The opening paragraph to this month’s short reviews was initially about how excited I was for Temples Festival. I was only going for the Friday, lured in by the promise of Pissgrave, Revenge, Mgla, and Mayhem all in one night (with the later three being amongst my favourite bands). But alas, the whole festival has been cancelled, days before it was due to take place. This is a huge blow, for the bands playing, the organiser, and for fans like me who have payed out hundreds of pounds and won’t get most of it back (due to non-refundable hotels and trains). Hopefully the individuals involved won’t lose out too badly, but in hindsight, a lot of warning signs were there (just look at how many bands cancelled late-on, and plenty of acts from previous years are talking about the trouble they had being paid).
On a personal note, this is the second time I’ve had the chance to see Mayhem and it’s fallen through; and only the second time I’ve brought tickets for a festival. At least this time it wasn’t called off early because of a bomb scare, I guess?
Anyway; no sense dwelling on what can’t be helped. Up this month though is the usual six shorts. Goatslave unleash their bestial Procession Of Doom; whilst Goddess offer something more prog/doom/psych with The Withering. Grimness and Kastchei bring the weirdo black metal on their split tap, and Noire offer up the atmospheric The Tracks Of The Hunted. Finally, Ulcer‘s Heading Below is a dose of old-school Swedish death, before Zorormr round things off with The Aftermath.