Book Reviews April 2015

The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses’ by Kevin Birmingham

Published by Head of Zeus

Reviewed by Steve Earles

James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses is one of the most famous, and in it’s time, controversial, books of the 20th century, and indeed many books have been written about it. But ‘The Most Dangerous Book’ deals with the genesis of ‘Ulysses’ and the difficulties entailed in getting it published. It was rejected by many publishers and printers. It finally ended up being printed in Paris (and typeset by typesetters who didn’t speak English).

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Flukt – Holocaust

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SkyBurnsBlack Records, 2015

7/10 – Susanne Sinmara

Machine guns, planes and shouting is the intro to the aptly titled first song Frontline Brutality of the EP called Holocaust by Norway’s FLUKT. You would be almost forgiven to think that by looking at the cover, the music is going to be Thrash – a black and white drawing of gas mask wearing soldiers with guns and at tank in an apocalyptic setting.

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Crimson Swan – Unlit

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8/10 – review by Jabawock

Crimson Swan is a young Death/Doom band from Hamburg, Germany. They bring forth their debut full-length album, “Unlit”, preceded only by one EP in 2012. This album has been released on March 13th by a small German label from the same city, called Quality Steel. Although I’m not familiar with their first EP, I had the opportunity to see the band live a couple of years ago, and was left with a rather good impression. Thus I was curious to hear what they would bring on this album, and I was not disappointed.

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Acherontas Interview

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Just a few hours before they hit the stage of the Black Heart in London, I had an interesting interview with V. Priest of Greek ACHERONTAS:

S: What are you musical influences outside metal? You have so many different kinds of music that are not metal, bands or generally?

V Priest: Of course the old era of the 90ies,  bands from the underground scene, the classic ones from the Scandinavian scene as well as the Hellenic scene, which was very strong in the late 90ies. So, outside metal circle I can say that most of the people behind the coven are more close to ritual dark ambient, martial, folk, classical folk and traditionalist music and the more experimental music outside of metal.

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