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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Stencil Mag Issue 35 - Feat Simple Plan, Sylosis, The Used, Theory Of A Deadman & More!




Check out the new Stencil Mag which includes my feature of The Used & my reviews of Skunk Anansie, Last Chance City, Waterparks, Twitching Tongues, SECRETS, Bad Pollyanna, Outright Resistance & Perfect Hero. Plus loads of awesome interviews, such as cover band, Simple Plan, Bloc Party, Sylosis, American Head Charges & other reviews!


https://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue35/1?e=0


Direct Links to my reviews/features inside: 

Badpollyanna, Secrets, Outright Resistance, Perfect Hero Reviews 
http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue35/167?e=1780949/33146877

Twitching Tongues Review 
http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue35/169?e=1780949/33146877 

Waterparks & Last Chance City Review 
http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue35/173?e=1780949/33146877

Skunk Anansie Review 
http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue35/175?e=1780949/33146877

My Used Feature
http://issuu.com/stencilmag/docs/issue35/193?e=1780949/33146877

Saturday, 30 January 2016

SKUNK ANANSIE RELEASE SECOND SINGLE ‘DEATH TO THE LOVERS’‏


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SKUNK ANANSIE RELEASE SECOND SINGLE ‘DEATH TO THE LOVERS’ FROM CURRENT STUDIO ALBUM ‘ANARCHYTECTURE’, OUT NOW ON SPINEFARM RECORDS IN THE UK


EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR, INCLUDING 2 UK SHOWS, SET FOR FEB 2016


Skunk Anansie have released a second track from their sixth studio album, ‘Anarchytecture’, out now via Spinefarm Records. The single, ‘Death To The Lovers’, is a revealing and deeply emotional track, Skin’s genuine delivery will pierce your heart…

“‘Death To The Lovers’ is about the loss of intimacy in a relationship,” says Skin, “that grey area between love and hate you fall into just before it's truly over. There is desperation, there is the realisation that it can't last, but there's still hope. Musically, it’s another electronic experiment from us, something fresh and contemporary, but very Skunk.”


A music video for ‘Death To The Lovers’ will be revealed shortly.



‘Anarchytecture’ was released on January 15th to much critical acclaim and impressive official chart positions, including the #5 album spot in Italy.


Skunk Anansie’s sixth album wears its musical diversity and its queer sexuality like badges of pride. And so it should. Like Queen or Muse, they’re at their best when they push beyond the narrow centre ground of hard rock in search of something bigger, stranger and more glamorous” – CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE



“Skin remains one of the greatest vocalists on the circuit” – CLASH



“More big riffs and spine-tingling vocals from the reunited British Rock veterans” – KERRANG!



‘Anarachytecture’ is available to purchase here via Amazon or here via iTunes.






SA start their run of European headline shows, including two dates in the UK, on February 4th in Manchester, UK.



4th Feb - UK - Manchester - The Albert Hall ++SOLD OUT++

5th Feb - UK - London - O2 Forum Kentish Town ++SOLD OUT++

7th Feb - Belgium - Brussels - Ancienne Belgique ++SOLD OUT++

8th Feb - Netherlands - Paradiso Amsterdam ++SOLD OUT++

10th Feb - France - Paris – Trianon ++SOLD OUT++

11th Feb - Luxembourg - Rockhal

12th Feb - Germany - Hamburg - Markthalle-Hamburg++SOLD OUT++

13th Feb - Germany - Berlin - Astra Kulturhaus Berlin++SOLD OUT++

15th Feb - Austria - Vienna - ARENA WIEN

16th Feb - Switzerland - Zurich - X-TRA ++SOLD OUT++

17th Feb - Italy - Milan - Alcatraz, Milano ++SOLD OUT++

18th Feb - Switzerland - Lausanne - Les Docks++SOLD OUT++





www.skunkanansie.net

www.facebook.com/OfficialSkunkAnansie



Wednesday, 27 January 2016

It Came From Beneath - The Last Sun EP

The Last Sun EP cover art

It Came From Beneath are a Deathcore Metal five piece from Lyon, France who formed in 2010. They released their debut album, When No Light Remains in 2013, following their first self-titled EP in 2010. Now with a mix of new material, a cover song and some remasters of previous material, they are back with The Last Sun EP.

The opening title track, is suspenseful and eerie with a sonic ambience, with mighty demonic raw vocals to accompany the catchy chugging riffs and crashing furious drums. The guitar work however goes beyond your typical death metal, being complex and having a evil presence. This is doing the Deathcore genre proud, and should be repeated many times to fully appreciate it!

Up next we have 'The Burden', again bringing with it a dark resonance, flowing perfectly from the opener. This is a deeply belligerent offering, where they stampede and blast through with all they have got, with the harmonious layers of the guitars, making it stand out further.

