Author Archives: Ash Crowson

Guitarist, photographer, geek, gamer, full on metalhead and allround barfly, if i'm not at work, a gig or studying for my degree, you'll find me at the bar! A fascination with second world war history and military aviation. All with a very dry humour to round me off!
Clutch Brixton 2018 Dec

Clutch deliver a spectacular performance at Brixton Academy

Starting somewhat gently, Clutch have hit the UK with two bands of European flavour that bring something a little different to the mix, flying the flag for the French, are the somewhat politically charged folk sounding The Inspector Cluzo, for the Germans, the desert rock sounding The Picture Books. Both bands consisting of nothing but two members. First up came the ...

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Zeal and Ardor

Zeal and Ardor at The Electric Ballroom – His command dominates as his intent glare stares through the centre of the crowd.

Following the release of Stranger Fruit, Zeal and Ardor have exploded from being a small, underground band, to a band that really are on the cusp of breaking into the mainstream. Their blend of gospel blues and black metal hasn’t come without its fair share of hate from elitists, but if you’re getting hate, clearly you’re doing something good. Currently ...

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Diamond Head

Diamond Head, Burnt Out Wreck, Saints of Sin, Neuronspoiler, Alteration – Four Sticks Weekender Four Sticks Weekender

Finding our way south of the river we see our way through the hustle and bustle of the capital’s maze of streets and tube lines to New Cross. Here a fantastic live venue with that cosy pub feel is embracing a three day live music festival of which we are lucky enough to enjoy the first day of. As with ...

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Bast – Nanoangstrom

Slow and heavy, Bast are a band that have entered their tenth year of existence this year and through that time, they have crafted themselves a name with an unnerving sound of blackened doom that has landed them slots on festival lineups and one off support slots with plenty of bands that have caused a stir in their genres. Following ...

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Metal Allegiance – Vol II: Power Drunk Majesty

Ah, Metal Allegiance, the band where my entire music journalist life started! A few years ago their self-titled debut was my first ever album to review, not having a clue what I was doing other than being straight with myself and stating what I felt about the album, I couldn’t flaw it! It still gets played often to this day ...

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Clutch – Book of Bad Decisions

It may not have been long ago, but it feels like forever since their last release, Psychic Warfare. It was short and sharp, our reviewer back then on release didn’t find himself much of a fan. Sometimes it is hard being a reviewer, but we all have to be honest with ourselves and everyone else when it comes to us ...

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The Parasitic Twins – All That’s Left To Do Now Is Sleep With Each Other

As EP’s go, this probably has a title longer than most songs, let alone an entire EP. 6 minutes of intensity, dirty riffs, beastly drums and visceral vocals. Technical minds may not find anything of value here, but those that like their music like a sledgehammer are worth spending their time checking them out. Opener ‘Massive’ is a brute and ...

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Grusom – Grusom II

A little research can go a long way when it comes to checking out a band you’re set to review, a small taste of what you’re letting yourself in for, on my search I came across a review (albeit a positive one!) of this album that I thought set me up for a certain sound, and after a long, stressful ...

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Horseman – Of Hope, Freedom And Future

  Kicking off like a many have for decades, those calm, clean and slowly layered builds that lead into an explosive wall of distortion soaring with inspiration, German band Horseman with their now third release, ‘Of Hope, Freedom And Future’ are out to show claim eardrums. Metal to the bone, they blend that thrash speed and accuracy with groove and ...

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Dee Snider – For the Love of Metal

Music is an acquired taste, for the stuff we love, there are people that hate it. Back in the mid-eighties when what we love was the blame for many things, our music found itself at the end of a barrel with the PMRC at the trigger. You didn’t need to be a fan back then of Twisted Sister or anything ...

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