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Trophy Eyes - The American Dream | Album Review

The American Dream, what does it really mean? By the original definition it states “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement”. With this interpretation in mind Trophy Eyes have concocted a brutally honest, yet unconventionally inspiring take on living life in the fast lane and the ultimate sacrifices you make to uncover what you truly want from the world around you. The American Dream sees another shift in the bands musical direction via incorporating all favoured elements of their previous two releases, into a fully fledged narrative detailing the trials and tribulations of the front man’s twisted relationship wit

Taken by the Tide – Revenge | EP Review

Found within the darker reaches of Technical Metal and perhaps exhibiting elements of Hardcore, Taken by the Tide offer something close to Death Metal or Blackened Death Metal as it takes Tech-Metal or Hardcore just that far. Atmospheric and boasting some evil sounding guttural snarls, Taken by the Tide are rightfully breaking some ground. The guitar riffs exhibit moments of both groove and Tech-Metal but otherwise, as is certainly evident in this EP, Revenge, they let it end there. Perhaps ‘Angfang Extinction’ is the best example of a more technical sound for the band but, as show-stealers like ‘Grave Lessons’ and ‘Moloch’ prove, their sound is something else. It’s dark and proudly so. Th

2000 Trees 2018 - Part Two: Friday | Live Festival Review

Photo: Dom Meason Despite the odd smattering of precipitation which may have just been the result of the date being Friday the 13th, the second day of 2000 Trees 2018 was fantastic. With sets from Grumble Bee, Vodun, Creeper, Touche Amore, Jamie Lenman, Twin Atlantic and many, many more, you can imagine what went down. Multi-instrumentalist and producer Jack Bennett performs under the alias of Grumble Bee (8). He opened the Forest stage at 10:30 on Friday morning, and even Jack himself struggled with this early hour! Despite the time, he drew himself a respectfully large crowd. ‘Red’ opened his set and performing with just an acoustic guitar and his stunning vocal talents, Grumble Bee’s musi

Live Review: Palm Reader w/ Haggard Cat, Cove & Backroads | The Exchange, Bristol | 25/07/18

Despite being an act who are fresh faced and making their initial foray into the often-unpredictable world of live music, local metalcore mob Backroads (8) clearly have the attitude, skill and crucial aptitude required to make a name for themselves not only within the local scene, the expanded national one. Given that emotionally driven core music isn’t the most original genre, Backgrounds breathe homegrown and fresh air into this often tested genre, pumping copious amounts of adolescent energy into their live presence. With a focus on fluid yet punishing tone and vocal delivery, an ample amount of borderline rustic rawness lends itself beautifully towards their sound, intensify and exaggera

TECH-FEST 2018 Part 3: Sunday | Live Festival Review

Loathe: Photo by Ryan Winstanley SUNDAY See here: for part one (Thursday and Friday) of our Review See here: for part two (Saturday) of our Review. Run by musicians for musicians, TechFest is a living tribute to the survival of accomplished metal music. Its endurance tested by its apparent versatility. Giving a shout out to Tech Metal might feel as if only a few bands would qualify, but year on year, TechFest unleashes hordes of different and out-there bands. The fact that the organisers achieve this, again and again, is testament to the growing endurance felt throughout each weekend. The four-day festival quickly becoming the widely known family of UK Tech Metal Festival. 2018, again, sho

Press To MECO: The 2000 Trees Interview

Photo: Dom Meason Londoners Press to MECO released their second album, Here’s to the Fatigue earlier this year, and we caught up with them between their sets at 2000 Trees Festival to chat about writing music, playing shows, and who was worth watching at the festival. Hey guys, how did you find your set? Lewis: It was great! Luke: Yeah, we really enjoyed it! You’re playing The Forest tomorrow, how is it playing full sets then switching to the stripped back stuff? Luke: Yeah it’s cool! Adam: We don’t do it too much, so it’s a nice thing to experiment with and actually spend some time on getting it all together so yeah, it’s cool, it’s exciting! That stage over there is cool as well because pe

