Reviews from Tuesday 26 July 2016

LIVE: John Coffey/ We Never Learned To Live/ His & Hers @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton

Festival warm up shows are a strange one, particularly when the band play a night during the festival to play a gig, in John Coffey’s case in the wonderfully intimate Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar in Brighton, when surely a huge swath of their supporters were pitching up amongst 2000

TTNG – ‘Disappointment Island’

‘Disappointment Island’ is TTNG’s third album, their first since becoming a three-piece in 2013. Although vocalist Henry Tremain now assumes the dual responsibility of bass and vocals, this record is no less musically complex, meaning those expecting the math-rock veterans to serve up interesting time signatures, complex

Monday 25 July 2016

GATES – ‘Parallel Lives’

From opener ‘Forget’ beginning with a simple minor chord hook, the twin influences of Alchemy Index/ Beggars era Thrice and some of The National’s later work are immediately present, particularly so in the style of drums played and their counterpoint to the main body of their respective songs. Gates’

Friday 22 July 2016

Capsize – ‘A Reintroduction: The Essence Of All That Surrounds Me’

Defining choruses and melodic deliverance go hand in hand on Capsize’s new record ‘A Reintroduction: The Essence of All That Surrounds Me’. The album is harshly composed but compelling, pushing the band closer to prominence, under the lights of the post-hardcore dream. Their music could be perceived as being haunting

Patriot Rebel – ‘Cynics Playground’

You may expect a band with the name Patriot Rebel to hail from one of the southern states of the USA and to have grown up on a steady diet of classic American rock and metal. And although they come from Nottingham rather than Nashville, they emphatically

Thursday 21 July 2016

LIVE: King Diamond @ The Forum, London

King Diamond is more than just a character; he lives and breathes every aspect of persona he has created. The corpse painted face, the inverted crosses, and satanic imagery are more than just part of his elaborate stage show. This is who King Diamond is, and while many claim

JPNSGRLS – ‘Divorce’

Hailing from Japans futuristic capital city of Tokyo, these ladies are rewriting the laws on all things J-pop. Okay, that was a slight fabrication of the truth, JPNSGRLS are in actual fact: four dudes from Vancouver that play kick ass rock music. Tours with the likes of Turbowolf and

Saosin – ‘Along the Shadow’

Twelve years ago, Saosin held open auditions to replace vocalist Anthony Green who left the band for personal reasons after only recording one EP, ‘Translating the Name’. Cover Reber would go on to take the helm, following a demo tape that sounded so similar to Green’s vocal styling, guitarist

Descendents – ‘Hypercaffium Spazzinate’

“The world just kicked our ass again,” Descendents vocalist Milo Aukerman admits on the ultimately defiant ‘We Got Defeat’. Surely an understatement considering the band’s well-documented health battles since the release of 2004’s ‘Cool To Be You’ which have seen drummer Bill Stevenson overcome a brain tumour and bassist

Wednesday 20 July 2016

In Dynamics – ‘Everything I See’

The wait for a full-length In Dynamics album has been agonising, not only for the band but for anyone who has witnessed the growth of the exciting alt-rock trio over the past few years. Since unveiling their accomplished, refined debut EP ‘Circle’ in 2013, In Dynamics have

Raging Speedhorn – ‘Lost Ritual’

Corby hellraisers Raging Speedhorn had something of a cult following in the early noughties, although they never really elevated themselves above the status of support band, touring with the likes of Earthtone9, Will Haven and Skindred. ‘Lost Ritual’ is their first album since 2007, and marks the return of

Frameworks – ‘Smother’

It has to be said that Deathwish Inc. always has an eye for some of the best aggressive music. They serve as a launch pad for some of the brightest talent, and many of their bands go on to much bigger things. Just take a look at Deafheaven, Touche

Monday 18 July 2016

LIVE: 2000 Trees Festival

Celebrating its 10th Birthday this year, 2000 Trees has come a long way since its inception. We headed to the Gloucestershire countryside for three days of great music, great food and a great atmosphere – here’s what we got up to: THURSDAY Kicking off our 2000 Trees weekend was

Masked Intruder – ‘Love and Other Crimes’

Just when you thought it was safe to fall in love again, those heartwarming bandits in Masked Intruder are at it again. ‘Love and Other Crimes’ is their latest attempt to steal your heart (and your wallet) with their particular brand of infectious pop-punk ballads. Once regarded by some

Chapter and Verse – ‘The Wolves Back Home’

They may be rather fresh-faced, but London’s Chapter and Verse are determined to hit the scene with a snarling ferocity that’s mostly seen in veterans. They’re out to prove that they’re serious contenders with something to say in the alt-rock world, and they do just that with the glossy-edged

Pretty Little Enemy – ‘Bitch, Please!’

‘Bitch, Please!’, the debut EP from Minehead alt-metallers Pretty Little Enemy, is an interesting case of a rarely-exercised nostalgia: that for indie-label British nu-metal. From the band’s rock-night-at-your-local-community-hall aesthetic to the one-finger chugga-chugga downtuned riffs, everything about PLE suggests a band who had themselves cryogenically frozen mid-song in 2002, and were recently

Friday 15 July 2016

Biffy Clyro – ‘Ellipsis’

Biffy Clyro are an ever transitioning band, which is truly commendable, and indeed the true fan is always encouraged to stick with their band and follow the ebb and flow of their musical metamorphosis. And who can knock Biffy Clyro for following their dreams, they have replaced their white

Thursday 14 July 2016

LIVE: The Appleseed Cast / Listener & more @ The Ballroom, Canterbury

Canterbury has played host to a great many alternative bands over the years. Everyone from American Nightmare to Converge and La Dispute have graced the Cathedral City with their presence, as have Kansas natives, The Appleseed Cast. It is only right that following their floor show here in 2013,

Wednesday 13 July 2016

Emp!re – ‘Our Simple Truths’

‘Our Simple Truths’ is very much a continuation of Emp!re’s last release, mini-album ‘Where The World Begins’. The simplistic but bouncy rock riffs still form the main backbone of the instrumentation, occasionally veering towards a slightly more prog, Coheed & Cambria sound, rather than straightforward rock. Emp!re’s main strength has

Asylums – ‘Killer Brain Waves’

‘Killer Brain Waves’ has been a long time coming. Southend-On-Sea’s Asylums have been drip-feeding tracks for a while, ‘The Death of Television’ finding itself on the debut album two years after having introduced the band’s frantic blend of Britpop, grunge and DIY indie-punk. The slow game contradicts the immediacy

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