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Album Review: The Hellfreaks – God On The Run

Album Review: The Hellfreaks – God On The Run

Album number 4 for punk rockers The Hellfreaks blasts through the speakers with the kind of energy and raw passion you don’t hear very often. Full of attitude, this is the sound of a band who don’t hold back. Béla Budai and Gabi Domján pound away on their instruments throughout and provide the perfect base for Jozzy’s punk/metal riffing to weave its way around Shakey Sue’s roaring vocals. Continue reading →

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Plastic Barricades Release New Single And Music Video – Optimist

Plastic Barricades Release New Single And Music Video – Optimist

“Labyrinths with open doors for an optimist”

London alt indie duo Plastic Barricades is releasing “Optimist”, the second single from the upcoming LP “Self-Theories”. The song is accompanied by a truly DIY music video, featuring 8 houses, 8 cars, plenty of glassware, some benches and trees, a crowd of exactly 300 cast members and around 20 buckets of water. Continue reading →

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Monolithic Sludge Metallers Beggar Release New Video; Announce Debut Album

Monolithic Sludge Metallers Beggar Release New Video; Announce Debut Album

Album Compelled to Repeat to be released via APF Records April 3rd 2020

‘Beggar are a destructively heavy band.’ – Alex Baker, Kerrang
‘Ridiculous in the heaviest way possible.’ – The Obelisk
‘Chest-caving, suffocating heaviness.’ – No Clean Singing

Emerging from the nihilistic quagmire of London, four-piece BEGGAR have announced their debut album Compelled To Repeat will be released on April 3rd via APF Records. Not so much unleashing their album as hurling it in frustration into the faces of the general public, BEGGAR propound a kind of sludge-meets-extreme-metal pandemic of tar thick riffs and groove, blasts, emotional vocal discharge and genre-bending brutality. Continue reading →

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Katatonia Release Details Of “City Burials”

Katatonia Release Details Of “City Burials”

The New Studio Album, An Opus Of Absorbing, Soaring Progressive Rock & Meticulously Crafted Doses Of Melancholy – Released On Peaceville On 24th April 

·       Premiere Debut Track “Lacquer”

·       Pre-Orders Available Now

“In days and nights of black and silver, the dead end king will come. From pieces of broken mirrors there will be a crown bestowed upon his head. In reflections of shattered glass not only the seasons will turn, but also the change disguised by the lapse of time. His mind will have to come to bear the weight of everything that was left behind and forgotten. Archiving the inaccessible. Celebrating the abandoned and mourning the destroyed. The city burials.” Anders Nyström 

Katatonia, formed in 1991 by Jonas Renkse & Anders Nyström, and transitioning from early pioneers of the rising black/death/doom movement, to powerhouses of the progressive metallic rock genre. Surprising their legions of admirers by taking an unexpected break, following the conclusion of their 2016 haunting The Fall Of Hearts album tour cycle. Joyously, 2020 brings the news that they are not only back, but newly armed with arguably their finest album to date, the enormously vivid and powerful City Burials. Continue reading →

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Pure Reason Revolution launch ‘Silent Genesis’

Pure Reason Revolution launch ‘Silent Genesis’

First track taken from their forthcoming new album ‘Eupnea’

Pure Reason Revolution recently announced the release of ‘Eupnea’, their first new studio album in nearly 10 years, for the 3rd of April 2020. Today they are excited to reveal the first piece of new music taken from the record, in the form of the epic 10-minute ‘Silent Genesis’, a track which Jon Courtney co-wrote alongside original PRR member Greg Jong.