2000 Trees 2018 - Part One: Thursday | Live Festival Review

Photo: Dom Meason It's that time of the year again. The sun is beaming down, cans are being popped left right and center and it's clearly evident that we're within the midst of another fantastic festival season. With that in mind, we popped down to Upcote Farm for another amazing installment of the incredible 2000 Trees Festival, where that classic festival atmosphere was in full swing. SHVPES (7.5), the hardcore five piece from Birmingham managed to pack out the The Cave, which was no mean feat when you take into account that they were the first band to play this year’s event at 2.10pm; a time where most revelers are still arriving. Frontman Griffin Dickinson had incredibly distinctive voca

TECH-FEST 2018 Part 2: Saturday | Live Festival Review

Ingested: Photo by Ryan Winstanley SATURDAY See here: for part one (Thursday and Friday) of our Review. Run by musicians for musicians, TechFest is a living tribute to the survival of accomplished metal music. Its endurance tested by its apparent versatility. Giving a shout out to Tech Metal might feel as if only a few bands would qualify, but year on year, TechFest unleashes hordes of different and out-there bands. The fact that the organisers achieve this, again and again, is testament to the growing endurance felt throughout each weekend. The four-day festival quickly becoming the widely known family of UK Tech Metal Festival. 2018, again, showcased many bands and we, unfortunately, could

Black Peaks: The 2000 Trees Interview

Photo: Gareth Bull Never the ones to shy away from a trip to Upcote Farm, the progressive metal juggernauts Black Peaks returned to 2000 Trees for the fourth time this year. We sat down with Will Gardner (vocals) and Liam Kearley (drums) ahead of their Cave headline set to discuss their forthcoming album, and all things 2000 Trees. Hi guys, how are you guys feeling about coming back to 2000 Trees and headlining The Cave this year? Both: Amazing. Liam: It’s just really special, to start off on that stage and to be coming back and headlining. Will: Especially now we’re back here today, and there’s all these amazing bands playing this afternoon, it’s really starting to sink in for me that it’s

Talons - We All Know | Album Review

Apologies for getting all existential at the beginning of a review, but the way we perceive the passing of time is a funny old thing. If you were to ask anyone to recall the year 2008, the general conscious would be that it the year only feels several years ago, and not entire a decade ago. Whilst the year 2008 was responsible for a range of global events, the time frame also saw the birthing of the Herefordshire post rock outfit Talons. Throughout the past decade, the group have been responsible for two of the most excellent, yet criminally under appreciated records the UK post rock scene has to offer, with 2010’s Hollow Realm and 2014’s New Topographics being the subject of rave reviews re

TECH-FEST 2018 Part 1: Thursday & Friday | Live Festival Review

Dalí Thundering Concept: Photo by Ryan Winstanley THURSDAY + FRIDAY Run by musicians for musicians, TechFest is a living tribute to the survival of accomplished metal music. Its endurance tested by its apparent versatility. Giving a shout out to Tech Metal might feel as if only a few bands would qualify, but year on year, TechFest unleashes hordes of different and out-there bands. The fact that the organisers achieve this, again and again, is testament to the growing endurance felt throughout each weekend. The four-day festival quickly becoming the widely known family of UK Tech Metal Festival. 2018, again, showcased many bands and we, unfortunately, couldn’t catch all of them; but I dedicat

Wölfblood – Nightriders | EP Review

The freshly spawned Danish band Wölfblood, have recently offered us their EP Nightriders. This little send up marks a lot of their point and helps to define them. Their energy is unrestrained at they certainly manage a genre true but unique offering. Sloppy in outlook but with energy every which way and that. Wölfblood are everything Rock n Roll redefined through speed-like Thrash down to rushed riffs and rough as hell vocals. Guitars and drums occasionally licking their tributes to Rock. It is still music played fast and rough as if having fun but knowingly unknowing what to do with themselves – like a drunk guy at a party. This gives them a charm and removes it. Despite an intro that’s m

