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From 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

Thursday 30 April 2020

Havok – ‘V’

Over the last decade, Havok have earnt their place as one of the most prominent thrash revival bands. Instead of introducing new genres to the mix, they stick to the blueprint handed down by the titans of thrash, and they do it well. With the exception of a couple of

Wednesday 29 April 2020

Gold Key – ‘Panic Machine’

When the time came to record the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Hello, Phantom’, the members of Watford-based Gold Key bundled into a van and got dropped off at a cottage in Gwynedd, North Wales. With no car, no phone signal, and nothing within walking distance, they were completely off-grid as

Monday 06 April 2020

Azusa – ‘Loop of Yesterdays’

The title track on ‘Loop of Yesterdays’ is a bold creative choice. Built around a finger-picked acoustic guitar part, the vocals contrast spoken word with quiet, considered vocals. It’s the band’s most experimental song to date, so to make it the title track is a real statement of intent.

Tuesday 24 March 2020

LIVE: Employed to Serve / Palm Reader / Cruelty @ Camden Underworld, London

The last few minutes of Employed to Serve’s set are pure chaos. Their bass player has somehow lost his instrument, so instead of playing, he’s grabbing fans by the hand to pull them up on stage. The pit empties as more and more bodies pile onstage to join the

Thursday 19 March 2020

Myrkur – ‘Folkesange’

In recent years, Denmark’s Amalie Bruun has cemented her reputation as one of the world’s leading black metal fusion artists. Along with other critically acclaimed acts such as Deafheaven and Zeal & Ardor, Bruun has pushed the boundaries of what black metal can be by fusing it with other