"The album is going to be pop bangers like New Order" - The Great Shame of Sugar Horse

Glacial doomgazers Sugar Horse have been had an eventful last two years to say the least, playing with the likes of Vennart and JOHN, opening the PX3 stage at ArcTanGent to an almost full tent, playing a livestreamed set with the aforementioned festival, releasing their last EP Drugs and even getting the occasional mention from the monumental juggernauts of music journalism. Not too bad for a band that have a complete disregard for urgency. The Bristol based 4-piece are not ones to shy away from a new challenging concept that stand's out amongst the array of innovative music pouring out of the city’s backrooms. Encapsulating this is their new single and accompanying short film 'The Great Sha

Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You | Album Review

At the turn of the century, following the tragedy of 9/11 and the final months preceding a two-decade long American war on terror, Bruce Springsteen was one of the faces of the cultural recovery stateside, famously performing ‘My City Of Ruins’ and the first performer seen on the televised 9/11 benefit. Bruce’s music, often both an endearing testament to American character and an open examination of the crumbling social mechanisms that hold up US society, has primarily been a soundtrack to it’s successes, and a rallying cry in the face of its struggles. That is no different in 2020, in a year where humanity inside and outside the country Springsteen calls home appears to be coming apart at t

Twisted Ankle - Twisted Ankle | Album Review

It’s fairly common for both fans and industry types to label emerging artists as being one of the most unique bands from their local area. It’s often a hyperbolic platitude reserved for newcomers refusing to comply with a local scene’s rigid social norms, a label that’s become so overused it’s become to lose all meaning. However, once in a blue moon an artist will emerge that’s so utterly idiosyncratic, bizarre and just generally ‘out there’ that it’s impossible not to describe them as being completely unparalleled in their local field. One such artist are the self-stated ‘jazz trio for the deaf’ group Twisted Ankle. Combining noise rock, post-punk, strange dissonant jazz and warped social c

Chamber - Cost Of Sacrifice | Album Review

It’s exciting to watch a subgenre of music morph into something new before your very eyes. Over the last few years we’ve seen the rise of a new breed of metallic hardcore bands influenced by the noisey, dissonant acts of the late 90’s and early 00’s. This shift has been beautiful to witness, the birth of a nu-metalcore for the crazy, disjointed future we’ve found ourselves in. Whereas the 00’s metalcore bands were raised on ​Iron Maiden​ and ​Metallica​, which seeped into their soaring choruses and dual guitar leads, the nu-metalcore kids grew up on ​Converge​, ​The​ ​Dillinger Escape Plan​ and ​Disembodied​, chaotic, angular acts who threw conventional musicality out of the window and smash

Celestial Season – The Secret Teachings | Album Review

Celestial Season are perhaps best known as a band with two distinct phases – gothic death-doom and then stoner doom. The switch between these phases was pretty sudden; shortly after releasing Solar Lovers in 1995, they released the Sonic Orb EP that same year which was more akin to Kyuss, Sleep and Queens Of the Stone Age than their ex genre-bedfellows Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride. Their logo even changed from the slightly medieval looking gothic script of days past to a more modern slanted block lettering job. With The Secret Teachings, their first release in 19 years, Celestial Season are back to their original gothic death doom sound. From the opening track 'The Secret Teachings of al

Dreams, Recall, Grief and Reintegration: An Interview with Overrider

Enigmatically enshrouded in silhouette and provocatively lit in cyberpunk neon, the Manchester electronic duo Overrider have had a significantly productive year given the circumstances. Not only did the atmospheric instrumental collective release their nine track record Cyc|er in May, the group have just recently dropped another offering in the form of concept EP Re:ntegration. Composed via lockdown late night productivity, Re:ntegration saw the band document the secretive dynamics of sleep in a rapid but detailed manner, with the record dynamically mirroring itself with repeated melodic motifs and clashing electronic mantras. “We had planned to take some time off after the last EPs. However

Pallbearer - Forgotten Days | Album Review

Arkansas doomsters Pallbearer have, over the course of three albums, made something of a name for themselves. Their debut record Sorrow & Extinction showed a band with tremendous potential and a love of melancholy as well as a sense of yearning melodicism. Followup Foundations of Burden cemented their status in the scene and yet it was still only their second album. With their third effort Heartless they expanded their sonic palette far more into the 70s prog they’d always dabbled in but never fully embraced, eschewing traditional structure in place of meandering compositions that were still emotionally arresting and heavy as anything. Now onto their fourth album and with expectations sky-hi

Holding Absence release new single and announce new album!

Welsh rising stars Holding Absence have just announced details of their forthcoming second album, The Greatest Mistake Of My Life, out on April 16th 2021 via SharpTone Records. Talking about the new record, the band commented “This album is about telling stories that are presented through the lens of hindsight, regret and looking back. There are songs that celebrate life when faced with death, and others that speak to the choices we make about how we live our lives. The fear of love, newfound respect for life and the covering up of depression are all subjects that rear their head. The Greatest Mistake Of My Life exercises emotion in many ways, and that was an important thing for us to do, be

Architects announce new album and tracklist details!

