New Music Friday Round-Up: 15 June

Our latest installment of the week’s latest new music brings you some hard-hitting new British metal, a heavy new track from a New Zealand / Aussie metal band, some new music from our favourite new solo artist, a bit of indie rock and a bit more metal. Enjoy… Cut Short – Impersonal (EP) Get your…

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New Band of the Week: The Forgotten Age

To paraphrase the old Ronseal TV adverts (for those of you of a certain age), The Forgotten Age does exactly what it says on the tin – a throwback to the good old days of metal. In their words: “The kind of music your teenage self would want to play to impress their friends, but…

New Music Friday Round-Up: 8 June

The second instalment of our round-up of the latest new music brings you an awesome throwback to 90s guitar rock, some brutally heavy metal, new music from exciting new British rockers, an old favourite and even some Americana meets country. Read on for our pick of this week’s new releases… Hypophora – Spires (Single) The…

Introducing: Just Like Fruit

Every Monday morning my office receives a basket colourfully filled with a mass of all kinds of tasty fruit, from strawberries, oranges and grapes through to plums and lychees. Embodying that eclectic mix in a musical sense is Brighton blues-infused alt-rockers Just Like Fruit. The quintet of Dion Mason-Poole (vocals), Taran Pring (lead guitar), Kieran Matthews (rhythm guitar), Ryan Melbourne-Hurley…

Introducing: Pagan

Dust off your spellbook, start researching your rituals and prepare to be enchanted by Melbourne rock cult Pagan‘s brand of ‘very heavy, gloomy rock and roll.’ The self-monikered ‘real-life/pretend vampires playing real-life/pretend rock and roll’ will bring you under their spell with Nikki Brumen’s engaging howled vocals alongside huge riffs from Xavier Santilli, booming basslines from…

‘Bad Love’ music photography exhibition launches tomorrow in Hackney Wick

If you read our review of the recent Pulled Apart By Horses gig at Fluffer Pit Parties, you’ll have seen some awesome photos by our man Sam Huddleston. The Hackney Wick-based photographer focuses on live music and portraits, with a particular knack for capturing the feeling, style and emotion of music. He’s kicking off his…

Introducing: Tim Brooks

London solo artist Tim Brooks is far from your bog standard singer-songwriter, bringing a heavy focus on lyrics and wordplay alongside a much rockier approach than you might expect. Having started out on the more typical acoustic route he’s gradually evolved towards a sound that merges the boundaries of folk, rock and pop-punk that. As…

Introducing: Dividium

Hull tech metal quartet Dividium are quite the metal melting pot, fusing huge mathy guitars and delicious solos with a kaleidoscope of vocal offerings, from classic metal vocals through to intense screams. Dividium began life as a project between vocalist Neil Bailey and guitarist Peter Delaney, who later added drummer James Coggin and bassist Joel…

Gig Review: Camden Rocks Festival – Part 2

Following on from the afternoon session of Camden Rocks Festival, which we covered here, the evening saw things get a whole lot heavier and sweatier as the day-long celebration of emerging British rock, metal and punk continued. Having seen At The Sun bring a rocking end to the afternoon, I moved back up to Dingwalls…

Gig Review: Camden Rocks Festival – Part 1

Thousands of people flocked to the north London borough of Camden for a feast of the finest emerging British rock, metal and punk talent at the annual Camden Rocks Festival on Saturday (2 June). The action kicked off at 12pm with music running into the early hours of Sunday morning at various afterparties, as rock…

New Band of the Week: Liquid State

Bristol’s Liquid State are a band worth getting excited about, combining big dirty riffs, gritty basslines and pounding drum grooves with soaring, powerful vocals in their loud, unapologetically heavy brand of rock. Having won a Battle of the Bands competition in their hometown last year, they’ve since been hard at work on their debut EP, from…

New Music Friday Round-Up: 1 June

Welcome to a brand new feature that we’re kicking off this week: New Music Friday Round-Up. The clue is in the title, we’ll bring you a round-up of the latest new music from our favourite new rock and metal bands every Friday. Here goes…   Cassels – When Completing Handshakes (Single) A bit of noise…