Thursday, 30 March 2017

EP REVIEW: Cavalier Kings - Faint Signals

When you think of Shropshire, you think of very rural areas and being near Wales. It’s not traditionally a breeding ground for rock and metal acts to come out of, but Cavalier Kings are a young quartet looking to try and break out of a scene which is generally overlooked in the wider UK alternative movement. In October, they released their first EP, entitled Faint Signals.

EP REVIEW: Limbs - Mankind

Don’t let the name fool you, Limbs aren’t out to tear you apart. Their off-kilter brand of experimental rock claims influence from other oddballs such as Tom Waits and The Divine Comedy, and the latest example of this quirkiness is in their new EP Mankind.

ALBUM REVIEW: Drowned Ten - Stand

A few years ago, Chris Turpin was at death’s door. Having suffered a heart attack, he looked inside and decided he wasn’t ready yet, but he took influence from what he saw and decided to use his new lease of life to start a new metal project. Roping in several friends from his hometown in Edinburgh, It took less than a year for Drowned Ten to release their first album, Stand.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

ALBUM REVIEW: Freakangel - How the Ghost Became

Although originally born as a side project for D. Darling’s full time work in Suicidal Romance, Estonian industrial outfit Freakangel has taken on a life of its own recently. Originally following a similar form of EBM to Suicidal Romance’s trademark sound, over time Freakangel have shifted focus more and more onto the guitars and metamorphosed into a veritable industrial metal machine. Their latest effort, How the Ghost Became, is the latest step in their evolution.

Monday, 27 March 2017

SINGLE REVIEW: Stuart Woolfenden - I've Seen It All

Stuart Woolfenden – a name you might not be familiar with right now, but definitely a rising star in mainstream rock circles, making a name for himself with a combination indie rock and good old fashioned pub rock. Throw in an upbeat poppy flavour, and he’s already earned himself a spot supporting Ed Sheeran later this Spring, along with a number of festival appearances over the summer. Not only that, but he has now been noticed by the BBC after the release of EP Are You Vulnerable Or Just Insane? threw him onto the radar for BBC Introducing last year.

EP REVIEW: NEVERWHERE - Нигде и никогда (Nowhere and Never)

Despite all the controversies within the country in terms of politics, Russia has a booming metal scene. One of the latest to seek to break out internationally is NeverWhere, named after the acclaimed Neil Gaiman book. Attempting to mix styles from pop punk to post-hardcore and adding plenty of alternative metal influence, their new 2 track EP Нигде и никогда (Nigde i nikogda, lit. “Nowhere and Never”) was released in February. As it’s only two tracks, this will be a short review, but something worth writing.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

ALBUM REVIEW: Cove - We Were Once Lost

My hometown has has a small alternative scene for a while but nothing much has really broken out of it. Last year, Orpington’s metallic hardcore mob Cove unleashed their first mini-album We Were Once Lost. Since then, they’ve been growing in stature and continue to make a name for themselves in the UK hardcore scene.

Friday, 24 March 2017

EP REVIEW: Seas of Conflict - Vestige

New Zealand’s metal scene is never really given much of a chance to show what it’s capable of. While Australia has had a lot of success with exports such as I Killed The Prom Queen and Ocean Grove, the closest that New Zealand have really had has been early 2000s nu metallers Blindspott. One band hoping to change all that now, however, is Seas of Conflict with their new EP Vestige.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

EP REVIEW: Flat-Liner - Burlesque Show

Flat-Liner is a five-piece Australian industrial rock band that’s been releasing a number of singles on Bandcamp for the past year or so. Now they’ve released their first EP, Burlesque Show, to the world.