With their excellent debut album Rescue, Samoans captivated us with a fresh combination of dreamy vocals, soothing guitar melodies and occasional bursts of raw energy. Just off the back of their recent headline UK tour, we caught up with drummer Chris Rouse to find out more about the band, and to find out – among other things – what happens when you get caught doing the no-trousers-boogie at one of their shows.
May 1st, 2015
Eschewing the diet of nothing bu tired, reskinned deathcore breakdowns that’s been the binge-diet of so much of the UK’s underscene, Sunderland five-piece Nexilva balance their death metal brawn with some old-skool Bleeding Through-esque ambient synths and guitar tricks. That makes them an interesting proposition for those who prefer a cerebral edge to their m0sh, and was more than enough reason for our man Josh Graham to call up their drummer Connor Jobes to get the skinny.
March 6th, 2015
Having just completed a wildly successful UK tour in support of rising stars Marmozets, as well previously bagging slots alongside Portishead and 65daysofstatic, Thought Forms’ mix of intense fuzziness, pedal-worshipping guitar histrionics and sparse, ethereal vocals is the sound of a band you didn’t know you needed to hear (unless you happen to be Prince Philip, as they found out…). We caught up with guitarist and co-vocalist Charlie Romijn to find out what drives their challenging sound.
February 24th, 2015
“Whether I feel like writing something that sounds like Taylor Swift or Dillinger Escape Plan and Meshuggah – that’s what comes out…we’ll find a way to make it work” – that’s how Press To MECO vocalist/guitarist Luke Caley. O-kaaay. Then again, given their extensive UK touring and the fact they bagged an opening slot on the Zippo Encore stage at last year’s Download Festival, it’s clear that PTM’s bizarre amalgam is resonating with plenty of the UK’s rock fans. We decided to get Caley on the phone to find out just what the hell they’re playing at.
January 22nd, 2015
In addition to penning a monthly black metal column for Thrash Hits, writing reviews and features for Metal Hammer, promoting extreme metal shows, oh, and having a day job, Cheryl Carter also manages one-man black metal act Caïna. With the sixth full-length Caïna album, Setter of Unseen Snares, being released this month, we figured now was as good a time as any to make use of our publisher’s leverage to get Cheryl to give us the inside scoop on the story of what looks likely to be one of 2015’s most interesting extreme records. Take it away, Cheryl…
November 28th, 2014
Ahh, it’s like an early Christmas gift! We’ve made no secret how much we’re fanboys for Raging Speedhorn. We’ve gone on about them so much that they sent us a little video message before they head out on their first UK tour in damn-near nearly a decade kicks off next week. The whole bloody band pipes up to discuss their comeback, their upcoming tour, and – BEST OF ALL – some details about the brand new music coming from the band in 2015.
Yes, WE ARE VERY EXCITED.
November 13th, 2014
There’s no way around it – At The Gates releasing their first new material in over 18 years was a big deal. We sent Pete Long along to find out from Tomas Lindberg, the band’s frontman, just why it took so long.
When Tomas Lindberg talks about the “One thousand, two thousand people” waiting for At War With Reality, it seems he might be selling himself a little short. It’s not that he’s unaware of the affection that Slaughter of the Soul is held in, it’s just that nobody in At The Gates is the type of guy to spend too much time thinking about the album’s legacy. Considering the effects that the level of expectation could have had on them, it’s probably just as well.
November 6th, 2014
Talking in broad strokes, black metal is all about emotion. It uses it to steamroller your senses and the ability of a successful black metal band in parlaying said emotion is an impressive one. It’s difficult to play a guitar incredibly fast but you can learn to do that much more easily than learning to convey your emotions. That’s why we knew Morð were the real deal when we saw them playing live at Eistnaflug Festival earlier this summer.
August 15th, 2014
New Zealand’s Beastwars are sadly under-appreciated outside of their own country. Everyone we know who has heard their gutsy mix of sludge and stoner metal has converted The band have just had both of their very fine albums – 2011’s self-titled debut, and last year’s even-better Blood Becomes Fire – re-issued on some rather swanky coloured vinyl, which was enough of an excuse for us to make our man Rob McAuslan have a little chat with their drummer, Nathan Hickey (aka Nato), about the ins and outs of watching the opportunities to tour your album all over the world slip away one illegal album torrent at a time.
July 18th, 2014
Our verdict: This is a rock band! Formed from the ashes of Tropics – a band we were quite partial to – they have become slightly odder in their melodies and there seem to be more melodies on what evidence we’ve heard so far, which we are very much down with. The great news is that there’s still a lot of rocking to be done by Exes and so they’ve let us put their new song, ‘Reptilian’ up on this site. That’s bloody good. Here’s a wee interview with Jodie Cox too. Read, listen, enjoy.