Outside The Coma – ‘Flavour Of The Weak’ [Review]

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What do you get if you mix hectic metal, frantic screaming, a few poppy na-na-nas, visuals inspired by Japanese TV, anxious electronic elements, and lyrical lines set on shredding lame talent shows and celebrity culture?

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Posted on 25 May 2015

Xilent – ‘We Are Virtual’ [Review]

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If variety is the spice of life, your life is about to get a whole lot spicier. Three years in the making and worth every second, We Are Virtual is a massively eclectic melting pot of modern electronic styles – and it’s also pretty damn mind-blowing.

Since 2011, Xilent has been mentioned in the same breath as Skrillex, Nero, and Read more…

Posted on 24 May 2015

Joe Satriani – ‘On Peregrine Wings’ [Review]

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Joe Satriani is widely acknowledged as one of a kind. The instrumental guitar maestro’s magnum opus Surfing With The Alien kicked instrumental rock guitar into the stratosphere way back in 1987 – and Satch is still keeping his creative momentum going almost 30 years later. Satriani’s new album Shockwave Supernova features TMMP regular Marco Minnemann on drums alongside Read more…

Posted on 23 May 2015

We Never Learned To Live – ‘Silently, I Threw Them Skyward’ [Review]

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First things first. Arrangement- and mixing-wise, this album is fucking awesome. It seems like post-hardcore fans have plenty of bleak, grim albums to get stuck into this summer – and Silently, I Threw Them Skyward is among the best of them so far. Ominous, haunting, and unrelentingly foreboding, this could easily work as the soundtrack to a 28 Days Later-style horror movie. It really is a journey.

“Post-apocalyptic post-hardcore” isn’t a genre yet – but it’s the most Read more…

Posted on 23 May 2015

Arcane Roots / Carnival Kids / Gallery Circus [Live Review – The Boileroom, Guildford, 21/5/2015]

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Some nights are destined to be awesome. While most opening acts are content to warm up the crowd a bit, Gallery Circus pushed the Boileroom’s earlycomers as far as possible using massive Led Zeppelin-esque riffs, heavy beats, and buckets of raw energy. Then Carnival Kids came on and nailed a raft of angular, square-rooted and danceable math rock tracks including Here They Have Guns, The Future Is MineMechanism, and Lateral Living. Deep in the crowd, heads were banged, hips were swayed, and pulses were raised.

The evening’s headliners likely need little introduction. Arcane Roots have been making increasingly Read more…

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Posted on 22 May 2015

The Decoy [Interview]

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Sometimes a new discovery blows your mind in the best way possible. Welsh prog mentalists the Decoy certainly did that with their new EP Parasites, due out on May 25 via Ghoulish Records and sure to get you wondering what the fuck just happened when it finally beats on your eardrums. For this interview, there was only one way to begin…

Your new EP Parasites is a real mindfuck – so I have to open with a horribly clichéd question: Who are your influences? Where do those ideas come from?!

Joel (Williams, bass/vocals): Difficult question! We all have Read more…

Posted on 22 May 2015

No Consequence – ‘Vimana’ [Review]

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No Consequence are known as purveyors of top-notch tech metal. Their instrumental skill is indisputable – as is the level of social awareness amplified through past classics such as Coerce:Conform and Enemy of Logic. Beyond that point, you still have to take pristine production, ball-bursting heaviness, and shattered-mirror riffage into account before you get the whole picture.

Vimana sees the introduction of a new side to No Consequence. Their signature blend of fragmented riffs, disjointed melodies, and Read more…

Posted on 21 May 2015

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