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Byron Struck

Dead River Runs Dry guitarist, music fiend, film scribe.

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Dunwich… Dunwich… I’ve been back on an Electric Wizard trip of late. I’ve been a fan of the band since high school when Dopethrone was released, an album that continues to freak me out with its absolutely unrelenting weight. I’ve endeavoured to check out everything they’ve released since (and before),

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Most people familiar with black metal will probably at some point in a conversation about it mention the word ‘atmosphere,’ or some derivative of it. Essentially, the use of abstract terms when describing black metal to highlight the emphasis of focusing less on instrumentation in favour of “darkness” is common.

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A look into the film Beyond the Black Rainbow (dir. Panos Cosmatos) and linking it to 80s retro infatuation, citing sci-fi, futurism and surrealist perspectives on the cut up fabric of today’s pop culture. Retrospective vision is a powerful drug. How easy is it to slip into the memory, reminiscence

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“Vibe” is a word that is thrown around pretty regularly when talking about 70s-inspired Doom. Huge walls of amps, weed, Les Pauls, Rickenbackers, bell bottoms…you know the score. Vibe isn’t tangible, it’s a vague term to define, but when it’s firing in music – it’s undeniable. And on Beastmaker’s debut

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One of the most insidious aspects that made Nazi death camps so “effective” when it came to genocide and mass slaughter was the calculated and regulated structure of the extermination process. Resembling a factory floor-style production assembly line, it is perhaps the clinical efficiency and disturbingly unique order in which

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It’s no secret that the world is a scary and dark place. The seemingly endless wars, pollution, societal decay, famine, disease, poverty…it’s enough to make some people just want to stay indoors. To protect themselves and their loved ones from such horrors. Although not specifically addressed in Rolf de Heer’s

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By the close of the 1960s, the Western had undergone immense transformation. From the days of John Ford’s early films of survivalists on the prairie to the emergence of iconic characters portrayed by John Wayne, Gary Cooper and Clint Eastwood, the genre was near its apex with Sergio Leone’s breath

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“World cinema” is a misleading term. Usually used as a marketing tool or when referring to non-English speaking movies, it’s similar to saying “world music” when talking about something that’s not exclusively genre specific or “ethnic” sounding. The late ’80s were where you began to see these terms popping up

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The cool thing about living in a post-post-post(?) modern era like the 2010s is the wealth of cinema and art from which to draw inspiration from. There’s the phrase “there’s nothing new under the sun,” which is probably true, but if that’s the case, then maybe we haven’t had to

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Easter is approaching. In true spirit of the occasion, it’s somewhat fitting to revisit a classic movie about the dead rising. Why? Jesus Christ is said to have been crucified, died and then risen from the grave. Some people consider this to be miracle and claim him to be a

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Mythology and culture throughout the nations of the world have long been interwoven to provide fodder for film. The Viking sagas of the North, the Samurai, Native American, Aztec and Middle Eastern cultures are some of the most recognizable on screen, and have been used for film, television and other

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Australia, contrary to outsider and international beliefs, has long been a strangely conservative country. Most recently, Australians elected a right wing government that is more ideologically driven than any prior ruling party, and whose implementation of draconian policy has polarised many people, regardless of where their “usual” political bias may

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