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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The Angle Mixtape #3 - Featuring interactive reviews of Meta-stasis, Weesp, King Leviathan & More!


Artwork by Carl Carzana


Check out the Angle Mixtape feature for Angle magazine/site I write for, showcasing some awesome talent!

This feature includes my reviews of Meta-stasis, Weesp, Seratones, King Leviathan, Mannequin & Majentta. This mixtape feature like everything else at Angle is interactive, so you can listen to the song mentioned while reading about it! Click below to see/hear!

http://angle-magazine.co.uk/the-angle-mixtape-3/


Also the new Angle Daily magazine is out today, which I contributed to on the news section:

http://issuu.com/anglemagazineuk/docs/issue_23/1

Keep an eye out for future Angle Daily Issues & new mixtapes here:

http://angle-magazine.co.uk/

http://issuu.com/anglemagazineuk/docs 

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Angle Mag Issue 17 - An Interactive Music/Film Magazine!




Check out yesterday's Angle Daily, which I contributed too! 
http://issuu.com/anglemagazineuk/docs/issue_17/1


Here's a bit of what's in this issue of the Angle Daily. Remember, there's videos and music in this mag, not just text and pictures!

On the cover is a photo of Will Knox, taken by Lee Edwards of Ledwards.photos.



Inside you’ll find:




Highlights from our Balcony Sessions featuring Martin Ellis, Logan Wilson, Harry Whitburn and Zakk Haydon. As well as photos of Mir Cooke’s guitarist James Brandenburg and Matt Finucane.
Music and info on releases and news concerning rising bands/artists like Pity Sex, RingoDeathstarr, Suburban Legends, Cold Snap, Mofoisdead and Bel Esprit.
Highlights from our Angle Radar playlist.
A review by Cleary Mallard of the latest Thelem EP.
Music and info on releases and news concerning major bands/artists like Simple Plan, Fall Out Boy, Demi Lovato, Protest The Hero, Radkey, Bullet For My Valentine and Twisted Sister.
A review of The Martian by Cleary Mallard.
Highlights from our mixtape including Howls, Wolf Like Child and The Lucid Experiment.
Along with artwork by Zoe Jackson , Millie Watson and Eve Yarnton and photos by Tori Olson of Victoria Olson Photo & Design, you’ll find adverts for Zoe Jackson Illustration, Harriet Wakefield Acting Tuition and Zone Comic.




http://issuu.com/anglemagazineuk/docs/issue_17/1

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The Angle Daily - Issue 16 (Interactive Music & Film Magazine)








Check out yesterday's new Angle Daily magazine! http://issuu.com/anglemagazineuk/docs/angle_daily-_issue_16/1 

This issue features:


On the cover is a photo of singer/songwriter Ben Eakins, taken by Lee
Edwards of Ledwards.photos . Inside you’ll find:

Highlights from our Balcony Sessions featuring Jess Phillips, Logan Wilson, Harry Whitburn and Zakk Haydon. As well as photos of Mir Cooke’s guitarist James Brandenburg and Matt Finucane.


Music and info on releases and news concerning rising bands/artists like Indian Handcrafts, All People!, Dream State, &U&I, Junior and Handguns.

Highlights from Muggle’s Full Rotation mixtape.

A review by Cleary Mallard of the latest Thelem EP.

Music and info on releases and news concerning major bands/artists like Brian Fallon, Metallica, Skindred, Tyler The Creator and Gorillaz

Trailers, news and previews concerning the hunger games: mockingjay part 2, Hail Caesar, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Expendables 4 and Bryan Cranston.

A review of The Martian by Cleary Mallard.

Highlights from our mixtape including Howls, Wolf Like Child and The Lucid Experiment.

