Blood Youth - Building A Battle Plan

Sometimes, musical talent on its own isn't enough to keep a band progressing. Now more than ever, bands are run like businesses as much as anything else - and there's nothing wrong with that, it's simply the nature of the beast in todays' hectic, competitive music industry. Not so much long gone, but much rarer are the days when a band can show reckless abandon in their approach to the future of the band, and while the music is still usually the determining factor in how far a band can go - it's become almost vital to have some kind of plan in place. Harrogate's Blood Youth are an outfit that so far, seem to have it all figured out. Hard to believe that in the mere two years and change si

EP Review: Brightlight City 'Our Future's Not Dead'

An anthemic entry to alternative rock, Brightlight City will have you on your toes with this record. Opening track ‘It Depends On You’ is an emotive and rich rock ballad. The riffs pierce the mix and vocal walls carry you on the journey. It’s a song that leaves little to be critiqued. ‘Leave The Light On’ is much more mellow and paired with the very British vocals almost marries it to the sound of The Clash. It works well and although the instrumentation is light and held back the vocals still manage to make the track upbeat. It almost shy’s on being major but is obviously minor in tone by the time the heavy choruses begin. ‘Heart Stops’ verges on being a pop-punk track, its very Bowling For

The 10 Greatest Metal Albums Of All Time

As part of Noizze's ever expanding reach, we here at the site have decided to compile some of our water-cooler conversations and turn them into an article for your enjoyment. One of our favourites are "Top 10's", a debate that has haunted popular culture since we had charts, mouths and music. The focus of today is the crux at the heart of every reasonable rock and metal fan. Which of those thrashing, crashing and moshing masterpieces truly resonate with the most ardent fans on a consistent basis? Which metal albums tie together the fabric of our movement tighter than the others, now endlessly seamed into the heavy metal flag as the horns that emblazon it? Too many metaphors? Fine. Before beg

EP Review: Tom Lumley 'Dream City'

Tom Lumley is a powerhouse to be reckoned with and this release is a testament to what one incredibly talented human being can do. ‘Dream City’ is the opener and what a title track it is. Pairing what is great about alternative bands, heavy raw emotion, great basslines and riffs with meaningful lyricism. What sets it apart from the crowd is the chilling, huge and incredible vocal talent which could easily rival the top forty. ‘Running From Our Lives’ is a gorgeous mix of a half acoustic track that could be on an Ed Sheeran album but with the upbeat feel of a drum and bass anthem. It’s strange to see on a mostly alternative record but it works so well and showcases Tom Lumley’s diverse talent

EP Review: Deference 'False Awakening'

Southampton’s Deference possess a blend of tenacity, power, and poise that is almost certain to make them a hit with an audience that likes a tinge of pounding anthem with their metal. With new EP False Awakening, the quintet land on a musical style that sits somewhere between Emmure and Caliban, and for the most part; it’s a joy to behold. False Awakening transitions between what can be eye gauging aggression and all out empathy. ‘Scavengers’ is two and a half minutes of straight up brutality. No punches pulled, no bullets left in the cylinder, while the title track follows along the same lines with the addition of more tech metal esque pace and a smooth clean chorus from guitarist/vocalis

Elasea 'Lesson Learnt' EP Review

Elasea are a five piece alternative rock band from Berkshire. They released their debut EP 'Where I Belong' back in 2015 to much success and have now released their anticipated sophomore EP 'Lesson Learnt'. Below is our track-by-track review! The guitar riff in the track ‘Breathe’ is truly captivating, to say the least. That being said, the radio edit is still a stand out track with plenty to offer.The instrumental arrangements in the track have the ability to transport the listener to an alternate universe, where only the music exists. Elasea have also released a radio edit of ‘Breathe’. The differences between the versions can be heard immediately with the radio edit lacking the beautifull

10 Must See Bands at Slam Dunk Festival 2017

Are you off to Slam Dunk 2017? Stuck for inspiration about who to see? Well, we may just have you sorted. This year is all about the nostalgia factor, with some up-and-coming acts you need to catch. Stevie and Kate have come together to give you their must-see top 10 to keep an eye on across the festival. Frank Iero and the Patience Fresh off a Taking Back Sunday UK tour with Muncie Girls and Black Foxxes, Frank Iero And The Patience returns to the UK with his slot at Slam Dunk to show off the new album Parachutes. His raw passion and energetic presence bundles up well with his punk-fuelled sound, the emotion put into every performance is just the cherry on top. With an almost die-hard follo

Cut Up: 'Wherever They May Rot' - Album Review

The latest album by Cut Up is a solid piece of Death Metal. These Swedish Metallers have been on the scene from 2014 and made a name for themselves with the first album Forensic Nightmares. Their follow up to this album, Wherever They May Rot, has just been released looking to carve more ground into the flesh of the Death Metal scene. It opens up powerfully enough; ‘From Ear to Ear’ is straight up Death Metal and is quick to get everything moving. ‘Necrophagic Madness’ takes over and is another smashing rendition of Death Metal. ‘Behead the Dead’ is the first track to really make a mark however, the kind of mark you’re going to feel for a while. The title track is yet another strength for th

