Reviews from Friday 26 May 2017

Patent Pending – ‘Other People’s Greatest Hits’

When the news broke that Patent Pending, were releasing a covers album, they promised their fans an album they can dance to and that is exactly what they get with ‘Other People’s Greatest Hits’, along with pure pop-punk cheese and outrageous energy. The pop-punk five-piece from

James Barrett – ‘Twenty’

A layered but simple introduction gives way to spine-chilling vocals. Soulful and effortless, James Barrett carries ‘Beginning’ with ease, an emotive song that stirs your core. If you’ve ever heard a particularly poignant song at a certain point in your life where you really needed it, you’ll know the

Thursday 25 May 2017

Succumb – ‘Succumb’

Death metal is a music genre that seems to fluctuate with waves of new bands appearing all at once, meaning that it can often be something of a chore to filter out the good from the bad. Fortunately, San Francisco based Succumb are the former. Their self-titled debut album

Wednesday 24 May 2017

LIVE: Soft Kill @ Thousand Island, London

Towards the back end of last year, Soft Kill unveiled their latest album, ‘Choke’. It caught many off guard, coming in as a late entry to many Albums of the Year lists thanks to the suffocating beauty of the record that the title suggests. Little over five months later,

LIVE: Ghost Bath / Deadwound @ The Sebright Arms, London

Black metal is far different now to what it was some thirty years ago, leading to bands garnering as much hate as they do praise. Ghost Bath seem to be one of the most divisive bands in the current scope of metal, but you wouldn’t know it by the

Danzig – ‘Black Laden Crown’

Danzig’s ‘Black Laden Crown’ is his first album of all-new material in seven long years and ‘Evil Elvis’ is making a return fit for a king. Nine tracks of metal heaven await those who dive into Danzig’s circle of hell with ‘Black Laden Crown’. The record feels

LIVE: We Built The World And Miss The Stars Fest IV, Berlin

For people who complain about there being not much to do in their hometown, the answer has, and always will be to travel elsewhere. This is especially the case for screamo. While Miss The Stars Fest is still relatively underground, the hype and buzz for the event has been

Create To Inspire – ‘Sickness’

Create To Inspire have been rapidly building momentum over the past couple of years, helped by a relentless touring schedule that’s seen them play across Europe as well as a recent headline run across the UK. With the backing of Basick Records, the Essex-based quintet follow their previous two EPs

Tuesday 23 May 2017

In Hearts Wake – ‘Ark’

Plenty of bands have a message – that is nothing new – but few are more genuine than Australia’s In Hearts Wake. The metalcore quintet from Byron Bay have dedicated their careers to fighting for the Earth, wholeheartedly channelling their lyrical and marketing content towards making a difference while

Monday 22 May 2017

LIVE: Napalm Death / Brujeria / Power Trip @ The Electric Ballroom, London

Go ahead and picture a British institution. You might have thought of an artery clogging breakfast, an opinion dividing yeast paste, a depressing regional soap opera or a lukewarm cup of brown leaf water. Or, you might have thought of the decade’s long career of grindcore progenitors, Napalm Death.

LIVE: The One Hundred / Youth Killed It @ Boston Music Room, London

London band The One Hundred are one of the best up and coming bands around. They refuse to be confined to a single genre of music with their blend of nu-metal, hip-hop, grime and electronica. This may seem like a lot of different sounds but to their credit founders

Papa Roach – ‘Crooked Teeth’

When you’ve been at the forefront of a music scene for almost twenty years, it becomes increasingly hard to release records as stimulating as you’ve been known for in the past and to branch out into new territories, gaining fans at the same time. Still somewhat tied

Friday 19 May 2017

LIVE: He Is Legend @ Boston Music Rooms, London

A last minute downgrade from The Dome to the Boston Music Rooms meant fans were treated to an unexpectedly intimate He Is Legend show on Friday night. The band takes to the stage a little before 10pm. Frontman Schuylar Croom is wearing a black denim

Thursday 18 May 2017

Employed To Serve – ‘The Warmth Of A Dying Sun’

The first morsels of this release, ‘I Spend My Day (Wishing Them Away)’ and ‘Good For Nothing’ indicate the album would be intense, but the real feel is further off the chart than anyone could have expected. Employed To Serve have dished up an album that at its peak,

LIVE: Hey Violet @ The Garage, London

Los Angeles pop rockers Hey Violet return to please their adoring fans in the intimate venue that is London’s The Garage. It’s an odd crowd with the front half of the venue packed with young fans who burst into a crescendo of screaming at any slight movement on stage.

No Omega – ‘Culture’

‘Blackened’ is a descriptor that has been bolted onto the front of pretty much every sub-genre of heavy music at some point. Blackened Death? Check. Blackened Grind? Yep. Blackened Hardcore? You betcha. The fusing of the sonic palate of Black Metal with other, not directly related forms of music

Wednesday 17 May 2017

Higher Power – ‘Soul Structure’

Let’s not beat around the bush here; Higher Power are a pretty hot commodity in UK hardcore right now. In fact, their reach goes further than just our shores and the last year has seen them make waves worldwide. Virtually any flyer that appears for a hardcore show will

Tuesday 16 May 2017

The Family – ‘Welcome To The Family’

Sheffield rockers The Family welcome us into their world of killer riffs and resonating vocals with debut EP ‘Welcome To The Family’. Formed by former members of hardcore outfit Dead Harts, The Family step away from their past into a brand new, more melodic sound. What’s abundantly clear from the

LIVE: Deftones / AFI @ Alexandra Palace, London

When watching Deftones on stage at Alexandra Palace it’s strange to think the way they reached their initial popularity in ‘90s. It was a different time back then, and they were considered part of the burgeoning nu-metal movement. Yet, as they careen through ‘My Own Summer (Shove It)’, you

Tricot – ‘3’

While the Western world tends to have the monopoly on music in the grand scheme of things, Japan has consistently produced great artists from a variety of genres. From the stunning compositions of Ryuichi Sakamoto, to the powerful noise of Boris, the majority of musicians have a wealth of

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