New Band of the Week: Canavar

Southampton punk-metal newcomers Canavar are smashing their hometown’s post-hardcore reputation to smithereens with a genre-crossing fusion of fierce riffs, frenetic energy and delicious melodies. The quartet, formed of Deklan Webb (vocals and guitar) and Jack Bowden (guitar) alongside the brotherly rhythm and bass section of Rowan (bass) and Toby Rashley (drums), met through a shared…

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Introducing: Vertical Noise

Nottingham noise rock trio Vertical Noise are on a mission to resurrect unpredictability as they remove the mundane and predictable aspects of modern pop music. The trio of Jay Moreton (guitar and vocals), Dan Titterton (bass) and Sarah Kerry (drums) formed when Jay, who had been recording his own music for years, moved to Nottingham and decided…

EP Review: Tenements – What Hasn’t Killed You Is Only Getting Stronger

Glasgow rockers Tenements are set to unleash their distinctive 2000s post-hardcore throwback sound upon the world with the launch of their debut EP at the end of this month (31 August). We first spoke to the quintet of Darren Coles (vocals), Chris Bennett (guitar and vocals), Callum Nicolson (guitar), Malcolm Robb (bass) and Jamie Whiteside (drums…

Introducing: Crooked Royals

We’re ticking another country off the map today by introducing you to an awesome new metalcore band out of New Zealand, Crooked Royals. The Auckland five-piece are everything you could want from a metalcore band – a combination of screamed and clean vocals, huge crushing riffs, and a generally delightful combination of intense heaviness and…

New Band of the Week: Death Goals

A few months back we saw a two-piece barrage of big metal noise open up proceedings for our pals in Defences. The London-based duo of Harry and Will together form Death Goals, a chaotic heavy metal sound that they describe as ‘Two Bois Making Noise’ – a tagline that accurately portrays their brand of loud, noisy, chaotic…

Introducing: Hyvmine

All the way from Los Angeles we bring you a delicious prog rock project that allows its highly talented members to unleash their anger, gratitude, anguish and triumphs. In doing so, they’ve created a mesmerising combination of prog, rock and metal, with funky electronica thrown in for good measure, that, in their words, is ‘plain…

New Band of the Week: Reawaken

We’ve featured some amazing female singers on this site over the last couple of years, but the vocal power of Southampton newcomers Reawaken is right up there with the best of them. The five-piece combine high-powered energetic riffs and catchy rock choruses in support of the intoxicating vocal delivery of Meg Parkinson. Reawaken initially began…

Burn It Down announces exciting debut festival line-up

There’s another exciting new festival to add to your hit list this summer as Torbay has launched Burn It Down, the region’s first-ever alternative music festival. The English Riviera will see the likes of SHVPES, Mallory Knox, Dream State, Carcer City, Continents and Lotus Eater take to stages across three pubs in Torquay on 1…

Introducing: Andrew Robert

I’m always pleasantly surprised when solo artists turn out to be nice and rocky, and this much is true of London-based singer/songwriter Andrew Robert. The solo musician’s sound is packed full of soaring vocals, rip-roaring riffs, infectious melodies and sing-along choruses. As Andrew tells us: “I taught myself to play drums, guitar, piano and to sing in…

New Band of the Week: The Leo Star Electric Band

Brand new to the London rock scene, The Leo Star Electric Band might sound like some kind of bizarre electronic tribute band but will, in fact, surprise you with their delicious hooks, infectious fuzzy guitars and tasty songcraft. The trio of guitarist TJ, bassist and vocalist Chris and percussionist Danz are on a mission to “create…

New Band of the Week: Crosslight

Genre-bending Nottingham rockers Crosslight invite you on a road to recovery with their angsty, energetic brand of rock meets punk meets metal and hip-hop that they define as “delightfully twisted rock.” The quartet combines the powerful vocals of Charlotte Eastwood with the driving distorted guitars of Luke Litherland, harsh bass of Daniel Giles all supported…

New Music Friday Round-Up: 13 July

It’s Friday the 13th but we’re feeling pretty lucky as we’ve got a host of awesome new music to wrap our ears around. Here’s our latest instalment of the latest, greatest new music, including a superb new album from one of Britain’s finest metal bands, new tracks from some up-and-coming British rockers and an EP…