Reviews from Friday 17 February 2017

LIVE: The Interrupters / The Bar Stool Preachers @ The Dome, London

Playing arenas every night is the dream for many bands. It’s one not many get to accomplish but for Californian four-piece The Interrupters, they have got to live out their dream. Having supported Green Day every night on their huge European tour, they’ve played their take on ska

Thursday 16 February 2017

Ghost Iris – ‘Blind World’

Danish quartet Ghost Iris return with ‘Blind World’, a ten-track masterclass in tech-metal that combines the polar opposites of crunching heaviness with soaring melody to form irresistible vocal hooks wrapped around brutally massive riffs. Wasting absolutely no time getting stuck in, first track ‘Gods of Neglect’ is blisteringly heavy. The

Alter Eden – ‘Tigers & Lambs’

‘Tigers & Lambs’ may only be the second EP from Midlands four-piece Alter Eden but straight from the off it provides an incredibly polished sound that some bands can only hope to achieve. Their blend of melodic vocals and enticing riffs are an almost perfect fit and

LIVE: Green Day @ The O2 Arena, London

It’s been a while since the punk rock phenomenon that is Green Day graced us with their presence. They haven’t set foot on UK shores since back in 2013 when they headlined Reading & Leeds festivals. Last year however saw the release of the first new material from the

LIVE: Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band / Laura Stevenson / Lion & The Wolf @ The Dome, London

Ever since playing his first UK show, supporting a death metal band above a tiny pub way back in 2002, Kevin Devine has carved out the kind of dedicated audience, only the most prolific, sincere of songwriters manage to. A lot has happened since then too. In 2007 Devine signed with Capitol

Wednesday 15 February 2017

Ghost Key – ‘If I Don’t Make It’

Ghost Key, as a hardcore band, are already in a saturated market but ‘If I Don’t Make It’ is set to label them as ones to watch and it won’t be long before they’re wriggling above the flood of other similar artists and surfing safely

Tuesday 14 February 2017

Darko ‘Bonsai Mammoth’

‘Life Forms’ is a delicate start to a punk rock album but the ferocious dual guitar and punching drums quickly bring about the musical substance fit for a narrative that is surmised by ‘I don’t wanna be a part of it, I don’t fucking care’, an ode to the

Monday 13 February 2017

LIVE: The Wonder Years / PUP / Trash Boat / Tiny Moving Parts @ KOKO, London

Tiny Moving Parts began the night with a tight set that sounded incredibly full for a three piece, with the band combining their math and emo sound with their pop-punk infused sing-along choruses seamlessly. Lead guitarist Dylan Mattheisen exuded a clear sense of joy as he played

LIVE: Black Peaks @ Rock City (Basement), Nottingham

It’s been almost a year since Black Peaks released ‘Statues’ and judging by the number of people crammed shoulder to shoulder inside the Basement of Nottingham’s Rock City, their phenomenal debut album did not go unnoticed. Those who own a copy have obviously heard Black Peaks, but

Friday 10 February 2017

Group Of Man – ‘World Peace Champions’

‘We Are Good People’, claimed the title of UK post-hardcore troupe Group Of Man’s 2015 debut EP. Its follow up, released in January 2017, goes by the name ‘World Peace Champions’. It seems that Group Of Man have quite the high opinions of themselves (or are just

blanket – ‘Our Brief Encounters’

Do you remember those music lessons at school where you were asked to write down the images and feelings provoked by a piece of music? blanket’s ‘Our Brief Encounters’ is so cinematic that you can’t help but instinctively repeat that same exercise as you listen through the

Thursday 09 February 2017

Wiegedood – ‘De Doden Hebben Het Goed II’

Amenra are one of the most powerful and important underground bands of the last 20 years. It’s a bold statement, but one that cannot be ignored. Their influence as artists spreads far and wide across the European heavy music scene, so much so that an entire collective

Wednesday 08 February 2017

LIVE: Arcane Roots @ Bush Hall, London

Arcane Roots have been one of the best ‘underground’ bands in the UK for a long time now. Admittedly, they’ve written some killer tracks (listen to ‘When Did the Taste Leave Your Mouth’ and you’ll understand) as well as tour with power houses like Muse, but they’ve never really

Iron Reagan – ‘Crossover Ministry’

While revivals come and go like the weather, thrash has never needed one because it has always been there. Some bands reach more success than others, but there is always a high quality of music coming from the underground. Iron Reagan are one of the leaders of the new

Tuesday 07 February 2017

LIVE: Hotel Books @ The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

When the first thing a headlining band does is ask some of their audience to leave, you already know it won’t be a traditional performance. If you’ve ever been to an acoustic show, you’ll know who the message is aimed at: those who are more interested in

Screw Houston – ‘Like Fighting Snakes’

Dutch melodic hardcore crew Screw Houston possess that party vibe that is instantly infectious and sets the tone well for an EP that makes up in enthusiasm where it lacks in substance and style. ‘All Rise’ nods to acknowledging one’s actions to reactions and has the punk vocal element seen

Monday 06 February 2017

LIVE: Suicidal Tendencies / Agnostic Front / Municipal Waste and more @ The Persistence Tour, London

There’s very little difference between attending The Persistence Tour and a hardcore all-dayer at your local village hall or club. Apart from the venue being the Kentish Town Forum, and the line-up featuring a bill of hardcore royalty, the premise is much the same; a place for hardcore kids

LIVE: The Dillinger Escape Plan / Ho99o9 @ Concorde 2, Brighton

Twenty chaotic years: that’s how long The Dillinger Escape Plan have been pushing the boundaries of heavy music. It’s almost hard to believe when you think about it, and feels criminal that the band have decided to call time on their illustrious career. After bookending their catalogue last year

Ocean Grove – ‘The Rhapsody Tapes’

Every once in a while, a band drops a debut album that becomes a reference point. These debuts can shape not only the creator’s career, but also the future work of others that are yet to even take their first breaths. Of course, there are no guarantees in this

Sunday 05 February 2017

Allison Crutchfield – ‘Tourist In This Town’

Allison Crutchfield is no stranger to making powerful music. Having already spent time honing her craft in P.S Eliot along with her sister, Katie – who you will know from the excellent Waxahatchee – and Swearin’, Crutchfield has expanded into a different avenue with ‘Tourist In This Town’. It

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