Reviews from Wednesday 26 April 2017

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

Tuesday 18 April 2017

LIVE: Pallbearer @ The Underworld, London

To call Pallbearer a ‘cult sensation’ may be a stretch of the imagination, but they aren’t far off. After the release of their 2014 album, ‘Foundations of Burden’, it amassed them a devoted following among the metal underground. Blending classic doom metal with sweeping hooks and melodic vocals, their

Eternity Forever – ‘Fantasy’

On the face of it, math rock and R&B seem like incompatible genres, but you never truly know until someone tries to merge them together. Former Dance Gavin Dance and A Lot Like Birds vocalist Kurt Travis, ex-Chon bassist Brandon Ewing and Strawberry Girls drummer Ben Rosett seem like an

Ghost Bath – ‘Starmourner’

No genre of music is so precious about its sound than black metal. Started as the antithesis of everything accessible and inviting, it was designed to shock, scare, and antagonise. While some purists refuse to accept anything that isn’t true black metal (or ‘trve’, if you will) the genre

Sunday 16 April 2017

Bear – ‘///’

Bear have timed their latest album to perfection. With Dillinger Escape Plan hanging up their hat for the foreseeable future, the market – and indeed the plinth for technically demanding math metal – is wide open for someone to carry the flag, and Bear’s latest album ‘///’ has all

Saturday 15 April 2017

Isotopes – ‘1994 World Series Champions’

Canadian baseball punks Isotopes return with their second album, aptly named ‘1994 World Series Champions’ and for want of a better term, they’ve knocked it out of the park. First of all ‘Baseball punk’ is a genre most of us had never heard of, and that’s because it never

Friday 14 April 2017

Hubris – ‘Apocryphal Gravity’

Just glancing at the track list of ‘Apocryphal Gravity’ is enough to put you in an otherworldly state of mind. References to ‘Aphrodite Terra’, ‘Doom Mons’ and ‘Deimos’ – the names of a region of Venus, a mountain range on Titan and a natural satellite of Mars respectively – set

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