Reviews from Thursday 17 May 2018

I, The Mapmaker – ‘Searching’

Debut EPs almost always seem to represent an unfettered opportunity.  I, The Mapmaker, a melodic hardcore quintet, present with their debut ‘Searching’, an ambitious effort, rich with complexity and dynamism. Opener ‘Ghostwalker’ floods the listener with mesmerising harmonies, abound with fluid and

Wednesday 16 May 2018

LIVE: Cancer Bats / Death By Stereo / Funeral Shakes @ The Underworld, Camden.

Whenever a band announce a tour to celebrate the anniversary of a record, it always seems to take you back in time. Trying to remember where you were or what you were doing the first time you heard it. Or which of the tracks from the record you may

Tuesday 15 May 2018

illuminati hotties – ‘Kiss Yr Frenemies’

Some bands create noise. Others create music. A minor few create art. And for Sarah Tudzin, the engineer, producer, and mastermind behind illuminati hotties, she’s firmly in the last category. Despite being a pluralised nom de plume, illuminati hotties is a creative outlet for Tudzin, the self-proclaimed burrito-aficionado. Having roped

Frank Turner – Be More Kind

“I should have been more kind. It is my fate. To find this out, but find it out too late”- Clive James It is with this quote that prolific British singer-songwriter Frank Turner, has drawn influence for his seventh studio record “Be More Kind”. It’s a

Food Court – ‘Good Luck’

Aussie four-piece Food Court deliver a delicious slice of fuzzy garage punk with the release of their debut album ‘Good Luck’. Released on Dine Alone Records. Home of Jimmy Eat World, Alexisonfire, The Dirty Nil and more, its great acclaim to be the first Australian band to join the

Boss Keloid – ‘Melted On The Inch’

Wigan quintet Boss Keloid’s latest release, ‘Melted On The Inch’, is an incredibly difficult album to write about. There’s no need to tell you it’s good, because if it wasn’t then it wouldn’t have the Holy Roar Records baby staring at you from its back cover. That logo is

Friday 11 May 2018

Brand New Friend – ‘Seatbelts For Aeroplanes’

The town of Castlerock is perched on the northern coast of Northern Ireland. For the majority of the year, it is battered by winds whipping off the Atlantic Ocean but there are those special days when the sun shines and friends gather to enjoy it’s beach. It

Reuther – ‘Like A Ghost’

When a band comes to the end of its life, there are generally two options to follow. Accept defeat, retire and move on or rise from the ashes and create a new band. For James Vee and Daniel Stover’s when their previous projects came to call it a day,

Wiedgedood – ‘De Doden Hebben Het Goed III’

Black / extreme metal trio Wiedgedood are not in the business of wasting time. This is their third album since their inception a mere four years ago, and they’ve somehow managed that whilst sharing members with Amenra and Oathbreaker; both busy bands until the end of last year when

Thursday 10 May 2018

Melvins – ‘Pinkus Abortion Technician’

Melvins have been going since 1983. Just let that sink in for a minute. For thirty-five years, Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover have been completely ignoring trends and doing their own thing, which has put them in that rare position of being an iconic and monumentally influential band whilst

Seasons – ‘Chapters’

If there’s one thing the Brits have always been good at, it’s producing consistently diverse and capable musicians – and it feels like fans of alt-rock and pop punk are especially spoiled for choice when it comes to homegrown talent at the moment. Bedfordshire’s ‘Seasons’ are one of the

LIVE: Casey / Endless Heights / Rarity @ Rock City Basement, Nottingham

Even before the release of their debut album ‘Love Is Not Enough’ in 2016, Casey had amassed a passionate fan-base thanks to their painfully honest lyrics and beautifully ambient instrumentation. Now with two superb full-length records to their name, their loyal following has only grown stronger, affording the quintet

Napalm Death – ‘Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs’

Stamps. Beer mats. Foreign coins. Bottle Caps. Pokémon. First editions of novels. The disembodied souls of those who have wronged you. There’s something that satisfies about the act of collecting, whether it’s the act of hunting things down, accumulating them or the closure of the complete assembly. That instinct is

Tuesday 08 May 2018

LIVE: Desertfest 2018: Friday

First band of the festival, and the Underworld is suitably heaving with ready revellers. There’s a fair few ‘Old Man’ bands knocking around (Gloom, Hundred Year Old etc) and we’re treated to Suffolk swaggerers Old Man Lizard’s deep stoner grooves. Noodly guitars and big, swinging bass power through, shifting

Friday 04 May 2018

Pennywise – ‘Never Gonna Die’

When George W Bush entered the White House in 2001, it set the fuse for a cultural backlash that would be a prominent feature during his first term. Many who felt betrayed by their government chose defiance, and the protest song became their weapon of choice. The

Wednesday 02 May 2018

Parkway Drive – ‘Reverence’

Modern metalcore has been in a slump in recent years. After the heady days in the early noughties, back when Killswitch Engage, Bullet for My Valentine and Trivium were taking names left, right and centre, metalcore was in a great place. As the years have gone on, the genre

Tuesday 01 May 2018

LIVE: Converge / Crowbar / Thou @ Electric Ballroom, London

Massachusetts hardcore legends Converge are a bit beyond introduction at this point. Over the last three decades they’ve cemented themselves as an absolutely essential band, both on record and in a live environment. Following the release of 2017’s sublime ‘The Dusk In Us’, Converge are treating the UK to

LIVE: Mallory Knox / Dead! / Judas @ Rebellion, Manchester

Mallory Knox have had quite the year. After releasing third album, Wired – their second to reach the top 20 in the UK album chart – in March 2017, there were festival appearances, headlining shows at 1000+ capacity venues, and a support slot for Good Charlotte. Things were looking

Thursday 26 April 2018

LIVE: COVE / Parting Gift @ Red Room, Nottingham

When a tour offers up two rising stars of the UK alternative scene, it’s a difficult proposition to turn down. There’s the prospect of future bragging rights – if either band goes on to bigger and better things, you can say you were there from start – but more

LIVE: Lower Than Atlantis @ Watford Colosseum

As with most hometown shows, Lower Than Atlantis’ performance at Watford Colosseum was always destined to be something special. While it certainly wasn’t all smooth sailing, the band hastily moved past any hurdles, putting on a relentlessly energetic and entertaining performance from start to finish. Main support came in the

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