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Khompha - The Shape Of Drums To Come Album Review

Khompha - The Shape Of Drums To Come Album Review

Calling your album, the shape of something to come is bold, but if you've got the skill and something special to back this claim up, there's no reason to fear. 'The Shape Of Jazz To...

Review posted on 28th September 2016

The Wonder Years - The Key Club, Leeds 30/07/2016 Live Review

The Wonder Years - The Key Club, Leeds 30/07/2016 Live Review

If you're even the slightest bit into pop-punk then The Wonder Years are band you're likely to have come across. Having spent this decade inspiring hope and fortitude with records like Suburbia I've Given You...

Review posted on 22nd August 2016

Cattle - Nature’s Champion Album Review

Cattle - Nature’s Champion Album Review

Leeds four-piece Cattle have been one of the best kept secrets in UK noise-rock for some time now. If you’ve ever caught Cattle live then you’ll know that their sound consists of precise and cascading...

Review posted on 1st August 2016

CC Dust - Wharf Chambers, Leeds 21.06.2016 Live Review

CC Dust - Wharf Chambers, Leeds 21.06.2016 Live Review

CC Dust are a brand new synth-pop duo emerging from Olympia, Washington. From the little amount of music they have out, the 'Never Wanted To Die' single as well as their 'Shinkansen No.1/New Ways' 7",...

Review posted on 4th July 2016

Kamasi Washington - Manchester Academy- 28.06.2016 Live Review

Kamasi Washington - Manchester Academy- 28.06.2016 Live Review

Jazz isn't a genre of music that's had a ton of relevance in the musical landscape over the last decade or two. There's been notable acts and the genre's influence has been felt in other...

Review posted on 30th June 2016

Swans - The Glowing Man Album Review

Swans - The Glowing Man Album Review

Where to begin when talking about Swans? This is the band with arguably the richest history in experimental music. For starters there's their significance to ugly no-wave and noise rock in the eighties, with their...

Review posted on 27th June 2016

Jameszoo - Fool Album Review

Jameszoo - Fool Album Review

Dutch producer Mitchel Van Dinther, aka Jameszoo, has spent the last couple of years honing his craft in creating wonky, loose, electronic music, through various EPs, but now he finally has a full length debut...

Review posted on 20th June 2016

Pantha Du Prince - The Triad Album Review

Pantha Du Prince - The Triad Album Review

Pantha Du Prince, aka German producer Hendrik Weber has established himself as a pro in minimal techno over the last decade or so. Across his three albums 'Diamond Daze', 'The Bliss' and 2010's 'Black Noise',...

Review posted on 16th June 2016

Phoria - Volition Album Review

Phoria - Volition Album Review

Phoria are a UK, multi-instrumental, electronic heavy outfit who in recent years have established themselves as a key band when it comes to creating delicate, calming, meditative music through their impressive EPs and singles. Here...

Review posted on 10th June 2016

Yonaka - Brudenell Social Club 10 June 2016 Live Review

Yonaka - Brudenell Social Club 10 June 2016 Live Review

Yonaka are a new band hailing from Brighton, who refer to themselves as 'dark pop'. Their sound, as displayed on their 'Ignorance' single, consists of fuzzy riffs, firm rhythm as well as Theresa Jarvis's vocals...

Review posted on 10th June 2016

Hesitation Wounds - Awake For Everything Album Review

Hesitation Wounds - Awake For Everything Album Review

Hesitation Wounds is an American hardcore punk supergroup consisting of Touché Amoré vocalist Jeremy Bolm, The Hope Conspiracy and Suicide File guitarist Neeraj Kane, newest Slipknot and former Against Me! drummer Jay Weinberg and True...

Review posted on 6th June 2016

Death Grips - Bottomless Pit Album Review

Death Grips - Bottomless Pit Album Review

If you're remotely into underground hip-hop, noise-hop or aggressive music in general then you're probably familiar with Death Grips. The trio, completed by vocalist MC Ride, drummer/producer Zach Hill and keyboardist/producer Andy Morin, were born...

Review posted on 6th May 2016

Weezer - Manchester Academy-April 3rd 2016 Live Review

Weezer - Manchester Academy-April 3rd 2016 Live Review

Weezer may not have become as gigantic as other American 90's bands such as Nirvana or Pearl Jam, but they're every bit as important setting a new standard for poppy rock music. Their earliest records...

Review posted on 5th April 2016

Big Ups - Headrow House Leeds, 31st of March 2016 Live Review

Big Ups - Headrow House Leeds, 31st of March 2016 Live Review

Having hit the scene in 2014 with the punchy 'Eighteen Visions Of Static' Brooklyn post-hardcore/noise rock outfit Big Ups have been one of the most exciting punk bands in recent years. Their sound is loud,...

Review posted on 4th April 2016

Nothing - Tired Of Tomorrow Album Review

Nothing - Tired Of Tomorrow Album Review

In 2014 Nothing announced themselves to the world as one of the strongest shoegaze bands going with debut full length 'Guilty Of Everything.' This record was released on extreme metal powerhouse 'Relapse Records' with Nothing...

