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From Wednesday 05 June 2019

LIVE: Leeched / Ithaca / Mastiff / Wolfbastard @ The Star & Garter, Manchester

The Star & Garter is a loud, sweaty little venue, and as such is the perfect arena for four loud, sweaty bands to peddle their aggressive wares on a muggy Thursday evening. Leeched and Ithaca are two extremely important young bands in a scene that is the healthiest it

Monday 06 May 2019

Kurokuma – ‘Sheffield’s Best Metal Bands Vol.1’

This is a strange little release, to say the least. From the overly confident, compilation-like title, to the extremely varied musical content within, Sheffield psych-sludge trio Kurokuma seem to have one main aim; to confuse, bewilder, and overwhelm the listener. ‘RVN’ opens things up with a hypnotic, churning bassline that

Tuesday 23 April 2019

Working Men’s Club – ‘Premium Champion’

‘Premium Champion’ is short, sharp, and to the point, so it seems only fair that this review reflects that. In six panic-inducing minutes, loud London bastards Working Men’s Club manage to blend hardcore, thrash and crusty d-beat, whilst still managing to keep their erratic sound coherent and effective. From the

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