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March 12, 2020

A "moral panic-inducing heaviness" is how Liverpool's Video Nasties describe their debut album Dominion, and that's exactly how it begins. With a spoken introduction straight out of HG Wells' "War of the Worlds"  or "Evil Dead" that launches into a satisfyingly heavy composition paired with a darkly melodic ambience, the Merseyside quintet seem to hold little back on an introduction that it's already possible to envisage dominating the festival c...

October 17, 2019

Fans of hardcore should know what to expect from the Australian boys of Deez Nuts by now, and just from the title of the album alone, the band promise to stick true to the fast and heavy-hitting party music about drink, drugs, and generally having a fun time. You Got Me Fucked Up opens with an attempt to be anthemic with 'Singalong', it’s a solid track, pacing through the typical hardcore tropes in chugging verses before anthemic gang-vocal choru...

August 18, 2019

In a style as one would expect from a blues rock band, Kent-based Big River’s album debut begins with a harmonica solo. It’s clearly taken from a live recording, and it’s a little odd that no one cut the audience whoop at the end of the track. Thankfully, the album really begins to get into the swing of itself with the sophomore track, “Blues Blood Baby”. It instantly has all the makings of a solid blues rock classic: strong riffing, a catchy har...

June 8, 2019

From the offset, Upon a Burning Body’s latest release, Southern Hostility packs a punch. The eponymous introductory track builds their heavy sound up in a nicely chaotic fashion before a breakdown that somehow manages to sound fresh even a decade after the peak of metalcore.

The band jump unrelentingly into the second track, 'King of Diamond', before a slightly slower buildup to 'All Pride No Pain': two tracks that are set to become staples of the...

May 6, 2019

For a band only just releasing their debut EP, Birmingham-based Creature already have their ambitions clearly in sight. Hex is the first edition in a trilogy of EPs set to be released over the coming months, with a mission statement to reduce what they dub “inauthenticity” in modern heavy music; stripping back to a sound that steers clear of overproduction, processed guitars, and triggered drums. The eight-minute EP, in their own words, is design...

February 26, 2019

As with any true progressive metal album, The Atlantic, the upcoming release from Evergrey, opens up with a brutal 8-minute audio assault featuring syncopated drum and guitar beats alongside the demonstration of a wide vocal range that manages to be simultaneously powerful yet soft. It’s an intriguing listen, that immediately becomes reminiscent of progressive metal favourites such as Alcest, Mastodon, or Pain of Salvation. At the same time thoug...

February 20, 2019

Following the steady stream of exciting news coming from the organisers of Brutal Assault Festival since the new year, another two big updates on the lineup was recently dropped with a massive February update.

The first announcement were the Swedish “metal eminence” Soilwork, straight out of Helsingborg with a 20-year career blending melodic metal into a staggeringly successful live show, with support from notable names in the progressive metal in...

February 18, 2019

After last year’s sudden rebranding from Wolfe Sunday and a label change to DIY outfit Not My Dog Records, Laurence Crow is back with his Imaginary Band with a new album for 2019. A concept album regarding mental health issues, it’s a charity release with all profits going towards CALM and other mental health charities. A reverb-heavy introduction gives way to the same stripped back acoustic-punk guitar sound that Crow has made himself a name for...

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