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…