In the past few years, I’ve noticed that more and more black metal bands are emerging from the United States as well as Europe. Woe happen to be one of those bands. I’d been blissfully unaware of their existence until earlier this week when our editor, Glen, told me to give this track a spin. The track ‘No Blood Has Honor’ definitely set the tone for the day after listening to it that morning. Cheers mate…

Combining both the classic ‘cold’ and negative black metal sound, along with the more modern post-metal ambient elements, ‘No Blood Has Honor’ bridges the gap between the black metal of old and the new wave. It’s fast, it’s ferocious and it sounds twice as impressive if you play it really fucking loud!

I hadn’t heard of Diet Cig until an email appeared in my inbox with a request to post some news about their new single, ‘Tummy Ache’.  I was intrigued by their album artwork and the fact that the band is only a two piece. I can’t remember the last time I listened to a song that was so infectious and really got under my skin.

The band describes the track as an “approach to punk with radical softness” as well as “the shout into my pillow when what I’m saying isn’t being heard”. The contrast in those two descriptions was enough for me to hit play and I haven’t looked back since. As a result of listening to this emotive track that tackles oppression and sexism, I’ve not been able to stop singing “it’s hard to be a punk while wearing a skirt,” for a week now.

There are always certain elements that will draw me towards a band and make me want to investigate them further. If the music is ‘in your face’, oozes with attitude and crowned with costumes or theatrics, then nine times out of ten that band will have my undivided attention. Add the word ‘Turbojugend’ to that list and I’ll drop everything, ten for ten, I’m all ears.

I’ve been a fairly ‘obsessive’ fan of Bitch Queens for a number of years now and feel it’s only right that I share this dirty little secret with you all. Hailing from Basel in Switzerland, Bitch Queens have been greatly underestimated in my opinion. Only god knows why though as they’ve got a bloody impressive back catalogue to explore including several split releases with UK punks The Hip Priests, the most recent of which being a tribute EP to the late Lemmy Kilmister.

Bitch Queens play harder, faster and sexier than just about anyone else. One listen to their ‘Kill Your Friends’ album and before you know it, you too will be denim clad, glittery eyed and sneering ferociously at anyone that crosses your path.