This has been a big week for the United Kingdom. The people of Scotland voted in a historic referendum to decide whether or not they wanted to become an independent country. As you no doubt heard about in the wider media, the vote was split 55/45 in favour of remaining in the Union with the other home nations. We didn’t want to let such a momentous event in our nation’s history go by without some acknowledgment, hence why we’ve made a Sunday Spotify Slaylist of some of our favourite Scottish bands.
Interview: Black Moth on Condemned To Hope, British views of the occult, and marching into the abyss
September 19th, 2014
Black Moth’s new album, Condemned To Hope, is brilliant. With it, the Leeds/London split five-piece have smelted British doom metal traditions into something vibrant yet weighty, borne aloft on a spiders legs’ worth of hooks, taking in everything from grunge to The Cramps via midnight scuffles at the chip shop to undead psychedelic experiences. It’s one of our favourite albums of 2014, which is why we sat down for a lengthy chat with vocalist Harriet Bevan and guitarist Nico Carew to get deep down into the nitty-gritty of Condemned To Hope.
September 12th, 2014
From: Seattle, USA
Lazy equation: (late-period Mastodon – male vocals) x the smoother shoegaze edges that Deftones have been flirting with + Irene Barber’s PJ Harvey-isms
URLs: Facebook // Bandcamp
We won’t say the word s*p*rgr**p if you don’t. We make no secret of our enduring love for Narrows, so when we heard that their guitarist Ryan Frederiksen had a new project on the go with Matt Bayles (yes, he formerly of Minus The Bear), we were naturally intrigued. The band in question is Dust Moth, which the pair formed along with a few other luminaries from other, highly-regarded Seattle-based bands. They make music that shares textures with many of the bands MAtt Bayles has produced/engineered for (and there are many) but the end result is something unique in both timbre and tone.
September 10th, 2014
The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets
29 September 2014
by Gavin Lloyd
There’s a fine art to writing great rock music. Let’s be honest, there are an awful lot of bands getting it wrong. Sometimes it can almost get too much and the urge to run off and go live in a cave, while taking up a radical new lifestyle, such as listening to Nicki Minaj on repeat, becomes ever more tempting. However every now and then something like this comes along to restore our faith.
September 9th, 2014
This Will Destroy You
Suicide Squeeze Records
15 September 2014
by Ruth Booth
Imagine you’ve only ever commuted to a single song, selected by some dictatorial public transport commission. One day, you get on the bus – and nothing. No sound. Confused, you take your seat in silence. Then someone coughs, and your senses pop. Small things are thrown into relief – the engine stutters rabid complaints, there’s a tart stink of old fish’n’chips somewhere – and was there always that beech tree on the corner of X and Y? The ordinary has become extraordinary. Listening to Another Language, the new album from This Will Destroy You, is something like this.
September 9th, 2014
We’re nothing if not suckers for anything that sounds even a little like The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster. Not only do Eighteen Nightmares at the Lux have a similarly ludicrously overlong band name, but they also have that same swathy mix of Cramps-esque creepshow rockabilly darkness that made EMBLD such a long-term Thrash Hits-favourite. It was just what we were looking for as a pick for If You Buy One Thing This Week.
September 8th, 2014
Mobile of Angels
02 October 2014
by Pete Long
Witch Mountain’s new album will be released at exactly the right time of year to appreciate it. Shortening nights, greying skies – autumn is a time for doom metal. Fans’ appreciation of Mobile of Angels will be tempered, however, by the news that this will be vocalist Uta Plotkin’s last album with the band. It’s enough to move you to sadness before even listening to it.
September 8th, 2014
Look, you know it, we know it, and anyone with a record collection bigger than a clutch of Best-Ofs knows it; rock never died, rock never went away, and rock hasn’t ever really needed to “come back” in a meaningful way (creatively, at any rate). That doesn’t stop the inevitable cycle where every few years when a handful of bands with guitars muscle their way back into the spotlight a little bit a corresponding parade of broadsheet idiots emerge clutching newspaper columns and opinion pieces claiming “rock is back!”
However, one benefit of this resurgence in mainstream interest in all things heavy is the BBC Radio 1 giving extra attention to their excellent Rock Show. Daniel P Carter has been bumped up the schedule from his previous graveyard shift to a much bigger, better, and more high-profile 7pm-10pm slot on Sunday evenings. Do we need to tell you exactly why this is a great news? Well, yes, obviously – that’s the point of this article – but after last night’s debut 7pm show, we cobbled a short list together to encourage you to listen in on future weeks in case you weren’t already.
The Top 6 reasons why the Radio 1 Rock Show being on Sunday evenings is great:
September 5th, 2014
September 4th, 2014
26 September 2014
by Pete Long
When guitarist Vogg resurrected Decapitated following the tragic road accident in 2007 that shattered the band, he could have chosen to keep doing the same things that had made Decapitated as big as they are. The 2011 release of Carnival is Forever was definitely not the result of such a decision. Blood Mantra is another step down that path, away from the sounds of traditional death metal.