Author Archives: Stuart Iversen

With a Masters in Journalism and a love of all things heavy, I am basically spending my life trying to find work to fund my music habit, the more the two overlap the better.
Malevolence - Self Supremacy

Review: Malevolence – Self Supremacy

Take a hardcore band, lock them in a room with Pantera’s discography (apart from that Kiss inspired stuff at the beginning that we don’t talk about) and then shoot them full of sludge. Hey presto, you’ve got Malevolence. And if that doesn’t sound good to you then quite frankly you don’t deserve it. If for some reason you do still ...

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The Dirty Nil - Minimum RB

Review: The Dirty Nil – Minimum R&B

Following the success of their debut album, Higher Power, The Dirty Nil have dipped into their back catalogue to bring new fans a taste of what they were doing before. Minimum R&B takes one new track, a collection of 7 inches, plus the EP Smite and bundles them up into one big batch of alternative rock goodness. The question has ...

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Hellbound Hearts - Film Noir

Review: Hellbound Hearts – Film Noir

Everyone loves a chorus. There are few things better than a song which builds perfectly to that huge moment when everyone comes in together and screams the words back at the band. It’s music at its very best. It doesn’t matter whether it’s pop, rock or R’n’B, a good one makes everything better. However, it is possible to have too much ...

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Taco Hell - Retainer

EP Review: Taco Hell – Retainer

The idea that music has to be perfect is a plague on rock and roll. Over-produced and over-played albums have seen the genre lose its sense of freedom and in 2017 a lot of bands don’t even sound like bands. Instead, they are a selection of perfectly formed pieces slotted together. The flat pack furniture of the musical world. All ...

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Soen - Lykaia

Review: Soen – Lykaia

We’ve hit a point in the world of rock and metal where brilliant guitarists fill every corner. The rise and fall of djent has left us with an abundance of uniquely gifted players, and technical metal is going through a bit of a heydey. If you are a guitar nerd, there is more than enough people making incredible noises out ...

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Energy - Apparition Sound

Review: Energy – Apparition Sound

Despite having formed over ten years ago, Energy remain an unknown quantity to UK audiences. 2017 could be the year that changes. Having bagged a spot on Creeper’s upcoming album tour – due to said band’s respect for them – they now present us with Apparition Sounds and will be hoping that UK audiences take their goth-punk sound to heart. Well, ...

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Alter Eden - Tigers And Lambs

Review: Alter Eden – Tigers And Lambs

Myles Kennedy fronting Black Peaks is far too simplistic a description for Alter Eden. Yet, it’s hard to deny its usefulness as a shorthand for their rather distinctive sound. Technical metal with tinges of mathcore, but with a singer who wouldn’t be out of place on American rock radio belting over the top of it, it’s certainly not something you ...

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Nicole Sabouné - Miman

Review: Nicole Sabouné – Miman

If music is a product of environment, then presumably Nicole Sabouné grew up clinging to the side of a mountain in her native Sweden. Laughing as the Fellowship was repulsed by the snows of Caradhras. In other words, it was bloody cold. Her second album, Miman, is a dark and beautiful beast. Feeling almost like it has stepped out of ...

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Waterparks - Double Dare

Review: Waterparks – Double Dare

Despite not having an album out at the time, Waterparks have already graced the covers of Kerrang and Alternative Press. Now that they’ve released their first full-length, Double Dare, it’s fair to say that expectations are high. These three guys from Houston, Texas, have been earmarked for greatness so what do this band have that allowed them to get to ...

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Review: Sick of it All – When the Smoke Clears

If you looked up integrity in the dictionary, you wouldn’t see a picture of Sick of it All because dictionaries don’t have pictures, but if they did there’s a pretty good chance they’d make it in. Thirty years into their career these New York City punks have never once sold out or even dipped a toe over the line. Their ...

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