Review posted on 1st April 2016

Refused - Leeds University 24th March 2016 Live Review

Refused - Leeds University 24th March 2016 Live Review

Freedom. That's the defining trait of Refused. Whether it's singing songs of revolution or creating 'The Shape Of Punk To Come' an album which took their meaty hardcore template and incorporated jazz, electronica, folk, rock...

Review posted on 29th March 2016

Violent Soho - Waco. Album Review

Violent Soho - Waco. Album Review

There's an undeniable 90's revival going on in punk/rock right now with the likes of Basement, Title Fight and Nothing reviving genres such as grunge, emo, shoegaze etc. These styles of music which were birthed...

Review posted on 23rd March 2016

Heck - Instructions Album Review

Heck - Instructions Album Review

Noise terrorists Heck (formally known as Baby Godzilla) have arguably been the most key band to heavy music in the UK over the last few years. Their gigs are what have made them truly something...

Review posted on 11th March 2016

Grimes - Leeds O2 Academy 07.03.2016 Live Review

Grimes - Leeds O2 Academy 07.03.2016 Live Review

Claire Boucher, A.K.A Grimes been quite the phenomenon in this decade. The Canadian artist has spent the last several years creating very pretty and dreamy synth-pop thanks to her enchanted, spiritual sounding vocals as well...

Review posted on 9th March 2016

The Black Queen - Fever Daydream Album Review

The Black Queen - Fever Daydream Album Review

The Black Queen is latest musical endeavour of The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato. If you're even slightly familiar with Dillinger you will be aware of their vastly chaotic nature in terms of their...

Review posted on 3rd February 2016

Max Cussons' Top 10 Albums of 2015

Max Cussons' Top 10 Albums of 2015

10. The Wonder Years - No Closer To Heaven. Largely abandoning their winning formula displayed on previous records of positive, bright pop-punk, this time around The Wonder Years are far more morose. It could've ended...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 22nd December 2015

Heck, The Key Club, Leeds 08/11/2015 - Live Review

Heck, The Key Club, Leeds 08/11/2015 - Live Review

UK mentalists Heck (formally known as Baby Godzilla) have built a reputation for themselves as one of the most insane live bands going at the moment. Their recordings are important as well having fused vicious...

Review posted on 12th November 2015

Deafheaven - New Bermuda Album Review

Deafheaven - New Bermuda Album Review

Having started in 2010, San Francisco black metal outfit Deafheaven have been one of the more unique bands in heavy music by injecting the grand and ethereal elements of post-rock and shoegaze with hellish vocals,...

Review posted on 2nd October 2015

Groak - Masticator EP Review

Groak - Masticator EP Review

If you regularly go to noisy shows in Leeds, then over the last year you may have come across drone/doom metal outfit Groak. Moreover, you may have been deafened by Groak as what makes them...

Review posted on 18th September 2015

Random Hand - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club - September 4th 2015 Live Review

Random Hand - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club - September 4th 2015 Live Review

For more than a decade now, Yorkshire's Random Hand have been one of the UK alternative scene's most cherished bands with their unique style of ska punk injected with a metallic edge. Easy going trombone...

Review posted on 14th September 2015

Drinks - Hermits On Holiday Album Review

Drinks - Hermits On Holiday Album Review

Drinks is the collaboration of White Fence main-man Tim Presley and Cate Le Bon. Presley has made a name for himself by creating hazy psychedelic rock whilst Le Bon has spent the last several years...

Review posted on 26th August 2015

Touché Amoré - Liverpool O2 Academy - 13th August 2015 Live Review

Touché Amoré - Liverpool O2 Academy - 13th August 2015 Live Review

Having formed in 2007, Los Angeles five piece Touché Amoré have spent the better part of the last decade forging their reputation as one of punk's most important current bands. This is down to the...

Review posted on 17th August 2015

Radkey - Dark Black Makeup Album Review

Radkey - Dark Black Makeup Album Review

Having been growing in the rock scene for the last few years, American trio of brothers Radkey have been making a name for themselves as one of guitar music's more promising new bands. They released...

Review posted on 4th August 2015

Famine (with Pink Rick, Lugubrious Children and Groak) - Nation Of Shopkeepers, Leeds - July 15th 2015 Live Review

Famine (with Pink Rick, Lugubrious Children and Groak) - Nation Of Shopkeepers, Leeds - July 15th 2015 Live Review

Leeds currently has a killer underground music scene, and it's the loud section of said scene that is particularly exciting. At Nation Of Shopkeepers, we had four bands that are proof that Leeds is a...

Review posted on 17th July 2015

Mewithoutyou - Pale Horses Album Review

Mewithoutyou - Pale Horses Album Review

Since the turn of the century, Philadelphia quintet mewithoutyou have been producing vastly emotional rock music; debut album 'A-B Life' saw them very much full of screaming vocals and aggressive riffs, but as the band...

Review posted on 8th July 2015

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