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Articles by David Keevill

Album: Whitechapel – Our Endless War

April 28th, 2014

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Whitechapel
Our Endless War
Metal Blade
28 April 2014

by David Keevill

It would’ve be more apt if Whitechapel had called their new album Our Endless Uphill Struggle. Their credibility within the saturated genre of deathcore depends upon them churning out consistent-sounding music to one of metal’s most unrelenting and demanding scenes. This album – their fifth studio album in 8 years – will be lavished with praise by their fans for doing just that, but why should anyone with a peripheral interest in the genre care?

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Interview: Matt Stevens talks Lucid and the internet

April 2nd, 2014

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Matt Stevens is a nice guy. Over our two-and-a-half hour stint in a pub just off Denmark Street, he uses a variant of the phrase, “Good on them,” about seven times, regularly wishing well of people he might fundamentally disagree with. Even talking about Scientology – which we agree is “ridiculously bonkers” – after three pints of paint stripper-like lager, Stevens isn’t prepared to stick the boot in: “It’s obviously not real but if it makes people happy, then that’s good.”

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Album: Animals As Leaders – The Joy of Motion

March 18th, 2014

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Animals As Leaders
The Joy of Motion
Sumerian Records
25 March 2014

by David Keevill

Tosin Abasi is an interesting bloke. The eight-string guitarmanship is impressive, sure, but that’s not what I’m talking about. With his outfit Animals as Leaders, he’s turned what should be skilful but nerdy YouTube fodder into one of the most exciting and extroverted metal outfits to come out of the most recent wave of heavy progressive music.

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Album: Conan – Blood Eagle

February 24th, 2014

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Conan
Blood Eagle
Napalm Records
03 March 2014

by David Keevill

Nostalgia is a soft-edged, sepia tinted arcadia that has increasingly been used by musicians to swerve listeners away from the rapid self-consumption of the metal world. For the less inspired, vapidly imitating the past rarely produces anything other than a cheap Instagram effect that lies on top of average music like an oil slick on water.

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Album: Indian – From All Purity

January 28th, 2014

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Indian
From All Purity
Relapse Records
21 January 2014

by David Keevill

There are lots of aspects of metal that you can play to your mother, whilst still hoping to earn her approval and certify that you’re a functioning member of society. Some music, however, is so unrepentant, so clearly a mark of projected sociopathy, that it can only just sidle onto the extremer end of Radio 1 Rock Show, let alone be played to a beloved, concerned family member without wishing to cause serious alarm.

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Album: Wicked Snakes – Lead Me to the Sun

December 4th, 2013

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Wicked Snakes
Lead Me to the Sun
A Wolf At Your Door Records
25 November 2013

by David Keevill

There are plenty of reasons to think that Wicked Snakes are just another band meandering up the increasing broad path that sludgy, desert revivalists Baroness and Red Fang have popularised in recent years. The ponderous riffs, foaming vocals and an EP entitled Lead Me to the Sun implies yet another band paying homage to the ideals of Kyuss.

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EP: Whores – Clean

October 29th, 2013

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Whores
Clean
Brutal Panda Records
29 October 2013

by David Keevill

In a digital landscape where every single cut you ever make will end up on the internet, you’ve got to be sure that each time you flick the light off at the recording studio that you’re completely satisfied with what you’ve created. EPs are no longer valid places for musical overflow. B-sides and off-cut compilations can pass muster as one-offs (hopefully Rise Against won’t be quick to repeat this year’s Long Forgotten Songs), but fill your extended play with offal and you’ll immediately shed any credibility you’ve fostered within your fanbase.

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