Reviews from Thursday 27 April 2017

LIVE: Emma Ruth Rundle / Darkher / Jaye Jayle @ The Lexington, London

The last time Emma Ruth Rundle was in town was for a brief opening slot to Wovenhand. That show was proof how far Rundle’s music has reached, given the adoration from the crowd that is rarely shown for a support act. Six months later, Rundle has returned to London

LIVE: 420 Fest @ Boston Music Rooms

Holy Roar Records have emerged as a bastion of original, dynamic and heavy-as-balls UK bands of late. Tonight’s sold-out show at the Boston Music rooms is a testament to those who appreciate the label as much as the varied array of bands on the bill, who represent some of

Aswekeepsearching – ‘Zia’

How many post rock bands have you heard that sing in Hindi? If the answer is zero then I’m sure you’re not alone, but after hearing ‘Zia’, the latest album from India’s Aswekeepsearching, it’s an experience that’s well worth repeating. Beautiful instrumentals in interesting timings, overlaid with

LIVE: Chelsea Wolfe / True Widow / King Woman @ The Haunt, Brighton

Few artists have amassed a cult following in recent years quite like Chelsea Wolfe. While still inherently underground, Wolfe has become an icon of sorts, with her bleak sound drawing attention from fans and peers alike. Now, on the final tour in support of the stunning 2015 album, ‘Abyss’,

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Tidelines – ‘Tidelines’

It doesn’t take long for Seattle-based Tidelines to demonstrate their obvious talent and potential on this debut self-titled record, but what does take a little longer is an appreciation for the many nuances lurking underneath the surface. If you’re looking for a quick fix, then this may not be the record for

Sheer – ‘Psychic Quarry’

On their 2015 debut album ‘Uneasy’, California indie band Sheer crafted a hidden gem. It was a striking record filled with introspective sadness and awkward charm, yet failed to gain them the larger audience they rightfully deserved. It didn’t help matters that they got lost among the ever-growing trend of

Caves – ‘Always Why’

Newly transatlantic punks Caves make their intentions known from the opening of ‘Asleep’, as birdsong, feedback and a subdued solo riff subside into a chaotic cacophony of crashing drums and elastic guitars, as vocalist Lou Hanman howls “back and forward I go!” ‘Always Why’, the third album from the

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Those Who Knew – ‘New Perspective’

Comparing themselves to a few well-known bands, Those Who Knew may have missed the boat a bit with the Paramore and Biffy Clyro comparisons. They don’t have the thrilling pop punk or the dominant stadium rock of either; instead they find themselves in the vein of Lower Than Atlantis

Monday 24 April 2017

LIVE: Real Friends / Can’t Swim @ Epic Studios, Norwich

In a climate where there’s ten a penny pop punk bands that are all style and no substance, groups like Real Friends, who speak up about real issues more than they do about their haircuts couldn’t be more important right now. On one of their biggest UK tours to date,

Pinegrove – ‘Everything So Far’

It’s odd for a band that has offered so much over their two full lengths and several EPs to release what’s effectively a best-of album, when they only have a limited playing history and back catalogue to choose from. However, ‘Everything So Far’ is exactly that for Pinegrove, prior to last

LIVE: Deference @ The Hairy Dog, Derby

Off the back of their impressive debut EP ‘False Awakening’, Southampton’s Deference set out on a UK tour to support the release and it hasn’t been without its difficulties so far. The previous night’s show in Worthing was cancelled for reasons outside the band’s control and tonight’s show in

Saturday 22 April 2017

LIVE: Deafheaven / Youth Code @ KOKO, London

When Deafheaven released ‘New Bermuda’ in 2015, they proved to the metal masses that they were more than just a black metal band for hipsters. Nearly two years on and they are wrapping up the last part of the touring cycle for the record, which includes on of their

Friday 21 April 2017

He Is Legend – ‘few’

He Is Legend’s fifth full length release, ‘few’ is out via Spinefarm Records on April 28th and it is worth the wait. If you’re a fan that’s been waiting with baited breath and a light pocket, for this fan funded release to finally come through, you’re not going to be

The Nyx – ‘The Nyx’

Bruising guitar riffs are the perfect introduction to four-piece The Nyx. Instantly drawing the listener into their world, ‘Fire Breathing Lady’ balances on a wire between heavy rock and singalong anthems. You decide– head-banging or dramatic singing into a hairbrush? Either or both are suited to this

Thursday 20 April 2017

I Hate Sex – ‘World Of Grief’

If you ever think that heavy bands tend to lose a sense of ‘rawness’ or ‘grittiness’ when it comes to releasing their first album, ‘World Of Grief’ takes away all preconceptions of compromise. The Canadian skramz outfit previously released split EPs with the likes of fellow western screamo Algae

LIVE: Parkway Drive / Asking Alexandria / Stick to Your Guns @ Brixton Academy, London

Over the past year, Parkway Drive have truly gone from strength to strength off the back of their newest album ‘Ire’. During a rocky time when the band weren’t sure what to do, they created ‘Ire’ and breathed life back into the band. They translate this incredibly well into

Maximo Park – ‘Risk To Exist’

How are Maximo Park still churning out albums? If you’ve seen the band live, you’ll know that front-man Paul Smith is energy personified. Usually donned in his signature hat, he’ll bound around the stage, leaping around and enticing the crowd at every opportunity. Why then on record have the

The Winter Passing – ‘Double Exposure’

With ‘Double Exposure’ The Winter Passing have released a deeply personal and creative EP that is another step forward both musically and lyrically. Across the six songs they tackle issues of anxiety and mental health in a way that is brave and honest, but approachable. ‘Paper

Wednesday 19 April 2017

LIVE: Mallory Knox / Lonely The Brave / Fatherson @ Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh

Some bands just have staying power and Mallory Knox is one of them. Making a tiny Edinburgh nightclub feel like a huge venue, one of Britain’s most popular rock bands brought showmanship and extraordinary energy to a sold out show. First up Fatherson played to an enthusiastically responsive crowd. As

While She Sleeps ‘You Are We’

The first thirty seconds of this incredible release not only sets the barre for the rest of the album but also gives credence for the exciting PR campaign that has been their return to the top. As Lawrence Taylor screams “You Are We”, there is a feeling that this

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