Leon TK x Metal Injection

Awesome news! I recently started working with Metal Injection, so feel free to check out my author page here:

http://www.metalinjection.net/author/leontk

I’ll still be updating this site as much as possible, but updates will probably be a bit less frequent for the time being. You can also keep up with me on Twitter as well!

IMPORTANT: If you work for a PR company / record label / etc, and have music to submit to me, do continue to do so as usual. The only significant change will be the location of my metal/hardcore/prog-related pieces, and my job at Metal Injection is to help expand their coverage – so I’m constantly (and very successfully) pitching new ideas to them using the emails you send to me! Anything that’s not related to heavy music will continue to appear here at LeonTK.com as normal.

If you have any questions, drop me an email with the subject line “METAL INJECTION”.

As always, thanks for reading!

-L

Posted on 29 October 2018

Mastodon (Live Review – O2 Academy Brixton, January 27 2019)

Some records demand that you crank them up to such ridiculous extremes that your neighbours are practically guaranteed to come round and try to fight you – and Mastodon’s entire back catalogue fits into that volume-dependent category. Since my neighbours are actually pretty nice people, but also sadly fail to appreciate sludgy prog, I’ve not been inclined to inflict the likes of Blood Mountain, Crack the Skye, and Emperor of Sand upon them. For that reason, Mastodon’s main appeal for me up to this point has been based on professional curiosity, rather than Read more…

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Posted on 27 January 2019

Skunk Anansie – ’25Live@25′ (Album Review)

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I’m not normally a big fan of live records. With so many literally moving parts, and an almost endless list of things that can go wrong, a truly awesome live recording is a rare thing. With 25Live@25, Skunk Anansie have cherry-picked no fewer than 25 gems from across their entire career, and assembled them into a compilation structured as if it were a single live set.

Of course, Skunk Anansie have something of a reputation for great live shows – and so this collection’s quality is Read more…

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Posted on 17 January 2019

Between The Buried And Me (Interview)

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Between The Buried And Me – and their consistently versatile vocalist Tommy Rogers – have had one hell of a year. As a band, they dropped their latest album Automata in two well-received and equally epic parts, while Rogers (aka Thomas Giles) also put out his own solo record, the widely acclaimed Don’t Touch The Outside. As BTBAM neared the end of a recent UK run with Tesseract that took in a monstrous London show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, I caught up with Tommy to look back at 2018 – and ended up discussing a unique BTBAM live experience that needs to happen as soon as the required technology exists…

You’ve got a lot going on right now! You’re finishing a UK tour, you’ve technically put out three albums this year, and you’ve got another tour in America coming up next February. So how are you feeling?

I’m great! Tour’s almost done, so I get to Read more…

Posted on 26 December 2018

You Me At Six – ‘VI’ (Album Review)

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Learning and growing from past mistakes has always been a running theme in rock music, and You Me At Six are clearly determined to follow that path on VI. Having felt they’d lost their way on last year’s Night People, and fully aware of how quickly the winds of fortune can change in the music business, YMAS decided to Read more…

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Posted on 01 October 2018

Four Seconds Ago – ‘The Vacancy’ (Album Review)

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Although Periphery are primarily worshipped as all-conquering djent overlords, they’ve never been the kind of band to go in for constant, unrelenting brutality. Even Insomnia, the opening track from their self-titled debut album, started off with clean, faded-in backward swells and electronic glitches before Read more…

Posted on 28 September 2018

The Black Queen – ‘Infinite Games’ (Album Review)

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Calling The Black Queen’s debut album Fever Daydream a masterpiece is not an act of taint-tonguing, banus-licking sycophancy. It’s merely a statement of plain and simple fact. It’s been more than two years since key tracks The End Where We Start, Ice To Never, Secret Scream, and That Death Cannot Touch saw the light of day, and those converted by Read more…

Posted on 22 September 2018

Voivod – ‘The Wake’ (Album Review)

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Very few bands make it through three and a half decades – but over the course of multiple lineup adjustments, creative direction changes, tragedies and triumphs, Voivod have kept the dream alive since the early 80s. Whether laying down 17-minute songs or covering the Batman theme, Voivod keep pushing their boundaries and stretching Read more…

Posted on 20 September 2018

Beartooth – ‘Disease’ (Album Review)

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Working under the Beartooth banner, Caleb Shomo has always been up for a fight. His opponent comes cloaked in shadow, has no concrete physical form, and has claimed far too many victims. Its name is depression, the Disease referred to by Read more…

Posted on 18 September 2018

Black Peaks – ‘All That Divides’ (Album Review)

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Some bands are born special. I first came across Black Peaks (then known collectively as Shrine) back in 2014, within a year or so of their initial formation, and it was obvious even then that these guys would go on to achieve big things. Fast-forward past their Closer To The Sun EP, 2016’s beautifully batshit debut album Statues, massive amounts of touring, and more than a few Read more…

Posted on 16 September 2018

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