Hot on the heels of latest single 'Animals', Architects have announced details of their forthcoming ninth album and revealed its tracklist with a few surprises. The hotly anticipated followup to 2018's excellent Holy Hell, the new album is entitled For Those That Wish To Exist and is heading to stores and streaming services via Epitaph on 26th February 2021. On For Those That Wish To Exist the band examine the part we all play in the world's slow destruction and tackle the biggest questions about the future of our planet. These concerns aren't new for the band - they have continually championed and shared their platform with causes like Sea Shepherd, are outspoken critics of the barbaric pra

Hands Like Houses - Hands Like Houses | EP Review

Continuing with the theme of an ever changing sound, Hands Like Houses have returned with a punchy self titled EP, complied of shimmering, static laced guitar and bright, bubbly vocals. Retaining the singalong choruses, similar to their 2018 album -Anon the band appear to still be placing the hardcore sound to one side. This isn’t surprising as the EP follows buoyant single ‘Headrush’. Taking a more playful approach to the instrumentation on this EP opposed to the heavily distorted and gritty guitar of the past, the entire feeling of the music has shifted. With a boisterous tone, there’s no more ricocheting between heavy and light and more emphasis on the catchy choruses and big sound. We ha

Oceans of Slumber – Oceans of Slumber | Album Review

Southern gothic infused prog doomers Oceans of Slumber bring us their latest, eponymous LP. Hailing from Houston, Texas, the band was conceived in 2011, but their current incarnation really started its journey in 2014, when lead vocalist Cammie Gilbert joined the line up and brought her powerful vocals and emotive lyrics to the table. This album is more progressive and contemplative sounding than their older material, which seemed to lean more towards the darker and heavier side of their sound, particularly 'Winter', which featured some black metal style vocals and blackened death metal style instrumentation. Whilst this album still has some harsh vocals, it's all death growls and the instru

Behind The Vibe: An Interview with Seaway’s Ryan Locke

Seaway are known for two things: catchy pop punk bops and hilarious, personal but relatable lyrics. Yet their upcoming album, Big Vibe, sees them swap the reliable upbeat genre they’ve embedded themselves in over the last nine years, and explore the complexities of pop-orientated styles with more woeful topics. Speaking to the Canadian quartet’s frontman and vocalist Ryan Locke, we found out what lead to the big changes, and how lockdown could have brought us your new favourite Seaway song. Related: Seaway - Big Vibe | Album Review Claiming to take influence from 80's power pop (because what else?), Big Vibe takes every catchy pop hook from Seaway’s repertoire and amplifies them around huge

"I hope it encourages them to keep going" - In conversation with Fires In The Distance

“There’s definitely been ups and downs, that’s for sure!” An understatement if there ever was one - 2020 has been rough on many bands, old and new, but Yegor from melodic doom outfit Fires In The Distance doesn’t seem to have let that dampen his spirit. When asked about the impact this year has had on him and the band, he responds equally calmly that “the biggest impact is not being able to perform and go to shows.” It’s a grounded approach borne from years of lived experience, both in bands and from the trials and tribulations of his personal life. Fires In The Distance initially intended to self-release their debut album much earlier in the year but as luck would have it, Prosthetic Record

Mayday Parade - Out Of Here | EP Review

Not ones to get kept down by a cancelled North American tour in support of single “It is What It Is”. Emo-anthem generators Mayday Parade have come back swinging and riffing to elate their fans. Releasing a three track EP, Out of Here that features an edge the group's work hasn’t had in sometime. The release is short and sweet, and a lot more riff-centric than some fans may recall of their previous release Sunnyland. Both opener 'First Train' and follow up 'Lighten up Kid' having all the pop-punk flavour and rhythm one could wish for. Perfectly supported with huge chorus hooks that lead singer Derek Sanders carries effortlessly into the melodic guitar work of Alex Garcia. EP closing track “I

Calyces - Impulse To Soar | Album Review

Prog. Just that one word will send people either scrambling for their earplugs or their wallet without a whole lot of in between. It’s a reputation the genre has been saddled with in the past thanks to the virtuosity and flashiness of bands like Dream Theater and others aping them, turning each song into a mini prog wigout with no end in sight. Fortunately there’s been a slew of bands reclaiming that label since the early 00s, from Baroness to Mastodon, both of whom started off in sludgier territories before expanding their sonic palettes considerably. It’s in those sonic expansions that Greek prog metallers Calyces take their inspiration on debut Impulse To Soar. Opening with ‘False Awakeni

Seaway - Big Vibe | Album Review

Pulling up onto album number five, it’s wonderful to see that Canadian collective Seaway have found the freedom to stray from their pop punk roots. In their ninth year together, their new record Big Vibe sees them entertain the power of upbeat pop, mixed with more personal, melancholy lyrics than we’ve ever heard from them before. ‘Wild Things’ is the biggest curveball we’re thrown. Filled with pop percussion, smooth verses and melodic vocal tones, it’s got a stronger resemblance to their Punk Goes Pop cover of The Chainsmokers’ ‘Closer’ than anything else from their own originally discography. Similarly, album opener ‘Brain In A Jar’ and later track ‘If You Let Me’ immediately hit with a ne

The Top 5 Video Game Soundtracks as told by Venom Prison's Ash Gray

Soundtracks and original compositions may not seem like an interregnal part of a video game for those unfamiliar with the art form, but a game's score is a vital part of the overall experience. Knowing this well and true is Ash Gray of extreme metal titans Venom Prison. Born with a Jackson King V in one hand and a gamepad in the other, Gray is an avid gamer and general aficionado of the media form, frequently voicing his opinions on games recent and retro on a variety of platforms. With Venom Prison's fantastic new compilation record Primeval out now via Prosthetic, we got in touch with Gray to found out his five favourite video game soundtracks from over the generations. Related: Venom Pris

Ironed Out - We Move As One | Album Review

Forming in 2014 with the intention of bringing something fresh to the London LBU scene, urbanite stompers Ironed Out swiftly became a staple of the community in little to no time. Incorporating more melodic traits and grime based vocals with brutalising hardcore, the sextet swiftly became favourites on the live circuit, dominating stages and igniting melees across the continent alongside hardcore behemoths Madball, Terror, Incendiary, Backtrack and countless others in the process. The confines of the stage may be their natural home, but even with live music currently off the cards it doesn't mean Ironed Out have been in hibernation, quite the opposite in fact. Released October 16th via GSR i


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