Children of Bodom, Forever Still and Oni live at the Shepherd's Bush, London - Live Review

A spacious hall adorned with decorated balconies sits before a deceptively large stage. The venue feels majestic and commodious as if designed for theatre or classical music performances. So filled with hundreds of metallers nights like this never fail to be slightly surreal to me. The atmosphere always feels electric before a gig and the shadowed surroundings brings the sense of classical into darker territory. This all made the xylosynth on stage seem oddly fitting. Oni have slowly been building their reputation higher and higher. What may first strike you is the Xylosynth, immediately giving them a unique presence on stage. However, this isn’t by far their best asset and not how they’ve b

Noizze: This Week in Metal 21st-28th March

Rammstein are to release a brand new DVD! Live in Paris! Reportedly filmed over two shows back in 2012 and with 30 cameras, this show apparently also took over a year to edit. Sufficed to say it's an ambitious project that also saw cinema screenings just recently. This epic DVD will be released May 19th but presales began Friday just gone (24th). To get an idea of what this is you can here. Bloodstock just keeps getting better and better and we're very excited, amongst recent announcements are the lesser known Courtesans for the Sophie Lancaster stage. With bands like Wintersun and Scarab also on this stage, it's really starting to give the smaller stage some power. Nine Inch Nails frontman

EP Review: Crnkshft 'S/T'

Crnksft are an interesting new metal band to the scene blending elements of Thrash and Grunge. Opening track ‘Systematic’ has a punchy tone paired with Alterbridge-like vocals. The opening riff will engulf you and they cleverly create a familiarity through melody and lyrics. Ultimately you will feel like the band are not new to you and in fact have been on your library for a while. ‘Tears Me Apart’ has all the elements of a great metal track that puts Crnkshft in a position to show that they are more than worthy of being mentioned in the same breath of bands that sit atop their genre. The lyricism is emotive, the guitar solo makes sense, the drums are well put together, everything pulls toge

EP Review: Coast To Coast 'The Length Of A Smile'

Birmingham bred band Coast to Coast made their mark in the UK over the past year, taking their local music scene by storm. With new EP The Length of a Smile, the British punk rockers start their 2017 off strong. Drastically different to anything else coming out of the current pop punk scene, The Length Of A Smile has an instant drawing ability to it. Taking a completely different path from the crowd of bands imitating the exaggerated American vocal style; Coast to Coast hold a sound that is fresh and exciting, pushed by lead vocalist Keiran Hyland's thick Birmingham accent that doesn't shy away from the word unique. Musically Coast to Coast seemed to have come on leaps and bounds from their

Ones To Watch: Slam Dunk Festival

With the pop-punk scene at bursting point, Slam Dunk has yet again announced some of the most prestigious acts around to play across the bank holiday weekend. Along with pop-punk, some of metal, hardcore and ska’s favourite faces are also back again to perform across the three locations we’ve come to love. ​The guys at SD always stay up to date on their music, with the freshest pop-punk frequenting the festival. This year’s favourite for me comes in the form of Aussie punks Trophy Eyes. Having released their recent LP Chemical Miracle, the guys are shaping up to be one of the finest acts in the scene. Single 'Chlorine' is set to go down a treat across the weekend. Sticking with the pop-punk

The King's Parade Release 'Haze'

London quartet The King's Parade have released their single 'Haze'. The powerful song is a fantastic merge of genres combining soaring, gritty vocals with a classic blues rock feel. 'Haze' is the first new piece of music from the band since their debut EP Vagabond which helped the band build a fanbase, sell out headline shows in London and saw them gain a significant following in Germany. With more new music on the horizon 'Haze' really gives us a positive offering for the future! FFO: Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, Leon Bridges You can listen to 'Haze' right HERE.

The Weeks Release New Song 'Start It Up'

You may have already heard of The Weeks and their catchy sounds, especially if you have seen Meat Puppets, Local H or Kings Of Leon tour recently! The band will be releasing a new album very soon and have just released 'Start It Up' which is filled with the catchiest hook ever and uplifting vocals. Hailing from Jackson, Mississippi the band self-released their debut EP Dog Days more than ten years ago and after a few critically acclaimed albums find themselves on the eve of their latest release Easy. Having toured extensively with Kings Of Leon the band liked them so much they set up their own label - Serpents & Snakes - to put out the new album Easy. Easy will be out on the 7th April and i

Everything You Want To Know On That New Papa Roach Album

Papa Roach have announced their ninth studio album Crooked Teeth which will be out on the 19th May. Written and recorded in North Hollywood studio and produced by Nicholas "Ras" Furlong and Colin Brittain (apart from "Born For Greatness") the pair, who grew up listening to Papa Roach, inspired them to revisit some of the aspects that made the band in the first place. Most notably Shaddix will be rapping a lot more on the new record! Jacoby Shaddix stated: “The first time we met up with RAS and Colin, they said that [2000's] Infest was on constant rotation when they were growing up and they wanted to bring back some of that fire,” Furlong adds:“The whole idea was to take the classic elements


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