Reviews from Friday 24 February 2017

Lost Ground – ‘Absent’

Bradford-based trio Lost Ground are certainly not short of ambition or creativity. Their latest EP ‘Absent’ throws the song writing rulebook out the window, opting for a free roaming journey through sequential ideas, rather than packaging them up into the conventional categories of verses and choruses. Rarely does anything

Acres – ‘In Sickness & Health’

With two EPs already behind them, post-hardcore quintet Acres have been refining their sound for the best part of five years. Latest development, ‘In Sickness & Health’, signals a new generation of Acres and, with the help of two new members, this latest EP builds on everything

LIVE: Deez Nuts / Comeback Kid / Hellions / First Blood @ O2 Academy Islington

Wednesday night probably isn’t one of the best nights of the week to go see a band who preaches the party lifestyle. It can be difficult to loosen up with that niggling thought in the back of your mind that the alarm is going slice through the

Funeral Advantage – ‘Please Help Me’

When you find a record you can get completely lost in, you find a special bond forming with the music. It is a euphoric experience unlike any other, and ‘Please Help Me’ by Funeral Advantage possesses that immersive quality that, as a listener, you often yearn for. On top

Thursday 23 February 2017

Unearthly Trance – ‘Stalking The Ghost’

Relapse Records’ Unearthly Trance haven’t released anything for seven years, but 2017s ‘Stalking The Ghost’, their sixth full length, promises to make up for lost time and reposition them as doom/sludge gods once more. The album launches in with a wickedly pulsating beat that drives towards the vocal section, the

Emma Ruth Rundle & Jaye Jayle – ‘The Time Between Us’

Emma Ruth Rundle and Jaye Jayle share a very similar musical kinship. Both artists may sound different on the surface, but the blackened emotion and soul-searching desperation of their writing finds common ground between the two. Across the six tracks on ‘The Time Between Us’, each of their respective

Power Trip – ‘Nightmare Logic’

Power Trip sure know how to keep people waiting. Four years ago they released their stellar debut, ‘Manifest Decimation’, which raised the bar for metallic hardcore tenfold. Through a heavy touring schedule that has taken them all over the world, the Texan band have grown into an unstoppable force,

Wednesday 22 February 2017

King Woman – ‘Created In The Image Of Suffering’

With the title ‘Created In The Image Suffering’, and a glance at the track titles that make up King Woman’s debut album, it was always going to make for uneasy listening. Not in the sense that it is unlistenable, in as much as it is a deeply personal, hard-hitting

LIVE: Trivium / Sikth / SHVPES @ The Roundhouse, London

Trivium’s sold-out headline show at The Roundhouse was explosive. Supported by SikTh and SHVPES, Trivium lit the Roundhouse up with a sixteen track set that spanned from 2015’s ‘Silence in the Snow’ all the way back to 2005’s ‘Acendancy’. Their set included the absolute roarers of

Decade – ‘Pleasantries’

“You are just a human being,” Decade remind us in the opening track (‘Human Being’) of their new release ‘Pleasantries’. Simple advice it may seem, but a message we need reminding of more often than we might think. The refrain is accompanied by a sunny chorus, not dissimilar from

Tuesday 21 February 2017

The History Of Colour TV – ‘Something Like Eternity’

When it comes to shoegaze, the genre can be somewhat difficult to talk about without mentioning the genre’s pioneers; namely, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Jesus And The Mary Chain etc., simply because its a very distinct sound to mimic. Artists like Ringo Deathstarr and DIIV proudly replicate their ’90s

Danny Worsnop – ‘The Long Road Home’

Recently returned lead singer of Asking Alexandria Danny Worsnop makes a drastic change of direction with his first solo album. Country albums are normally filled with tales of bars, whiskey and girls and, as you’d expect, Worsnop has more than a few of those. The album itself gets of to

Monday 20 February 2017

Light The Way – ‘Grace’

Without the luxury of a well-honed sound to fall back on or a sizeable fanbase eagerly awaiting every new song, it can be hard for any band to create interest ahead of launching their debut EP. Light The Way have signed to Indie Vision Music for the

LIVE: American Football / Into It. Over It. @ Shepherds Bush Empire, London

When American Football released their second LP in 2016, they finally took us through the door of the house that adorned their seminal debut 17 years prior. They picked up where they left off and made it feel like just yesterday they become the unintentional poster boys for emotional

Meat Wave – ‘The Incessant’

Chris Sutter seems to be looking over his shoulder a lot. There’s something matching his footsteps, something that he can’t quite place, an “anxious doom” demanding “payment due,” shapelessly shifting, “coming for you”. It’s nameless, but he calls it ‘The Incessant,’ on the title track of this

Friday 17 February 2017

LIVE: The Interrupters / The Bar Stool Preachers @ The Dome, London

Playing arenas every night is the dream for many bands. It’s one not many get to accomplish but for Californian four-piece The Interrupters, they have got to live out their dream. Having supported Green Day every night on their huge European tour, they’ve played their take on ska

Thursday 16 February 2017

Ghost Iris – ‘Blind World’

Danish quartet Ghost Iris return with ‘Blind World’, a ten-track masterclass in tech-metal that combines the polar opposites of crunching heaviness with soaring melody to form irresistible vocal hooks wrapped around brutally massive riffs. Wasting absolutely no time getting stuck in, first track ‘Gods of Neglect’ is blisteringly heavy. The

Alter Eden – ‘Tigers & Lambs’

‘Tigers & Lambs’ may only be the second EP from Midlands four-piece Alter Eden but straight from the off it provides an incredibly polished sound that some bands can only hope to achieve. Their blend of melodic vocals and enticing riffs are an almost perfect fit and

LIVE: Green Day @ The O2 Arena, London

It’s been a while since the punk rock phenomenon that is Green Day graced us with their presence. They haven’t set foot on UK shores since back in 2013 when they headlined Reading & Leeds festivals. Last year however saw the release of the first new material from the

LIVE: Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band / Laura Stevenson / Lion & The Wolf @ The Dome, London

Ever since playing his first UK show, supporting a death metal band above a tiny pub way back in 2002, Kevin Devine has carved out the kind of dedicated audience, only the most prolific, sincere of songwriters manage to. A lot has happened since then too. In 2007 Devine signed with Capitol

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