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From Friday 30 June 2023

LIVE: Download Festival 2023 – Sunday

To quote Anakin Skywalker, “I hate sand”, and the dustbowl that Donington Park has become does nothing for the mood of a tired, surly, dehydrated crowd . Still, with a host of international acts taking the stage today, it would be remiss if the crowd didn’t pull themselves together

Thursday 01 December 2022

Top 25 Albums Of The Year

Wednesday 19 October 2022

Parkway Drive, While She Sleeps, Lorna Shore @ Alexandra Palace

LIVE: Parkway Drive / While She Sleeps / Lorna Shore @ Alexandra Palace, London

Backed by the quintessential sprawling font of many a death metal band logo, deathcore pioneers Lorna Shore kick off proceedings in north London’s Alexandra Palace in ferocious style. With an ominous red mist and frantically flashing lights, the New Jersey outfit bring out some of the heaviest noise ever

Tuesday 13 September 2022

Parkway Drive – ‘Darker Still’

Always evolving and never standing still, Parkway Drive continue to push the boundaries of their sound with their latest instalment ‘Darker Still’. It’s a controlled explosion that continues the band’s journey into the reaches of heavy metal, while keeping a foundation that fans of the band’s earlier work will

Friday 22 November 2019

The end of a decade: The most important bands of the past 10 years

2019 is rapidly drawing to a close, which means – somehow – the end of a decade is upon us. The alternative scene has provided us with so much value over the past 10 years, so much so that the Punktastic team couldn’t help but take a moment to reflect

Friday 13 September 2019

Parkway Drive announce European Revolution 2020 tour

Fresh from taking Bloodstock by storm this summer, as well as playing to gigantic crowds across Europe at the likes of the legendary Wacken Open Air, Australian metalcore heavyweights Parkway Drive have now announced their return next April with the ‘Viva The Underdogs – European Revolution’ tour. It’s set to

Thursday 05 September 2019

Bloodstock 2019 – Saturday

Sunday 18 August 2019

LIVE: Bloodstock Open Air 2019 – Saturday

Saturday, in festival land, is ‘the big one’. The day that sees weekend crowds nicely warmed up, but not quite so hungover they can no longer function (hi, Sunday), and day ticket crowds appear in droves; not unconnected, it’s also usually where you’ll find some of the most broadly

Tuesday 06 August 2019

Bloodstock 2019 Festival Preview

It’s almost time for a festival that’s not only one of the very best medium-sized festivals in the UK, but also the best weekend dedicated to all things metal. Showcasing a wide range of artists, from the darkest and heaviest of black and doom, to the most uplifting of