Reviews from Monday 22 May 2017

LIVE: Napalm Death / Brujeria / Power Trip @ The Electric Ballroom, London

Go ahead and picture a British institution. You might have thought of an artery clogging breakfast, an opinion dividing yeast paste, a depressing regional soap opera or a lukewarm cup of brown leaf water. Or, you might have thought of the decade’s long career of grindcore progenitors, Napalm Death.

LIVE: The One Hundred / Youth Killed It @ Boston Music Room, London

London band The One Hundred are one of the best up and coming bands around. They refuse to be confined to a single genre of music with their blend of nu-metal, hip-hop, grime and electronica. This may seem like a lot of different sounds but to their credit founders

Papa Roach – ‘Crooked Teeth’

When you’ve been at the forefront of a music scene for almost twenty years, it becomes increasingly hard to release records as stimulating as you’ve been known for in the past and to branch out into new territories, gaining fans at the same time. Still somewhat tied

Friday 19 May 2017

LIVE: He Is Legend @ Boston Music Rooms, London

A last minute downgrade from The Dome to the Boston Music Rooms meant fans were treated to an unexpectedly intimate He Is Legend show on Friday night. The band takes to the stage a little before 10pm. Frontman Schuylar Croom is wearing a black denim

Thursday 18 May 2017

Employed To Serve – ‘The Warmth Of A Dying Sun’

The first morsels of this release, ‘I Spend My Day (Wishing Them Away)’ and ‘Good For Nothing’ indicate the album would be intense, but the real feel is further off the chart than anyone could have expected. Employed To Serve have dished up an album that at its peak,

LIVE: Hey Violet @ The Garage, London

Los Angeles pop rockers Hey Violet return to please their adoring fans in the intimate venue that is London’s The Garage. It’s an odd crowd with the front half of the venue packed with young fans who burst into a crescendo of screaming at any slight movement on stage.

No Omega – ‘Culture’

‘Blackened’ is a descriptor that has been bolted onto the front of pretty much every sub-genre of heavy music at some point. Blackened Death? Check. Blackened Grind? Yep. Blackened Hardcore? You betcha. The fusing of the sonic palate of Black Metal with other, not directly related forms of music

Wednesday 17 May 2017

Higher Power – ‘Soul Structure’

Let’s not beat around the bush here; Higher Power are a pretty hot commodity in UK hardcore right now. In fact, their reach goes further than just our shores and the last year has seen them make waves worldwide. Virtually any flyer that appears for a hardcore show will

Tuesday 16 May 2017

The Family – ‘Welcome To The Family’

Sheffield rockers The Family welcome us into their world of killer riffs and resonating vocals with debut EP ‘Welcome To The Family’. Formed by former members of hardcore outfit Dead Harts, The Family step away from their past into a brand new, more melodic sound. What’s abundantly clear from the

LIVE: Deftones / AFI @ Alexandra Palace, London

When watching Deftones on stage at Alexandra Palace it’s strange to think the way they reached their initial popularity in ‘90s. It was a different time back then, and they were considered part of the burgeoning nu-metal movement. Yet, as they careen through ‘My Own Summer (Shove It)’, you

Tricot – ‘3’

While the Western world tends to have the monopoly on music in the grand scheme of things, Japan has consistently produced great artists from a variety of genres. From the stunning compositions of Ryuichi Sakamoto, to the powerful noise of Boris, the majority of musicians have a wealth of

Monday 15 May 2017

LIVE: Underoath / MeWithoutYou @ The Forum, London

Florida’s Underoath had been dormant for some time until they recently announced their ‘Rebirth’ tour that would consist of them performing both ‘They’re Only Chasing Safety’ and ‘Define The Great Line’ in their entirety. Meet and greet packages were made available as well as an exclusive vinyl re-issue, giving

Dreamcar – ‘Dreamcar’

Devotees of both AFI and No Doubt will be well aware of their penchant for pop music. The former strayed further from their goth punk roots with each release, while the latter drifted more into R&B as their career progressed. None of that has been a bad thing, though,

September Stories – ‘This House Was Never Home’

The combination of atmospheric instrumentals, deeply heartfelt lyrics and spoken word vocals has produced some superb results in the past; most notably Hotel Books, but Being as an Ocean and Casey are among other memorable bands that have used this to excellent effect. September Stories’ debut album

Friday 12 May 2017

LIVE: Jamie Lenman / HPBC / Frauds @ Scala, London

Those familiar with a certain era of the UK underground rock scene will identify Jamie Lenman with his work with old band, Reuben. Others will know him from his illustration career or solo material, specifically 2014’s rousing ‘Muscle Memory’. Regardless, those who descend upon the Scala tonight all know

Paramore – ‘After Laughter’

Pop music is a genre often sneered at, judged by so-called critics. Recently replaced by the increased popularity of house music – repetitive beats with lyrics that have little or no meaning – the genre has somewhat fallen from grace. Little Mix have made some progress in reminding us

Benchmarks – ‘Our Undivided Attention’

Benchmarks are an alternative punk-rock band from Nashville, influenced by the likes of Jimmy Eat World and The Gaslight Anthem. This is evident in their debut album ‘Our Undivided Attention’ with their melodic vocals and rhythmic guitar riffs. Opening track ‘This Year’ is an acoustic, laid back track purely containing Todd Farrell

Thursday 11 May 2017

LIVE: Devil Sold His Soul, Bad Sign, FOES @ Tufnell Park Dome, London

Almost ten years to the day since Devil Sold His Soul first unleashed their debut album ‘A Fragile Hope’ into the world, and the band are revisiting the past this evening by performing the album in its entirety. Once announced, the dates for this anniversary tour started to sell

LIVE: Elvis Depressedly / TV Girl @ Kamio, Shoreditch

Elvis Depressedly was born somewhere on the misty mountains of Western North Carolina. Inspired by the modest, southern upbringings of Mathew Lee Cochran and Delaney Mills that were stooped in old-time superstition and religion, the duo are now two sublimely lo-fi records deep into their alliance with Run For Cover. Last year saw an extended re-release of

LIVE: Groezrock Festival 2017, Meerhout, Belgium

Unlike in the UK, Groezrock is one of the very few pre-summer festivals than can boast about its fantastic line up before the year has really begun. With last year’s icy cold weather dampening festival goers spirits, the atmosphere this time was mostly appropriate for t shirts and kakhi

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