Reviews from Wednesday 22 January 2020

Vukovi – ‘Fall Better’

Scottish natives Vukovi gave the alt-rock scene a stern shake back in 2017, dropping their debut self-titled record to rave reviews across the board. They perform on a seemingly effortless tightrope, with ballsy hard-hitting riffs and unapologetic pop-tinged vocals delivered with a level of intensity and clarity

Tuesday 21 January 2020

Twin Atlantic – ‘POWER’

The anticipation that bubbles up inside when you’ve been waiting over three years for new music from your favourite band is almost unbearable, yet fans of Twin Atlantic have made it through the worst of the drought, and their patience and loyalty has been greatly rewarded.

Friday 17 January 2020

Veridian – ‘NoVella’

Three years is a fair amount of time between releases, but since the release of their 2017 debut EP ‘40826d’, Reading five-piece Veridian haven’t been slacking. Honing their craft on stage alongside the likes of Dream State, Mallory Knox, Normandie, and Holding Absence, theirs is a name that is steadily

Thursday 16 January 2020

Anti-Flag – ’20/20 Vision’

The new year is here and there’s already fear that we could be heading into World War III – not to mention the terrifying fires in Australia, the looming uncertainty of Brexit, and the loose cannon politics of Donald Trump. With everything going on, has there ever been a

Wednesday 15 January 2020

InMe – ‘Jumpstart Hope’

Essex-based rockers InMe have been consistently producing music for more than two decades, and it shows. ‘Jumpstart Hope’ has the energy and eagerness of an up-and-comer, but with the cohesion and finesse of five people who have done this before. A follow up to the 2012 ‘Trilogy: Dawn’, ‘Jumpstart

Tuesday 14 January 2020

AJJ – ‘Good Luck Everybody’

A new year is meant to bring optimism. We speak of turning over a new leaf, make resolutions to better ourselves, and attempt to cut out those bad habits – that’s how it’s meant to be, or at least that’s what we like to think. Then, the

Monday 13 January 2020

LIVE: Stray From The Path / The Devil Wears Prada / Loathe / Gideon @ O2 Academy Islington, London

If there’s one thing that everybody knows about Stray From The Path, it’s that they’re angry. They’re angry about politics, religion, racism, social injustice, abuse and homophobia, and a whole lot more. If Stray From The Path know anything about their audience, it’s that they’re angry too,

Friday 10 January 2020

BEACH SLANG – ‘THE DEADBEAT BANG OF HEARTBREAK CITY’

Following the release of the debut LP by Quiet Slang last year, front man James Alex’s main project Beach Slang have returned to unleash their third full–length album, ‘The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City’. Having previously described the band’s sound as “me fawning over The Replacements”, Alex has pulled

Tuesday 07 January 2020

Bring Me The Horizon – ‘~GO TO~’

The release of ‘Ludens’, regardless of the song being a promotional track from the game Death Stranding, was a neat celebration by Bring Me The Horizon of their various styles from the last ten years. Incorporating the wall-of-sound heaviness of ‘Sempiternal’ and the sharpness of ‘That’s The

LIVE: Bury Tomorrow / Employed To Serve / Blood Youth @ Academy 1, Manchester

British heavy music is in undeniably magnificent shape right now. Not only are there a strong contingent of bands ascending to become the next wave of festival headliners, but also an incredible number of artists breaking out with albums that are making Album Of The Year lists across the

Monday 06 January 2020

LIVE: Clutch @ The Roundhouse, London

A few weeks before tonight’s show, it was announced that Clutch would play not one, not two, but THREE sets at the UK’s Ramblin’ Man Fair in July 2020. Friday will be a headline set of hits from their distinguished back catalogue, Saturday a stripped back semi-acoustic laden groove-fest,

Tuesday 24 December 2019

Land Sharks – ‘Rock-A-Lips’

When a band is made up of familiar names from established acts, you generally enter the first listen with an idea of what they might sound like. Land Sharks are an exception to that. How on earth do you predict the sound of a band featuring members of a

Friday 20 December 2019

LIVE: Holding Absence / Press To Meco / Acres @ Scala, London

Some gigs have ‘do not miss this’ written all over them. The kind of shows where it doesn’t matter how many hours you have to spend on a train or plane, how much you need to beg your boss for time off, or how tired you’re going to be

Wednesday 18 December 2019

LIVE: The Devin Townsend Project / Haken @ The Roundhouse, London.

12th December 2019 is momentous for a couple of reasons in the UK, but mostly because Devin Townsend is making his annual pilgrimage to the big smoke. The Canadian has always been far more appreciated and successful on this side of the pond, and since his days with Strapping

Monday 16 December 2019

LIVE: The Faim / Hot Milk / Cemetery Sun @ Academy 3, Manchester

Sunday night gigs usually seem to go hand in hand with a mild lack of enthusiasm for gig goers. Fair enough, considering the impending doom of Monday morning (and one that’s about to be even more brain-meltingly exhausting than usual) – but tonight’s show in Manchester Academy 3 doesn’t

Thursday 12 December 2019

LIVE: The Xcerts / swim school @ Omeara, London

The Xcerts jump onto the stage, in a flurry of strobes and electric guitar. It’s clear from their smiles that this show has, literally, been ten years in the making. Earlier in the month, Murray revealed how much they were looking forward to this night, and their

LIVE: Jamie Lenman / Haggard Cat @ Moth Club, London

When it comes to British DIY figureheads, nothing and no one compares to the aura that Jamie Lenman has. It’s fitting that his most recent tour finishes in London’s dreamy Moth Club – a venue where the ceiling is decorated in shimmering gold glitter whilst the stage retains the

Monday 09 December 2019

LIVE: Cult Of Luna / Brutus / A.A. Williams @ Stylus, Leeds

Swedish experimental post-metallers Cult Of Luna returned to the spotlight this year with the release of ‘A Dawn To Fear’, a spectacular record that contains some of the best work in their repertoire. It’s a bit of a mixed bag of light and dark, quiet and loud, and everything

Sunday 08 December 2019

LIVE: Tiger Army @ Club Academy, Manchester

It’s been three long years since Tiger Army last visited these shores. Pioneers among the punkabilly genre, today the band that ‘never dies’ is a refined beast spinning yarns of country music and old fashioned rock and roll. The brainchild of Bay Area punk scene stalwart

LIVE: Ceremony / High–Vis / Child’s Pose @ New Cross Inn, London

For Ceremony’s first London show since August 2015, they chose an unassuming, 350–capacity pub in South East London for the venue, and sold it out weeks in advance. It means that, on this miserable Monday night, the New Cross Inn is teeming with body heat, sweat, and anticipation –

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