Brexit speech was delusional, vapid and debased the English language. Didn't she do well?...

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Totally Clucked: The 2018 KFC Famine

As KFC is forced to close scores of branches, what does this reveal about our ever-so-slightly dysfunctional society?...

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Boris Johnson – the blonde bomb site returns

It's perhaps too easy to mock Boris Johnson. And yet he remains an ominous symptom of a society in decline....

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Web Porn: The War on W*nk

Plans to restrict Web Porn is more informed by humbug than serious debates, and reflects a deeper social dysfunction....

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SOTU 2018: Donald Trump Colonises America

Donald Trump's State of the Union speech last week revealed many things and (surprise) more than a few echoes of colonialism....

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Blackmail, Sexism, Bias: RIP BBC News

It is time for BBC News to die. It is in a dreadful state, like a horse in the Grand National that's about to be shot....

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Carillion’s fall – privatisation and magical thinking

In the aftermath of Carillion's collapse, and its winning of government contracts despite clear profit warnings, where does this leave privatisation?...

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Year Zero – Brexit and Nihilism

Sometimes we just have to state the obvious. Brexit is a bad idea. It has already split the country and gave voice to all manner of nasty beliefs once thought dead and buried....

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Sacrilege! Profanity! Err, Isn’t That the Point of Black Metal? Myrkur

Myrkur proves, by dint of sheer talent, that magnificent Black Metal can be made by those there lady women people....

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The Many Uses of Dead Baby Whales

Blue Planet II's weekly reminder that you are a sh*t...

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Gloomy Doomy Scandi Metal Mashup (Monolord, Enisferum, Cardinals Folly)

Guts and Gusto win out whilst Grammar Gets Gutted. ...

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Mindkult, No Funeral and Livid (Reviews)

Morbid, Miserable and Doomy as a 1990s first-person Shoot 'em Up. ...

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Death, Thrash, Horror. No Garlic: With Primeval Force (Vampire)

Vampire's second album, With Primeval Force, has all the fangs it needs...

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Oozy Bluesy Doom: Sacred (The Obsessed)

Doom metal with passion and refinement - The Obsessed are back after a brief 23-year break...

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Democratic Stitch Ups and the Untouchable Will of the People

Autocracies fail in the long run because the people much prefer to oppress themselves than be oppressed...

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Kings Of The Ballot Box – What Democracies & Monarchies Have In Common

2016 was not a good year for democracy. This year could be worse. ...

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The End of Electricity (Domkraft)

Simultaneously doomy and a little dotty, Domkraft freshen the formula with The End of Electricity...

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Clever, Inventive, Versatile… and Dull: Vozrozhdeniye (Arkona)

Accomplished and precise, Arkona's rework of Vozrozhdeniye nevertheless fails to ignite...

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Death (and Rebirth) Metal: Enemy of Duality (Rudra)

Avoiding kitsch and staying extreme, Rudra integrate south Asian influences into metal mayhem...

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Mirroring the Zeitgeist with Doom, Death and Gothic Gloom

Convenience death metal, giant wicker cocks. If politics has gone weird, why shouldn't music? Review of Gatecreeper and Abysmal Grief albums...

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Swedish Heavy Metal Monday Mashup

HammerFall and Civil War prove there's more sludgy grind to Sweden than Ikea's meatballs...

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Kargeras Returns From The Land of the Almost Ignored (Root)

Czech dark metal act Root are a band you haven’t heard of, but should have...

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Brudging the Issue With the EU Referendum

We keep getting what we deserve and we never ask why. ...

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Summer Dies Slowly: August Metal Meltdown

A summer of death, filth, junkie Olympians and the Zika virus needs an appropriate soundtrack. Metal meltdown ahoy....

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April Metal (Grimner, Miasmal, The Wolves of Avalon)

The nightmare of history menaces the month's metal releases...

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Dark, Relentless Glory: Monthly Metal Medley

In the midst of death... Heavy Metal, that most persistent and insidious weed, offers up new releases from Witchcraft, Ghost Witch, Gomorrah and Conan. We review....

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Only Death is Real! Indiscriminate Biochemical Dispersion Merry Christmas Panama Deathgrind (Abatuar)

Interview with Panamanian deathgrind's prime mover - Cadaver, the singer/drummer of Abatuar, opines....

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Strive to Shirk, Why Hard Work Doesn’t Work

No wonder governments like to advocate 'hard work'. The last thing they want is people with minds and lives of their own. Overworked people know their place. ...

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‘The sea is its own vast universe’ (AHAB talk about The Boats of the Glen Carrig )

We play the music for ourselves and if people like it, that’s OK - Daniel Droste, AHAB...

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TV at its most cynical. The Magician’s Apprentice (Doctor Who)

Audience figures for Saturday night’s mess are the lowest ever for a Who series opener. You’d think they would have got the hint....

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