We are treated to an unexpected cover of Australian rapper/songwriter, Iggy Azalea song, 'Work' , which against all odds, dare I say 'works' exceptionally well, and they is no questioning that they put their own stamp on this, and deliver a very melodic deathcore rendition indeed! 

Back to their own creations with, 'Broken End' which was originally released on their first EP. It has been re-analyzed and revitalised to a more experienced level, that a band naturally come to learn, but still relentlessly battles on, with a crashing storm of heavy darkness, with impressive guitar licks and well timed breakdowns and tempo changes.

To end this ferocious high speed affair is, 'The Answer Remains Unknown', which again is an updated trimmed version, as it originally comes from their debut album. This is potentially the most groove ridden thunderous song featured, with brilliant memorable rhythms, melodic intelligible guitars throughout and flawless brutal vocals heightening this.

It Came From Beneath may have unleashed a new EP containing a cover song and remastered versions of their previous material, however that doesn't detract from the high enjoyment and excitement that this has to offer! Deathcore can sometimes be too glum and bleak to really make a defining impact or dent in the genre, however with their sonic resonant vibes and complex brutal, well structured compositions, they still manage to grab your attention and stand out, so The Last Sun is most certainly worth listening to!




https://itcamefrombeneath.bandcamp.com/album/the-last-sun-ep

https://www.facebook.com/icfbtheband

https://twitter.com/icfbtheband

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

When The Clock Strikes - The Better Friends EP Review







When The Clock Strikes are a 3 piece alt punk rock band from Muskogee, Oklahoma. They haven't been around long, only debuting with their Glowing In The Dark EP in November 2014, and now they are back with their follow up, The Better Friends EP, to make some noise and 'strike' with their video game inspired upbeat sounds!...

'Too Many Cooks' gets things off to an explosive exciting start, especially with highly melodic riffs, fast drums, and flawless fun punk rock vocals, which maintains great energy and tones throughout. The dominant unexpected effects and rhythms take this to another level! This isn't your typical pop punk, that's for sure!


The title song, 'Better Friends' (From A Distance) is a emotionally driven, cruel yet honest offering, which is upbeat, with lots of electrifying twists. It has brilliant structure and melodies, with strong raw vocals and well written lyrics. Unlike their 'friends', make sure this song is readily available at all times!

'Fair Weather' opens on a slick bass intro, before crashing drums and strong vocals accompany, and then dives straight into what could be the most memorable riff, paying homage to surf punk sounds. It will be sure to get you moving, with its infectious blissfully brutal sound. 

'Redemption' further highlights the bands talents and musicianship skills, delivering a well composed layered affair; again proving that they have no shortage of energy and can readily and seamlessly churn out a instant fun hit.

To end this forceful EP, we get to see their video game influences come to fruition in a remix of the title track, which definitely captures a game vibe, making it very enjoyable and fitting way to end this blazing short lived but deeply branded release!

This EP is very addictive, with their shimmering alt punk, that manages to be positive yet raw and harsh in the same measure, with high energy distinct instruments and fast frantic edgy vocals. Their bleak reality regarding their loved ones, is refreshing and straightforward, in a great sense. They have really captured the greatest traits of emo/pop punk from the mid 2000s and slammed it with a up to date rock sound, that seems to flow naturally to them. It may be a short EP, but it will make a massive impact that you will crave more off, so until the release more music, stick this on repeat!!






iTunes: https://t.co/pJyl2MFjDu
Apple Music: https://t.co/g4bK06Yq0J
Google Play Music: https://t.co/aAe2weQyb3
Facebook: Facebook.com/whentheclockstrikes
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WTClockStrikes
Reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/whentheclockstrikes

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

SOiL Release Lyric Video For "Way Gone"‏






Chicago heavy rock outfit SOiL have just released a lyric video for the song "Way Gone". The
video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/jkO1drNxAnM


"Way Gone" comes from SOiL's 6th full length album "Whole" which is the first release to feature original vocalist Ryan McCombs since 2004's "Re.de.fine". The band have been on an extensive 2 year plus touring cycle promoting the album. "In this day and age you have to work an album for a long time in order for it to soak into people's heads" states bassist Tim King. "Everyone is bombarded with so much content through media these days that we still find out many fans are still just discovering the "Whole" album for the first time".



According to vocalist Ryan McCombs, "The song "Way Gone" was one of those tunes that came together after the twelfth hour. From the first time that I heard the song in the writing process, I was a fan of the track but I couldn't nail the lyrics in a way that I felt did the instrument noise justice. I wrote and rewrote the words numerous times but it wasn't until the music had been tracked for the 'Whole' CD, and I had even tried tracking a couple variations of lyrical ideas that I had for it that it all finally fell out of my shoulder melon and made sense to me. One of my favorite tracks on the CD and I think Kevin Desjardin (motion graphics artist) did a hell of a job on the lyric video. One of the best I've seen in my opinion.."



