Reviews from Wednesday 10 April 2024

Kris Barras Band – ‘Halo Effect’

Life is a highway, and Kris Barras Band are picking up speed along its twists and turns. The MMA fighter-turned-bluesman has taken a nod from tour buddies Black Stone Cherry and gone all in on the southern rock for their fifth outing. According to the frontman, “‘Halo Effect’ still

Friday 05 April 2024

Dead Pony – ‘IGNORE THIS’

Getting noticed isn’t easy. If your music speaks for itself but if no one hears it, what do you do? Scottish alt-rockers Dead Pony had this exact problem. After releasing a series of EPs, they felt they were getting nowhere, that their career had stalled and making

Wednesday 03 April 2024


‘There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive’ is technically – and we’ll get onto that later – the seventh studio album from New York Stalwarts Bayside. It also represents the band taking an entirely new approach to the concept of what an ‘album’ is. The band

Thursday 28 March 2024

Fortune Teller – ‘PREMONITIONS’

You can’t seriously call your band Fortune Teller and title your first EP ‘Premonitions’ without expecting an avalanche of clairvoyance jokes, can you? Luckily, you don’t have to reach for a crystal ball to see big things in this pop-punk band’s future. They aren’t relying on prophecy, they’re

Tuesday 26 March 2024

While She Sleeps – ‘SELF HELL’

While She Sleeps have come racing out of the stalls with ‘SELF HELL’, their sixth studio album to date. An amalgamation of various music genres, from their delicious brand of metal to hardcore to even a more synth rock side, this promises to be a strong offering from these

Sunday 24 March 2024


Every day your newsfeeds are full of Tech-bros telling you A.I. music is the future, but they’re wrong. Music doesn’t have a simple recipe. You can’t tweak the ingredients to make it tastier. It’s not supposed to be easily digestible. It’s not supposed to be bland. It’s

Friday 15 March 2024

Greywind – Antidote EP

As the great philosopher Ye once said before he jumped off the deep end of acceptability, ‘that, that, that, that don’t kill me can only make me stronger’. His statement could absolutely be Greywind’s mantra. Irish emo siblings Steph and Paul O’Sullivan simultaneously faced huge amounts of both harsh

Gouge Away – ‘Deep Sage’

If you’re connected to music in any way, either a performer, behind the scenes industry member or just a devoted fan, the pandemic sucked. The world completely stopped, recording processes were halted, touring plans dissolved, any hype or trajectory plateaued. For the fans, it was a frustratingly long waiting

Wednesday 13 March 2024

Kid Kapichi – ‘There Goes The Neighbourhood’

There is so much to love about Kid Kapichi’s latest outing. The Hastings punks’ third album, ‘There Goes The Neighbourhood’ is a riotous snapshot of where they stand in the world today, and by the end of it you feel like you know them. They’re your mates you meet

Tuesday 12 March 2024

Dragonforce – ‘Warp Speed Warriors’

If you’re reading this, the odds are that you already know exactly what the latest Dragonforce album sounds like. And you’re absolutely right: every song sounds like power metal played at 1.5x speed, with guitar solos that make you wonder how Herman Li hasn’t worn his fingers down to

Saturday 09 March 2024

LIVE: Bowling For Soup / Less Than Jake @ Eventim Apollo, London

Bowling For Soup have sold out their entire UK tour. This may be surprising to some; if you ask anyone with even a passing interest in pop punk their opinion on the band, you’ll likely be told that they were written off as genre front-runners a long time ago.

Wednesday 06 March 2024

LIVE: Simple Plan / Mayday Parade / State Champs @ Eventim Apollo, London

London’s Eventim Hammersmith Apollo has a sense of vastness to it, the sprawling sea of heads seem to continue endlessly to the very edges of the room. Amongst the dimly lit shadows of audience members, there’s a palpable air of anticipation; few bands hold a legacy in

Tuesday 05 March 2024

LIVE: Thrice / Palm Reader @ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

Palm Reader have been kings of the underground heavy music scene for many years, and tonight they prove why they deserve that title, with all seven current members throwing themselves wholeheartedly into their support slot for post-hardcore legends Thrice. Opening with the powerful ‘Hold/Release’, Josh McKeown’s voice cuts through the

Wednesday 28 February 2024

LIVE: Tesseract / Unprocessed / The Callous Daoboys @ Kentish Town Forum, London

Bounding onto the stage to the sound of Cascada’s ‘Every Time We Touch’, Atlanta sextet The Callous Daoboys aren’t necessarily who you would expect to see supporting prog metal giants Tesseract. As the electro dance beat gives way to the opening drums of ‘Star Baby’, discordant guitars, violin and

Tuesday 27 February 2024

LIVE: Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes @ The Roundhouse

It’s the last date of The Rattlesnakes’ tour, a hotly-demanded bonus night which sold out as quickly as the first did several months ago. However, since tickets were snapped up, the enigmatic Frank Carter and co have taken a new direction with latest release ‘Dark Rainbow’, prioritising piano laden

Noah and the Loners – ‘A Desolate Warning’ EP

It’s easy to forget sometimes that punk is, by its very nature, political. There’s no making that mistake with Noah and the Loners; they wear their hearts and their political values on their sleeves loudly and proudly like badges of honour. “I don’t see the point of writing a

Monday 26 February 2024

LIVE: Enter Shikari @ Wembley Arena

“It’s gonna be a good one,” nods the guy at the box office. Even before the supports, the crowd are beyond ready to see Enter Shikari, springing into moves at the drop of a neon baseball cap. Signs flit between warnings of drones overhead and blush pink retro merch

LIVE: Chuck Ragan @ The 100 Club, London

It could be a coincidence that there’s a storm raging outside London’s 100 Club, but it’s equally as likely that Chuck Ragan’s gravelly roar has commanded the heavens to open. The Hot Water Music frontman turned professional punk rock grizzly bear sold out the historic basement venue incredibly quickly,

Wednesday 21 February 2024

Amaranthe – ‘The Catalyst’

Amaranthe have levelled up on their new album ‘The Catalyst’ in more ways than one. Evidently buoyed by the success of their gaming anthem ‘PvP’, they’ve devoted themselves to making an album which absolutely sounds like the music to a combat scene in an MMORPG: fast-paced, energetic and makes

Saturday 17 February 2024


Cherym felt like outsiders; like they didn’t belong. As a non-binary trio, they felt excluded from the music scene, yet they had a way in. Armed with infectious songs and a handful of EPs and singles, this little band from Londonderry proved they were not to be underestimated.

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