Last week saw R&B/metal crossover merchants Issues play their first London show at the Islington Academy, as part of a co-headline jaunt around they UK with Crown The Empire. Gavin Lloyd caught up with the band’s two front men Tyler Carter (he’s the one that sings the nice bits) and Michael Bohn (he’s the shouty one) to discuss their unique sound, their taste in music, their fans and twerking, obviously.
May 7th, 2013
Hatebreed are one of the most consistently excellent live bands around. They always have been and probably always will be so we headed down to the first properly sweaty gig of the year to see Jamey Jasta growling his way through some hardcore anthems.
Pre-gig meal: Chilango. Grilled chicken burrito with black beans, hot and mild salsa, lettuce. No cheese or sour cream, please.
6 things we learnt watching Hatebreed again…
September 5th, 2012
The new EP from ace British metallers Sacred Mother Tongue was released on Monday and they’re playing a one-off gig in London on Monday 10 September 2012. We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away as well as a copy of A Light Shines AND you get to meet the band at the gig. This is a competition.
June 29th, 2012
It’s no secret that Gojira are an awesome band. They played a sold out show in London and there was no chance we were going to miss it. On top of that, we took some photos of them in Sheffield. Pretty cool, huh? You can read our review and look at some photos just below. The internet is GREAT!
Six things we learned when we saw Gojira headlining London
November 12th, 2011
Black Sabbath have barely finished the drawn-out announcement of their return with a new album and Download Festival 2012 appearance before we skipped merrily into The Worst Venue In London™ to see one of the best bands of all time. Will Haven have returned. OH, THEY HAVE RETURNED. All together now, “HOORAY!!”
October 11th, 2011
Remember ten years ago when the British metal scene was alive and kicking with bands like Raging Speedhorn, Pitchshifter and Stampin’ Ground storming stages nationwide? It may not have lasted that long but you have to admit the UK scene has seen some drastic improvement over recent years. We thought we’d head down to Islington Academy and bang our heads to some homegrown talent.
March 16th, 2011
As touring packages go, this year’s Bonecrusher Fest looked as lip-smackingly packed with extreme metal goodness as you could ask for. Angelus Apatrida, Burning The Masses (stepping in at the last minute to cover Annotations Of An Autopsy’s absence), Fleshgod Apocalypse, Carnifex, Keep Of Kalessin and Dying Fetus sounded a bit too good to miss. Here’s what we found out from this orgy of brutality.
February 15th, 2011
If Morbid Angel, Death, Obituary and Deicide are the ‘Big Four’ of death metal, it’d be nice to think that Nile are like the Machine Heads of that sub-genre. Sounds weird but think about – strong influences from the ’80s movement but also very popular for bringing something different to the table, eg. more blast beats, Ancient Egyptian mysticism. With all the political upheaval in Egypt over the past few weeks, we thought it’d be a great time to go and catch some Middle Eastern-flavoured death metal.
March 3rd, 2009
When it came to the second full day of the first ever Hellfire Festival, Thrash Hits was looking forward to hour upon hour of the cream of young British metal talent tearing up North London like an runaway JCB. Instead we got something more akin to a out-of-control Mini Cooper – sure, at times it felt dangerous, but at times it felt as dangerous as an episode of Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.
January 27th, 2009
London has lacked metal this January the way it’s lacked sunshine. The endlessly grey and pigshit-miserable drizzle was matched by a gig calendar bereft any head-banging, horn-throwing metal action. Which is why the Islington Academy tonight is packed tighter than a nun’s naughty bits for the first true heavy hitters the capital’s seen in 2009. The foul weather alone wasn’t about to stop a legion of grizzly metalheads from packing out this North London concrete shoebox.