Author Archives: James Paul Matthews

sick of it all

Persistence Tour 2019 – The Sleeping Dragons Wake As Sick Of It All Lead The Charge In A Wild All Day Sonic Onslaught

Let’s clear the air from the get go, the Persistence Tour is arguably one of the finest travelling tours in Europe. A compendium of incredible acts from the furthest echelons of punk, hardcore, and metal. Has it seen its fair share of ups and down over the years? Of course it has. But that is the beauty of a dedicated, fan driven ...

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Cancer Bats

Cancer Bats leave a flaming hot trail of destruction in the iciest part of Tunbridge Wells

Before we kick into this review, allow me to start off with the aftermath of the gig, and an important yet short anecdote… It’s a freezing yet miserable night in Tunbridge Wells, and for some unfortunate moshers who somehow went the wrong way back to the train station whilst dressed in shorts and hoodies (and one in cow print trousers), ...

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Power Trip

Power Trip Continue Their Rise To Greatness With A Chaotic Headline Show In London

Whilst most certainly a beloved genre of music, it would be critically safe to say that the genre of metal has certainly had its peaks and troughs over the years. Some periods of time are saturated with formulaic slices of generic predictability, whilst other times are exciting, invigorating, and unpredictable. Right now in metal music, we are on the verge ...

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glassjaw

Want To Win Tickets To See Glassjaw In London This Saturday? Click Here To Find Out How!

IT’S COMPETITION TIME! After what seems like a lengthy time away, New York post-hardcore heroes Glassjaw are finally coming back to the UK since 2016 for two exclusive appearances in support of their quite frankly amazing new album Material Control. As well as making an exclusive festival appearance at Arctangent Festival, the band shall also be headlining Brixton Academy in ...

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body count

Sons Of South Central – BODY COUNT Turn London Into Slam Central In An Epic Club Show Performance

Hot on the heels of their amazing 2017 Grammy-nominated album Bloodlust, Ice-T’s metal band Body Count have had what can only be described as an incredible resurgence in attention and interest. Not to dismiss the coverage and praise they got on their awesome 2014 comeback album Manslaughter, but Bloodlust was one of last year’s finest metal albums – both musically, thematically, ...

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The BRONX

THE BRONX play pure fire bangers, mixed with a rowdy and up for it crowd | Electric Ballroom, London

It’s a very, very unusually hot day in the capital of London. Sweltering heat to many marking the beginning of summer time before the solstice comes around, and everyone is filling the streets of Camden Town with a very receptive vibe of positivity and feverish happiness. However, considering this is the very same weekend that the awesome Download Festival is ...

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Cancer Bats

Cancer Bats return to a thunderous welcome back!

Strange things have been occurring during the dates between 24th-27th April at the Camden Underworld… Yours truly received numerous reports of war wounds, madness, chaos, bloodshed, whiplash, hangovers, and bangovers. What the hell was happening down in the dark, sweaty lairs of the Underworld during this time?! Oh yeah… Cancer Bats had arrived back to the UK with not just ...

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The Bellrays

The Bellrays and Fuzzy Vox at Ramsgate Music Hall, Kent | Live Review

The resurgence of the South-East Kent music scene has been on an uphill ascent for these past few years, and not only just favour of bigger local music venues. Local independent music venues are where the real live music gems tend to lie, especially in these economically troubled times. But one very much loved and applauded award-winning small live music ...

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The Selecter

The Beat and The Selecter perform at Dreamland, Margate

For all those that do not know, let me tell you a little bit about the musical culture of Margate. Being a resident of this rather pleasant seaside town, it has a rich yet diverse cultural history which has been inspired and motivated by various forms of musical genres and movements. Be it the rockers and the mods, the skins ...

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cro mags

Cro-Mags Destroy The Camden Underworld In a Triumphant Return To The UK

It has been a while since legendary NYHC crew Cro-Mags have performed in London. Only having done one-off appearances here and there (most notably at Outbreak Festival in Leeds this year) over the course of time in the UK, this is the first time that Cro-Mags have played London in what seems like forever – and yours truly was beyond ...

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