New Band of the Week: Miscreant

The pure dark metal heaviness that’s launched upon us in the form of Grantham, Lincolnshire’s Miscreant is truly terrifying, yet utterly brilliant. The quartet of Harvey Jaffrey (vocals), Craig Massie (guitar), Jake Bilton (bass) and George Topham (drums) have fused an intense sound of huge screamed vocals built around booming guitar riffs and basslines and…

New Band of the Week: Ursus

Regardless of how into the heaviness of metalcore or deathcore you may be, Swindon’s Ursus are about to blow your mind with their interpretation of what ‘heavy’ is. The band has been around in various guises for a while but freely admit their first incarnation of the band was an educational experience that helped them…

New Band of the Week: Weekend Recovery

If fast-paced, angsty punk-fuelled rock is your bag, then you’re going to love the raw, rocking sound of Kent’s Weekend Recovery. The band perfectly crosses the border of punk and rock, with frontwoman Lori’s engaging vocals supported by energetic guitar riffs, big driving drums and more than an ample dose of solos from lead guitarist…

New Band of the Week: Duke Of Wolves

To paraphrase Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover, London’s Duke Of Wolves are increasingly adding to their ‘Wolfpack’ with their engaging, hard-hitting rock. Like the movie they are four in number and, while their wolfpack may not be ‘running around the desert together in Las Vegas, looking for strippers and cocaine’ they are increasingly winning over UK audiences with…

New Band of the Week: Grace & Legend

There’s few things more powerful and enjoyable than the sound of hard-hitting female vocals over the top of booming hard rock guitars and drums, which succinctly sums up Edinburgh quartet Grace & Legend. The fact that the band exists at all is perhaps a surprise, given that founding members Bekah Mhairi Comrie (vocals) and Ashely-Nicole…

New Band of the Week: Tenements

If you ever find yourself craving a return to the glory days of early 2000s post-hardcore then Glasgow’s Tenements are the band to fill that particular void in your life. The quintet of Darren Coles (vocals), Chris Bennett (guitar and vocals), Callum Nicolson (guitar), Malcolm Robb (bass) and Jamie Whiteside (drums and vocals) combine moments of melody…

New Band of the Week: Tomorrow Is Lost

Every now and again a brand new band pops up and has you instantly hooked. That’s exactly the case with Newcastle rockers Tomorrow Is Lost, who have honed an intoxicating sound led by the powerful vocals of frontwoman Cass King supported by a big hard rock sound. The five-piece only completed their lineup a few months…

New Band of the Week: As Everything Unfolds

A couple of weeks ago I saw High Wycombe post-hardcore band As Everything Unfolds headline a London show and proceeded to have my mind blown by their awesome live performance. Post-gig, I’ve struggled to listen to anything else other than their music. The six-piece of Charlie Rolfe (vocals), Adam Kerr and Owen Hill (guitars), George…

New Band of the Week: Kill The Silence

Leeds rockers Kill The Silence are in for an exciting end to 2017, supporting a major rock act in their hometown and heading out on a tour of their own in a bid to get their exciting post-hardcore sound heard more widely. The roots of the band began way back in 2012 when Jason Walsh…

New Band of the Week: Bring The Onslaught

As the name suggests, Bring The Onslaught are brilliantly, brutally heavy – and the good news is that things are only going to get heavier from Aylesbury’s exciting metalcore newcomers. The five-piece of vocalist Nick Wilshaw, drummer Ben Stacey, guitarist and vocalist Ashley Savage, lead guitarist Jonny Helm and bassist Adam Skinner describe their music…

New Band of the Week: Manchester’s latest indie-rock gem The Covasettes

Manchester has a rich history for producing great new rock bands, and I’m delighted to say it’s at it again with the emergence of fresh new indie rockers The Covasettes. The quartet of Chris Buxton (lead vocals and guitar), Matt Hewlett (lead guitar and vocals), Jamie McIntyre (bass and vocals) and Matt Buckley (drums / percussion)…

New Band of the Week: Defences

With the seemingly endless subgenres of metal out there these days, it’s totally understandable for bands to pinpoint themselves to one of them. But when a band goes all out and embraces as many of them as humanly possible and absolutely nails it, you have to give them the credit they deserve. That’s exactly what…