Author Archives: Hywel Davies

Full metal ginger. Based in Cardiff, love nothing more than feeling the pure adrenaline that metal music gives me. Been head banging since I was a childling, I've grown up with all manners of music from rock to orchestral. Simply put, I love music. Movies are great too.

Bloodstock Announce Five More Bands To Line-Up

No one says, “HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY MOTHER FUCKERS!!!” quite like Bloodstock, who’ve announced five more bands to their already interstellar line-up. Remember, you’re never alone if you have metal in your heart. Toronto punks Cancer Bats are enforcing the Ronnie James Dio stage, which shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise. Along with releasing one of 2018’s more outstanding records, their recent run ...

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Conjurer

Conjurer only deal in vast quantities of six-stringed agony | Fuel Rock Bar, Cardiff

Not going to lie, seeing Conjurer headline smaller capped venues is rad as hell, but given the reputation they’ve snowballed over the course of 2018, we get the feeling that they may be selling themselves short here. Still, when the intensity is this raw and condensed it makes for one hell of a sight. But first, black metal newcomers Black Pyre are ...

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Behemoth, At The Gates, Wolves In The Throne Room at Bristol’s Marble Factory

The feeling of evil in the air is as thick as tar. Marely being in the presence of Behemoth in the same building is enough to send shivers down the spine of any god-fearing person. Though it shouldn’t be god that they fear tonight. In a staggering three song set, the wide black metal landscape that Wolves In The Throne ...

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parkway drive

Parkway Drive to headline Bloodstock’s Saturday night

The board is set, and the pieces are moving for Bloodstock Open Air festival 2019. Yesterday [2/2/19] the festival posted official word of their final headline act who will stand shoulder to shoulder with Sabaton and Scorpions. None other than Australian metalcore titans Parkway Drive will take the slot, who’re currently embarked on their first European arena tour. This will ...

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Review: Soilwork – Verkligheten

There’s really no better feeling when you walk away from an album only to go rushing back to it. So, for an album that’s inherently nihilistically melancholy at its core as Soilwork’s Verkligheten to pull this off says quite a bit. Not that you’d expect anything less from one of the leading melodic death metal bands Sweden has to offer, but ...

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36 Crazyfists

Interview: Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists “It’s beyond the music it’s a brotherhood”

Just exactly what lead us to a dark, dingy and altogether dodgy looking staircase behind Bristol’s SWX with the 36 Crazyfists’ main man Brock Lindow is anyone’s guess – but here we are. For the Anchorage metalcore enforcers it’s their first date on the UK leg of their European tour supporting Bury Tomorrow. Riding shotgun this time around, by no ...

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36crazyfists

Bury Tomorrow, 36 Crazyfists, Cane Hill, Crystal Lake – Some of our generation’s finest metalcore!

Though it’s arse clatteringly cold outside,  inside the venue is heating the fuck up with some of our generation’s finest metalcore. Kicking off with Japan’s own Crystal Lake who lay down solid riffs that loosen up the cogs in the machine tonight. Firmly planting the seeds for their future, they do well to make an impression on the crowd this ...

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Polyphia

Interview: Clay Gober of Polyphia

Everyone on this planet goes nuts for a crackin’ groove; that’s just a fact. If there should so happen to be some quality finger smokin’ shred layered over the top of that, you got yourself a winning combo right there. Even if instrumental guitar-twiddliness isn’t your thing, we’d find it quite hard to find anyone who couldn’t get their ears ...

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Daughters

Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want

At the end of the day, what we as a rock/metal fans really need is a challenge. Sure, most of us profess our rebellious nature, wearing our counter culture patches firmly on our sleeves, however it’s bands like Daughters that really put that those ethics to the test. Without care for your well being or enjoyment, this could arguably be ...

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Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes

Reading Festival 2018 – The Rock Review

Reading now is not the Reading of the past. It’s no secret that rock fans have voiced their disapproval outload throughout the course of the last decade over the festival’s gradual integration into mainstream territory. In 2018, the feeling that rock and heavier acts are being swept to one side is understandable, though to be honest the situation isn’t as ...

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