Reviews from Thursday 22 February 2018

Earth Caller – ‘Crystal Death’

Australian band Earth Caller shot down the fast lane in their early career; their first album ‘Degenerate’ made a mark in hardcore. Soon after, the band imploded with front man Josh Collard being the last man standing. Armed with a new line-up, ‘Crystal Death’ has arrived.

Wednesday 21 February 2018

We Were Sharks – ‘Lost Touch’

Recent Victory Records signees We Were Sharks are back with a follow-up to their 2015 release ‘Not A Chance’ and though it’s been a while, these tracks are worth the wait. If you’re yet to hear the Canadian sextet, this is the perfect place to start; tracks

LIVE: Despised Icon/Malevolence/Archspire/Vulvodynia @ The Dome, London

Deathcore became over saturated in the mid ’00s with bands that tried to sound heavy, but weren’t particularly interesting. Despised Icon, however, have always been one of the exceptions that do the genre justice. Whilst co-vocalist Alex Erian has frequently toured the UK with Obey The Brave, tonight marks Despised Icon’s first

Conjurer – ‘Mire’

Heavy metal was, at its point of conception, very British. Though you could argue yourself blue in the face whether the very first truly ‘metal’ band was Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath (it’s Sabbath, don’t be a dummy), either way you cut it, the fact is that

Tuesday 20 February 2018

Watain – ‘Trident Wolf Eclipse’

It’s been five years since Sweden’s Watain unleashed a studio album but now, at last, comes their most recent offering: ‘Trident Wolf Eclipse’. Before we delve into the darkest depths of what this record has to offer, a little perspective on black metal for those not in ‘the know’. Since

Friday 16 February 2018

Feed The Rhino – ‘The Silence’

Kent hardcore rockers and all-round, loud as fuck gentlemen Feed The Rhino have returned with their eight studio album, ‘The Silence’, and let’s say this right off the bat: it’s their best work to date. It’s crazy to think that Feed The Rhino have been around for the best part of

Death Pedals – ‘Death Pedals’

Following the release of this self-titled album and a short run of gigs ending on February 17, London DIY punks Death Pedals will call it a day. That makes this review difficult to write, as this record is so exciting that it would be great to spout off about

Good Tiger – ‘We Will All Be Gone’

Good Tiger return with their sophomore album, ‘We Will All Be Gone’, after debuting ‘A Head Full of Moonlight’ back in 2015. With every song on this latest offering, it’s clear that they’ve taken the past three years to truly hone their sound, offering a more cohesive

Thursday 15 February 2018

Hotel Books – ‘Equivalency’

Spoken word emo is a very niche, marmite genre. For every person who worships of the altar of La Dispute, Listener and Mewithoutyou there’s another who would rather stick pins in their eyes than listen to someone read slam poetry over an Appleseed Cast instrumental. If you’re the latter,

Machine Head – ‘Catharsis’

If you’ve toured the world countless times, sold over a million records and near enough reached the pinnacle of the metal world, it’s fair to start taking some risks. American heavy metal titans Machine Head have done exactly that with their latest album ‘Catharsis’. At a point in their

Wednesday 14 February 2018

Brian Fallon – ‘Sleepwalkers’

“We’ve taken this thing really far … now what?’ I don’t think any of us had an answer. Then ‘We’re at a crossroads. No one knows what to do,” Brian Fallon told Rolling Stone in early-2016 upon the hiatus of The Gaslight Anthem. “Now what”, is a

LIVE: Highly Suspect @ O2 Forum, London

As the crowd waited for Highly Suspect to take to the stage, it wouldn’t have been unreasonable to question whether they’d walked into the right venue. The on-stage DJ blasted tracks from Kendrick Lamar and, having chosen to precede the show with a genre entirely different from his own,

LIVE: Motionless In White / Cane Hill / Ice Nine Kills @ KOKO, London

A sold out KOKO is just one of the stops on Motionless In White’s Graveyard Shift UK Tour and the anticipation is palpable. Fans have queued all day long, showing the devotion that Motionless In White have created. Ice Nine Kills kick off the night with

Thornhill – ‘Butterfly’

Coming from the other side of the world and with only a 5 track EP behind them, the name of this Australian quintet will no doubt be greeted by blank looks and shrugs. Their second EP, however, is about to change all of that. Crammed full of instrumental prowess,

Tuesday 13 February 2018

LIVE: Canvas / Body Hound / xServitudex / Lugubrious Children / Underdark @ Temple Of Boom, Leeds

Much like the influences of the headlining act, the support bill for the last ever performance from Canvas (that’s the UKHC one from the late 90s, not the current band for sad lads) is a bit of a mixed bag. Openers Underdark cross the bleak cacophony of Deafheaven with

LIVE: Black Veil Brides / Asking Alexandria @ Brixton Academy, London

Although Brixton Academy has seen both of tonight’s bands headline in their own right, tonight it’s treated to a co-headlining show. Asking Alexandria are the first band on stage and with the electronic wobbles of ‘Into The Fire’ playing over the PA, the band explode into the

Monday 12 February 2018

LIVE: The Menzingers / PUP @ Whelan’s, Dublin

“Where are we gonna go now that our twenties are over?”, has been the question The Menzingers have been posing to their audience for the best part of the last 12 months. For those whose answer to this is simply “I don’t really know”, then this is

Funeral Shakes – ‘Funeral Shakes’

Watford based newcomers Funeral Shakes bop, jitterbug and swing their way onto the scene with this, their self titled debut album. From start to finish it’s a delightfully pessimistic take on the traditional. Forget love songs and think more anti-love. The almost 50’s sound has a way of bringing out

Wednesday 07 February 2018

Corrosion of Conformity – ‘No Cross No Crown’

Very few artists have earned the fierce adoration or respect that Corrosion of Conformity have in heavy metal. Intertwined with the incestuous tapestry of artists that defined a generation of alternative music, they’ve had members of Pantera, Crowbar, Superjoint Ritual and Down amongst their ranks over the

Tuesday 06 February 2018

The Spook School – ‘Could It Be Different?’

‘Could It Be Different?’ is the eagerly anticipated third album from Glasgow indie punks The Spook School. It’s a life-affirming release that quickly proves invaluable; there’s an overwhelming sense of hope and optimism at its core that won’t fail to empower those who are struggling to come to terms

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