Disturbed – ‘Immortalized’ [Review]

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Disturbed are kings of no-holds-barred catharsis. Since stepping into the metal world’s spotlight with 2000’s The Sickness, their name has become synonymous with brutal riffage and off-kilter rhythms, topped off by frontman David Draiman’s unmistakable vocals. Following a slew of harsh and uncompromising albums, Disturbed have spent the last few years on hiatus – and spent the past year and a half working on Immortalized in total secrecy.

The first thing to point out about Immortalized is that it does showcase Disturbed at their best, and even contains some experimental moments that come across as both effective and congruent. When listening to ninth track Save Our Last Goodbye – a tribute to a fallen friend – you can easily imagine the band heading determinedly into the studio, minds set on doing justice to painful facts and memories. The intro is nothing short of apocalyptic, the lyrics gut-wrenchingly cathartic, the chorus Read more…

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Posted on 25 August 2015

Why You Should F***ing Love Beardyman

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Some musicians are impossible to forget. They leave an indelible imprint on your memory, permanently branding their art on your brain. For TMMP, Beardyman is that kind of artist – and here are a few reasons why you, the open-minded, intelligent, and no doubt deeply attractive regular reader and boundary-free music fan, are more than a little likely to feel the same way:

He’s more than just a beatboxer.

Beardyman was the first beatboxer to win the UK Beatbox Championships two years in a row, and spent the time between the 2006 and 2007 championships honing his skills to the point of Jedidom. He was also the guy behind the Kitchen Diaries YouTube video, through which Beardyman has taken over five million viewers step by step through the birth of a sick break:

But Beardyman is no one-trick pony. While a quick stroll around central London will quickly yield a bunch of Read more…

Posted on 24 August 2015

Hatton Manor – ‘Eden’ [Review]

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The singer-songwriter market is oversaturated. Full of countless clones plying folky wares with serious-as-cancer faces buried in their own backsides. Crammed, stuffed, and a little bit boring.

Hatton Manor offer something more than their pretentiously affected contemporaries. A guitar-and-vocal duo, Matt and Hannah (Hatt & Mannah = Hatton Manor) are simply better than the next pair. This is a big statement, but it’s easily justified. Even the briefest listen to Eden opener Mountain Man, for instance, proves their class and classiness. Hannah’s voice is bloody awesome, equal parts soul and control, while Matt’s multi-tasking guitar/vocal/percussion skills are Read more…

Posted on 23 August 2015

Black Futures – ‘Love’ [Review]

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If you’re a fan of flat-out-fucked electronica à la the Prodigy, you’ve either heard of Black Futures already (and love them), or you’ve never given them a listen and must do so immediately.

Love‘s video carries a warning (“FLASHING IMAGES – MAY CAUSE FEELINGS OF ELATION AND ECTASY”) for good reason, while the track itself features a Read more…

Posted on 20 August 2015

Alpha Male Tea Party [Interview]

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With ArcTanGent Festival on the horizon, TMMP talks to Tom of macho-monikered math-rock madmen Alpha Male Tea Party about ATG, car tax, plastic surgery fantasies, and pail-related enlightenment…

You’re set to hit ArcTanGent 2015 this week. How’re you feeling about it?

We’re feeling pretty rad right now. And, by that I mean, we’re very excited to be playing at our favourite festival again. It will be wild.

What’s the best thing about festivals for you?

It’s the only time no one will care if you are caught using a tepid can of Strongbow or similarly low quality beverage as a means to swill your mouth out after brushing your teeth. That and the general lack of real life. Your car tax could expire (as mine did one year) at a festival, and you wouldn’t give a shit.

Although I did give a shit actually; I drove to Read more…

Posted on 19 August 2015

Alright The Captain [Interview]

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Last year, I described Alright The Captain’s Contact Fix as suitable for those whose evening plans involve “chugging absinthe, spinning round in circles until you fall over or puke or both, repeating the above until you pass out, and then waking up and putting on your coat and going to work”.

Today, I still stand by those words. Here, ATC discuss their upcoming set at ArcTanGent, taking in surprise gingerness, fire-breathers, and a hint at what they’d be doing if the music ever stopped…

You’re set to hit ArcTanGent 2015 this week. How’re you feeling about it?

Excited as fuck! Marty’s been running round like a spring lamb since last year.

What’s the best thing about festivals for you?

They’re a good chance to escape reality for a while and Read more…

Posted on 19 August 2015

The Algorithm [Interview]

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Some artists have more than one calling. Maybe it’s graphic design, audio production, or accountancy. For Rémi Gallego, purveyor of progressive electronic insanity as the Algorithm, it’s definitely comedy.

You’re set to hit ArcTanGent 2015 this week. What’s going through your mind right now?

I really badly want to listen to Ricky Martin right now and I really hope he will secretly perform at ArcTanGent. Please tell me he will.

What can the curious expect from your set?

I can tell you what they can’t expect: Read more…

Posted on 18 August 2015

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