Amber / Locktender
Halo of Flies
01 April 2014
by Ruth Booth
With a growing list of lauded notches on their belt (notably last year’s Light Bearer album), Halo Of Flies have release this vinyl showcase of two of their most promising acts.
Departures / Moose Blood
Fist in the Air / No Sleep Records
11 November 2013
by Alex Andrews
You can’t blame for Departures for their sincerity; hardcore has always taken itself far too seriously and the Glaswegians’ particular brand has been inherited from a time when the genre was becoming increasingly self-aware and beginning to develop poetic pretensions. While this kind of music can feel desperate, primal and life-affirming, Departures fall into the trap of sounding meticulously-studied and a little too slick.
We like The Armed. We like them a lot. We like how they give away free, lossless digital versions of all their music just because they want to. We love that they do this so their music can be unrestrained by anything even slightly approaching commercial concerns. We love that they sound like the angriest bits of The Dillinger Escape Plan roaring bitter fury at a tornado. We like The Armed so much that we bought extra copies of the sexy 7-inch vinyl version of their latest EP, Spreading Joy, for the express purpose of giving them away to YOU.