Tuesday, 13 March 2018

ALBUM REVIEW: Andrew WK - You're Not Alone

The self proclaimed King of Partying is back. After a lengthy absence, which consisted primarily of Japan-exclusive releases (the last of which was released in 2011) and legal disputes while touring as a motivational speaker, Andrew WK has returned from his trip to the dark side with 16 brand new slices of party metal to remind listeners, You’re Not Alone.

Friday, 26 January 2018

ALBUM REVIEW: Machine Head - Catharsis

Machine Head appear to be a band in a state of flux. Since their almost universally derided effort Supercharger left them without a lead guitarist and without a label back in 2002, they worked their way back into the hearts of metal fans around the world with Through the Ashes of Empires and cemented their status as one of the greats of modern metal with The Blackening. While not on the same level as their 2007 opus, follow up Unto the Locust still proved that Machine Head were able to maintain the form that people had now come to expect from them.

However, the departure of Adam Duce in 2013 and more lukewarm effort Bloodstone & Diamonds left people unsure where Robb Flynn and co should take their music going forward. All the while, Flynn was growing increasingly vocal about social and political issues in American politics and within the metal scene itself. Thus, here we are in 2018 with Catharsis: an album with more emotion and drive in it than any Machine Head album before it, yet its direction and songwriting suffer because of it.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

IN DEFENCE OF: Limp Bizkit - The Unquestionable Truth, Part One (2005)

Ah, Limp Bizkit. The much maligned face of the “jock rock” era of nu metal have never been the media’s darlings, and their music has constantly been panned by critics. Even their in-and-out guitarist Wes Borland prefers to distance himself from the band’s output, as a serving member of the band. However, sometimes you have to take a closer look and realise that not all of their music was that bad. In 2005 they quietly released The Unquestionable Truth (Part One) with little-to-no fanfare, in a direct attempt to subvert their previous image and prove that they can be taken seriously with an openly political, heavy release. And although it was never really given the chance to succeed, it’s an album worthy of some merit.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Interview with Digital Nova

During the past summer I spent a few months in France, and while I was there I took the chance to further explore the underground metal culture in the country. In the process I discovered Marseille nu metal group Digital Nova, whose hardcore tinged approach had me hooked on first listen. After returning to the UK, I got in touch with bassist Mathieu Dubois and vocalist Fran├žois Le Goazigo to talk about their last album Orphelins (read the album review here) and how life is for the band right now.

This interview was originally conducted in French. To read the original French version, click here.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

NEW COMPILATION - "Soundtrack to the Underground, Vol. 1"

I'm extremely proud to announce that Young and Broke and Pissed will have its first official compilation. The Soundtrack to the Underground, Vol 1 featured 18 tracks from around the world's rock and metal underground, handpicked by yours truly. It will be available in association with Serene Chaos Records (see the sidebar for Bandcamp link or click here) for free download from 3 November 2017. To see what's included in this compilation, read below.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

EP REVIEW: Dizruption - Prelude to the Slaughter

Patience is a virtue which Dizruption guitarist and leader Stitches has in abundance. It’s taken time for him to solidify the band’s current lineup, but after releasing debut single “Dogjaw” in July this year, anticipation has been building for their debut EP. “Dogjaw” itself isn’t one of the three tracks that make up the Prelude to the Slaughter EP, but the songs that are on show here present a raw and untamed aggression that will put these guys in good stead in the nu metal revival.