Reviews from Thursday 17 June 2021

Tigercub – ‘As Blue As Indigo’

Catchy albums are great; they pull you in from the very first listen and demand to be played on repeat until you simply can’t stand it anymore. And there’s the crux of it. They always, pretty much without fail, become kind of intolerable after a while. The

Wednesday 16 June 2021

The Liars Club – ‘Of Self’

Hailing from the blustery, north-westerly outpost of Barrow-in-Furness, four piece The Liars Club continue an emerging trend of British punk bands embracing the 1970s sound that made the genre revolutionary. Akin to contemporaries such as Chubby and the Gang, Viagra Boys and, to a lesser extent, IDLES,

Tuesday 15 June 2021

Dream Racer – ‘Gloomy Eyes’

Over the past 12 months or so, many of us have found comfort through listening to music that reminds us of happier, easier times. Like it or not, nostalgia works. As Stephen King once said, “sooner or later, everything old is new again”, and he’s not wrong. From

Friday 11 June 2021

AFI – ‘Bodies’

When posed the question as to what studio album number 11 means to a band like AFI, bassist Hunter Burgan presciently responds: “Every album is an opportunity to show people a snapshot of our evolution.” And if there was ever a punk rock band unafraid of evolving, its AFI.

Wednesday 09 June 2021

Atreyu – ‘Baptize’

If you were a fan of early noughties metalcore and emo, then Atreyu is likely a very familiar name. Integral in the genre’s surge in popularity and massively adored and respected among both fans and peers, the band have been continuously grinding ever since their return from hiatus

Monday 07 June 2021

Cleopatrick – ‘BUMMER’

Picture this – two young boys, four years old, grow up together. Thick as thieves, their childhood in Hicksville, Nowheretown, cements their friendship and builds an undying and inseparable bond between them. Later, they form a band – a powerhouse duo that becomes an underground phenomenon, touring around the

Thursday 03 June 2021

Boss Keloid – ‘Family The Smiling Thrush’

Boss Keloid are a tricky band to pin down. Are they a doom band? A prog band? Something else entirely? The answer is yes – they’re all of those things and more. In recent years they’ve blended together so many styles that it’s almost impossible to put a single

Wednesday 02 June 2021

LIVE: Jamie Lenman: Separation Event

2020’s ‘King of Clubs’ was a new milestone for Surrey-born illustrator and ex-Reuben front man, Jamie Lenman. Dirty and dark, the seven-track EP was a more streamlined, simplistic sound compared to previous works but it continued to play to the strengths of this charismatic, brace-wearing veteran of

Fangs Out – ‘Pretty Bleak’

You know how the story goes. After releasing their blistering debut EP ‘Curse Words’ in 2020, Fangs Out planned to hit the road and cause some mayhem – but with a global pandemic-sized spanner in the works, plans changed. Frustrated, locked-down and fed up, the band retreated to the

Tuesday 01 June 2021

LIVE: The Devil Wears Prada – Undead Stream

It’s 10pm in the UK on a Saturday night, it’s pitch black outside and all you can hear are the sounds of the pouring rain and TV static. This could mean two things; it’s either a typical night in the UK and the weather is messing with your

Our Hollow, Our Home – ‘Burn in the Flood’

The UK has long since been known for being home to some of the strongest metalcore bands. From While She Sleeps, to Bring Me the Horizon, to Bury Tomorrow and everything in between, our little island seems to be able to do no wrong when it comes

Friday 28 May 2021

Perturbator – ‘Lustful Sacraments’

Nostalgia is one hell of a drug. The microcosm of microgenres that exploded onto the electronic scene in the 2010’s, idolising the sounds of decades past, washed over all aspects of online culture like… well, like a wave, and chief among them was the ever popular synthwave:

Thursday 27 May 2021

VEXED – ‘Culling Culture’

When an album opens with a track like ‘Ignorant’, you know you’re in trouble. Moments later, as its atmospheric, ominous tones and guttural roars segue flawlessly into the catastrophic rage and frantic riffs of ‘Hideous’, you might as well get started on engraving your headstone – if listening to this

Tuesday 25 May 2021

LIVE: Twenty One Pilots – Livestream Experience

It’s 1am in the UK, but for those who can resist the pull of slumber, time is irrelevant when it comes to kicking off a new era of Twenty One Pilots. Today has been ‘Scaled and Icy’ release day, and given we’ve been waiting weeks to celebrate

Hot Mulligan – ‘I Won’t Reach Out to You’

If you’re part of the pop-punk and emo circle, then you’ll be well aware of Hot Mulligan. The Lansing, Michigan group have gradually gained a strong following thanks to two stellar full-lengths in ‘Pilot’ (2018) and ‘You’ll Be Fine’ (2020). Both records were delivered with a sense of

Monday 24 May 2021

Prey Drive – ‘Neon God’

Working hard to make a name for themselves with a busy touring schedule and 2018’s impressive debut album ‘Once More With Feeling’, Prey Drive are a promising prospect, to say the least. With that debut accumulating over 350,000 spins on Spotify alone, their potential hasn’t been ignored.

Twenty One Pilots – ‘Scaled and Icy’

If there’s anything we’ve learnt about Twenty One Pilots over the past few years, it’s to never take anything they do at face value. What seems like one thing will usually be something else entirely and it’s this that makes Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun such a

Thursday 20 May 2021

We Were Sharks – ‘New Low’

Amidst a pop punk revival and a Tik Tok generation breathing a strange lease of life into the genre, it’s been a long time coming since so many eyes and ears have been drawn to a scene full of bright colours, big choruses and downtuned guitars. While some bands

The Devil Wears Prada – ‘ZII’

It goes without saying that The Devil Wears Prada are one of the most important bands within the modern metalcore landscape. Storming into the airwaves way back in 2006 with their breakthrough record ‘Dear Love: A Beautiful Discord’, they quickly established themselves as an integral part of the

Tuesday 18 May 2021

Mannequin Pussy – ‘Perfect’

In a recent chat with fans on Instagram, Mannequin Pussy’s Missy Dabice revealed one of her concerns was that she’d never be able to write a song as good as ‘Drunk II’. The lead single of the band’s seminal 2019 record ‘Patience’ is a masterpiece in expressing post break-up

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