SOiL will embark on a mini tour in February 2016 with support from FLAW and Beyond Threshold. Dates are as follows:


February

18 South Bend, IN Cheers

19 Chesterfield, MI Diesel Concert Lounge

20 Dayton, OH Oddbody's

25 Pekin, IL Twisted Spoke Saloon (no flaw)

26 Lombard, IL Brauer House

27 Janesville, WI Back Bar



For up to the minute info and upcoming touring info please visit:

Www.soiltheband.com

Www.facebook.com/soilmusic

Www.pavementmusic.com

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Catalina Shortwave - Radio Voodoo: Songs From The Dark End Of The Dial

Catalina Shortwave | Radio Voodoo: Songs from the Dark End of the Dial


Catalina Shortwave, are a diverse Rock 'N' Roll five piece band, that started in 2013, releasing their debut, 'Repeater' in 2014. Then they hit again with their sophomore release,  'Radio Voodoo: Songs From The Dark End Of The Dial' in 2015.

'Your Old Letters' is a true and solid bluesy rock number, showcasing vocalist, David Rizzo's smooth yet fierce demanding authoritative vocals. We are graced with some serious impressive guitar work and solo from Marty Stauffer and Keith Morey. The whole song is dripping with style and is a great way to start and introduce their sound.

'Here Today, Gone Tomorrow' picks up the pace, with some interesting melodies and rhythms, which are all as slick as hell, featuring catchy riffs and crashing drums. This has a chilled sexy laid back feel at times, especially in the cool straight talking stripped down section, with some unexpected punk inspired riffs for good measure.

'Breakaway' slows things down again in this gritty sensual pure rock, with memorable riffs and well written lyrics, not to mention one classy guitar solo yet again.

'Darkstar' opens on some groovy bass, making for a big impact with emphasised parts for effect, aided by the strong gravelly soaring vocals and chord structures. This features some of the best instrumental sections also, highlighting their strong musicianship skills more-so.

Next we have a song about 'Anne Boleyn', the second wife of King Henry VIII. This has a different more mainstream pop feel, with bouncy fast riffs and more clever lyrics to help portray the tale of Anne, and Henry's behaviour towards her, and his other wives. This is delivered in a very catchy upbeat manner, quite strangely. This is a must hear historical lesson!

'Black & Blue' is the heaviest offering, with tonnes of brilliant swagger, and attitude in a extremely catchy rock package, with an old school vibe. So we reach the end with, 'Blood Orange', which is a swooning number, with a slightly sombre feel also. It is quite intimate, helped by an ambient/atmospheric sound, and features beautiful far reaching female vocals to help further stand out, potentially making this the best song yet. This is a great stripped back and delicate way to end this changeable release.

This is a highly enjoyable release which is full of flair and attitude, that embraces many different moods and genres in a seamless fashion. Their sound touches on blues, rock 'n' roll, hard rock, punk, and soul elements, giving them a brilliant signature style. The fact that they incorporate so much, makes this an album that anyone can be taken by, with their dark and alluring 'voodoo' curse. You will easily become bewitched by Catalina Shortwave!


http://www.catalinashortwave.com/

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Red Martian - Slow Motion Samurai



SLOW MOTION SAMURAI cover art


Red Martian from Seattle, Washington as their name may suggest, are trying to be out of the ordinary, and their neue shoegazer genre certainly achieves this..if you haven't yet had the pleasure of hearing this band, you are in for a real surprise, in what is arguable their best material yet..

To open we have the title track, 'Slow Motion Samurai' which has an hopeful instrumental sound, before taking a downbeat approach with sombre vocals and bouncy airy riffs, making an interesting and intriguing contrast which works well, and more importantly showcases their unique style immediately..

'Emeraldas' shakes things up more-so, by taking a big leap from the opener, with memorable and discombobulating guitars, this one is laced with a raw punk sound and enthralling unusual demanding vocals.

The strangely titled,  秘密の旋律 (I have no idea what this means!) has a dream like vibe with great drony grunge like guitars and distant vocals, creating a huge atmosphere, like no other so far. Something they are masters at!...

'April' has stand out effects that suit the spaced out, almost desolate style, which reflects the lyrically context cleverly. This is one of favourites, and has a brilliant long lasting outro which hits hard.

The slightly comically titled, 'Donkey Back Ride' is different to what we have seen so far, being more stripped back with acoustics and piano, and although hard to take seriously, it is rather serene and surreal at once, taking you on a weird journey or 'ride' that easily washes over you with memorable melodies and rhythms.

