Reviews from Friday 17 May 2019

Harbinger – ‘Compelled To Suffer’

The definition of a harbinger is anything that foreshadows a future event. An omen or a sign of things to come, such as frost signalling winter or the presence of a robin showing the approach of spring. Harbinger is also the name

Knuckle – ‘Life Is Hard When You’re Soft Inside’

Whether you want to accept it or not, Yorkshire has some real musical pedigree. You’ve got Arctic Monkeys, Rolo Tomassi, and Bring Me The Horizon from Sheffield. From Leeds, there’s Kaiser Chiefs, Pulled Apart By Horses, and Dinosaur Pile-Up. And from Huddersfield, there’s very little – at least according

Thursday 16 May 2019

LIVE: Can’t Swim / Save Face / Coast To Coast @ The Borderline, London

It’s Tuesday night and the weather is dreary. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think it’s a write off… but you do and it isn’t, because tonight, Can’t Swim headline a sold-out Borderline. So you make your way down the stairs and into the already buzzing

Friday 10 May 2019

Charly Bliss – ‘Young Enough’

“The best emotional releases are crying and dancing, so it makes sense to me to marry the two.” It only needs one sentence from Charly Bliss’ Eva Hendricks to eloquently sum up the band’s sophomore record ‘Young Enough’. To some it may be seem like a

LIVE: Spanish Love Songs / Pkew Pkew Pkew @ The Hope And Ruin, Brighton

Starting at the bottom of Brighton’s West Street, heading north away from the sea, you’ll find some familiar names. Wetherspoons. Yates. Revolution. Head a bit further up that road and you’ll find The Hope And Ruin, a quintessential Brighton hipster dive bar. The kind of place that has weird

Thursday 09 May 2019

Employed To Serve – ‘Eternal Forward Motion’

Hardcore and metal are often seen hand in hand nowadays. Bands extract the best elements from both, blending the energy of hardcore with the sheer brutality of metal to form an all out sonic assault; what isn’t quite as common, though, is a band that manages to blend them

Monday 06 May 2019

Kurokuma – ‘Sheffield’s Best Metal Bands Vol.1’

This is a strange little release, to say the least. From the overly confident, compilation-like title, to the extremely varied musical content within, Sheffield psych-sludge trio Kurokuma seem to have one main aim; to confuse, bewilder, and overwhelm the listener. ‘RVN’ opens things up with a hypnotic, churning bassline that

Sunday 05 May 2019

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – ‘End Of Suffering’

As ‘Kitty Sucker’ starts with it’s fuzzy guitar line, Frank Carter declares that he’s a ‘Punk Rock Renegade’, something the British music media has known since he rose to prominence with Gallows. From the snotty, bloody face of British punk, to a one man juggernaut, Frank Carter is starting

Friday 03 May 2019

Bad Religion – ‘Age of Unreason’

There are not many bands that come close to wracking up a career spanning 40 years, there are almost no bands that last 40 years and yet still remain relevant. Bad Religion are not most bands, though, and there could not be a more relevant time for

Thursday 02 May 2019

LIVE: Captives / Cutting Teeth / Values / Foxhaunt @ The Key Club, Leeds

If ever there was a venue we feel like we should probably just move into permanently, Leeds favourite The Key Club is probably it (we’ll bring sleeping bags next time, OK?). Usually playing host to just about every rising band on the circuit from across the globe – we

LIVE: Papa Roach / Nothing More @ O2 Academy, Bristol

As music fans, we go to live gigs for one of two reasons: to make new memories, or to relive old ones. The sold out Nothing More / Papa Roach show at the O2 Academy in Bristol gave the fans the opportunity to experience both at the same time. Opening

Hot Milk – ‘Are You Feeling Alive?’

Every now and again, a new band will come along that demand immediate attention – a ‘no questions asked, drop everything and get listening on repeat immediately’ type of band. Manchester’s Hot Milk fell easily into that category when they appeared in January this year with debut single ‘Awful

Tacocat – ‘This Mess Is A Place’

Seattle has always been a place that spits out genre-defining musicians and bands. Nirvana. Hendrix. Modest Mouse. Ray Charles. But over the last 10 years or so, there’s been a rise in catchy feminist pop-punk – and part of that reason could be Seattle natives Tacocat. Back in 2007, Tacocat

Tuesday 30 April 2019

LIVE: Bloxx @ The Portland Arms, Cambridge

It’s the final night on Bloxx’s extensive UK tour, and The Portland Arms in Cambridge is uncomfortably warm before the band even takes to the stage. Some fans stand coolly with a beer in hand, while others bounce on the balls of their feet with their parents in pure

Thursday 25 April 2019

PAWS – ‘Your Church On My Bonfire’

Progression and evolution of sound is an important factor if you’re looking to make it as a band. It’s all good having that distinctive sound, but unless you’re able to adapt and evolve over time, the likelihood is that it’ll start to become stale. Luckily for Glaswegian trio PAWS,

The Damned Things – ‘High Crimes’

The Damned Things releasing a new record could quite possibly be one of the best things to happen to music in 2019. One of the most solid supergroups, comprising some of the best musicians from all over the alternative music spectrum, releasing another offering of addictive and powerful rock.

Seaway – ‘Fresh Produce’

For a band who’ve long been on the fringes of the pop punk scene – popular, but not quite one of the big names – it finally feels like Canadians Seaway are on the verge of breaking through in a much bigger way, fuelled by their effervescent 2017 album

LIVE: PUP / Milk Teeth / Gender Roles @ The Garage, London

The Garage fills up quickly in the presence of a dim blue haze. The crowd is diverse, rich and eager with punk in their bones and PUP in their veins. Gender Roles are up first and the cotton candy pink of Tom Bennett’s hair lends itself to a beautiful juxtaposition

Wednesday 24 April 2019

Best of Enemies – ‘A Fear That Comes Around’

Best of Enemies have always had a knack for straight up pop-rock in the vein of Decade and Deaf Havana. Ever since their 2014 EP ‘Stay Young, Trust Me’, their sugary melodies and raspy riffs have been lending themselves to sunny afternoons in the park, cider in

Tuesday 23 April 2019

After The Burial – ‘Evergreen’

After The Burial are one of those bands in the tech metal scene that has a very loyal and passionate following. Not only have they been blowing fans away with their musicianship and crushing power since their formation in 2004, but they suffered a tragedy that caused listeners to

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