SikTh – ‘Death Of A Dead Day (10th Anniversary Edition)’ [Special Feature]

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As the band who brought The Trees Are Dead And Dried Out, Wait For Something Wild into the UK metal scene’s collective consciousness, Watford tech-metallers SikTh were under no small amount of pressure to beat the legendary sophomore blues and deliver something special with Album Two. Had they stacked it, nobody could have blamed them; even the most talented creatives are capable of losing the War of Art. In the event, however, SikTh won out – and the result was Death Of A Dead Day, a titanic juggernaut of an album rammed full of exquisitely brutal genius Read more…

Posted on 22 September 2016

Marillion – ‘FEAR (Fuck Everyone And Run)’ [Review]

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The music world traditionally leans to the political left – and as far as those on the left are concerned, the world is presently going to hell in a driverless handcart. I’m inclined to agree with them – and so, on the evidence of new album FEAR, are Marillion.

FEAR (in this case an acronym for Fuck Everyone And Run) is a non-violent protest album. Sonically, it’s lush, vibrant, and often serene. Lyrically, however, Marillion wordsmith Steve Hogarth addresses some conceptually heavy themes with the flair of a veteran poet Read more…

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Posted on 19 September 2016

The Fall Of Troy / Tiny Moving Parts [Live Review – The Scala, London, 14/9/2016]

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Outside the Scala, London is wilting under a mid-September heatwave. Passers-by and queuing punters fan themselves with gig flyers, eagerly awaiting the welcome cool of air-conditioned surroundings. Within the Scala’s walls, mere minutes away, awaits an equally overwhelming experience.

Tiny Moving Parts (85%) do math-rock right, blending Read more…

Posted on 16 September 2016

The Qemists / Dorje / Princess Slayer [Live Review – The Player’s Lounge, Guildford, 9/9/2016]

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The Player’s Lounge is a fitting venue for a lineup this diverse. Half set from a Bond movie, half rock-ready venue complete with PA pumping out classics from the likes of Limp Bizkit and Nirvana, despite its more hip-hop-friendly name The Player’s Lounge provided its fair share of commendable ambience as the evening’s performers prepared to take the stage.

Princess Slayer (92%) are a real blast from TMMP’s distant past. Since the days of their Living EP, drummer/producer Vince Welch and vocalist Casey Lim have recruited a new cast of session players to aid in delivering a series of seriously slick EDM-based tunes. Running through a set strewn with classic personal favourites (Snake Skin; God Said), cover-remixes (ERIKA’s Fly Away Bird) and winning new songs (Every Déjà Vu), I’m going to say that Princess Slayer slayed it – mainly because as far as I can remember, I haven’t used that pun before.

I don’t think anyone in attendance would disagree with this score for Dorje (100%), considering the vast majority of the evening’s punters turned up to catch this set and this set alone. Cheers, whoops, and applause greeted every drum hit, guitar lick, bassline, and vocal melody – and that was just during the soundcheck. That can partly be explained by the fact that most of Dorje’s audience was made up of students from the local Academy of Contemporary Music – at which Dorje’s backline, Princess Slayer’s frontline, TMMP, and members of this evening’s headliners have also studied in the past – and Rob Chapman, Rabea Massaad, Ben Minal, and Dave Hollingworth are renowned and revered online for possessing virtuosic skills of the highest order.

Dorje’s set wasn’t so much a set as a masterclass in Read more…

Posted on 14 September 2016

The Pretty Reckless – ‘Who You Selling For’ [Review]

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Although it’s 2016, not 1016, women in music remain a complicated subject. For some, anyway. Things are changing – slowly – and here, I’m going to talk about the third album from a band doing more than most to keep those changes coming.

The Pretty Reckless are currently sitting on their fourth rock-radio-topping single in Take Me Down, the first cut from Who You Selling For to see the light of day. Fronted as they are by the undeniably badass Taylor Momsen, that makes The Pretty Reckless notable as the first female-fronted rock act to embark on such a streak since The Pretenders.

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Posted on 02 September 2016

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra – ‘Broken Lines’ [Review]

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Let’s get that word out of the way.

Supergroup.

Ten letters more than capable of sparking instant controversy. For some, it’s a stigma, a mark of deep shame associated irreversibly with giant egos battling each other for the sole purpose of selling out and cashing in Read more…

Posted on 01 September 2016

Devin Townsend – ‘Transcendence’ [Review]

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A camel is a horse designed by committee.

This single sentence encapsulates the core of my perspective on music. I love hearing one person give birth to an entire creative project, aided ideally by others who have as little input as is necessary to get the job done. Creative control freaks hold the key to my heart, whether they be virtuoso guitarist-composers such as Steve Vai, or erudite musical polymaths like Devin Townsend.

Plus, if you Google that same sentence, this image comes up:

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Posted on 25 August 2016

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