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 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…

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…

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…