Mastiff - Plague | Album Review

In an era where extreme music has become more normalised and accessible, the term ‘disgustingly heavy’ has been thrown around soon loosely and often it has began to loose all original meaning. When a critic or fan ties the term to a band it’s now impossible to judge if the respective art actually challenges the listener or is just a line of untactful breakdowns loosely stringed together. However, one band who truly deserving of such a coveted accolade is Hull’s Mastiff. On the back of two ear ache inducing EP’s, the band has resurfaced from the festering underbelly of the industry with Plague, a record that authentically stands as sonic torture. ‘Hellcircle’ instantly swallows you into the r

Brutal Assault Announce Even More Bands For 2019!

More exciting news from Josefov Fortress in Czechia dropped earlier this month, with a whole load of new bands confirmed for the lineup of Brutal Assault 2019. Immediately, attention shifts to the inclusion of Poland’s extreme metal titans, Decapitated, firmly back on the touring scene after making headlines with a false arrest in the United States in 2017 before subsequently being cleared of all charged four months later. Canadian progressive metal veterans Voivod also join the lineup, providing another element of unpredictability to an already eclectic celebration of all things heavy. Animals As Leaders are another highlight, joining previously-announced Meshuggah for festival goers to get

Astronoid - Astronoid | Album Review

When the genre of dream-thrash was first coined by industry types, a large portion of the response by devotees of metal was one of condescending elitism. Whilst the negative backlash wasn’t necessary, the scepticism voiced by some was somewhat understandable. After all, dream focused music manifests images of calming, pacifying and gentle soundscapes. On the other hand, thrash metal is predominately all about intoxicated slapstick ultraviolence. There was simply no way these genres could co-exist, yet alone amalgamate. However, lo and behold for Astronoid silenced all disbelievers with their 2016 debut Air. A record composed of wild fretwork, glacial shoegaze, blackmetal oriented drumming an

Slam Dunk add another 10 bands to the bill!

It’s already been confirmed that this year’s instalment of Slam Dunk is going to be different. With the festival growing bigger every year as they scrap the Midlands’ date to focus on expanding Leeds’, we’re going to witness it hit a monumental milestone. Now, they’ve hit us with another surprise as they’ve announced ten more acts which will have us even more conflicted when the stage-split announcement comes. The first two names were dropped the night before: indie pop quartet Hellogoodbye and alt-rock giants Plain White T’s. Hellogoodbye are the festival’s oldest returning veterans as they played the first ever event when it took place on just a singular stage in Millennium Square in 2006.

Download Festival add a mammoth 43 bands to 2019's lineup!

Not content with what is looking to be a solid lineup, Download Festival have announced a mammoth 43 acts to join an already stacked weekend headlined by Slipknot, Tool and Def Leppard that features thrash legends Slayer’s final ever UK show along with acts across the musical spectrum, from Die Antwoord to Carcass. The full list of new additions with the updated lineup poster is: Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics Alcest Animals As Leaders At The Gates Bad Wolves Batushka Beartooth Behemoth Black Peaks Brothers Osborne Cane Hill Clutch Coldrain Conjurer Crystal Lake Deadwood Ritual Fever 333 Godsmack Groundstorm Halestorm Heart Of A Coward Icon For Hire Intervals Last In Line Like A Storm Lo

Iterum Nata – The Course of Empire | Album Review

Iterum Nata bring us their impressive sophomore album The Course of Empire. The band, hailing from Tampere, Finland, are a psychedelic occult Folk Rock outfit, masterminded by Jesse Heikkinen. Their eponymous debut release in 2017 saw the forging of multiple styles: ritualistic chanting, eerie flutes and celeste, Latin-sounding strummed guitars; dreamy, spacey, layered synth melodies, gently crooning Lennon-esque vocals and even a couple of agrarian, Americana-influenced songs. Whilst retaining most of these elements, their latest album draws these influences together in a more consolidated way. With every song fitting into one overarching theme: rebirth. Here is a taster of what you’re in s

ArcTanGent Festival Announces First Wave Of Bands For 2019!

Following on from recently bagging the accolade of Best Small Festival at the UK Festival Awards, ArcTanGent have dropped their first 39 bands for the 2019 event, and boy is it an announcement and a half. Headlining the Friday night will be heroic genre benders Battles, a band who has become coveted due to their singular focus and commitment on mixing progressive experimentation with mentally stimulating artistry and sonic technology. Joining them will be post-metal legends Cult Of Luna and one of the most requested and beloved UK acts, 65DaysOfStatic. Renowned for providing a challenging live gauntlet of electronic post and math rock, their performance is set to be heroes return for the She

Flotsam & Jetsam - The End of Chaos | Album Review

Flotsam & Jetsam is anything, a slightly underrated Thrash titan delivering the same brand of breakneck Thrash speeds that we would expect to see from the likes of, being the most prime examples, the ‘Big 4’ over the last three decades. But this in no way meaning that they are unworthy, quite far from it. Since their debut, the Arizona thrashers have consistently delivered. Letting the music speak for itself and their thirteenth offering, The End Of Chaos, is a step above a real testament to how far the outfit have come; and demonstrating why they deserve their place among the greats. This venture sees addition of drummer Ken Mary who has drummed for the likes of Accept, Filth Angel and lege

Mark Hoppus & Alex Gaskarth form new group Simple Creatures, release first single 'Drug'

Seemingly out of nowhere comes an exciting new project from Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus & All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth. Releasing their first single “Drug” under the moniker Simple Creatures. The track has all the signature notes one could expect, melding fuzz-enthused guitar with melodic pop-select “nanana” s undercut by a haymaker of a hook. However make no mistakes this first offering establishes the group squarely in new territory for Hoppus & Gaskarth. Utilising vibrant awakening synths and a more electronic approach to the production Simple Creatures treads further towards this trend of a more electronic influenced alt-rock. Alex Gaskarth shared this about the track over his instagram: “In

