Reviews

The Hype Theory @ Unit ,Southampton – 24/1/14

Tonight’s gig hosted by Critical Wave at Unit Nightclub, Southampton turned into one of those evenings it was definitely worth leaving the house for. First up were ‘Sights’ a fairly happening heavy guitar band who had a strong leaning towards early Foo Fighters towards the end of their set. It was refreshing to see a heavy rock band with a ...

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Lamb of God @ Southampton O2 Guildhall – 12/01/14

A proper Lamb Of God tour round the British Isles has been long overdue. It’s been nearly two years since the release of the band’s latest record, Resolution, and nearly 4 years since the band’s most recent UK tour. True, there have been visits for a few festival appearances and one-off shows, but for some fans a gig in their hometown ...

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You Me At Six – Cavalier Youth

Arguably one of the biggest bands on the UK rock scene right now, You Me At Six’s ability to appease both rock fans and mainstream radio listeners alike means there’s been plenty of anticipation for their new album to drop. After critical and fan acclaim for 2011’s ‘Sinners Never Sleep’, ‘Cavalier Youth’ definitely has a lot to live up to. ...

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Skindred – Kill The Power

The transgressive Welsh ragga-muffin crew ‘Skindred’ are now – rightly so – internationally renowned for their innovative approach to heavy metal – (their exotic blends are splashed and spiced with pinches of ragga, dub ‘n‘ metal and hip-hop.) But it was not always this way. When I first started to write about the band (formed in Newport, Wales in 1998) ...

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Mike Oldfield – Crises and Five Miles Out – Collectors Edition

When Mike Oldfield played live at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics Games in London, the obvious assumption was that canny businessmen would tap into all that free marketing to promote his back catalogue effortlessly, and for considerable financial gain. If they did I missed it. Rather, it has been business as usual since Mercury/Universal took over the creator ...

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TrenchRot – Necronomic Warfare

In the bands own words – “Only formed recently in 2012, TrenchRot make music within the structure of two rules: 1. Play Death Metal 2. Crush posers”. I am pretty stoked to review this one. The titles alone spark sheer joy into my blackened heart and the album cover is just superb! Now onto the main reason – the music! ...

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Rain of Acid – Ghost Town

Kicking it since 2008, Rain of Acid, a melodic death metal band from Vaasa (Finland) will release its second album ‘Ghost Town’ through Violent Journey Records on January 24, 2014.  Before starting the recording sessions of the second album in 2012, Rain of Acid had the opportunity to be a supporting act for Before the Dawn on a massive Finish ...

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King’s Call – Lion’s Den

Opening with Mother Nature, a track that pours out the gates loudly with the rhythm section prowling and pounding about, a keyboard in support while a mean guitar shakes and shrills the lion’s share of the song into tasty morsels, vocalist Mike Freeland giving it some and a little bit more on the old throat delivery quota, screaming out: “Mother ...

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Gnarwolves – Live @ The Haunt, Brighton 20/12/13

Hometown shows are normally a cause for a party and Gnarwolves certainly know how to put on a party. On Friday 20th December, Brighton skate punk trio Gnarwolves played their final show on their headline tour at The Haunt. The night started off with Brighton’s newest punk sensations, His and Hers. Although His and Hers sound isn’t too far off ...

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Keen Eyed – Reflection

Keen Eyed hail from Trieste in Italy and began life as a club band in 1985 covering classic songs from the 70s onwards. As the line-up changed they began to write their own material and play nationally, breaking up in 1991 after having established themselves at what’s gone down in Mediterranean metal circles as a “memorable concert” at the Valentinis ...

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