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To Dull The Blades Of Your Abuse: Track By Track With Leeched

It's a grey and dark day within the now isolated and plague spotted United Kingdom. The only soundtrack suitable for such an occasion is the phenomenal new release from the powerviolence trio Leeched. A record devoid of colour, vibrancy or joy, To Dull The Blades Of Your Abuse is musical art at it's most abrasive, violent and authentically harrowing - the perfect release for the dejected and forgotten youth of a now dystopian state. We got in touch with vocalist Laurie Morbey who outlined the meaning behind each track on the record. The Hounds Jaw A nice ambient one to ease in with. You can really hear the effort the band put into creating achingly beautiful melodies here. Hours upon hours o

Dune Rats - Hurry Up And Wait | Album Review

Whilst the UK and Australia share an abundance of cultural similarities in every day life, there are some major contrasts to take into account. One of which is the stature of the boozy skate and surf punks Dune Rats. Forming in 2010, the Brisbane punk trio have since become juggernauts on their respective home turf, with their 2017 sophomore record The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit debuting at the top spot on the Australian album chart upon releasee. Whilst Dune Rats might be the intoxicated lords of drunken pub punk on their home turf, they’re a relatively fresh proposition on our more dismal and perpetually grey shores. However, this may change in their favour with the release of their fort

Slam Dunk Festival announces While She Sleeps, Code Orange and more for 2020!

One of the biggest weekends of the alternative festival season, Slam Dunk Festival have announced even more names for their 2020 event today. Fresh from playing their biggest headline show to date at Brixton Academy, While She Sleeps will be retuning to perform at Slam Dunk again later this spring, with the British metalcore titans headlining the Jägermeister Stage this year. Pennsylvanian annihilators Code Orange will also be joining the packed Slam Dunk lineup later this year. One of the most feared and renowned live bands currently on the planet, today’s announcement comes following the confirmation of their forthcoming record Underneath, due out March 13th via Roadrunner Records. Despite

13 Crowes - Solway Star | Album Review

To an outside perspective, the British Isles have been in a perpetual state of limbo in regards to the ongoing class wars that have ravaged some of the poorest areas of the country. This continuous strife has established such a distrustful attitude towards the establishment as a whole, due to the disgraceful treatment of some of the poorest in society, whose struggle has been amounted to nothing more than a game of political football at the hands of the ruling party. Flying the flag for the working class heroes, 13 Crowes‘ staunch anti-establishment rhetoric can be mistaken for an almost call to arms of downtrodden masses; its distinct voice of reason free from bureaucratic brainwashing, is

Maybeshewill, The Locust, Swans and more announced for ArcTanGent Festival 2020!

The world’s premiere celebration of experimental, contemporary and left field music, ArcTanGent Festival have confirmed their second wave of artists set to grace this year’s festival. As anticipated, it’s an utter stormer of an announcement. Joining the bill that’s currently topped by Opeth, Tesseract and This Will Destroy You are noise-punks Metz and no-wave pioneers Swans. In relation, ArcTanGent 2020 will also play host to UK exclusive sets from the long absent Oathbreaker and Maybeshewill as well as seeing the return of outsider grindcore legends The Locust. “It’s been years since The Locust returned to the UK so we are tickled pink to play ArcTanGent,” says Bobby Bray of The Locust. “We

Mortiis - Spirit of Rebellion | Album Review

Norwegian dungeon synth/dark ambient masters Mortiis bring us their latest offering – Spirit of Rebellion. Upon first listening, it becomes immediately apparent that this album takes a different turn from their most recent discography and instead returns to the dungeon synth of their early 90s (“Era I”) material, back when it was still the solo project of Håvard Ellefsen (better known as Mortiis, the namesake of the band). The album is intended as an elaboration on their Era I album Ånden som Gjorde Opprør (which translates to “The Spirit Who Rebelled”). Although much remains the same melody and song structure wise, the production quality is noticeably superior on this reworking. With better

