Reviews from Friday 15 October 2021

Brightr & Tim Holehouse – ‘Brightr Vs. Tim Holehouse’

Split EPs have long since been embedded in independent music. For the bands and artists involved, it allows them to work together while simultaneously pushing each other to their respective fanbase. In short, you’re getting two for the price of one. Despite fans’ listening habits gradually moving towards

Twelve Foot Ninja – ‘Vengeance’

Nobody said keeping a low profile as an abnormally large assassin would be easy, but for Melbourne rockers and multimedia artists Twelve Foot Ninja, their newest record is hard to ignore. ‘Vengeance’ sees the group pull out some of the most unique styles and sounds in their

Ice Nine Kills – ‘The Silver Scream 2: Welcome To Horrorwood’

Listener beware, you’re in for a scare. At least, that’s what Ice Nine Kills would hope for you with ‘The Silver Scream 2’. Like the original TSS, ‘Welcome To Horrorwood’ sees frontman Spencer Charnas and co. lead us through a cavalcade of horror-themed tracks, each an homage

Thursday 14 October 2021

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – ‘Sticky’

At what point do you stop talking about Frank Carter’s previous ventures pre-Rattlesnakes? After three records they are headlining bigger festivals and playing to bigger crowds than Pure Love and Gallows ever did combined. That isn’t to diminish the achievements of either band, but you do feel

Tuesday 12 October 2021

LIVE: Long Live Ant Allen @ The Leadmill, Sheffield

In May 2021, Dead Harts drummer and Skull & Bones Boys Club founder Ant Allen passed away following a history of mental illness and addiction. Due to pandemic-related restrictions in place at the time, his funeral attendance had to be limited, and as Ant was a popular lad, this

Monday 11 October 2021

Noah Gundersen – ‘A Pillar Of Salt’

The declaration of “This city was built on the back of a spirit I don’t feel anymore” makes for a rather grim outlook at first glance but ‘A Pillar Of Salt’ isn’t intentionally morose, at least that’s not what it’s trying for. Instead, the fifth album from

Malrun – ‘Pandemonium’

There’s a lot to get loud about these days. Whether you’re angry over the state of the world, or something more personal, there’s never been a better time to stick on something aggressive and deafening to offer a cathartic release. Somewhere between old school power metal, modern

Friday 08 October 2021

LIVE: While She Sleeps / Loathe @ Underworld, London

Picture the scene; it’s Friday night, you’re in London, you’re on your way to a completely sold out Underworld and you’re about to see one of this country’s finest metalcore bands, While She Sleeps. Six months ago you’d have pinched yourself and woken up from your dream, resuming

LIVE: Skindred @ The Roundhouse, London

As the lights dropped and the oh so familiar riff of AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ began, the energy palpably shifted. With each guttural shout of “thunder” from the crowd, the sense of anticipation and excitement grew. Finally strolling onto stage to a typically atypical remix of the ‘Imperial March’

blanket – ‘Modern Escapism’

On their 2018 debut full-length, ‘How To Let Go’, North West outfit blanket provided their own take on cinematic post-rock that ebbed and flowed with grace. Through crafting a majestic set of songs, the Blackpool based group lived up to the potential of their debut EP – 2017’s

Thursday 07 October 2021

Trivium – ‘In The Court Of The Dragon’

Just ten months ago, Trivium’s last effort – ‘What the Dead Men Say’ was being lauded as one of the best metal releases of 2020 in various top 20 lists. Less than a year later, many fans did not expect to have their hands on their next record ‘In

Monday 04 October 2021

LIVE: All Time Low / The Maine @ O2 Academy Brixton, London

In a time where being able to experience international artists live and in the flesh still feels like something of a novelty, we couldn’t be more excited for tonight’s lineup at Brixton Academy. This beloved venue in the heart of London has seen more huge names than

Friday 01 October 2021

LIVE: The Maine @ The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

The Maine’s last visit to the UK saw them in a race against time before the pandemic put an end to the music industry as we had known it. We may not have been aware, but this tour was a farewell masked as a celebration in support

Thursday 30 September 2021

They Fell From The Sky – ‘Decade’

Good things come to those who wait. They Fell From The Sky had their genesis way back in 2008 when, formed from an eclectic mix of artists, they worked with the intention of doing one thing: rocking hard. A demo was recorded of the song ‘Crush This World’ but

Monday 27 September 2021

One Step Closer – ‘This Place You Know’

Making a record can feel like a race, and sometimes the path is strewn with hurdles. Obstacles get in the way, you lose your momentum, but if you keep going you cross the finish line, and don’t One Step Closer know it. With a handful of EPs under their

Friday 24 September 2021

LIVE: Slam Dunk Festival 2021

For the longest time, it felt like the chances of us standing on the beautiful green grass of Temple Newsam and Hatfield House were slim to none – in 2021, at least. And yet, against all odds and through one of the most challenging possible years to pull off

Sleep Token – ‘This Place Will Become Your Tomb’

There are few acts – not just in the UK but the world – that have as much mystery surrounding them as the mighty Sleep Token. Not only do we not know who’s involved in the project beyond the fronting member’s pseudonym – the enigmatic and sinister Vessel

Thursday 23 September 2021

LIVE: You Me At Six @ O2 Forum, Kentish Town

You Me At Six have been touring relentlessly year after year, rapidly making their way through London venues of all sizes and having now headlined almost every major venue the capital has to offer. Tonight, they play to a huge sold out crowd at O2 Forum in

Wednesday 22 September 2021

Angels and Airwaves -‘Lifeforms’

It’s been seven years since Angels & Airwaves’ last full helping of charismatic electronic space rock in the form of ‘The Dream Walker’, and five years since their 4 track EP ‘Chasing Shadows’. With a scattering of acoustic releases and remixes through this time, we’ve been kept

Thrice – ‘Horizons / East’

Music, regardless of genre, is used as a form of expression. Be it grief, love, loss, death, religion, politics or anything in between, music serves as the perfect vessel to explore emotional connection with, and there are few bands that captain that exploration quite like Thrice. From their

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