Along with artwork by Zoe Jackson , Millie Watson and Eve Yarnton and photos by Tori Olson of Victoria Olson Photo & Design, you’ll find adverts for Zoe Jackson Illustration, Harriet Wakefield Acting Tuition and Zone Comic



As the name of the magazine suggests, it will be released everyday between Monday to Friday (evenings), to provide the latest Music & Film news! So be sure to check it out daily on:

www.angle-magazine.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/AngleMagazineBrighton

http://issuu.com/anglemagazineuk







Monday, 12 October 2015

The Angle Daily - Issue 15 (Music & Film News - Written, Audio & Visual Content!)







So I have just started contributing to a new interactive music/film magazine, called Angle which features written, audio and visual content (as videos ect included in mag). It aims to bring the latest Music & Film news daily, Monday to Friday! Check out the latest Angle Daily issue now here: http://issuu.com/anglemagazineuk/docs/angle_daily-_issue_15

This issue contains:

On front cover singer/songwriter Jamie Rush and Inside you’ll find:

Highlights from our Balcony Sessions featuring Ian Roland, Logan Wilson, Harry Whitburn and Zakk Haydon. 



Music and info on releases and news concerning rising bands/artists like Allison Weiss, The Callback Academy, Sexwolf, Any Last Words, Hunter Kill Hunter and The Black Queen.

Music and info on releases and news concerning major bands/artists like Brian Fallon, Camera Obscura, Mr Hudson, Roam, Fightstar and Against Me!
Trailers, news and previews concerning the hunger games: mockingjay part 2, Hail Caesar, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Expendables 4 and Bryan Cranston.
A review of The Martian by Cleary Mallard.
Highlights from our mixtape including Howls, Wolf Like Child and The Lucid Experiment.

Plus more so be sure to check it all out!

Look out for the daily issues between Monday to Friday here:

http://angle-magazine.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/AngleMagazineBrighton

http://issuu.com/anglemagazineuk







Saturday, 10 October 2015

Red Martian - Ghost Into The Fog EP Review





Red Martian describe their sound as neue-shoegazer, as they are trying to bring back this genre from the late 80s/early 90s that was born, known as Post-Paisley Underground but they have done so with a modern twist, to help create their own 'alien' sound on their new concept EP..

Opening title track, "Ghost Into The Fog" is highly atmospheric and melodic, with well written lyrics and vocals that sound distant from front-man, Stephen..like that of objects clouded by 'fog'. This is an intelligible offering which makes for a great opener!

"None" sounds instantly more upbeat with solid rock vibes still, and brilliant instrumental sections to lose yourself in, and transcend even further, with spacey sounding vocals to add to the ambient huge presence this one has. It also keeps you guessing with transitions in timing!

The next track is know as みなぞう which means 'Minazo' of course! Everyone knows that?!..So yeah this perfectly normal named track is dynamic with catchy droning guitars, a stand out chorus, and more varied vocals, making it very memorable and melodic..so its easy to see why this is going down a storm!

"Undertow" has downbeat sounding guitars and energetic drums, giving it an indie alt edge, but again keeping things coherent and consistent, it has a far out sound to fit the concept of the album!

"Use"is another stand out offering that highlights what the band is all about! It has a far reaching sound, with brilliant fluidity to the instruments, with stand out vocal fluctuations to pierce through the haze of the deep quilted instrumentals, but all remaining as one cohesive component, that works wonders!

"Won't" sees a shift of sound and is a slower paced number, that may not grab you as much as some of the others, at least not initially.. but give it a few listens and it will unearth it's hidden brilliance, with its rather sombre 'dream' like state!

"Ingenting" has a positive serene sound for the most part, but further into track we are greeted with effective strong synth sounds that help give it even more depth and substance.

So we reach the final song, "Ago" which again exhibits an indie vibe, with great energetic bass lines and memorable soothing vocals. The whole structure flows effortlessly and purposefully, ending on a well balanced note, combining all their best elements!

Red Martian are masters of atmosphere and creating different vibes, and they manage to produce an interesting unique style with a mix of dim broody moments, in contrast with upbeat dynamic ones. They also manage to convey the concept of their EP wonderfully, actually sounding like they are playing amongst heavy 'fog' to aid the atmosphere and strange hazed sounds. If you are looking for something a bit different, then look no further! They give new life to neue-shoegazer using original influences and modern ones combined, to show that this genre is still alive and kicking; and if done right it can have captivating results!








http://redmartian.com/


Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Hollow Water - Review/Feature - Up & Coming Instrumental UK Act!