The band comments: “With some tracks it’s blood sweat & tears to get them nailed, but “Silent Genesis” came together really quickly. While Greg & I worked on the music, Chloe was blasting out vocals in London. We had a lot of fun making this track; mangling synths, riffing & unexpectedly outroing with funk!” Continue reading →

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Anathema’s Daniel Cavanagh Releases New Extended Edition Solo Album Monochrome/Colour

Anathema’s Daniel Cavanagh Releases New Extended Edition Solo Album Monochrome/Colour

Riding the waves of his success with Anathema’s latest album The Optimist, which included an extensive headline tour, multiple summer music festivals and an Album of the Year nomination at the 2017 Progressive Music Awards, Daniel Cavanagh released his new solo album, Monochrome. Now he includes four new studio recordings featuring two newly recorded acoustic versions of album songs and two brand new songs “Found” and “Scandinavia” on this special extended edition of the album – Monochrome / Colour. Continue reading →

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Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly announce UK co-headline live dates with Cosmogra

Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly announce UK co-headline live dates with Cosmogra

Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly are pleased to announce they will come to the UK for 3 select live dates in October 2020. The band will play London & Manchester, co-headlining alongside the Robin Armstrong-led Cosmograf, before continuing on to Summer’s End Festival.

Rikard comments: “When I think on how much I’ve played in England over the years, it’s really strange that Gungfly as a band haven’t been over yet! So to say that we’re ready and willin’ is kind of an understatement! We’ll probably even bring some new tunes for you. Robin Armstrong and I of course know each other from our time in Big Big Train together and we thought this would be a nice mix to do a few dates with – don’t miss it!” Continue reading →

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Chaos Theory Festival Announce Stage Times

Chaos Theory Festival Announce Stage Times

Saturday 29th February 2020 At The Dome/Boston Music Room, London

London-based independent promotion collective Chaos Theory who celebrate their 10th anniversary with Chaos Theory Festival on Saturday 29th February 2020 at The Dome and Boston Music Room have announced the stage times for next month’s event.
 
BOSTON MUSIC ROOM

12:15-12:45  David Terry
13:15-13:45  Ante-Inferno
14:25-15:05  VASA
15:45-16:25  Memory Of Elephants
17:10-17:50  Gold
18:35-19:15  Furia
20:00-20:45  Nøught
21:30-22:15  Årabrot
23:00-03:00 TOWARDS COLLAPSE TAKEOVER: end.user, Shelley Parker, Ecstasphere & Aphexia, Force Majeure, Metalogue

THE DOME

12:45-13:15  Lushworker
13:45-14:25  Mai Mai Mai
15:05-15:45  Årabrot
16:25-17:10  Vodun
17:50-18:35  Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard
19:15-20:00  Undersmile
20:45-21:30  Teeth Of The Sea
10.15 – 11.00 – ZU     Continue reading →
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Our Sorrows Release Debut Album ‘Anima//Animus’

Our Sorrows Release Debut Album ‘Anima//Animus’

The Florida-based metalcore four-piece Our Sorrows debuted in July of 2019. Described as reminiscent of the genre in the early 2000s, their modern portrayal of the style brings a cohesive mix of both eras to the forefront. The balance of powerful and impassioned vocals deliver an emotionally charged message on every groove-oriented track, supplemented with unrelenting pace and crushing tones. Their debut album “Anima//Animus” was recorded at The Audio Compound, produced by Andrew Karpovck and Andrew Wade and released on October 25th 2019.

You can hear the album at –  Continue reading →

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Godsticks – Premiere New Track & Video For “Surrender”

Godsticks – Premiere New Track & Video For “Surrender”

Taken From Their Forthcoming New Album Inescapable

With the new and most accomplished album to date Inescapable due out on 7th February, Godsticks present their second single and video “Surrender”.

Godsticks’ Darran Charles divulges his inspiration for the song “I suppose Surrender is a lyrical re-enactment of conversations I’ve had with myself about not surrendering to the obsessive and controlling parts of my personality. I used to believe that my obsession to ‘achieve’ at all costs was both the key to success and the fuel for ambition but as the years went by, I found that I’d become so focused on achieving goals that I forgot the reasons I’d set them. A good example of this is playing live: I used to be so obsessed with being able to perform a perfect rendition of every song each night, that I forgot to be in the moment and enjoy the experience. Continue reading →

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