Gig Review: Dabs / A Higher Demise / Scars Of Sense / Atravion / Call Of Fenrir / Struck/Down – Leo’s Red Lion, Gravesend (29th August 2021)

Metal is back at one of Kent's most prolific venues, Leo's Red Lion, thanks to local promoter/artist Andi Oates, of the band Scars of Sense.  The lineup featured Dabs of Jukebox Monkey performing an amazing solo acoustic set which kick-started the evening off with some mellow tunes, before Kent-based metalcore band, A Higher Demise rocked … Continue reading Gig Review: Dabs / A Higher Demise / Scars Of Sense / Atravion / Call Of Fenrir / Struck/Down – Leo’s Red Lion, Gravesend (29th August 2021)

Album Review: Carcass – Torn Arteries

After changing their music significantly some years ago, then retiring, then coming back after eight years, Carcass seem to now (hopefully) be a mainstay of the extreme metal scene. And if they can continue to produce absolute classics like Torn Arteries then that's even better news. Little has been released from the album so far ("Dance … Continue reading Album Review: Carcass – Torn Arteries

EP Review: Bastette – Exposed

“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” Was a question once posited by one of, if not the, most magnificent bands to walk this earth. Pop rock marvels Bastette continue to ponder the notion on their new EP, Exposed, through the lens of 2021 and their own personal experiences. As we hit a … Continue reading EP Review: Bastette – Exposed

Gig Review: HRH Road To Hell 2021

A few weeks ago, I was approached by Sam from Fall From Ruin to let me know they were in the HRH Road to Hell competition. A few weeks later I find myself at the Sheffield 02 Academy. For many of the expectant crowd this was the first festival or even gig they had been … Continue reading Gig Review: HRH Road To Hell 2021

Album Review: The Metallica Blacklist

Metallica’s Black Album claims its place in musical history for numerous reasons, all of which have been discussed to death for the past three decades. Whilst its critical response and subsequent legacy has become overblown at this stage, it features Metallica at a crossroads. It would go onto to become the last good Metallica release … Continue reading Album Review: The Metallica Blacklist

Album Review: Florence Black – Weight of the World

Wales’ contribution to musical is a diverse one – legends such as Ivor Novello, Motörhead's Phil Campbell (and his Bastard Sons), Tom Jones, Bullet For My Valentine’s early material and of course, H from Steps. More recently, we’ve had some great rock bands come out of the nation like Häxan, Those Damn Crows, Everyday Heroes … Continue reading Album Review: Florence Black – Weight of the World