Hollow Water are a instrumental two-piece outfit, consisting of Huw Roberts on guitar, and Alan Cookson on keyboards/drum programming. Based in Aberystwyth, Wales, UK they have created a strange and wonderful sound, so why not take some time to listen and appreciate their previously released material, in time for their interesting upcoming sci-fi album, "Rainbow's End", featuring a diverse range of musicians from all over the world, in what is to be a concept album inspired by an original photo taken by member, Alan Cookson..

"A New Idea That Won't Get Finished" has a mellow majestic feel, created through the synth sounds from Alan, and pleasant harmonious guitar work from Huw. It has a great overall ambient presence and progresses well throughout, making it an enjoyable track to help wash away your troubles..and although the title suggests an idea won't get finished..rest assured their upcoming concept album will be finished by the turn of the year!

The oddly titled, "Watermelon Man" is an interesting and diverse instrumental number, that is assertive, yet chilled and features some superb guitar licks, and kooky wonderful sounds, that are a bit out of this world!


"Guanaco" has a very cool vibe, with a strong melody and far reaching sounds that create a massive crazy fun atmosphere, for this animal inspired tribute to the elegant native 'guanaco' from South America! Bit random, but it works! Towards the end especially, we are treated to some super groovy guitar work and fitting bizarre synths to accompany!

"Witch's Broom Remix" showcases a different sound for them, with a more urgent serious and chaotic sound, and yet again contains some slick guitars and bad-ass beats and rhythms that create suspense. This is extremely catchy, and it sounds like they are in their element with this darker rock instrumental piece! This would be the perfect track to draw you in if you haven't come across Hollow Water yet! I hope to hear more like this on their upcoming sci-fi inspired album, "Rainbow's End"!



Artwork for upcoming album, "Rainbow's End" which is original photo by Alan Cookson


To keep up to date with the band and any news on their upcoming release visit:


http://www.hollowwater.com/

https://soundcloud.com/hollowwater

Monday, 5 October 2015

Marc Vanderberg - "The Four Elements" EP Review/Feature







Marc Vanderberg is a talented guitarist and songwriter from Germany, who is influenced by well known guitarists, Kee Marcello, John Norum and Yngwie Malmsteen. His influences certainly shine through in his new collection of songs in EP, "The Four Elements", especially with some impressive surprise guest vocalists!!..

Opening song, "Storm, Thunder and Lightning" is a slow power metal ballad, with soft vocals, from Paulo Cuevas, that still hit hard, as we see brilliant vocal abilities and range from him, which is mighty and impressive! That along with superb harmonies and melodies, makes this a dangerously beautiful concoction, like that of a 'storm'!


"Devil May Care" sees a change in pace, and gets things off to a soaring start, with dark old school vocals from the mighty Swedish vocalist, Goran Edman (Ex Malmsteen/Norum), and Marc showing off his killer guitar work, in this all out heavy metal anthem!


"Corrosion Of Society" is fast paced, with brilliant sinister rhythms and riffs, layered with demanding vicious vocals, from Paulo Cuevas yet again, and we are treated to some slick shredding! 

So we reach the end with, the debut single, "Key To Your Heart" which immediately embraces 80s metal in big style, with Paulo showcasing more massive piercing vocal harmonies, and of course bad-ass riffs, what more could you want?! This is a huge memorable stadium sounding anthem!

This is a robust collection of songs, with Marc's impressive song-writing and guitar-work, along with his brilliant guests, anyone can appreciate the talent featured throughout! He certainly has all the 'elements' working in his favour, and the end result is a well crafted musical masterpiece, which is a must hear EP!

