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Future Hits 179: Trudger

July 29th, 2014

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Trudger

From: Barnsley, UK
Lazy equation: (Neurosis if they had insomnia) x a willingness to put their foot on the accelerator every now and again
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp // Label
Trudger might not be a totally new name on the scene (their debut EP came out two years ago!), but with their debut album finally out in August, they’re very much fresh in our minds. Dormiveglia has highlighted just why Trudger are one of the most promising bands coming out of the North West blackened-crust/hardcore scene right now, which is why we caught up with guitarist Jack Kavanagh and vocalist Chris Parkinson to put them through our Future Hits paces.

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Album: Corrupt Moral Altar – Mechanical Tides

July 28th, 2014

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Corrupt Moral Altar
Mechanical Tides
Season Of Mist
22 July 2014

by Pete Long

If you’re excited by the prospect of Corrupt Moral Altar‘s first full album, chances are it’s due to the feral rage that suffused their two previous EPs. The sludge-tinged grindcore of Whiskey Sierra and Luciferian Deathcult were the aural equivalent of a rusty steel bolt through the neck.

It’s probably going to make some of people unhappy then that Mechanical Tides is a marked evolution from that sound.

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If You Buy One Thing This Week: Kalopsia by Crows-An-Wra

July 28th, 2014

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While technically our choice for If You Buy One Thing This Week came out last week, we still wanted to highlight it in our column as it’s that damn good. Kalopsia is the new album from Crows-An-Wra, who boast former members of old Thrash Hits favourites Crocus among their ranks, are an experimental screamo outfit from Cornwall, and very much deserve your immediate attention.

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Sunday Slaylist: Alt-Fest 2014

July 27th, 2014

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Another Sunday, another Slaylist dedicated to the line-up of one of the UK’s upcoming summer festivals. This week it is the turn of Alt-Fest - a brand new festival taking place over the weekend of 15-17 August, in the Boughton Estate near Kettering. It’s still got a fair whack of metal and rock in the line-up, but Alt-Fest separates itself form the crowd with a healthy dollop of goth and industrial music as well. Go stuff this week’s Slaylist down your ears and you’ll see what we’re talking about.

Oh dear. It looks like Alt-Fest might have been cancelled. Still, you can still enjoy our Spotify Playlist, right?

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Album: Eluveitie – Origins

July 25th, 2014

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Eluveitie
Origins
Nuclear Blast
04 August 2014

by David Keevill

Eluveitie have been quietly but confidently building a fanbase in their corner of folk metal for twelve years now. As an eight-strong group featuring archaic instruments and a penchant for mid-European Dark Age origin stories, their tale was practically primed for obscurity. However, their winning of a prize at the 2014 Swiss Music Awards for their live show proves that their brand of eclectic, heavy Celt-metal isn’t just another hilarious gimmicky oddity, devoid of meaning or content.

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Album: Samoans – Rescue

July 24th, 2014

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Samoans
Rescue
Apres Vous Records
14 July 2014

by Hugh Platt

Now more than 15 years old, Biffy Clyro’s recording career has now well and truly reached the point that the direct influence of the Kilmarnock trio has now seeped into the very firmament of the UK rock scene. No longer can it be said that it’s simply a case of bands sharing the same influences as Simon Neil – it’s Biffy themselves who are the keystone for a whole generation of young British musicians. That isn’t a backhanded way of dismissing Samoans‘ first long-player, but it is indicative of one of the issues that stops it from being truly great. [Read more →]

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If You Buy One Thing This Week: Elddop by Martyrdöd

July 22nd, 2014

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It’s summer. We’re hot. We’re increasingly irritated by the general public’s inability to use public transport without being unnecessarily obnoxious. All we want to do is listen to angry Scandinavians raging against the state of the world. That’s why we’ve gone for some Swedish d-beat as our choice for If You Buy One Thing This Week, in the form of Elddop by Martyrdöd.

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Future Hits 178: The Males

July 21st, 2014

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The Males
From: London (via Dorset), UK
Lazy equation: Queens of the Stone Age if they’d spent their formative years around urban foxes rather than desert fauna
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp // Soundcloud

We’re a sucker for anything that even remotely sounds a bit like Josh Homme. The Males might crib heavily from the work of the Queens of the Stone Age frontman, but as far as influences go, he’s a good one to bounce off of: the band’s new EP has cheeky nods to both early and latter-period QOTSA, with just enough of a Brit-twist for it to really grab our attention.

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EP: De Profundis – Frequencies

July 21st, 2014

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De Profundis
Frequencies
Self-Release
19 June 2014

by Pete Long

With a new full player due out later this year, London-based De Profundis want your attention. The four song EP Frequencies is their means of grabbing it and to ensure it works, they’re releasing it for free. Considering the quality of their 2012 outing The Emptiness Within, with its Death-meets-Opeth take on Death Metal, that’s a generous offer.

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Sunday Slaylist: Hevy Festival 2014

July 20th, 2014

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There’s just over a month to go until Hevy Festival 2014 marks the festival’s return to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park down in Kent. After – let’s be honest, a fairly disasterous turn of events in 2013 that saw the festival cancelling and taking a year off - the festival is back, with a new focus and energy behind it. It might not have the size or chequebook to match Download or Sonisphere, but the return of Hevy to the UK festival calendar is definitely something we can get behind – which is why this week’s Sunday Spotify Slaylist is all about their 2014 line-up. 

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