Captain Marvel Review

It’s both laudable and puzzling that this should be Marvel’s first female led film. With a host of characters who have proven to be fan favourites throughout the comic book years, it’s curios that Kevin Feige et al should have waited this long before introducing a – gasp – woman as the protagonist. Better late…

King 810 – Suicide King [Review]

No band is quite as divisive as King 810. Many revere them, many more revile them for the stark brutality of their lyrics that tell tales of growing up in Flint, Michigan, a city lovingly dubbed; Murder Town. The overwhelming media presence that accompanied their debut album, Memoirs of a Murderer, also became something of…

Puppy – The Goat [Review]

A goat is a hardy, domesticated, ruminant mammal with backwards curving horns. It’s also an acronym meaning Greatest Of All Time. It is most likely that Puppy have chosen to name their debut album after the latter definition, as a tongue in cheek expression of their confidence. After releasing two acclaimed EPs, people have hotly…

Top 25 Albums of the Year Part 2 [12-1]

12. Rolo Tomassi – Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It It seems that Rolo Tomassi are finally getting their dues. After the best part of a decade and four stunning albums, their fifth studio release, Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It, is an absolute masterpiece that has brought them a whole…

Top 25 Albums of 2018 Part 1 [25-13]

25. Azusa – Heavy Yoke Moving on from a project is hard to do. Liam Wilson, formerly of The Dillinger Escape Plan has not let his prior work define him with Heavy Yoke. While the music is schizophrenic and frantic, it doesn’t bear much by way of resemblance to Dillinger. It’s not a pale imitation,…

Portrayal of Guilt – Let Pain Be Your Guide [Review]

There’s been a lot of blackened music in 2018. Whether it’s Rolo Tomassi, KEN Mode or Deafheaven, plenty of bands have had a unique take on the genre. Using and binding it with various other styles, be it hardcore or shoegaze, to generally astounding results, should always demand attention. It has however been done quite…

Architects – Holy Hell [Review]

Grief can be a destructive force. Oftentimes the loss of a loved one leaves the living feeling incomplete. Mourning can occur in any number of ways. For some it’s a period of celebration of a life, for others a period of agonising bereavement. For some it’s a time of anger and coping with the empty…

Muse Simulation Theory [Review]

Falling out of love is hard to do. Something that you once held dear drifts apart from you. Decisions and actions may be made and undertaken that make you realise more and more that you no longer look upon your beloved in the same way. Those actions become indefensible. It hurts. Welcome to being a…

Slayer Live at Arena, Birmingham [Live Review]

SLAAAAAAAYER! It’s a name that cannot he uttered in a traditional manner. It needs to be screamed like a screech from the bowels of hell. Few bands can command such a majestic legacy as Slayer, and on their final tour, legacy is front and centre. The very way in which their name is shouted from…

Slipknot – All Out Life [Review]

The weight of expectation is the heaviest of all. When a band has a long publicity campaign of teasing out new releases, more often than not the hype built up can never be fulfilled. The album, single, live show etc. can be an underwhelming experience upon its arrival. Slipknot have gone about releasing their first…

Damnation Festival 2018 [Live Review]

Indoor festivals seem to be few and far between. With their outdoor summertime counterparts seemingly exponentially growing and multiplying, it’s hard for the smaller niche festivals to get a footing in the market. How heartening then that Damnation should celebrate yet another sold out year chock full of the great and good of underground extreme…

The Prodigy – No Tourists [Review]

Everything old is new again. The fetishisation of the past is at an all time high. Whether it’s the much derided Led Zeppelin worship of Greta Van Fleet, the attempt at a nu-metal revival from Cane Hill or the 80s pop inspired synthwave movement of Carpenter Brut, history is being repeated. In some cases it’s…

Daughters – You Won’t Get What you Want [Review]

Daughters are hard to nail down. Starting out as ostensibly a grindcore outfit, they have evolved with every release and now find themselves as something of an experimental art-noise group. It’s a fascinating journey to delve in to, and if you give the band’s work your attention, you reap veritable rewards.   With their latest…

Ohhms, Boss Keloid and Final Coil – The Vault, Leicester [Live Review]

Leicester’s lacking when it comes to music. The city that birthed Gary Lineker and Kasabian is understandably a hub for sports, and displays a dearth of decent gigs. It’s rare that bands that really bring in a crowd would ever choose to visit the East Midlands City, especially with Nottingham being a stone’s throw away,…

We Need to Talk About Download [Feature]

