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From Saturday 10 October 2020

Venom Prison – ‘Primeval’

2020 has given all of us time and space to reflect. With ‘Primeval’, Welsh death metallers Venom Prison have given fans the opportunity to reflect on their earlier material by re-recording EPs ‘Defy the Tyrant’ and ‘The Primal Chaos’, while keeping one eye on the future by throwing in

Wednesday 07 October 2020

Laura Jane Grace – ‘Stay Alive’

In a year that’s been full of nasty surprises, it’s incredibly welcome to have something nice happen for once. Enter punk rock legend Laura Jane Grace, who’s just dropped an unannounced solo album of original acoustic songs. ‘Stay Alive’ is an album that in any normal year may never have

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Jamie Lenman – ‘King of Clubs’

It’s hard to know what to expect before pushing play on Jamie Lenman’s latest album, ‘King of Clubs’. Lenman is an artist who’s built a solo career on confounding expectations, never taking the most obvious route. Trying to guess the direction he’ll go in next is a fool’s errand,

Tuesday 22 September 2020

The Menzingers – ‘From Exile’

It’s hard to think of a better name for ‘From Exile’, the latest release from Scranton, PA’s The Menzingers. The record is a track-for-track acoustic reworking of latest album ‘Hello Exile’, and was completed in lockdown – or exile, if you will.  Recording occurred remotely, with each band member

Thursday 03 September 2020

LIVE: Jamie Lenman @ Signature Brew Brewery, London

‘This is weird isn’t it?’ says Jamie Lenman moments after taking the stage, ‘But it’s weird in a good way’. It’s hard to sum up the gig much better than that. This is the second of a three-night run of shows for Lenman, but for many fans in the

Wednesday 26 August 2020

Narrow Head – ’12th House Rock’

“I wanted to create a fairly dark world with my words,” explains Narrow Head’s vocalist Jacob Duarte. “A grimy world of drunks and druggies filled with endless nights of unknown substances, pleasures, and regrets.” While those themes inspired the lyrical content on ‘12th House Rock’, you wouldn’t guess it

Thursday 09 July 2020

Decay – ‘Staring at the Sun’

Looking for your next favourite emo band? Say hello to newcomers Decay. The Liverpudlian four-piece’s debut record ‘Staring at the Sun’ showcases their impressively accomplished sound, offering up 40 minutes of melodic emo laced with heavier moments. Fans of the genre are going to have an absolute blast with

Monday 15 June 2020

Atavist – ‘III: Absolution’

Brutal, horrifying, unrelenting. Whatever way you look at it, the long-awaited third album from Mancunian extreme metallers Atavist is a progressive and challenging listen. If you’re looking for something uplifting, look elsewhere. If you want the soundtrack to your summer, this isn’t it. If you’re looking for a gateway

Monday 01 June 2020

Smiling Assassin – ‘Plight of the Millenial’

With their debut album clocking in at just under 16 minutes and featuring a title track that’s just 11 seconds long, Hull-based hardcore newcomers Smiling Assassin are here for a good time, not a long time. As the short runtime suggests, the record is incredibly pacy, and has a

Thursday 14 May 2020

Non Canon – ‘Non Canon II’

In January 2019, Barry Dolan was writing and demoing tracks for what would become ‘Non Canon II’. During this process, the first of what turned out to be many deadlines for the UK’s departure from the EU loomed large in his mind. At the time, the drama unfolding at