If you want to hear more of Marc's wonderful song writing, then be sure to look out for his new song,"Smoking Kills - But Only Love Can Break Your Heart", which is sung by Chris Divine (Luna Rise) & Tave Wanning (Adrenaline Rush) which is released November 1st 2015 and is a mix between 'Sisters Of Mercy' & Finnish Rock band, HIM!








reverbnation.com/marcvanderberg
http://www.marcvanderberg.com/

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Threatpoint - Interview - "Be ready to move... move or be moved, as we say!"





Threatpoint is a groove metal band based out of Scranton, Pennsylvania pulling influences from all of the rock and metal spectrum. I caught up with them and asked them about their sound, influences and the future, including their third album which they are currently working on, so be sure to read all about it and check out their technical groove metal!..


For those that aren't familiar, how would you describe your music?

Groove metal, simply put. We don't focus on technique or ability... just what we think is good song writing and what would move a live crowd.


What would you say are your biggest influences, creatively and musically?

We all grew up with a passion for music and playing music. Between all of us, bands like The Doors, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Testament, Sepultura, Pantera and Devildriver to name a few... you can't help but be influenced by what you listen to


So you recently parted ways with your bassist, Eric Ross and welcomed Matt Van Fleet (formerly of Cause Of Affliction) as the new bass player, how are things going so far with Matt? How did you cross paths with him?


Things are great with him... he actually had a hand in the formation of this band as he is the one who hooked up Chris with Alex and myself. We've played several shows together when he was in COA and we always kept in touch. It always felt like he should be a part of this.


Following on from that, how would you say the new line-up change has affected the band and it's dynamics, if any?

Matt is an absolute bass player to the fullest extent. We've had some guys who would play along wit the guitarists and just be content with being in the background but Matt will add something or take away if he feels it... he serves the song no matter what. He always makes it a point to lock in with the drums too, which obviously helps as bass and drums are the foundation for a song.


Have you begun work on your follow up to 2014's "Careful What You Wish For" album yet?

We have and we are! We're currently scheduled to go back to the studio within a month... just honing some things in and fine tuning them.


How happy were you with how "Careful What You Wish For" turned out, and how it was received?

It was a pain to make for sure but when it's all said and done, it was totally worth it... we still get great feedback on it nearly a year later and the songs from it are still fun to play live.


How do you think your new material will compare to your previous releases? If it's not too early to say!

A bit different for sure... while Dead to Rise was our first album and basically was just us throwing something at the wall and seeing what sticks (being it was our first time writing together) and Careful was definitley more amped up as far as direction, style and skill go, this third album will focus on some more dual guitar player type playing as we've never properly wrote with two guitars playing together and feeding off each other before... and of course, we've still got plenty of bone crushing type riffs and grooves.


You are currently touring and will be right through to early 2016, how are you enjoying it so far?

I'm answering this now as we are headed to our last date in St. Louis on our tour headed west. We love it, man... the travel can be absolutely brutal and exhausting but to meet new people and turn them on to your product is priceless.


What can attending fans expect from your live shows?

Be ready to move... move or be moved, as we say! We are a live band and pride ourselves on that, so we always love and appreciate some crowd interaction and participation. We love a good mosh pit!


If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would it be?


We are currently in talks to go to the UK next year... that is all a huge dream for all of us.


What else is in store for Threatpoint for 2015?

Recording our third album first and foremost, along with a few live shows here and there. For the latest, always check out threatpointofficial.com

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Stencil Mag - Issue 33 - September 2015 (Coheed & Cambria, Parkway Drive, Skindred & More)



Check out the new latest Stencil Mag featuring tonnes of cool interviews, including cover stars, Coheed & Cambria, Miss May I, Shinedown, The Black Dhalia Murder & More! Also featured are new album reviews, including my reviews of Atreyu, Bring Me The Horizon, Disturbed, Soilwork, Miss May I & Devil Wears Prada! There is a special Warped Tour UK Preview also, which I done the features for August Burns Red, The Word Alive & Trophy Eyes. Be sure to check out all my work, along with all the other awesome content from all!! 

http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue33