Reviews from Friday 08 November 2019

LIVE: Killswitch Engage / Revocation / Tenside @ O2 Academy Brixton, London

Killswitch Engage, considered one of the driving forces behind the emergence of metalcore, are renowned for putting on a phenomenal live show. Never a band to lean too heavily on theatrics, they’ve always been animated showmen who display an intense ability to play with a seemingly impossible

Thursday 07 November 2019

LIVE: Thrice / Refused @ Academy 1, Manchester

Tonight is Halloween, and it’s also meant to be the day the UK leaves the European Union. Everywhere you look there are ghouls, hooded figures looking for treats, haunting images of impending doom at every turn… And then there’s all the Halloween stuff. Brexit hasn’t happened,

Saturday 02 November 2019

Highly Suspect – ‘MCID’

If one thing’s for certain, it’s that Highly Suspect give absolutely zero fucks about anyone else when it comes to making music. That much has been clear since day one, but as time progresses, this Brooklyn band leans further and further towards a creative mentality that’s aimed

Friday 01 November 2019

Counterparts – ‘Nothing Left To Love’

If you’re a metalcore fan and you aren’t aware of Counterparts yet, where have you been? They’re one of the driving forces behind the modern movement, spearheading the revival of the genre and inspiring a new wave of bands to follow in their footsteps. Their exquisite balance

Thursday 31 October 2019

LIVE: Oso Oso / Prince Daddy & The Hyena / Fresh @ Boston Music Room, London

Here’s the best thing about a co-headline tour: not one, but two forty-five minute sets. This particular Thursday night co-headliner, which took place at Boston Music Room, came from Prince Daddy & the Hyena and Oso Oso, but not before Brighton punks, Fresh, christened the

Stray From The Path – ‘Internal Atomics’

If you’re into gigantic riffs, gurn-worthy bass, pounding drums, and intense, venomous vocal delivery, then you’ve come to the right place – Stray From The Path put a huge tick through all of those boxes. Hailing from New York and Derbyshire (I know, right?), the politically outraged

LIVE: Jimmy Eat World @ PRYZM, Kingston Upon Thames

There’s little more thrilling than an album release show; the crowd bubbles with the anticipation of getting to hear new songs live for the very first time, and the venues are usually far more intimate than we’re used to – particularly for bands that have been around

Wednesday 30 October 2019

LIVE: Press To MECO / Chapter And Verse @ The Parish, Huddersfield

Despite the rise of chains of identikit venues, one thing the UK continues to do exceedingly well at is hiding away small venues with heaps of character all over the land, often in the places you least expect. Huddersfield’s The Parish is one of those, with a 150 capacity

Cold War Kids – ‘New Age Norms Vol. 1’

It’s hard to not hear the influence of Cold War Kids on modern rock. The indie quartet from Long Beach have had a hand in the sound of indie since the turn of the millennium, and love them or hate them in the modern day, they are

Tuesday 29 October 2019

Anavae – ’45’

An album from Anavae has been whispered about for years. The band have been staples of the UK alt-rock and live scene since their debut in 2012, yet the full-length has eluded them – until now, with the release of ’45’. The album leans into creepy aesthetics, with the lyrics

Monday 28 October 2019

suitor – ‘folklore’

In the few short weeks following the release of suitor’s first ever single, ‘Deep Sleep’, many comparisons have been drawn. Some liken them to post hardcore heroes Circa Survive and Saosin, while mentions of O’Brother, Moving Mountains, Pentimento, and Hoobastank have echoed around social media as well.

Saturday 26 October 2019

LIVE: Biffy Clyro / Jimmy Eat World @ The Roundhouse, London

The Roundhouse is arguably one of London’s most iconic venues, being the venue at which innumerable live albums were recorded and having housed more impressive names in music than the front cover of Rolling Stone (probably).  That’s why it’s perfect for tonight’s lineup of Biffy Clyro

Thornhill – ‘The Dark Pool’

There’s been an enormous buzz surrounding Thornhill ever since their initial emergence back in 2016. The infectious grooves that oozed out of their ‘Butterfly’ EP turned numerous heads, first in their native Australia, then spreading overseas. After completely commanding the Australian heavy music scene and smashing support

Friday 25 October 2019

Airbourne – ‘Boneshaker’

Putting their cans of beer down for 30 minutes, the mighty Australian powerhouses Airbourne have returned and turned back the clocks with their new album ‘Boneshaker’. Airbourne always do exactly as they say, and the album title does not lie – ‘Boneshaker’ rattles you to your core straight from the

Fit For An Autopsy – ‘The Sea Of Tragic Beasts’

If you’ve ever listened to Fit For An Autopsy before, you know that they aren’t just your run of the mill heavy band. The passion they have for what they do surpasses love for music, using the platform that they have to draw listeners gazes to subjects

Thursday 24 October 2019

Norma Jean – ‘All Hail’

If you thought that Norma Jean couldn’t get any angrier, you’ll find how sorely mistaken you are on their brand new record ‘All Hail’. Forging themselves a legacy with a string of uniquely venomous records, they were vitally important in the development of heavy music, forever growing

LIVE: Alice Cooper / The Stranglers @ First Direct Arena, Leeds

“I put on my Facebook this morning, ‘I’ve got tickets to Alice fucking Cooper’, hell yeah”, I overhear an excited gentlemen mention to his friend moments before the curtain raises. There’s a fevered anticipation building in Leeds’ LED-light clad First Direct Arena, usually reserved for the latest

Wednesday 23 October 2019

LIVE: Sea Girls @ O2 Forum, Kentish Town

If there was ever to be a band that defined 2019’s success story, it would be Sea Girls. Attending almost every summer festival you could possibly name, it would be a surprise if you hadn’t at least wandered past their stage mid-set and found yourself bopping along

Saturday 19 October 2019

Waterparks – ‘Fandom’

Everyone’s favourite capital letter enthusiasts Waterparks are back with a slab of electronic emo pop, because apparently no-one told them that genre peaked when 3OH!3 convinced Katy Perry to run through a fountain in 2008. ‘Fandom’ is the band’s third album and sees them attempt to blend a myriad

Friday 18 October 2019

White Reaper – ‘You Deserve Love’

As we enter the depths of winter, there is a certain beauty about an album with the vibrant feel of a summer soundtrack. When the nights begin to draw in and the sunny days feel few and far between, White Reaper are on hand to provide a

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