Reviews from Tuesday 07 July 2020

ManDown – ‘We Want Blood’

When their original bands tapped out, two fighters stepped back into the ring – battered and bruised, but baying for a return to form. ManDown is the name of this tag-team, a power-duo who still have music to make and, with debut EP ‘We Want Blood’, they’re proving there

Monday 06 July 2020

The Beths – ‘Jump Rope Gazers’

Every one of us, at some stage, will reach a point in our lives where distance wedges itself between us and the people we love. Long-lasting friendships feel strained, relationships become a chore, and once prominent figures in our lives drift away. It’s not always something we

Friday 03 July 2020

Phoxjaw– ‘ROYAL SWAN’

Cast your mind back to the children’s television show Stingray, and you may remember its famous opening ‘Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour’. Exactly the same phrase could used before one of Phoxjaw’s live shows. The Bristol four-piece’s music harks back to an earlier time, with clear

The Winter Passing – ‘New Ways Of Living’

Irish quintet The Winter Passing might be relatively unknown outside of their native island and, frankly, it’s a damn shame. They’re a band that have flown under the radar and deserve more plaudits than they’ve received. As the scene expands thanks to the likes of Fontaines DC, The Murder

Thursday 02 July 2020

Bury Tomorrow – ‘Cannibal’

Bury Tomorrow are one of those bands that never stop climbing. Just when you think they’ve unleashed the best record of their career, they set their sights even higher and work even harder to push themselves as musicians – and to blow you away as fans. Their

Wednesday 01 July 2020

DITZ – ‘5 Songs’

While some bands explode onto a scene unprepared and unfamiliar with the new found appreciation they receive, others work tirelessly to hone their craft and build a pulsing reputation. Brighton five piece DITZ have perfected the latter, sharpening their sound and developing a status as one of Brighton’s most

Monday 29 June 2020

Emmure – ‘Hindsight’

Emmure have undergone quite the transformation over the last few years. In late 2015, the entire instrumental section of the band left, leaving vocalist Frankie Palmeri to front a band with no members. Unwilling to let the band fade away, Palmeri quickly found new recruits – former

Friday 26 June 2020

Remo Drive – ‘A Portrait Of An Ugly Man’

Seven months after the release of their mature pop-rock album ‘Natural, Everyday Degradation’, Minnesota’s Remo Drive are back with album number three. ‘A Portrait Of An Ugly Man’ might follow hot on its heels, but it is by no means a carbon copy of what went before. The duo

Thursday 25 June 2020

New Found Glory – ‘Forever And Ever x Infinity’

When it comes to alternative music, and especially the fickle land of pop punk, no band gets to have a 20+ year career without having something special about them. Among them, and showing no signs of slowing down, are New Found Glory; with more than two decades of ups

Wednesday 24 June 2020

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Out Of Interest

Scottish indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks have had a fairly busy year already, packing in a 23 date US tour in February and working on writing for their fifth studio album. New EP ‘Out Of Interest’ is a collection of two demos from 2018 album ‘The More I Sleep,

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Mushroomhead – ‘A WONDERFUL LIFE’

Think Mushroomhead and it is the garish masks and make-up that immediately spring to mind. Their music is a mix of industrial flavoured heavy metal, and since 1993 they have sold millions of records. Record number eight, ‘A Wonderful Life’, is their first in six years and is a

Monday 22 June 2020

Make Them Suffer – ‘How To Survive A Funeral’

A few years ago, Make Them Suffer would’ve been a name that you associated with deathcore or death metal. The Aussie quintet quickly rose to prominence, largely due to the uncontrollable rage and punishment that was confined in their music, which they very slowly and smoothly began to evolve

Thursday 18 June 2020

Lamb Of God – ‘Lamb Of God’

Since their formation in the mid-late 90s, Lamb Of God have become one of the biggest, most successful and most enduring bands in heavy music. They seem to be one of those rare bands that are liked, or at least respected, by hardened underground metalheads and casual, surface-level metal

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Protest The Hero – ‘Palimpsest’

Protest The Hero is a name we haven’t seen in a little while, but for a very understandable reason. During a world tour celebrating the ten year anniversary of their second record ‘Fortress’, front man Rody Walker blew out his voice and his worst nightmare became a

Tuesday 16 June 2020

Commonwealth Choir – ‘No End’

Philadelphia. Okay, so the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about this Pennsylvania city might be cheesesteaks, but Philly is also renowned for its arts and culture. With music just about pulsing through the city’s old bones, it’s unsurprising that it’s spawned bands like The

Monday 15 June 2020

Bad Cop/Bad Cop – ‘The Ride’

Bad Cop/Bad Cop are fighting the good fight. They are stoking the revolution, calling out injustices, and preaching the importance of self-love. The Los Angeles-quartet’s third full-length record, ‘The Ride’, is highly prophetic and arrives at precisely the right time to capture the mood of this deeply

Atavist – ‘III: Absolution’

Brutal, horrifying, unrelenting. Whatever way you look at it, the long-awaited third album from Mancunian extreme metallers Atavist is a progressive and challenging listen. If you’re looking for something uplifting, look elsewhere. If you want the soundtrack to your summer, this isn’t it. If you’re looking for a gateway

Friday 12 June 2020

Shape Of Water – ‘Great Illusions’

Imagine it: cool wind in your face, hot summer sun on your back and all the time in the world as you cruise down the scenery of *insert dream road trip destination here* in your *insert dream road trip car here*. It’s not exactly a

Thursday 11 June 2020

Ebonivory – ‘The Long Dream I’

With their first full-length release ‘The Only Constant’, Ebonivory made a very clear statement to Australian heavy music fans that they were able to hang with even the biggest names in the scene, and it was hard not to believe them. The record wore its varied multitude

Tuesday 09 June 2020

Sports Team – ‘Deep Down Happy’

The world has been turned upside down this year. While a global pandemic is hard to get away from in the media and on the streets, the increasingly talked-about Sports Team provide a thirty minute balance of ironic social commentary and outlandish post-punk that acts as a terrific form

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