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…