'Away' dramatically changes and cranks things up again! With heavy distorted, technical resonant guitars, driving this punk rock infused number, with melodic vocals to match the fast pace. This is them at their best, and is a nice medium between past and present sounds.

'Petty Happiness' opens on a great bass line, which highlights its importance and pleasing electronic sounds, diving into the more pop inspired sounds. All this gives it an interesting vibe that is variable and only further demonstrates their quirky experimental sounds.

The commonly (*ahem*!) titled, めがね  has a crushing intro and effective clanging far out sound which is very resonant and ambient, and brings us onto, 'The Empty Sound', which is a great chill out reflective song, with pleasing vocals and impressive production, which aids their already highly effervescent sounds, as seen throughout this album.

'On You' is potentially their most mainstream fuzzy offering, which shows their solid craftsmanship yet again. Back to the unconventional offerings, we have えいごであそぼう, which maintains their signature sounds, with strong melodies and breezy unique vocals. 

The longest track 'Air' is a must hear, with a free laid back sound. This one will float over you easily, especially with cool guitar feedback effects, strong creative bass, and acoustics to give more depth and diversity. Although sounds free spirited, it has interesting breakdowns that unsettle you in the greatest sense.

So we come to the final 'swing' and feel the full impact of the 'Samurai' and get to appreciate it's craft for one last time with, 'Greying', which as you may expect, incorporates all the best elements of their sound to end on a triumphant alt rock note, which shows a more emotive side.

Red Martian are an intelligible impressive unit, and manage to create diverse moods, sounds and atmospheres, all the while remaining cohesive as an album that flows superbly. There is something for everyone to like here, and nothing to dislike, however some songs may require you are in the right frame of mind to wholly revere, as some you need to delve deeper beyond the surface to unleash the true genius and craftsmanship, but this is another part of their charm - once you let their music drift over you in an dream like state, there is no going back. Take the plunge into Red Martian's creative world - you won't regret it!

https://redmartian.bandcamp.com/album/slow-motion-samurai

http://redmartian.com/

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Happy New Year! Here's To A Rocking Year Ahead in 2016!

Happy Year New Everyone!

Updated regularly with new 2016 releases - 7/2/16!


So 2015 has come to an end! It brought with it some brilliant rock/metal releases, and sadly the year saw the tragic departure of some of the finest rock legends.

Obviously everyone's favourite albums/releases are subject to opinion, but some notable mentions for me include:

Disturbed - Immortalized
Acoda - Truth Seeker
Conquer Divide - Self Titled
Papa Roach - F.E.A.R
Parkway Drive - Ire
Atreyu - Long Live
Bullet For My Valentine - Venom
Trivium - Silence In The Snow
The Echo & The Always - And After That The Dark
Weesp - The Void
Coldrain - VENA
Straight Line Stitch - Transparency
King Leviathan - The Shrine
Meta-Stasis - The Paradox Of Metanoia
WEAK13 - They Live

I have probably missed some, but these ones mentioned are worth checking out if you haven't already! 2015 has been a strange year musically for me, as some of the albums that I thought would be in this list, didn't live up to expectations unfortunately and others I may not have had the honour of hearing, so please don't be offended if missing some essentials!



As stated above 2015 saw the loss of many a great rocker including the legends that were:

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Lemmy Kimister - Motorhead




Phil Taylor - Motorhead (former)



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Scott Weiland - Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver





B.B King


May they all rest in peace & live on through the memories and their unforgettable music! 





So now we are 2016, what releases have we got to look forward to?!...


Here are some of my personal highlights of what is confirmed to come so far, with hopefully more to be announced throughout the year!

January 

Megadeth - Dystopia (22nd) - OUT NOW!

Bury Tomorrow - Earthbound (29th) - OUT NOW!

Dream Theater - The Astonishing ( 29th) - OUT NOW! 



February 

Delain - Lunar Prelude (19th)

Anthrax - For All Kings (19th)




March

Killswitch Engage - Incarnate (11th)

Diamond Head - Diamond Head (11th)

American Head Charge - Tango Umbrella (25th)

Amon Amarth - Jomsviking (25th)




April

Babymetal - Metal Resistance (1st)

Deftones - Gore (8th)

Zakk Wylde - Book Of Shadows II (8th)

OTEP - Generation Doom (15th)




May

Devildriver - Trust No One (13th)



Not much officially confirmed yet, but as said lots more to be announced and in production. The most anticipated release being the potential new album from Heavy weights, Metallica which is likely to be unleashed this year, although we may have to wait until 2017! 


Here's to the good music ahead in 2016! 

Feel free to comment or add any releases you are looking forward to in 2016, whether confirmed or not that aren't featured! Also let me know what have been some of your favourites of 2015 or let downs even!