Reviews from Thursday 20 February 2020

Polaris – ‘The Death Of Me’

There appears to be something in the Australian water that helps produce solid bands. There’s a seemingly ever growing list of acts appearing from the land down under, all of them slaying audiences over the globe with effortlessly infectious songwriting, full of big riffs and even bigger

Wednesday 19 February 2020

LIVE: Bellevue Days / Weatherstate / Quiet Lions / Pickpockets @ The Hope And Ruin, Brighton

The Hope And Ruin is a typical Brighton dive bar. Fairy lights casually adorn the ceiling of the main bar in no noticeable pattern, band stickers are sloppily stuck to every surface possible; with local craft beers and a locally-sourced menu featuring off the wall food combinations, it’s a

Friday 14 February 2020

LIVE: Silverstein / Hawthorne Heights @ O2 Academy Islington

Two decades have passed since Silverstein formed. With nine studio albums to their name and a tenth due this year, their longevity is enviable. Tonight is a celebration of the past twenty years and, with all special occasions calling for special circumstances, Silverstein are performing three different sets, reflecting

Thursday 13 February 2020

Derek Sanders – ‘My Rock and Roll Heart’

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Mayday Parade’s Derek Sanders has unleashed his heart on the world in the form of his debut solo EP, ‘My Rock and Roll Heart’. The five tracks – which are made up entirely of covers of some of his favourite songs

Wednesday 12 February 2020

LIVE: Pkew Pkew Pkew @ The Star & Garter, Manchester

At a time when everything is just awful, it’s wonderfully wholesome to spend an evening dancing in a backstreet pub to songs about skateboarding and drinking too much. Pkew Pkew Pkew bring the party this evening, packed with beaming smiles and that wry Canadian wit we’ve all

Tuesday 11 February 2020

Great American Ghost – ‘Power Through Terror’

Try to picture what it might sound like if Pantera, Slipknot, and Machine Head all had a bare knuckle fist fight with each other. The resulting inevitable chaos would be pretty close to how Great American Ghost sound. Comprising vocalist Ethan Harrison, guitarist Niko Gasparrini, bassist Joey

Kvelertak – ‘Splid’

The lines between genres tend to blur the deeper you get into metal. The desire of fans to somewhat incessantly categorise and organise their favourites doesn’t complement the style’s relatively freeform nature (i.e. get mad and get loud, but beyond that it’s up to you). So for Norwegian band

Monday 10 February 2020

LIVE: Sleep Token / Poisonous Birds / Bledig @ Islington Assembly Hall, London

If you know anything about Sleep Token, you know that their music is undeniably ceremonious. Birthed from a collective that are worshipping a deity themselves, the music is a product of their faith, each song acting as an offering and a display of their appreciation. Music this

Friday 07 February 2020

Green Day – ‘Father of All Motherfuckers’

Green Day have never been a band to pass up an opportunity for doing something completely unexpected. From snot-nosed Bay Area punks riffing about masturbation and methamphetamines, to eye-liner clad stadium rockers and, now, straight-up party dads. Resplendent in leopard print and creepers, with each year brings

Thursday 06 February 2020

Nova Charisma – ‘Exposition II’ EP

Sergio Medina and Donovan Melero are not unknown faces in the business. With Medina serving as guitarist in the post-hardcore Stolas, Melero fronting the equally hard Hail The Sun, and both serving time in prog-rock supergroup Sianvar, the duo’s signature sound and vocals are plastered all over

Wednesday 05 February 2020

Sylosis – ‘Cycle Of Suffering’

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Sylosis, but they’re finally back and just as loud and majestic as ever. The metal mammoths have been on a hiatus of sorts for the last few years, with lead vocalist, guitarist and founding member Josh Middleton taking a

Loathe – ‘I Let It In And It Took Everything’

If you’re reading this and you’re unaware of Loathe, you won’t be for much longer. The Liverpool quintet have been making seismic movements ever since their emergence back in 2015, earning themselves legions of supporters with highly acclaimed live performances and boundary-shattering music. As their cult-like fanbase

Tuesday 04 February 2020

LIVE: Cory Wells / Luke Rainsford @ Gullivers, Manchester

Nothing says Sunday night like a dark, humid room above a pub in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, filled with people in black t-shirts and beanies clutching increasingly warm pints. Well, maybe not to some, but to music fans, this is our odd sort of heaven – and drawing us out

Spanish Love Songs – ‘Brave Faces Everyone’

Look, we get it. The world has gone to shit. We’re in worrying times, but on occasion, it’s nice to plug yourself into some headphones and ignore all the desperation around us. Sometimes, it’s nice to focus on other people’s problems – and here to tell stories of their

Monday 03 February 2020

Envy – ‘The Fallen Crimson’

Japanese sextet Envy may not be a household name, but they’ve been peddling their signature blend of cinematic post-rock and dissonant post-hardcore since 1995 and have maintained a passionate underground following throughout their career. Fans were devastated when several original members left the band in 2015, throwing Envy’s future

Friday 31 January 2020

LIVE: While She Sleeps / Every Time I Die / Vein @ O2 Academy Brixton

As a headliner, picking support bands must be a tricky process. You want someone who will put in a solid performance and get the crowd warmed up, but not someone who will upstage you. Brave, then, for British melodic metalcore favourites While She Sleeps to have chosen these fucking

Tuesday 28 January 2020

LIVE: Twin Atlantic @ Rough Trade East, London

There’s something very strange about attending a full band rock show in a record store. As British customers, we’re used to politely shopping in such places, ensuring we’re not getting in anyone else’s way as we browse through the alphabet in search of our new favourite album.

Monday 27 January 2020

LIVE: Slipknot @ FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield

“Sheffield, where have you been all my life?”, bellows a beaming Corey Taylor. The kings of modern metal are back on English soil, and in rapturous form. Everyone remembers their first Slipknot gig. Whether you were there in the chaos of the Astoria in ‘99, the

Wednesday 22 January 2020

Vukovi – ‘Fall Better’

Scottish natives Vukovi gave the alt-rock scene a stern shake back in 2017, dropping their debut self-titled record to rave reviews across the board. They perform on a seemingly effortless tightrope, with ballsy hard-hitting riffs and unapologetic pop-tinged vocals delivered with a level of intensity and clarity

Tuesday 21 January 2020

Twin Atlantic – ‘POWER’

The anticipation that bubbles up inside when you’ve been waiting over three years for new music from your favourite band is almost unbearable, yet fans of Twin Atlantic have made it through the worst of the drought, and their patience and loyalty has been greatly rewarded.

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