The legendary Download Festival has just made its first announcement. Headlining will be Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool, as well as the good, the bad and the ugly or heavy music filling out the lower stages. Joining them will be: Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators Die Antwoord Whitesnake Rob Zombie Trivium Amon Amarth…

Gorod – Aethra [Review]

France doesn’t exactly have a massive metal scene. The notable example is, of course, the exemplary Gojira, but they’re the main heavy musical export to speak of. Digging deep will reveal a few black metal bands, but very few really make waves outside of their country. It’s got nothing to do with lack of quality,…

Soulfly – Ritual [Review]

Max Cavalera is enjoying something of a renaissance. Quietly – not sonically of course –  he’s had stellar output since 2012’s Evolution, both with Soulfly and The Cavalera Conspiracy. It all appears to be flying under the radar. The glory days of the man who brought us Morbid Visions, Chaos A.D. and Roots are once…

Disturbed – Evolution [Review]

Like it or not, the 90s were a revolutionary time for heavy music. Korn created a new sonic landscape and changed lyrical approach, making everything starkly and bleakly personal. Art rock was birthed a legend in the form of Deftones. The best album of all time came from Refused. Due to Newton’s third law, for…

Anaal Nathrakh – A New Kind of Horror [Review]

By album ten in a career most bands tend to lose steam. That spark of creativity that captured the minds of their legions of fans can begin to wane, and sub-par material is released to ambivalent response. It can oftentimes lead to the dreaded phrase, ‘I prefer the early stuff’. The same cannot he said…

Polyphia – New Levels New Devils [Review]

Instrumentals can be rather boring. When many bands eschew their singer, it can be the skippable  filler point of the album. There are exceptions to this rule; Orion by Metallica is a masterpiece. More often than not though, we end up with a Losfer Words (Big ‘Orra), a seemingly endless wait for the next song…

Tom Morello – The Atlas Underground [Review]

Few artists can lay claim to truly reinterpreting the guitar. There are perhaps three truly iconic moments: Ike Turner on Rocket 88. Hendrix’s Woodstock ’69 set. Tom Morello’s visionary creativity. Taking the role of DJ as opposed to typical lead guitarist, he truly revolutionised the way the world viewed its favourite six-string. The man is…

Fucked Up – Dose Your Dreams [Review]

Punk’s a funny old thing. To many, the word conjures up a certain mental stereotype of loutish oiks with cans of spray paint. Punk is so much more than that. It’s not a safety pin through the nose, or a crudely written swear word  on a spiked leather jacket. It’s not a fashion statement; it’s…

The Menstrual Cramps – Free Bleedin’ [Album Review]

Women are criminally overlooked in punk. Patti Smith, Tori Amos and Brody Dalle are rarely mentioned in the same breath or banal think piece as Joe Strummer, Johnny Rotten or Iggy Pop. It’s yet another platform in which gender inequality is rampant through revisionist history. Trying to right this indisputable wrong are The Menstrual Cramps,…

The Black Queen Live at Nottingham Contemporary [Live Review]

Nottingham isn’t short on incredible venues. Whether it’s the legendary Rock City, or the grungy DIY feel of the Bodega, there’s a place for every band. It’s apt then that, The Black Queen should choose to play in the downstairs of Nottingham’s modern art museum, the Contemporary. In an exhibition room that is ostensibly the…

Slow Crush – Aurora [Album Review]

  Belgium doesn’t get much credit in the music world. Having few names by the way of massive musical exports means the country’s artistry is often overlooked. Dig deep enough and you can find some real gems, the most recent of which is Slow Crush. Releasing their debut album, Aurora, on Holy Roar Records should…

Behemoth – I Loved You at Your Darkest [Album Review]

Creating a critically acclaimed classic album can be an albatross around the neck of a band. The follow up carries an unfathomable burden of expectation. Oftentimes, even when the next release is as spectacular a piece of work, it is unfairly judged and perceived as less worthy than it actually is. Tool’s 10,000 Days suffered…

Black Peaks – All That Divides [Album Review]

Ah the old ‘difficult second album’ cliché. It often tends to be that the brightest sparks in a given scene will stumble upon their sophomore release and be chucked on the scrap heap of “where are they now?” fame. Not in heavy music. One of the tenets of the heavy lifestyle is dedication, and no…

Deafheaven – Live at Leeds Stylus [Live Review]

Lying somewhere between space rock, dream pop and blackgaze is something extraordinary. Something undefinable by insufficient portmanteaus. There lie Deafheaven. A band whose majesty wanders in an æther beyond words, as such making a critic’s job near impossible. Though the venue is not sold out, Deafheaven play as if they were headlining an at capacity…