Album Review: Chaos Bleak – A New Age Of Darkness

In an age when most bands are contentedly treading water Nottinghamshire’s Chaos Bleak have hit on a unique sound and, quite rightly, they’re pushing it to the max. Existing someone between Killing Joke and The Sisters Of Mercy, their debut album A New Age Of Darkness is an explosive effort that signposts great things for … Continue reading Album Review: Chaos Bleak – A New Age Of Darkness

Album Review: The Xcerts – So No One Told You Life Was Gonna Be This Way

The current Covid restrictions are forcing bands to find new ways of recording and releasing music and Aberdeen’s finest, The Xcerts, get crazily creative on their covers EP So No One Told You Life Was Gonna Be This Way. Cover versions shouldn’t be mere facsimiles of the original. Rather, an artist should put their own … Continue reading Album Review: The Xcerts – So No One Told You Life Was Gonna Be This Way

Interview: Naked Next Door

As a new town Milton Keynes is still lacking one vital ingredient and that’s a band breaking into the mainstream to give it a signature sound. Rising stars Naked Next Door are creating waves with their unique indie sound and it’s looking likely that they’re going to do for Milton Keynes what The Smiths did … Continue reading Interview: Naked Next Door

Album Review: Aldious – Evoke II 2010-2020

Peter interviewed Aldious recently, and now turns his attention to their upcoming release... Changing vocalists is always a risky move, and especially so in the traditional world of heavy metal. Iron Maiden did it twice with Bruce and Blaze, AC/DC achieved the impossible with Brian but Skid Row and Van Halen failed spectacularly (Gary Cherone). … Continue reading Album Review: Aldious – Evoke II 2010-2020

Interview: Aldious

It’s been a long road for Japan’s premier metal band Aldious but they continue their march towards global domination with their self-covers album Evoke II 2010- 2020. Line-up changes and COVID-19 have all conspired to scupper their progress but they’ve continued stoically. UK based label JPU Records will release a special overseas edition of Evoke II … Continue reading Interview: Aldious

Single Review: The Venus Fly Trap – Achilles Heel

From the same fertile ground that spawned Bauhaus and Pat Fish, Northampton’s very own The Venus Fly Trap are something of a musical chameleon. Like Killing Joke they’ve taken on new forms whilst remaining easily identifiable throughout a career that’s seen them evolve from post-punk to darkwave electronica. Part of a comprehensive reissue campaign, “Achilles … Continue reading Single Review: The Venus Fly Trap – Achilles Heel