Today we welcome Gavin Lloyd back for his column on pop-punk, nu-metal, metalcore, and anything other microgenre you were into as a teenager that you’re secretly not nearly as embarrassed about as you like to make out you are on social media.
December 11th, 2014
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.
July 14th, 2014
07 July 2014
by Gavin Lloyd
For those unaware The Hell first emerged at the tail end of last year. An album of snotty, down tuned, aggro punk loaded with swearing released for free. Tongues soon started wagging as to who these mystery men actually were, the addition of a few familiar faces on the album cover only bolstered interest, and they soon became the hype band of the month, with various industry folk tweeting hyperbole over them.
May 12th, 2014
Soon after we posted a piece pondering the future of festivals once the heritage rock and metal bands of the past 40 years retire, the still mighty Black Sabbath announced that they would be headlining an all-star cast including Faith No More, Motörhead and Soundgarden. Headlining the fourth stage, however, is a somewhat younger band: Rise To Remain.
April 29th, 2014
Miss May I
Rise of the Lion
by Gavin Lloyd
Levi Benton says inspiration for the new Miss May I album came from letters fans wrote to him. After reading how their music had got their fans through tough times, he says he tried to put himself in their shoes and to write lyrics from their perspective. It’s all too easy to roll your eyes at teenagers’ Twitter bios over statements such as “OMG! (insert scene band) SAVED MY LIFE!!!1!”, but we all had a time when we were less jaded and music was that important to us.
April 23rd, 2014
Camden Town smells. In the sunshine, it often smells very bad indeed. On Bank Holiday Weekends, it often smells even worse than usual, thanks to all the spilled cider and puddles of drying vomit. smelled something when he caught Of Mice & Men’s headline show there just before Easter, but was it the smell of success, or just the pong of stale hype?
Six things we learned while watching Of Mice & Men in London…
February 3rd, 2014
Dual-headliner tours are always a weird one. No matter what fancy-pants arrangements the bands come to, no matter if they have a stricty-enforced on-off switch for who plays last every night, naturally one band rises above the other. And so it goes with Killswitch Engage and Trivium, who are currently enacting this age-old conflict at venues up and down the length of the UK. Our snapper in the North, Gary Wolstenholme, was on hand in Manchester to shoot both bands when they brought that unspoken conflict to the O2 Academy.
November 12th, 2013
Those Sheffield tykes, Bring Me The Horizon, played their biggest headline shows to date when they took on two nights in a row at London’s infamous Brixton Academy. Tomas Doyle was in town to check out Oli Sykes and co.’s first night.
6 things we learnt watching Bring Me The Horizon in Brixton…
October 14th, 2013
07 October 2013
by Tomas Doyle
Australia is having a jolly brilliant time of it when it comes to heavy music at the moment. Everywhere you turn there seem to be a ton of bands from down under gathering increasing momentum – particularly in the US and UK – across a broad spectrum of metallic styles. Parkway Drive, Be’lakor, Thy Art Is Murder, Psycroptic: crushing brutality is quickly becoming Australia’s best export since Dr Karl Kennedy esq. That’s all fair dinkum but you can’t just hang on to the coat tails of a scene and expect success to land in your lap. So what are Northlane then? Total legends like Steve Irwin, or total pieces of shit like Rupert Murdoch?