Skindred – ‘Volume’ [Review]


Skindred have spent the past 17 years forging a rock-solid reputation for fat, festival-field-bouncing grooves and instantly addictive songs. On Volume – Skindred long-player number six – the ragga-metal masters keep up the kind of pace that would exhaust even the hungriest of younger bands.

The big question set to hit the lips of every listener who comes into contact with Volume is this: Just how many crates of Red Bull were sacrificed over the course of this album’s creation? One thing’s for sure – Read more…

Posted on 03 October 2015

Sevendust – ‘Kill The Flaw’ [Review]

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11 albums into a world-beating career, keeping things fresh and interesting is a tough ask. Still, Sevendust have good reason to keep looking forward, possessing a fanatical fanbase hungry for freshly forged metal.

Kill The Flaw grooves hard from the get-go, rammed to the gills with churning riffs (opener Thank You), super-tight modern stabs (Death Dance), and unstoppable tidal waves of metallic tones (Forget). Letters pulls back briefly before the brilliantly structured Cease And Desist takes things to a new, epic level; Not Today anxiously twitches before those intimidatingly on-it, none-more-syncopated riffs slam unapologetically into existence; Chop takes a tangential turn into acoustic territory, alternating between the laid-back and the crushingly dense; and title track Kill The Flaw possesses one of the meatiest kick-drum sounds I’ve heard in a while, driving a truly great, soaring song.

Three of eleven tracks to go. Silly Beast‘s flickering electronica gets washed away by whirlwind guitars; Peace And Destruction contrasts not just words but brain-smashing riffs and spacious clean segments; and Torched maintains vicious high-energy hardcore brutality through to its dying moments.

Overall: An uncompromisingly bruising collection of tracks that showcase Sevendust at the top of their game after 19 years on the go. Wow.


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Posted on 02 October 2015

Press To MECO [Interview]


TMMP is dedicated to discovering and supporting musicians who break boundaries, beat the best expectations, and mean what they play.

Is it trendy? Is it cool and hip and in and [insert alternative buzzword here]? Who the fuck cares, honestly?

A self-conscious reluctance to experiment holds a lot of musicians back from doing something fresh, new, and vital. Now more than ever, musicians are placed under constant and unrelenting pressure to conform to the ways of the past – expected to be slaves to external demands, pleasing everyone except themselves.

The thing is, all the styles and genres that we take for granted now were alien once. Jazz is now considered quaint and archaic, as is classic rock’n’roll – but when those movements first kicked off, people had no idea what to make of it. From the perspective of those original jazzers and rock’n’rollers, we live in the future – and yet that same future is frequently soundtracked by vintage sounds.

Although there’s nothing objectively wrong with that, it’s still a little ironic that this future currently tends (and trends) toward the past, rather than looking forward and trying something new. Too many of today’s musicians have forgotten that the (metaphorical) musical melting pot even exists, neglecting it in favour of textbook, formulaic recycling.

But then, there are bands like Press To MECO. Read more…

Posted on 01 October 2015

Dorje – ‘Catalyst’ [Full EP Review]


Stop for a second.


This is important.

Catalyst – the latest EP from Dorje, a band who are, right now, one of my favourite rock acts in the UK – is dangerous for your face.

You may laugh, but do so at your peril.

This EP will make you gurn like a mad bastard. For its entire duration.

That’s 25.3 minutes of major-league face wreckage.

Whether the wind changes or not, you’re going to regret not preparing yourself if you fail to prepare. So, engage in a full facial-muscle workout immediately. I recommend this one; it’s pretty comprehensive.

If you’re reading this before November 6th, you’ll have plenty of time to get your face fully Dorje-ready – but if you’re reading this after that date, you’ll no doubt be insanely impatient. Chill. Willpower must prevail.

Once Catalyst drops in its entirety, and that all-important, deliciously tempting “Play” button gets pressed, you’re going to be chucked into the jaw-ruining Written, super-hench intensity topped off by a vocal that long-time Dorje followers will instantly recognise as unmistakable and fully evolved, Pokémon-style.

Many musicians would stop and plateau forever if their band Read more…

Posted on 30 September 2015

Teramaze – ‘Her Halo’ [Review]

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Opening an album with a 13-minute epic, taking in everything from delicate acoustic guitar arpeggios and gracefully dramatic piano to chunky, churning riffs and soaring solos in the process, is not a move most bands would choose to make.

But then, Teramaze aren’t most bands.

After An Ordinary Dream establishes Teramaze’s home territory – a fastidiously percolated progressive-metallic blend of Symphony X, Dream Theater, and Karnivool – these guys spend the duration of Her Halo exploring both its hyperdense core and wild outer limits. The result is a journey full of Read more…

Posted on 29 September 2015

Outside The Coma – ‘The Battle Of Being’ [Review]

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Remember science class? Man, it was boring. Stuck staring at a textbook or a blackboard while the world’s most monotonic teacher droned on and on about everything from leaves to light.

You were interested in light, at least. Sunlight. The light from the sun shining outside, while you were kept out of it.

But one day, you got to experience something even cooler than escaping. You gathered around the teacher’s table with your friends, to watch a series of substances with arcane names go up in flames. Blinding lights; miniature explosions; the world’s most compact firework display.

After all the sleepy gloom that came before it, that lesson was imprinted on your memory forever. Even when it was over, you were still buzzing. Excited.

The Battle Of Being is just like that lesson. Read more…

Posted on 27 September 2015

Nothing But Thieves – ‘Nothing But Thieves’ [Review]


Word of advice: You’ll need a pair of headphones handy when listening to this album. There are so many deep-in-the-mix layers and subtle touches in there, and you don’t want to miss out on a single one.

Nothing But Thieves have come a long way over the past few years, and are on the edge of exploding. When it happens, it will be entirely deserved – and for proof, look no further than this album. Nothing But Thieves is consistently massive in terms of ambition and flawless in execution, not to mention sensual, emotive, and breathtaking – often all at once.

Excuse Me‘s polite title conceals a slow-burning opener, lulling the curious into a false sense of security before erupting in Read more…

Posted on 24 September 2015

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