Reviews from Wednesday 11 July 2018

Bury Tomorrow – Black Flame

Bury Tomorrow have been ever present on the UK metalcore scene since 2006, and throughout their career have always been on the cusp of something quite special. 2016’s “Earthbound” was an incredible piece of work, but it seemed like that they had always failed to gain traction and propel

Tuesday 10 July 2018

Real Friends – ‘Composure’

Pop punk regularly gets a bad rap from alternative music purists, mostly because it’s often aimed at a younger audience and therefore seen as a lesser medium. Every so often, though, a band releases a record of such undeniably high quality that the gatekeepers have no choice but to

Monday 09 July 2018

Century Thirteen – ‘Century Thirteen’

In making their self-titled LP Glaswegian punks Century Thirteen went against their previous conventional wisdom and enlisted the help of a producer. The decision to move away from self-recording was said to have been taken to provide an extra sense of freedom in both arrangements and performance.

LIVE: Modern Life Is War / Svalbard / Swain / Who Cares? @ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Trust Modern Life Is War, one of the darkest, moodiest bands in hardcore, to arrive in the UK smack-bang in the middle of a seemingly endless heatwave. The beer garden at the front of the Brudenell is positively packed out with moshers in sunglasses enjoying an ice-cold beer. Unfortunately

Asylums – ‘Alien Human Emotions’

It’s generally acknowledged that music and society are closely intertwined. From Lou Reed and Warhol’s Factory to Dead Kennedy’s ‘Holiday In Cambodia’, they reflect the landscape around them. Given the somewhat tumultuous state the world is in, both politically and societally, perhaps this is what drove London four-piece Asylums

Friday 06 July 2018

The Devin Townsend Project – ‘Ocean Machine – Live At The Ancient Roman Theatre’

Since the completion of the initial four album DTP series in 2011, Devin Townsend fans have grown somewhat accustomed to being treated to ‘one off’ performances; the four ‘By a Thread’ shows were followed by ‘Retinal Circus’ a year later in 2012, with Ziltoid Live at the Royal Albert

Thrice, Brutus @ The Electric Ballroom

Chances are your favourite band’s favourite band is Thrice. One of the most revered bands in the alternative scene, and near the top of the list of the most underrated bands in the world, Thrice made a stop in Camden Town on Download Weekend to treat their diehard fans to an unstoppable show. Opening proceedings are Brutus,

Wednesday 04 July 2018

MAYPINE – ‘Bend/Break’

Let’s get straight down to business – because that’s exactly what Brighton alt-rockers MAYPINE do on new EP ‘Bend/Break’. Prepare yourself in advance, because you won’t be given a second to breathe once you hit play on this one. First track and lead single ‘Give’ kicks straight in with thudding

Tuesday 03 July 2018

Stone Sour, Nothing More @ Roundhouse

Corey Taylor has always been an enigma, keeping himself busy. Whether writing books, guest starring in TV and movies or being on stage with either of his two bands, he’s certainly someone who works very hard. Taking a break from his day job, Taylor has brought back Stone Sour

Monday 02 July 2018

The Gaslight Anthem – ‘The ’59 Sound Sessions’

Ten years after the initial release of their album, ‘The ’59 Sound’, The Gaslight Anthem are offering fans an insight into the process behind its creation. The new release, which consists of eight demos and one cover from that time, comes with an accompanying booklet filled with photos and

Wednesday 27 June 2018

Fangclub – ‘True Love’

When Fangclub took the alternative world by storm with their self-titled album last year, there was little doubt of their brimming potential. With the album peaking at fifth place in the Irish charts, a nomination for Choice Prize Album Of The Year in the bag and tonnes of support

Tuesday 26 June 2018

The Interrupters – ‘Fight The Good Fight’

Gone are the days of Courtney Love, Shirley Manson, Brody Dalle and Gwen Stafani holding the light up for women. Women now hold a much stronger position in punk than before, from big punk labels like Fat Wreck Chords putting a spotlight on Bad Cop/Bad Cop and The Bombpops,

Sunday 24 June 2018

Panic! at the Disco – ‘Pray For the Wicked’

It can’t have been easy to write a follow up to the Grammy nominated Death of a Bachelor, but Brendon Urie – now known for his determination to keep Panic! at the Disco alive – has persevered. While ‘Pray For the Wicked’ might not have the same pizzazz of

You Know The Drill – ‘Selfhood’

The Midlands. Home of heavy metal, chocolate, the world’s most confusing motorway junctions – and now, pop punk. Birmingham five-piece You Know The Drill are back with the follow up to their 2016 EP ‘Losing Streak’ – and with involvement from ROAM’s Alex Adam and guitarist Luke Astley stepping

Wednesday 20 June 2018

LIVE: Download Festival 2018 – Sunday

Download Festival is arguably the biggest and best heavy metal festival in the UK. The hallowed grounds of Donnington have seen just about every band ever grace it over the years. And this year was no different from some huge headliners to debut performances, and to top it all

LIVE: Download Festival 2018 – Saturday

Download Festival is arguably the biggest and best heavy metal festival in the UK. The hallowed grounds of Donnington have seen just about every band ever grace it over the years. And this year was no different from some huge headliners to debut performances, and to top it all

LIVE: Download Festival 2018 – Friday

Download Festival is arguably the biggest and best heavy metal festival in the UK. The hallowed grounds of Donnington have seen just about every band ever grace it over the years. And this year was no different from some huge headliners to debut performances, and to top it all

Tuesday 19 June 2018

State Champs – ‘Living Proof’

Drop. Everything. Now. Sound the pop punk sirens, dig out your backpack and get your dancing shoes ready (preferably chukkas but we’ll let you off with anything vaguely skate-shaped) – State Champs are back! It’s only five years since the New York band released debut album ‘The Finer Things’, but

LIVE: Slam Dunk Festival 2018

When choosing a festival to attend, location and line up can be two major factors. Slam Dunk’s ability to cover both of these goes some way to explaining why this well-loved event is now on its twelfth year, and getting seemingly bigger and better every time. By taking its

Monday 18 June 2018

LIVE: The Bronx @ Gorilla, Manchester

The downside of the summer festival season is the dearth of regular club shows. For those that decided against shelling out hundreds of pounds to slop around a field in Leicestershire or road-tripping across Europe, the sunnier months can prove to be relatively quiet affairs. It

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