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From Wednesday 27 February 2019

LIVE: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes / Black Futures @ Peddler, Sheffield

The story of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes is a wild one. In mid-2015 there were a few social media rumblings and the rumour mill was chattering about Frank Carter being back on the scene with a band. Fast forward just under 4 years and the band are already

Monday 25 February 2019

Minors – ‘Abject Bodies’

In current heavy music, two logos that truly act as an infallible stamp of quality are those of American record label Deathwish Inc. and the British-run Holy Roar Records. This sophomore record from Canadian hardcore band Minors is being released by both labels, so it’s completely unnecessary to tell

Tuesday 05 February 2019

Mastiff – ‘Plague’

With a name like Mastiff, an album title like ‘Plague’, and song names like ‘Vermin’ and ‘Torture’, you can be sure of one thing: this Hull quintet are NOT beating about the bush. No pretence, no bullshit; ‘Plague’ is eight tracks of pure bleak venom that only the north

Wednesday 30 January 2019

LIVE: Mastodon / Kvelertak / Mutoid Man @ O2 Academy, Leeds

If there’s one thing British metalheads like to whine about more than the Download lineup, it’s that we don’t get amazing touring packages when American bands grace our shores. Tonight, progressive metal titans Mastodon roll into Leeds with two of the most interesting bands in the genre in tow,

Tuesday 29 January 2019

Astronoid – ‘Astronoid’

Astronoid’s debut album ‘Air’ was one of most compelling records of 2016. It flew under a few radars in what was a very busy release year, but it was a solid debut with a plethora of influences trying their best to unite and form a coherent sound. When your

Saturday 26 January 2019

The Lock & Keys – ‘Wilderness’

The Lock & Keys have been kicking around in one form or another for over a decade, though the band has been mostly a part-time endeavour due to the members all having other musical commitments. The Leeds trio draw clear inspiration from rough-around-the-edges punk rock bands like Hot Water

Monday 10 December 2018

Grains – ‘Play Loud’

EPs are quite tricky to get right, especially if you’ve not got any full albums under your belt. You somehow must set out your entire mission statement over three or four tracks and give the listener a proper picture of who you are as a band. On the first

Friday 23 November 2018

Alkahest – ‘2’

2018 has been so stacked with fantastic new releases that you’d be forgiven for switching off your release radar as we drift towards year end. It would be a crying shame however, as you’d be missing out on this fantastic EP. Alkahest is the brainchild of Amelia Pereira, who

Tuesday 20 November 2018

LIVE: Damnation Fest @ Leeds University Student’s Union

It’s November, the days are getting shorter, and the cold weather is starting to creep in. You know what that means? Goth Christmas, AKA Damnation Festival! Every year the death knell of the festival season is sounded by this spectacularly bleak event, which sees the best and brightest names

Tuesday 13 November 2018

LIVE: Anti-Flag / Cancer Bats @ Academy 2, Manchester

Navigating Manchester on a Friday night is one of the most hellish things you can imagine, as drunk students and office workers clog the streets and everyone tries to drive around the city like the layout makes any sort of sense whatsoever. Unfortunately this combination of traffic issues and