Nelson Can - So Long Desire | Album Review

Copenhagen-based trio Nelson Can have been enhancing their own spin on the DIY music sector since their formation in 2011. The group’s newest endeavour comes in the form of sophomore full-length record, So Long Desire. Marking their first album in six years and three years since the arrival of EP3, the ten track offering shows off an assembly of influences and genres. Their mix of influences and headstrong attitudes are not the only unique aspects behind this group. With a simplified company consisting of only bass, drums and vocals, the no-guitar posture is one that is not so frequent in their surroundings, but Nelson Can embrace the unexpected. Warming up the listeners’ ears is ‘Ambitious’

Novelists FR - C'Est La Vie | Album Review

Parisian metalcore collective Novelists FR came into the scene with a strong start thanks to their highly acclaimed debut, Souvenirs, in 2015, followed by Noir two years later. Now they’re back with their new release C’est La Vie, but does it follow suit or live up to its inexplicable name? The instrumentation as a whole is outrageous from the get go, with opening tracks ‘Somebody Else and ‘Deep Blue’ featuring djent-style riffs, prominent blast beats and rumbling bass grooves. However, the blues guitar solos which frequently appear occasionally come across as unsolicited and ill-fitting, especially at the very end of closing track ‘Human Condition’. Yet, in most cases they’re charming and i

Download Festival Announces Third Wave Of Bands For 2020, Confirms The Return Of The Finding Fresh B

Following on the previous announcement in November, Download Festival have announced the third wave of bands set to descend upon Castle Donington in July. Joining the already colossal lineup that’s topped by Kiss, Iron Maiden and System Of A Down are Alter Bridge and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, with both bands confirmed to be playing massive slots on the main stage later this year. In relation to massive sets, Funeral For A Friend and Bowling For Soup have also been confirmed as Avalanche stage headliners. On the subject of returning to Download Festival for the first time in five years, Ryan Richards of Funeral For A Friend says; “As a band, and as individuals – we’ve made some incredi

Billie's Lamentation: Billie Eilish - 'everything i wanted' | Music Video Review

It has been almost a month into the new decade, and it seems Billie Eilish’s illustrious career is reaching new heights each and every day; including Six Grammy Nominations, releasing her own sustainable clothing line, in collaboration with H&M. As well as making history as the youngest recording artist to write and perform the new James Bond theme, for the upcoming feature film No Time To Die starring Daniel Craig, Rami Malek and Ralph Fiennes; which is made even more monumental reminding ourselves that Billie has only just turned 18 years old in mid-December. Adding to the list of incredible milestones along her journey as the new millenniums dark pop luminary figurehead; her credits as a

Caspian - On Circles | Album Review

Despite not being stereotypically synonymous with the post-rock genre like the juggernaut figureheads such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Explosions In The Sky, Caspian have long forged a reputation of delivering reliable excellence with every release. As expected, it's an accolade they honourable defend with their latest record. The sextet's fifth full length, On Circles once again documents Caspian doing what they do best; weaving vividly gorgeous tapestries of texted sound that envelops the listener blissfully. However, where’s as 2012’s Waking Season entertained a level of hickory scented adventurism and 2015’s Dust And Disquiet diffused a sense of bittersweet melancholy, On Circles a

In This Moment - 'The In-Between' | Single and Music Video Review

2020 is shaping up to be quite the interesting year for musical rejuvenation, if the first month’s worth of offerings are anything to go by. Joining the winners row of recent successes lies the bewitching re-animation of In This Moment’s most hard hitting sound since their 2012 Blood Era, in the form of their latest single and music video release ‘The In-Between’. ‘The In-Between’ battles between several era’s of ITM’s discography, intertwining the electronic/industrialised metal Black Widow bombardment, with the Folk and Blues inspired mysterious Hard rock masterpiece Ritual. It is safe to assume the inspiration bursting out of their previous release has left a strong hold on the California

Hayley Williams - 'Simmer' | Single and Music Video Review

Ethereal, spectral and deeply captivating are just some of the adjectives worthy enough to describe the first single and accompanying music video off of Hayley Williams secretive debut solo album Petals for Armor due to be released on the 8th of May 2020. For the past few months the news surrounding Hayley Williams’ return to the studio as a soloist has caused massive buzz across the globe for Paramore fans, especially after Williams left her fandom on tender hooks with the release of her featured spot on American Football’s classically tragic emo-rock ballad ‘Uncomfortably Numb’ in January 2019. Thankfully our prayers for new material have been answered in the form of ‘Simmer’ which harbour

