‘Lost Forever, Lost Together’ is the sixth studio album by Architects, released on March 11, 2014 via Epitaph Records. There are many things I could write here instead of a review for Architects new release ‘Lost Forever, Lost Together’ – as frankly you don’t need me to tell you about this album. I’m sure you’ve heard at least some of ...Read More »
These days it seems like bands are constantly trying to straddle genres like an errant cowboy straddles two horses. This could be to appeal to the mos...
Hollow Haze formed in 2003 by Nick Savio with the idea to put together a new original Hard & Heavy sound that takes from the best of old school me...
Cancer Bats have had a pretty unrelenting career path. From the blood and thunder of their breakthrough album ‘Hail Destroyer’ to the slowed down, hoo...
ATTICA RAGE was formed by Ayrshire brothers, singer/guitarist Jonny Parr and drummer Richie Rage in Glasgow, Scotland in 2003. Coatbridge guitarist St...
The debut album from StoneWire, promised by the band when I first saw them co-headline in Bilston with Four Wheel Drive at the start of the year. I wa...
Progressive Metal and Djent progenitors Periphery return to Manchester with their debut show at the Manchester 02 Ritz along with fellow proggers Dest...
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 scream...
All photos by Brian J Nicholson When you mention Alien Ant Farm – the two questions a lot people will ask are ‘Are they still around?̵...
“New Prog for Old Ears and Old Prog for New Ears. ” That is the mantra for this year’s HRH PROG held at Hafn Y Mor, North Wales 20-22 March 2014. On Saturday I met a short grey man called Mark. He was wearing a blue woollen top, a pair of smart M&S jeans and fresh yachting shoes, he looked ...Read More »
After seeing Heaven’s Basement play at The Duchess in York back in July 2013, I jumped at the chance to see the guys play again. Seeing the band play for the first time they blew me away and I have been hooked ever since. From a stifling Saturday night in July to a cold Sunday evening in March, the change ...Read More »
Fifteen years into a career, with eight full albums now released, Finland’s Sonata Artica deliver Pariah’s Child, a melodic power metal operatic odyssey in all but name. If, like me, you’ve only heard the band’s music fleetingly before, there’s much that reminds one of Styx and early Queen, not least because of the band’s use of harmony vocals; and even ...Read More »
Hammerfest now a long established festival. Which this year took place in Pwhelli, Wales. We have heard rumours of the location changing, but nothing has yet been confirmed. The festival takes place at a Haven holiday site – so festival goers get to enjoy comfortable beds to sleep in, warm showers, and a kitchen. This is a whole new world ...Read More »
Hailing from the Greater Reykjavik region in Iceland, a land more in tune with its forbears’ Scandinavian folklore than even those residing on mainland Europe, so much so that they actually reroute main roads to avoid disrupting elves’ homes, come The Vintage Caravan. Musical travellers exploring forgotten byways and roads less travelled during the 60s blues boom and 70s exploration ...Read More »
Since their formation in Poland in 1991 Behemoth have been on a steady rise until the break through release ‘Demigod’. Suddenly they were pushing & smashing their way to the top of the extreme metal tower. Momentum was in full swing & with the release of ‘Evengelion’ they became a dominate force. Their furious & relentless death metal infused with ...Read More »
My Favourite Runner Up hailing from North Wales have just released their debut album ‘Crossroads’ and there is a lot to be said about it! The band draw their influences from the likes of New Found Glory, Jimmy Eat World and Mayday Parade – this shines through as each of the tracks have that quality you’d find on any of ...Read More »
Carnifex is an American death core band from San Diego, California. Formed in 2005, they are currently signed to Nuclear Blast after having been signed to Victory Records and have released four full-length albums and one EP. The name of the band is derived from the Old English Latin word äúexecutioner; literally meaning, “executioner” You see the name Nuclear Blast ...Read More »
Love them or hate them, there’s no way you can scoff at Thy Art Is Murder. The Australian crew have made impressions all over the world with only their second album, the recently released Hate and it’s hard to say there hasn’t been a month where these guys aren’t doing something spectacular. And despite numerous UK visits in recent times, ...Read More »