Introducing: L Sicario

London-based L Sicario have honed a deliciously cool brand of desert rock, which just oozes funkiness. The band is formed of London school friends Chris (guitar) and Mike (bass), who lived with Niko (lead vocals and guitar) at Leeds University. Niko joined him in the capital, they started jamming together, realised they were onto something…

Introducing: Continents ramp up the heaviness for new EP

South Wales quintet Contintents are taking the term ‘heavy-hitting’ to the extreme with their new music, which they describe to us as “a blend of chaos and melody thrown at you like a solid right hook.” Continents began as a project back in 2012 and progressed rapidly to the line-up of Phil Cross (vocals), Darryl…

Introducing: Brixton Alley launch new single ‘Gold Dust’

Ten years ago I began my fledgling journalism career as a junior reporter in the sleepy Gloucestershire hills of the Cotswolds. The idyllic village of Chipping Campden was one of my more interesting sources of news and one of the places that I remember with fondness, partly as it brought me two of my favourite…

New British Metal bonanza at ProgMetalMadness next month

A feast of the finest up-and-coming metal bands that Britain has to offer is coming your way as the second edition of ProgMetalMadness Live rocks the New Cross Inn, in south-east London, next month. The lineup is packed with a cross-section of great new metal acts, including our former New Band of the Week in…

New Band of the Week: Strife Darko

Canterbury rockers Strife Darko are about to launch themselves onto the British rock scene with a bang that they describe to us as “a blitzkrieg of folk, rock and something unexpected.” The band began as a solo project crafted by frontman George Berry. He soon added Trash Mammoth (stay tuned for more on them shortly)…

Gig Review: Halflives, Finding Kate & Elswhere at The Black Heart

An evening of impressive female vocalists was topped off by the emergence of an exciting new rock band as Elswhere and Finding Kate provided support for Italian rockers Halflives at The Black Heart in Camden on Tuesday (9 January). The evening began in great fashion as Enfield, north London, quartet Elswhere took to the stage to…

Introducing: The Baskervilles

Forget the Hounds of the Baskervilles, today we bring you the wonderful fuzzy rock sounds of The Baskervilles. But what’s in a name? A lot if you ask the Ipswich four-piece’s frontman James Betts. As the band name suggests, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous character is an inspiration that sums up the band’s ethos….

New Band of the Week: Hundred Year Old Man

We’re starting 2018 as we mean to go on by making our first New Band of the Week of the year the brilliantly bleak, relentlessly heavy Leeds-based doom sludgers Hundred Year Old Man. The six-piece of Tom Wright (guitar), Steve Conway (drums), Aaron Bateman (bass), Paul Broughton (vocals), Dan Rochester-Argyle (keys and vocals) and Owen Pegg (guitar and vocals) – plus…

Introducing: Black Ink

Christmas Eve it may be but Nottingham metalcore outfit Black Ink are not feeling the festive spirit with the release of their ‘Christmas single’ Lights Out, which was released on Friday (22 December). What it lacks in hollies and berries, tinsel and sparkle this track more than makes up for in booming metal guitars and…

Introducing: Core Of iO

One of the genres I’ve really enjoyed exploring over the last year or so is technical metal aka Tech-Metal, and south coast rockers Core Of iO are an intriguing example of this emerging genre. The quartet met at a music college a few years ago and formed out of a desire to create interesting and…

Weesp serve up a festive treat with Christmas Eve single launch

What do you have planned for Christmas Eve? If, like me, you’re planning a quiet, relaxing day then our favourite Belorussian rockers Weesp have a little festive treat in store for you. The band will release their first music since 2015 with their first single from a long-awaited new album Black Sails. Illumination is the…

Introducing: Hey Gigantic

South London rockers Hey Gigantic are a great example of making music for the fun of jamming with your mates. Their catchy alternative rock sound harnesses their love for contrasting quiet with loud, with moments of calm blasted away by big hard-hitting rockiness. The quartet of Jonathan Bateman (lead vocals and bass), Matt Nicholson (backing…