Live Review: InMe w/ Haggard Cat & Scene Of My Demise | The Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham | 20/0

Opening proceedings on this bitterly cold evening are the Cotswold’s own Scene Of My Demise (7). For those select few not overly knowledgable of the history behind the Gloucestershire alternative scene, the group have been a perpetual presence within the area for approximately two decades now. Seemingly unknown to the majority in attendance however, tonight marks Scene Of My Demise’s final show. Even with the collective age of the group potentially rivalling the age of the venue itself, it’s certainly an honourable send off. Tearing through content from their line of EP’s, Scene Of My Demise’s spring heeled and boisterous punk rock quivers with explosive energy, intensity the band themselves

Sleepwraith - Day Terrors | Album Review

The 2010s were a fantastic decade for heavy music, and the new decade definitely has a lot to live up to if it's going to be anywhere near as good. However, there are plenty of reasons to get excited for what the roaring 20's has to offer for heavy music fans of all shades. Rage Against the Machine have reunited, John Frusciante has rejoined the Red Hot Chili Peppers and new albums will be released from some top tier bands such as Sylosis, Ozzy Osbourne, Loathe, Kvelertak and many more. However, if you want something sooner from a name that most people won't recognise, Canadian extreme metallers Sleepwraith's debut album Day Terrors is definitely worth your time. Taking cues from extreme met

Vukovi - Fall Better | Album Review

Vukovi have been highly praised by us, by their contemporaries, and by their fans. Their latest venture, a full-length album cleverly christened Fall Better, is bound to generate plenty more compliments. Powerful guitars and bone-shaking basslines stand behind beautiful lyrics, written by vocalist Janine Shilstone and inspired by her type of OCD. The album is defiant, standing up to some of the bigger guys in rock music just as Shilstone stands up to her OCD. It’s a cultivated record too, highlighting just how much Vukovi have matured since their self-titled debut of 2017. ‘17359’ opens the album, bringing with it the clever theme of digitalised life as it introduces the listener to Fall Bet

2000 Trees Festival Confirms Creeper As Main Stage Sub-Headliner, Announces 41 More Bands For 2020!

Following on from November’s headliner announcement of Jimmy Eat World, 2000 Trees Festival have announced a massive wave of bands for this year’s festival. In support of their forthcoming sophomore record Sex, Death & The Infinite Void, Creeper will be returning to Upcote Farm to sub-headline the main stage in July, with their return following their mammoth stage headline set in 2018. “2000 Trees is my favourite of all the UK festivals." says singer Creeper vocalist Will Gould. "It’s really awkward saying that, because you don’t want to upset the other festivals, but it’s one of the first ones that took a chance on us when we began. We played there in 2015, then played the main stage, then

Anti Flag - 20/20 Vision | Album Review

We can all agree that punk is a political genre. But what made it this way? It's bands like The Clash and Sex Pistols that sent off the first big shots, and many bands have followed. One of those bands is Anti-Flag, the American quartet that's existed longer than some of your favourite musicians have been alive. With songs like "Die For Your Government", they made it very clear where they stand early on in their career. From the 20th century we make the switch to the year 2020, and Anti-Flag are still alive and breathing. Their latest attempts have admittedly been a tad bit lacklustre - it's something that seems on occasion to come with age. But can 20/20 Vision successfully changes the tide

Helldown - In Deaths Hands | EP Review

Taking the thrash metal scene in their stride, Swansea based quintet Helldown have been extremely quiet since 2016’s self-titled demo. Having previously being hailed as the new wave of British thrash, it’s clear that there’s a huge precedent to be set by the band. Needless to say, new EP, In Deaths Hands, is a relentlessly aggressive ode to old school thrash metal. Comprising of 4 singles, this EP takes clear influence from the greats; channelling the body of early Metallica and Testament, with lashings of Pantera-esque riffs to create a sound that the Bay Area scene would be proud of. Opening single 'The Unnamed' immediately reinforces Helldown's influences, with vocalist Ben Evans sporting

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