Bury Tomorrow w/ Crossfaith, Black Peaks + Any Given Day at Y Plas, Cardiff

Well… where to start with this one? So, this year has already got off to an outstanding start and the momentum hasn’t let up one bit. As far as the state of how rock and metal are holding up in 2017, tonight showcased precisely how healthy and vibrant our beloved scene has become. Photo Credit: Ryan Winstanley (Photos From Nottingham, Rock City Show) Though it’s a Thursday, and the weekend draws nigh, things kick off at Cardiff University’s Y Plas with a reasonably strong opener courtesy of German metalcore quintet ANY GIVEN DAY [7]. With the floor being only half filled, AGD certainly had their work cut out for themselves. Managing to get a few heads nodding and a pit or two flailing away,

Amplified Open Air Festival Adds New Bands

Raging Speedhorn, Astroid Boys, Heck and Milk Teeth have all been confirmed to appear at the Amplified Open Air Festival taking place this summer in Gloucestershire. The bands join a stacked lineup featuring a mixture of bands from headliners Puddle Of Mudd and Reef (third headliner TBA) to Evil Scarecrow and Exist Immortal. There's something for everyone in the current lineup. On appearing at the festival Raging Speedhorn drummer, Gordon Morrison said: "We can't wait to play Amplified fest this year with such an amazing line up it's going to be a banging weekend. I just hope you guys are ready for us!" Tickets for the festival are £80 with free camping and parking, VIP tickets are

Live Review: Impericon Festival - Manchester Academy 2 - 17/4/17

It's left to debate, and personal preference whether an outdoor or indoor festival is better, granted the toilets might be better at an indoor festival, but does anything beat seeing a band smash a main stage slot in front of tens of thousands of people? Maybe not, but Impericon Festival comes about as close as you can get. With only the one UK date at Manchester Academy 2 this year, there was some speculation that the lineup was not as strong as previous years, with the likes of Suicide Silence (pre self-titled) headlining in the past, however the diversity in genre between the incredible bands that took the stage this year was something different. First to the stage, Leeds hardcore band,

Introducing... A Killer's Confession

You may know of Waylon Reavis from his time in Mushroomhead. However, the vocalist's new project A Killer's Confession have just released an absolute slaughterhouse of a record 'Unbroken'. Produced by Reavis himself, 'Unbroken' tells the story of a band not strapped down by conventions and ultimately wanting to cause chaos at every corner. On the new project itself, Reavis said: “I am so proud of this project, and being able to come back with an absolutely KILLER record, with KILLER musicians”states Reavis. “Anyone who has been a fan of anything I have done previously, is absolutely going to be floored by AKC.” Check out L.O.L by the band below: You can catch the band on tour with No

Introducing... Through Fire

If it's thick, grinding riffs with a serious edge that you're into, then hard rock quartet Through Fire will have you covered. Hailing from Omaha Nebraska, the rockers have recently released a deluxe edition of their debut album Breathe and have an upcoming summer tour with Seether. No strangers to the road, the band played a huge 175 shows in 2016 and already have a busy schedule set up for the rest of this year. Included in the deluxe edition of Breathe is alternate artwork, extended and acoustic versions of the title track and 'Stronger' as well as a cover of the Christina Perri song 'Jar Of Hearts'. Check out 'Stronger' below: You can purchase the deluxe edition of Breathe here:

Introducing... 3Teeth

Sometimes bands pick up pace so quickly it's pretty much impossible to ignore them. This concept can most certainly be applied to industrial metal band 3Teeth. Having already toured with titans of the industry such as Tool as well as being penned in to support Rammstein on their upcoming US East Coast date in June - the quartet seem set to make their name heard around the world. Here's a taster of what they're about with latest release 'Shutdown':

Borders 'Diagnosed' EP Review

British heavy metal band Borders just dropped their new EP, Diagnosed. The Lincoln based metallers recently recruited a new vocalist to the band, JJ Olifent, whose brutal deathcore style screams add a new level of depth to the bands chunky metal riffage. Opening track 'Analyst' is explosive, yet dark in tone. Full of choppy guitar and screams of 'how do you sleep at night?' it shows us what Borders are all about straight from the get go. Even heavier is 'Comatosed', a song that takes all the techniques used in 'Analyst' and cranks them up a notch. This is a band that would certainly appeal to fans over on the deathcore side of heavy, despite the band not explicitly belonging to the genre, an

Introducing... In My Disguise

Citing influences from bands such as Biffy Clyro and Muse, Ipswich's In My Disguise seem well on their way to becoming a name to be reckoned with in rock music. After picking up support from highly regarded organisations such as BBC Introducing Suffolk, the quartet are now gearing up to self-release their debut EP Achromatic, set to be unleashed May 19th. Check out the video for 'Alive' below:

