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Richard Spencer

Alongside writing music reviews whenever and wherever (we're meant to be together) I can, I play bass in local blackened post metal band Ba'al, in which fellow Now Then contributor Nick Gosling plays guitar. People have also told me I look suspiciously similar to the corpse-painted guitar player of local 'Easy Listening Metal/Corporate Black Metal' band Bleating Apocalypse... I also co-run the small independent music site We Are Unseen, and spend all my money ruining my ears at gigs.

I'm originally from down in the dirty depths of Sussex - specifically the Scientology haven East Grinstead - but have since become part of the statistic of people who come to Sheffield for Uni (University of Sheffield, BA English Language & Linguistics, Class of 2014 represent) and never leave. Literally - my day jobs since my year of graduation have all been at the University.

Despite listening to and playing music as heavy, disgusting and bizarre as I possibly can, I have equal love for electronic music, ambient, hip-hop, prog, folk, drone, classical, post rock and plenty more besides. I'm also a classically trained viola (and to a lesser extent, violin) player, and only stopped playing regularly in orchestras a few years back when the 'sick riffs' [citation needed] took too much of my time from me to balance both.

I've been writing for Now Then sporadically since 2015, and I have nothing but love and respect for the platform, and gratefulness the opportunities its given me to explore cool music, get my writing in front of people, and have a monthly argument/race with my bandmate Nick to try and be the first one to call dibs on the metal records.

Headsup The Doom Doc

For fans of music heavy, slow and low-tuned, it’s an exciting time to be in the north of England. Doom metal is not for the faint of heart, …

For fans of music heavy, slow and low-tuned, it’s an exciting time to be in the north of England. Doom metal is not for the faint of heart, 

Braids : Deep In The Iris

Hailing from the cold climes of Alberta, Canada, Braids' warm, dreamy swathes have been making waves across the globe since their acclaimed …

Hailing from the cold climes of Alberta, Canada, Braids' warm, dreamy swathes have been making waves across the globe since their acclaimed