Heel – ‘The Parts We Save’ [Review]

Heel - The Parts We Save (Review)

In a culture completely dominated by music with all the depth of a raindrop, where music videos commonly feature suited and booted guys treating barely-dressed women as property, intelligent rock bands and kickass frontwomen are needed now more than ever.

Heel are here to deliver what we need.

The Parts We Save frequently feels on the edge of falling apart, marking it as an album located light years away from Read more…

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Posted on 13 February 2016

TesseracT / The Contortionist / Nordic Giants [Live Review – The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth, 11/2/2016]

Tesseract Live Review Wedgewood Rooms 2016 The Contortionist Nordic Giants

When you walk into a venue using The Algorithm’s OCTOPUS4 as a pre-show auditory appetizer, you know it’s going to be an intense night.

Nordic Giants (93%) became new TMMP favourites by the end of a stunningly (and literally) cinematic set. Watching a multi-tasking duo soundtrack a series of masterfully crafted videos in real time is not Read more…

Posted on 12 February 2016

Toska – ‘Ode To The Author’ [Review]

Toska - Ode To The Author (Review)

Progressive metal is often dismissed for being too something. Self-indulgent. Flat. Soulless. Etc.

Sometimes, the criticism is justified; at other times, it isn’t.

In Toska’s case, none of the above apply. This is progressive metal with heart, soul, and spirit – not to mention the kind of forward-thinking intelligence that defines the best the genre has to Read more…

Posted on 11 February 2016

Monster Truck – ‘Sittin’ Heavy’ [Review]

Monster Truck - Sittin' Heavy (Review)

Lovers of old-school, no-nonsense rock ‘n’ roll, stick around. Monster Truck have everything you need.

From scuzzy riffs to sleazy, wah-drenched leads and full-pelt energy, opener Why Are You Not Rocking says it all: Monster Truck are all about keeping it hard, authentic, and real. Sittin’ Heavy as a whole is all about doing whatever the hell you like, without giving in to the siren call of conformity – and in a world increasingly driven by Read more…

Posted on 10 February 2016

Karybdis – ‘Samsara’ [Review]

Karybdis - Samsara (Review)

Metal bands generally occupy one of several levels:

Level One: Total Beginners. Loose, sloppy, and rubbish. Need to spend more time in the woodshed and the rehearsal room.

Level Two: Getting Good. Tight; solid technique; cool but generic songs.

Level Three: Emerging Awesomeness. Read more…

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Posted on 09 February 2016

The TiPs – ‘Twists ‘N’ Turns’ [Review]

The TiPs - 'Twists 'N' Turns' (Review)

Play musical word association with the name “Düsseldorf,” and you’re likely to come up with either “Kraftwerk,” or perhaps “punk”. Reggae is unlikely to make the shortlist – but The TiPs are on a mission to change that.

Reggae has always possessed a keen sense of political and social awareness, and The TiPs keep that particular torch burning throughout Twists ‘N’ Turns. From immigration (Leaving Home) to Read more…

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Posted on 07 February 2016

Figures – ‘Filter’ [Review]

Figures - Filter

Incubus. Tool. A Perfect Circle. Three of the greatest alt-rock/metal acts of all time. And key influences on Filter, the upcoming single release from the Australian underground jawbreakers known as Figures.

You could easily count me in just on the above alone – but throw in socially conscious lyricism addressing the social media attention sink and an inevitably impeccable mixing job by Karnivool über-producer Forrester Savell, and Read more…

Posted on 06 February 2016

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