Live Review: Enter Shikari w/ Palaye Royale & Black Peaks | Bristol O2 Academy | 14/01/19

Despite taking to the stage literally minutes after doors, it's transparent that the people of Bristol have heralded the arrival of Black Peaks (8). Still riding high on the release of their tremendous sophomore record All That Divides, the group waste none of their allocated time on unnecessary introductions and jump straight into the colossal ‘Glass Built Castles’. Despite it not even being 7pm yet, Black Peak’s job of inciting mayhem is accomplished within seconds, with material from All That Divides sounding simply phenomenal on a stage such as this. Image: Kieran Gallop As the earth shattering ‘Can’t Sleep’ transpires into the progressive primordial density of ‘Eternal Light’, the crowd

Dead Fall - Never Expected | EP Review

If you’re looking for your new favourite punk band with an edge, look no further. Ohio’s Dead Fall have cooked up the perfect balance of bouncy riffs and melodic vocals to make for the perfect pop punk style sound on upcoming EP, Never Expected. From the off, we’re welcomed by that oh so familiar angst. An apparent stylistic influence from The Story So Far is clear, with a strong similarity to sounds from What You Don’t See shining through. However, vocally we’re met by a much more aggressive tone from front man Jake Gambatese. Vocals are the powerhouse of this opening single, setting the tone for this release. Second single 'Delude' suggests a heavier influence; a fusion of hardcore style v

The Sound Of 2019: 22 Amazing Bands Set To Dominate This Year - Part 2

Following from the first part of our feature (Which you can read here!), we present some more incredible emerging bands who are set to take the year by the horns. From electro-punk to black metal, there's plenty to sink your teeth into here. Exploring Birdsong Hailing from the historic streets of Liverpool, Exploring Birdsong are a unique product of the renowned music scene at the heart of the city. Taking the pop orientated fabric of their hometown, the group sew such pop textures with progressive sensibilities and luscious and dynamic orchestration. The end result is truly something extraordinary; a rich tapestry of ideals that are interweaved seamlessly. Sombre, sober and pensive, the tri

Blood Red Shoes - Get Tragic | Album Review

Bands with dramatic break-ups/backstories are the best kind. Why? Because we all love a bit of drama. And to grasp the relevance of Blood Red Shoes’ fifth release Get Tragic, one must first immerse themselves in the duo’s backstory. To gain a full understanding of the duo’s proximity induced fight, ‘Eye To Eye’, the sleazy album opener, gives detail to the bands past life. As drummer Steven Ansell states “We got the to the end of the fourth record and were like, ‘F**k you, I never want to see you again’, an idea reiterated through the captivating synth lead track. This album is not so much a concept, but a story, with ‘Bangsar’ fuelling an explosion of electronic depth and catchy encapsulati

Employed To Serve Announce New Album & Single

Woking underground hardcore kings Employed To Serve have revealed details on their new record, their next single, and album launch shows. The quintets third effort will be titled Eternal Forward Motion and will be released on May 10th via Spinefarm Records. On the record, ETS vocalist Justine Jones said: "Without struggle there is no triumph - the human mind manages to flick between polar opposites, from taking life one day at a time and living in the moment, to self-destructing and creating a bitter outlook. It’s important to acknowledge both. Keep moving forward and don’t look back. Eternal Forward Motion came after 5 years of perfecting the kind of band that we wanted to be. This is

Rivers Becomes Ocean - A Motion Paralysed | Album Review

Brighton Post-Hardcore outfit Rivers Becomes Ocean following their latest EP December are set to release their debut album A Motion Paralysed. A collection of songs that takes influence from cinematic scores and adding the trademark Hardcore elements the four piece have been fine tuning over the previous releases. Looking to give the album a tug of war of different styles, that seamlessly co-exist to really showcase what the boys can deliver. A Motion Paralysed begins with instrumental opener ‘Brighton’ a confirmation of the cinematic soundscape to expect throughout the album a relative calm before the storm before moving on to ‘The Hell That Heaven Sent’. Being one of the heavier track on t

Chapter and Verse - Glow | EP Review

Fast approaching is the release of Chapter and Verse’s second EP; just a slither, a small taste of what’s to come from a band ready to leap from the shadows into the spotlight. With so many elements at play, Glow should solidify the East London quartets place as a band you’ll want to put your support behind. Opening with the sombrely melodic ‘The Casket’, you’re introduced to vocalist Josh Carter’s unique brand of emotionally ripe poetry, comparatively akin to the atmospheric style of Lonely The Brave or Fatherson, before Ash Mortons blasting drumbeat kicks in and the coin is flipped fully to the opposite side, gang vocals marks the start of a hefty riff courtesy of guitarist Darren Gosling

Jon Schaffer's Purgatory – Purgatory | EP Review

Those unfamiliar with the intensely flavoured wavelengths of Iced Earth axeman Jon Schaffer will surely be set to climb aboard another horror fan club affair with a brand-spanking new EP release; combining the forces of old Iced Earth era musicality to form a past remedy of Jon Schaffer’s Purgatory. Along with Schaffer joins the historic ex-Iced Earth members of vintage lead guitarist Bill Owen and the enduring vocalist Gene Adam; enforcing the old with the new for a fresh new leap of heavy metal composition and a Power/Thrash extravaganza. As many of those who know and who are familiar with Iced Earth’s ongoing horror-esque thematic preferences, there is nothing new here that showers away f


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