This certainly wasn't a bad start to the year. To kick off the new decade we made our way down to the Nottingham Rescue Rooms to catch the Floridian metalcore quintet Wage War promoting their latest record Pressure, with support coming from DED and Thornhill. Check out the shots Rebecca Marshall snapped below!
It's often you'll find that at some point in their career bands are faced with a crossroads: stick or twist. Twist and you risk alienating your current fanbase, stick and you run the chance of being called predictable - it's somewhat of a 'damned if you do, damned if you don't' situation. With all that being said though, it's rare that a band find themselves in this predicament before recording their sophomore record.
Just when we all thought nu-metal was dead and buried, Leeds-based Blood Youth have resurrected the once mighty genre, merging all the generics you'd find in the genre with their own melodic twist, making for one of the noisiest albums of 2019. After a year of extensive touring with the likes of Crossfaith & Stone Sour, the boys are well and truly back to sonic relevance with their sophomore release, ‘Starve’.
It’s not uncommon for heavier bands to try their hand at another genre, using the odd pop or acoustic track to explore their talents outside their usual down-tuned style. Cane Hill, however, have taken this to the extreme with their latest EP Kill The Sun – a six-track semi-acoustic release produced by Kris Crummett (Dance Gavin Dance, Issues, Alesana), which seemingly covers every genre they’re primarily not.
We probably didn’t realise it at the time, but in 2003, metal was about to undergo a change. The “New Wave of American Heavy Metal” and modern metalcore was about 18 months away from inception and arrival onto the alternative zeitgeist; bands like Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, and Bullet for My Valentine were either working through early releases or still just hopeful teenagers in bedrooms worldwide.
As the frontman of one of the most iconic metal bands of the past thirty years, with one of the most recognisable voices in the industry, one may initially be sceptical of a Jonathan Davis solo album, wondering how exactly it may differ from a Koяn release even as he gazes up to the sky on the beautiful album artwork, resembling some kind of dreadlocked Jesus.
The opening track 'Underneath My Skin' though manages to immediately make a listener th...
Nu-metal, eh? Despite it being 2018 it’s still regarded as the marmite genre of the alternative music scene. Both equally loved and loathed, it’s a genre and a subculture that’s been boiling on the surface for many a year, despite it’s heyday being way back in the last millennium. With this in consideration, when New Orlean’s Cane Hill dropped their debut full length Smile in 2016 many where either concerned or relieved that they were finally see...