Reviews from Friday 02 December 2016

Busted – ‘Night Driver’

Anyone shuddering at the thought of Charlie, James, and Matt, now in their 30s, adhering to nostalgia and thrashing out twelve mindless pop songs about teenage teacher fantasies and an underwater future, will be relieved that ‘Night Driver’ couldn’t be further from anything the band managed over a decade

Thursday 01 December 2016

LITE – ‘Cubic’

It only takes the first two minutes of ‘Cubic’ to convince you that Japanese math-rock quartet LITE are worthy of your time. As the brain-scrambling riff of opener ‘Else’ wanders agnostically through time-signatures, the technical proficiency alone is worthy of admiration, but more remarkable is the way the band

Celeb Car Crash – ‘People Are The Best Show’

Influenced by grunge and alternative rock, ‘People Are The Best Show’ is Celeb Car Crash’s second studio album. First single ‘Let Me In’, with its filthy guitars and Michelangelo Naldini’s dynamic drumming, is a perfect opening to a hard-hitting rock record. ‘Outdone’ is an absolute belter

Wednesday 30 November 2016

Ion Dissonance – ‘Cast The First Stone’

There are a lot of different synonyms for “angry”. You’ve probably read all of them at some point if you read a lot of heavy music reviews (we’re a pretty angry bunch). Imagine taking all of those words, scrunching them up, putting that ball of anger in the heart

Vanishing Life – ‘Surveillance’

‘Punk rock’ and ‘super groups’ are two concepts that, when uttered in the same sentence, create a wave of anguish that washes over the listener with the expectation of disappointment. For every Fugazi or OFF!, there’s the crushing mediocrity of an Audioslave or Velvet Revolver, so it’s a

Tuesday 29 November 2016

Diamond Days – ‘The Death Of Us’

Sometimes all you want is an EP. An explosion of energy that’s short enough to listen to once or twice on the commute to work, a great EP can brighten up the dullest moments and transform the banal and ordinary in to an inspiring or interesting experience. Diamond Days,

Black Orchid Empire – ‘Archetype’

Earlier this year, London-based trio Black Orchid Empire exploded onto the scene and captivated hearts with their singles ‘God Is Awake’ and ‘Come In’. Those two releases gained the band critical acclaim, with people likening them to arena-heavyweights Muse and Biffy Clyro, and saw expectations rise further for the

Monday 28 November 2016

Sibling – ‘Miserable Love’

It’s always an absolute thrill when a brand new band come racing out of the gates armed with some fantastic material to release. And that’s where Sibling step in. Rising out of the ashes of what was once Hindsights, this trio come together to bring their debut EP ‘Miserable

Saturday 26 November 2016

Witchery – ‘In His Infernal Majesty’s Service’

It’s been 6 agonising years since Sweden’s blackened thrash-meisters Witchery last unleashed their brand of furious devilment upon the world with 2010’s ‘Witchkreig’. That’s a long time for any band to wait between releases, and though Witchery have remained a vital staple of the world’s live circuit,

Friday 25 November 2016

Woes – ‘Woes’

It is a truth universally acknowledged that 2016 has been shit. Why? We needn’t provide a list of examples. It’s about time then – deep in the depths of November – that something came along to cheer us up. Woe’s debut EP (called ‘Woes’, funnily enough) has done just

Thursday 24 November 2016

Earth Moves – ‘The Truth In Our Bodies’

If you’re looking for a record to echo the sense of doom and apathy that has been universally felt through the events of 2016, The Truth In Our Bodies fully encompasses this. Formed only last year, Earth Moves are comprised of guitarist Samuel Ricketts (ex-Grappler), vocalist Jordan Hill, bassist

LIVE: Jimmy Eat World @ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

Jimmy Eat World don’t really do bad gigs. Not anymore. Fifteen years of persistent touring since the release of global-breakout record Bleed American has transformed the Arizona quartet into an enviably polished live proposition. Really, your opinion of their shows in 2016 will be informed by two things: sound

The Simpletone – ‘Angels’ Share’

It’s always pleasing when you see a band you’ve rated for a while progress when they release a new set of songs.  When The Simpletone put out ‘Dark Matter’ a couple of years ago it deserved far more recognition than it got.  Sometimes little nuggets like that one go

Up River – ‘If There Is A God That Is Judging Me Constantly’

It’s been two years since Brighton’s Up River last released a record and it’s evident that the time away from the limelight hasn’t been in vain. This year sees the band return with their most aggressive and furious release to date, ‘If There Is A God That Is Judging

Wednesday 23 November 2016

Zao – ‘The Well-Intentioned Virus’

Legendary. It’s a word that carries a lot of weight, and one that often gets thrown around without real due cause. Plenty of artists over the years have been dubbed ‘legends’ simply by having been around for a long time, or for amassing a hefty back-catalogue. However,

LIVE: Architects / Bury Tomorrow @ O2 Academy Brixton, London

Over the course of the summer, the UK metal world suffered a huge shock; Tom Searle, one of the most talented guitarists that the music scene had, passed away after years of battling cancer. When the news was announced, it came as a surprise to some that Architects informed

Tuesday 22 November 2016

Petrol Girls – ‘Talk Of Violence’

It begins with the sounds of protest. It ends with a phone recording of a refugee trying to translate the Kurdish for “sister and brother” into English. And all throughout, ‘Talk Of Violence’, the debut album from Petrol Girls, unflinchingly deals with the chaotic conflicts that occupy the world.

Monday 21 November 2016

LIVE: Brain Fallon / Chris Farren @ Kentish Town Forum, London

It’s a miserable autumn evening; it’s been raining for most of the evening, it’s already dark by 4PM, and it’s only halfway through the week. However, within London, New Jersey singer-songwriter Brian Fallon gets ready to treat the capital with his ‘Painkillers’ tour. From what’s caught of his

Metallica – ‘Hardwired… To Self-Destruct’

It’s been the best part of a decade since the San Francisco based kings of thrash metal released any new material and whilst it might feel like Metallica haven’t ever been far from the limelight during this

Saturday 19 November 2016

LIVE: Dinosaur Jr. @ O2 Kentish Town Forum

For over 30 years, Dinosaur Jr. have been the unassuming poster boys for slacker rock. Their unconventional style, the simple and relatable songwriting, and a lackadaisical attitude has won them the hearts of many. Few bands have achieved a legacy like theirs without even really trying, and they still

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