Introducing: SHADED

Surrey punk sensations SHADED are everything you could wish for from feel-good pop-punk. The quartet fuses catchy guitar riffs and singalong vocal melodies with driving drums and poppy vibes on their impressive debut EP The Better Man In Me, which is due for release next Friday (1 September). Vocalist Matt East, slightly self-detrimentally, describes the…

Album Review: InVisions – Never Nothing

When we met York rockers InVisions back in June frontman Ben Ville told us to “expect heavy, brutal and punchy verses with catchy choruses” from the upcoming launch of their debut album. And the quartet certainly haven’t disappointed with the launch of the brilliantly brash, yet seductively melodic Never Nothing on Friday. The album kicks…

Introducing: FAULTLINES

If you love the fusion of melodic choruses with hard-hitting riffs and the combination of melodic vocals with contrasting screams, with a bit of synth effects thrown in for good measure, then Leeds rockers FAULTLINES are going to be right up your street. The quintet of Ryan Booth (vocals), Chris McIntosh and Benji Wilson (guitars), Lee…

Introducing: Serenity Came Calling

Brutal metal riffs and poetic vocals may not be the most obvious things to place side by side one another, but that’s exactly what Scottish five-piece Serenity Came Calling are aiming for. We spoke to guitarist and clean vocalist Ross Dickson off the back of recent single Tenebris, and he summed up the band’s sound…

Verity White reveals rocky side ahead of October album

A few months ago we introduced you to solo artist and Pendragon backing singer Verity White, who is embarking on a rockier approach beginning with today’s launch of new single I Don’t Care. This is the first single from Verity’s upcoming rock album Breaking Out, due for release in October, that she is funding through…

New Band of the Week: The Cartographer

Our New Band of the Week feature has been away for a little while, so to mark its return with a bang it’s time for something awesomely heavy in the form of Derby quintet The Cartographer. The band fuses huge riffs, djent, screamed vocals and wild driving drums to form their brutal metal sound, which…

Gold Key return with new single and debut album announcement

Back in November we featured Watford quartet Gold Key as our New Band of the Week, just a matter of weeks after they formed. Now, with a few months under their wings as a band, they’re ready to kick off a new chapter with the unveiling of Creep In Slowly, the lead single off upcoming album Hello…

Introducing: AT THE SUN

My first introduction to London rockers AT THE SUN was their self-description of ‘no bullshit, no gimmicks, just straight up rock & roll,’ which instantly had my interest peaked. The five-piece, who describe their music as ‘eargasmic,’ have honed a big, exciting blues and hard-rock fuelled sound that evokes thoughts of classic rock bands of…

Single Review: Twist Helix – Little Buildings

A few months ago we introduced you to Newcastle trio Twist Helix, who are intent on addressing the issues around closing venues and art spaces in the North East through their music. The electronic alt-poppers are back today with Little Buildings, the second single off their upcoming album Ouseburn. The album itself explores the post-industrial…

New Band of the Week: Donnie Willow

The first time I checked out Glasgow’s Donnie Willow I was instantly hooked by their fusion of hooky guitar riffs and vocals, and alt-rock meets hardcore sound. Then, having found them on Facebook, I became obsessed with one of their fans’ comments, which claimed that their new EP Exhibition is “like listening to Elton John…

Introducing: VALUES

British metal music is in a hell of a good place right now, and you can add to the ever-evolving mix the brutally heavy sound of Leeds rockers VALUES. These guys fuse huge riffs and screamed vocals with some insane drum action and random moments of lovely melody, in a way few others can. Born…

Introducing: EAT DIRT

EAT DIRT are angry. They want to eat dirt they’re so angry. Or, do they want US to eat dirt? Either way, they want to get their anger across in a fast, sharp statement. The band formed towards the end of last year, in the wake of the spiralling storm of political idiocy and rising…