Reviews from Wednesday 22 November 2017

LIVE: Damnation Festival @ Leeds University Student’s Union

You can always tell when it’s Damnation weekend in Leeds because the streets are positively awash with battle jackets, camo trousers and band shirts with illegible logos. You’d be forgiven for assuming it was an event purely about ‘METAAALLLL’, but actually Damnation is a celebration of all facets of

Monday 20 November 2017

LIVE: Employed To Serve / Ithaca / Watchcries @ Sanctuary LIVE!, Basingstoke

Halloween might be a few days away, but the spooks and scares are out in force on the streets of Basingstoke (which to an extent, they are most nights). There might be lots of folks thronging to the Halloween parade dressed in all sorts of costumes, but

Thursday 16 November 2017

LIVE: Pears / Fair Do’s / Ariel Salad @ The Parish, Huddersfield

The Parish in Huddersfield is one of the UK music scene’s best kept secrets. Despite it being essentially a barn behind a pub, it regularly gets big name bands stopping off for one-offs, and has started to become a regular touring spot even though Leeds and Manchester are both

Wednesday 15 November 2017

The Used – ‘The Canyon’

Utah rockers The Used return with their much anticipated 7th Studio album and the wait was more than worth it. Opening with an incredibly powerful message, the album immediately evokes a wave of emotions and gives an added dimension to the acoustics of opening track ‘For you’. This doesn’t last

LIVE: The Flatliners @ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Rancid famously wrote “if I fall back down/you’re gonna help me back up again” in an ode to friendship and camaraderie that only messrs Armstrong and Fredriksen could pen. It’s the notion of grasping at that outstretched hand to haul you back to your feet and carry on as

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Rival Town – ‘Make It Work’

Rival Town – ‘Make It Work’ In a time where pretty much anyone with an internet connection can upload their music to the web, it would have been easy for Ontario 6-piece Rival Town to fade into the background. The band

Thursday 09 November 2017

Jamie Lenman – ‘Devolver’

Growing up is a difficult thing. We struggle to face the seemingly insurmountable challenges of adulthood, equipped with only a flimsy understanding of how an increasingly cruel world works, and a bone-deep yearning for an easier, more carefree time. Growing up as a musician is arguably a similar process

LIVE: Svalbard / The Tidal Sleep / Maths / Fall of Minerva / Earth Moves @ Birthdays

Tonight’s eclectic evening of bands, sponsored by Holy Roar Records and delivered through Justine Jones of Employed To Serve, whips up a tasty menu of acts that personify the hard work required to be successful in the scene. It is a an absolute tour-de-force, and showcases the very best

Wednesday 08 November 2017

LIVE: Slaves (US) @ The Underworld, Camden

The insatiable Jonny Craig brings his incredibly talented voice along with his equally incredible band back to the UK after a long awaited delay following the cancellation of shows this side of the pond, due to his spinal surgery earlier this year. Luckily he’s also incredibly strong willed and

Tuesday 07 November 2017

LIVE: Weezer / The Orwells @ O2 Academy Birmingham

The beloved power-pop Californians return to our shores in support of their latest commercial friendly effort – ‘Pacific Daydream.’ Whilst their influence has been undeniable on artists like Brand New, My Chemical Romance and just about every other pop punk band under the sun, they are very much cursed

Monday 06 November 2017

LIVE: Diet Cig / The Spook School @ Moth Club, London

The Moth Club in Hackney is one of the more unsuspecting music venues in London. Its entrance and reception room take the form of a traditional Legion or “working man’s pub” but much like the back of the wardrobe that leads to Narnia, there’s a small door that leads

Friday 03 November 2017

LIVE: Desperate Journalist @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester

T-shirts emblazoned with ‘Grow Up’ adorn the walls of the basement of Manchester’s Soup Kitchen. The title of Desperate Journalist’s latest release has become a mantra of a band constantly looking forward, not wanting to cling to a youth that cannot be reclaimed. In this downstairs bunker – which looks like the cross

Wednesday 01 November 2017

Fozzy – ‘Judas’

It has taken over 15 years for American heavy metal powerhouse Fozzy to get past what must be a frustrating stigma. Fronted by WWE superstar Chris Jericho, they finally reached a position on their previous album, ‘Do You Want To Start A War’, where they were no longer just

Tuesday 31 October 2017

Gold Key – ‘Hello, Phantom’

If nothing else, Gold Key are going to surprise a lot of people. Considering the press release for the album contains the words ‘featuring members of Gallows and Sikth’, you’d be forgiven for expecting something angry and chaotic. Whilst some may find it disappointing that ‘Hello, Phantom’ is neither

Watchcries – ‘Wraith’

The tale of Brighton’s Watchcries is one of momentum. Forming in 2016, comprising former members of acts like Torpor, Dopefight, War Wolf and TEEF, they quickly laid down a self-titled EP and made their live debut supporting mighty doom-mongers Conan. 2017 sees them maintain this pace with the release

LIVE: The Picturebooks @ The Lexington, London

German alternative rockers The Picturebooks return to the capital to play a sold out show upstairs at The Lexington, and as always they don’t disappoint. The two piece are no strangers to the UK, having supported American heavy hitters Monster Truck earlier in the year, along with playing Camden’s Desertfest,

Friday 27 October 2017

All Pigs Must Die – ‘Hostage Animal’

The last few years have truly been a golden age for the metal/hardcore supergroup. Some of the most stunning music that’s bled from our speakers has been the product of seasoned veterans convening and throwing their collective bands’ sonic fury together to form gargantuan new musical monstrosities.

Thursday 26 October 2017

LIVE: Mayday Parade / With Confidence @ O2 Forum, Kentish Town

It’s been 10 years since Florida band Mayday Parade released their debut album ‘A Lesson in Romantics,’ an album which to this day a whole host of bands could only dream of matching. It’s an album that stands the test of time exceptionally well, and for a lot of pop punk

Wednesday 25 October 2017

Converge – ‘The Dusk In Us’

It’s difficult to think of a more highly respected band in underground heavy music than Converge – understandable when your ranks include the owner of the label every heavy band dreams of signing to, and the producer every heavy band dreams of recording with. Not to mention the fact

Monday 23 October 2017

LIVE: Papa Roach / Ho99o9 @ O2 Academy, Brixton

Papa Roach are one of those bands that seem like they’ve been around forever, and that’s because they have. The band released their eighth studio album ‘Crooked Teeth’ earlier this year and are now touring the globe reminding fans both new and old just why they’ve managed to sustain

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