Savage Messiah: The Download 2018 Interview

There's been a real throwback to the classic heavy metal formula in recent years, and it's bands like the UK's own Savage Messiah that are leading the charge. Fresh off a recent UK headline tour and before their Download set, we had a chat to see where their heads are at and what's next. Hey guys, how’s it going? Yeah, all good! You played Download before if I recall right. Yeah in 2016 What’s different for you this year and what’s stayed the same? The layout’s different, that’s the strange thing but other than that, almost exactly the same That’s great in a way, being familiar. Yeah almost 40 years no change, apart from it used to be one day. Gets a bit boring though, sometimes, no change.

Trash Boat - Crown Shyness | Album Review

Just when we all thought the UK's pop punk scene was at its peak, St Albans boys Trash Boat kick it up a notch, with upcoming release, Crown Shyness. Taking a step back from the generics of pop punk, this album holds minimal connotations of hometown sadness and upset, but rather a much darker and depressive state of mind. However, those bouncy riffs and upbeat vocals still take a small spot on this impressive release. Album opener 'Inside out' is undoubtedly the biggest single on this release – mixing hardcore-laced vocals with choppy guitars gives a heavy edge to their unique sound. This hardcore influence works wonders throughout the album, with tracks like 'Controlled Burn' pairing front

Chelsea Grin - Eternal Nightmare | Album Review

Hailing from Salt Lake City, the rowdy deathcore mob that is Chelsea Grin announced in January that they would be entering the studio to begin recording their upcoming album, Eternal Nightmare. The good ol’ days of Chelsea Grin saw the likes of the blood curdling albums that where Desolation Of Eden and My Damnation making Chelsea Grin one of the biggest deathcore titans around, that made us want to destroy a building using nothing but our foreheads. Following these however came Ashes to Ashes and Self Inflicted, records which saw the boys start to favour synth tracks and a more repetitive formula which left fans pulling a slightly De Niro looking face while listening to such records. April

Live Review: Lucky Chops | The Wardrobe, Leeds | 08/07/18

With every city in England still buzzing with World Cup hope, New York's very own viral sensations Lucky Chops bring their own brand of fun, feel-good music to an utterly electric Leeds audience. If you have been on YouTube at any point in the last four years, there is a good chance you will have seen a viral video of a 5-piece brass band playing a medley of popular songs in the New York Subway system – swapping the subway for The Wardrobe, Lucky Chops pull out all the stops in what was an utterly unforgettable live experience. Playing a mixture of originals and their excellent re-workings of popular songs, the band explode onto the stage with an infectious energy which seemed to permeate th

Immortal – Northern Chaos Gods | Album Review

The story of Immortal seems to be a little more fragile than their name may suggest. Surprisingly the ever-strong icon of Black Metal, Abbath, split from Immortal and the future of the band seemed to hang in limbo. For a while it would seem that Immortal would be no more and that Abbath would continue music under his own name Abbath. However, in August 2015 it was announced that Demonaz would return to guitars, which would be his first time doing so since 1997, as well as to sing for the band. Reportedly, Demonaz’s departure from guitars was due to an injury he had sustained making it difficult for him to continue playing guitars for the band. So, to say that Northern Chaos Gods, the bands n

Real Friends - Composure | Album Review

Since 2016's The Home Inside My Head, Illinois sad boys Real Friends have been relatively quiet, with only a few snippets of new music reaching the surface in recent months. However, their dry spell is coming to an end, with upcoming release Composure (8) reinforcing those pop punk stereotypes we have so dearly missed. 'Me First' is a quintessential opening track, counterbalancing frontman Dan Lambton's aggressive vocals with soft bouncy riffs throughout. Their message is simple, and reignites emotions of heartbreak and belonging that we've all dealt with before. Recently released single 'From The Outside' is the perfect oxymoron; tackling deeply troubling issues with soft poppy riffs to ign

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