2000 Trees 2018 (Festival Review)

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2000 Trees 2018 was easily one of the best festivals I’ve ever been to. Year after year, the Trees team have consistently worked to build and improve on everything they’ve achieved – and by this point, 2000 Trees has a practically unrivalled reputation amongst fans of British underground music.

This past weekend, one of the UK music scene’s greatest institutions exceeded all expectations Read more…

Posted on 16 July 2018

James Scarlett (2000 Trees / ArcTanGent) – Interview

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With festival season fast approaching, 2000 Trees (12-14 July) and ArcTanGent (16-18 August) are set to host some of the best alternative acts in the world right now. From At The Drive In, Twin Atlantic, and Enter Shikari to And So I Watch You From Afar, Glassjaw, and Shellac – to mention the headliners alone – both lineups are guaranteed to satisfy any reasonable rock fan.

Meanwhile in Shoreditch, I got chatting to James Scarlett, co-founder of and booker for both 2000 Trees and ArcTanGent Read more…

Posted on 17 May 2018

Cancer Bats – ‘The Spark That Moves’ (Album Review)

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Cancer Bats don’t know how to compromise – and they’re not about to start now. The Spark That Moves was kept carefully under wraps until barely a few days ago – and now, the truth can finally be revealed Read more…

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Posted on 20 April 2018

Palm Reader (Interview)

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If your face needs a good melting, Palm Reader’s third album Braille will leave you unable to recognise yourself in the mirror. Having already reviewed Braille here, I got talking to Palm Reader drummist Dan Olds about personal progress, naked moshers, and a painful truth about the music business… Read more…

Posted on 29 March 2018

Palm Reader – ‘Braille’ (Album Review)

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A few years back, Palm Reader came into their own on their supercharged sophomore album, Beside The Ones We Love (previously reviewed here). A hectic amalgam of Gallows’ ferocity, The Dillinger Escape Plan’s brain-imploding complexity, and Cult Of Luna’s menacing moodiness, Beside The Ones We Love elevated Palm Reader to the upper echelons of the UK’s hardcore scene. That progress was plainly earned through Read more…

Posted on 22 March 2018

Will Haven – ‘Muerte’ (Album Review)

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Listening to Will Haven’s latest feels like discovering some vast, alien, rusty undersea structure. The sheer pressure Muerte puts your eardrums under is incredible.

Time has clearly not softened Will Haven Read more…

Posted on 18 March 2018

Feed The Rhino – ‘The Silence’ (Album Review)

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When an album forces me to go back and listen to bands who came of age in the early 2000s, it’s automatically on my good side. Feed The Rhino’s love of Deftones and modern metal-spiked hardcore is well-established, but the moment The Silence got started, the first note I wrote came out as follows: Read more…

Posted on 11 February 2018

Rolo Tomassi – ‘Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It’ (Album Review)

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Rolo Tomassi are batshit crazy in the best possible way. If you fancy trying to pigeonhole them, good luck. You’d probably have to come up with some ridiculous new genre label to make it work – something like “box of mathy death-frogs” or “kitchen sinkcore”.

Alternatively, you could just call Rolo Tomassi “Rolo Tomassi”, and be Read more…

Posted on 06 February 2018

Ho99o9 – ‘United States Of Horror’ (Album Review)

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When you spend your life immersed in music, it’s easy to assume that you’ve seen and heard it all. When I headed down to Brighton to watch The Dillinger Escape Plan tear the town a new one, then-support-act Ho99o9 immediately shredded said assumption. For more about that show, click here.

Ho99o9 (pronounced “Horror”) live up to their name on United States Of Horror. Focussing mainly on Read more…

Posted on 04 May 2017

While She Sleeps – ‘You Are We’ (Album Review)

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We live in a divided world. Conflict is common, and even the smallest things can spark it off. Unity and respect are relatively rare.

With their new album You Are We, While She Sleeps are working to balance things out. Funded by fans via PledgeMusic, You Are We sees While She Sleeps push further in the experimental groove metal direction established on 2015’s Brainwashed. Metalcore remains at the core of While She Sleeps’ sound, but You Are We was recorded in a self-built Sheffield studio – and the resulting sense of newfound independence and freedom permeates every Read more…

Posted on 12 April 2017

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