Introducing.... Bitch Falcon

If it feels like it's been quite a while since grunge was one of the powerhouse genres in the music industry... That's because it has. Dublin trio Bitch Falcon however are doing their utmost to change that. Although just over two years old as a unit, the trio have built up quite the following in their homeland and this is said to be credited to their high octane live performances. Having already performed at festivals such as Electric Picnic and Working Class Heroes as well as a TV debut on Other Voices - Bitch Falcon look set to climb the ranks of grunge with frightening pace. The trio recently released new track 'Syncope' check it out below if you're into gnarly, snotty grunge: Keep

Cirith Ungol: 'King of the Dead' - Album Review

It’s an exciting time for Cirith Ungol. Making their presence be known recently has given them a presence since their various splits in 1992 and 2001. Since announcing activity in 2015 it only seemed natural to look back on their albums and perhaps offer them again with a bit of an update. This shows the band as almost taking up arms again as if preparing for battle. We may see this lead into new material. King of the Dead was initially released 1984 on Enigma Records and was a defining album for the band. It also includes the song with their namesake ‘Cirith Ungol’ and essentially defined their sound. Their unique blend of Power Metal and Doom Metal started to help define the genre of Doom

2Far2Jump 'First Attempts At Everything' EP Review

Guildford pop-punkers 2far2jump are set to release their debut EP First Attempts At Everything on May 5th. Having released three successful singles and performed numerous gigs across the UK the band have gained a strong fanbase in the underground scene. Deriving influence from the likes of All Time Low, Paramore and As It Is the bands roots are recognised immediately upon hearing opening track ‘Set Your Goals’. While their influences are sonically noticeable, 2far2jump still manage to retain a unique sound. With ‘Set Your Goals’ and ‘Think for the New Days’ the band deliver an offering of contagious pop-rock, doused with catchy choruses, making the tracks a perfect addition to any summertime

Noizze: This Week in Metal - New Albums and Band Changes

Covering the 19th-25th April. Noizze presents... Hywel Davies gives us the highlights for everything Metal in the past week. New albums by Paradise Lost and Rise Against, Korn's plans and what's going on with Five Finger Death Punch For all things Noizze: Facebook: /noizzeuk Twitter: @NoizzeUK YouTube: /NoizzeUK Instagram: /NoizzeUK Snapchat: /NoizzeUK

Those Who Knew 'New Perspective' EP Review

Hailing from the midlands, Brit-rock five piece Those Who Knew are on course to release their debut EP, New Perspective, later this month. Despite only having formed in 2015, the Notts quintet have already received praise from prestigious institutions, including BBC introducing, and with their debut single 'Losing Touch' teasing fans with a sample of the EP’s potential, the anticipation is certainly on the ascent. Single 'Losing Touch' takes the top spot on the EP, releasing its infectious sound from the off. Handfuls of charm are apparent, with its buoyant refrain bursting through at the 30 second mark. Their predominantly alt-rock etiquette shines through this single, with a bold backing r

Introducing... Faulkner

Faulkner are a bi-coastal four piece who formed in Venice, CA. The band found quick success landing an unfinished demo of their song “NY Anthem” in the hands of RZA (Wu-Tang Clan). After capturing his interest the band landed their first major collaboration and as a result the track can be heard at the New York Yankees home games! Faulkner seem to have taken a while to get the record together but it can only be assumed that with the high level of success they have had sine their inception that they are taking their time to craft something incredible. The band have recently released the single 'Keep Your Enemies Closer' which is the first taste of the bands debut EP Revanchrist. Listen to the

Anderson .Paak at the O2 Forum, London

Photos courtesy of Gili Dailes Photography Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals have taken a night off from their arena tour with Bruno Mars, and played a one-off headline show at the O2 Forum which has sold out in only a few hours. An animated backdrop sets the scene at the 02 Forum in Kentish Town. The Free Nationals take to the stage in an unassuming and humble manner, Anderson .Paak however, is standing on an exercise bench, leering at his audience before shouting "Are you ready to lose your mind London?". The crowd answer in a roar of approval and the band launch into the opening bars of 'Come Down', a groovy and danceable track with a hip hop feel. Anderson .Paak spends the first part

Show Of Hands 25th Anniversary at The Royal Albert Hall

The notoriously bad acoustics of the Royal Albert Hall may have been noticeable for the quieter songs of the first half of Show of Hands’ 25th Anniversary show, but the ominous opening provided by Steve Knightley’s version of “Widecombe Fair” rang poignant throughout the audience enough for it not to matter too much. The sudden appearance of Phil Beer spotlighted high on the balcony in front of the great organ at the back of the stage for the violin solo helped capture the audience’s attention so poignantly that it lasted without deviation throughout the whole concert, despite the performers only using the main stage for the rest of the show. The appearance of a choir (The Lost Sound Chorus)


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