Album Review: You Win Again Gravity’s excellent debut Anonymity

Last month we introduced you to the intriguing delights of Windsor rockers You Win Again Gravity as our New Band of the Week, in which we revealed their debut album Anonymity was imminent – and the good news is that’s out now, and it’s superb. This is an album that symbolises the maturing of a…

Introducing: Mighty Swedish metallers Knogjärn

If you’re yet to discover Spotify’s Discover Weekly, then here’s a tale that’ll make you want to get involved in it. I was listening to my weekly collection of new music the other week when some brutally good metal popped into my ears. The creators of this brilliant noise was Knogjärn, a band that formed…

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…

Introducing: Russian Girlfriends

No we haven’t turned into one of those conspicuous Russian websites that promises you a wife that looks like Anna Kournikova (deletes Internet history), we’re actually introducing you to American punk rockers Russian Girlfriends. Despite not actually having Russian girflriends – no, none of them, boring! – the New Mexico five-piece have honed a style…

Introducing: Useless Dogs

Spanish rockers Useless Dogs are an intriguing fusion of rock styles heavily influenced by their fascination with music of the 60s and 70s. The quartet, made up of songwriter and vocalist Rafa Suarez (aka Mr Dogman), lead guitarist Javier Rojas, drummer Miquel Ferrer and bassist Javier Santana, are relative puppies, having been together as a…

New Band of the Week: Hide Your Eyes

As someone who grew up in the quiet, leafy Herefordshire countryside, it gives me great pride to introduce an exciting new band from an area of England better known for the cider that fuels gig-goers than the bands themselves. Hide Your Eyes keep you on the edge of your seat with a varied mix of…

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…

New Band of the Week: wars

If you’ve made the wise choice to head to 2000 Trees this weekend then you’ll want to add 12.25pm on Friday at The Cave Stage to your Clashfinder, because mighty Rugby-based rockers wars are a must-see act on this year’s line-up. The band has mastered the art of merging brutal screamed vocals with huge riffs…

Introducing: Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics

It’s often said that a change does you the world of good and Aaron Buchanan is testament to that old adage. The singer is taking it to the next level having formed Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics last year and launched a superb debut album last month. The London five-piece, completed by Laurie Buchanan…

Introducing: Pryti

Ever wondered what Lana Del Rey fused with the Deftones would sound like? Well you’re in luck, because Birmingham-hailing solo artist Pryti attests to be exactly that with her brand of dark, melancholic rock. Pryti’s sound has been honed from a wide range of influences from Deftones and Linkin Park through to Sarah McLachlan, Ani DiFranco…

Introducing: Weirds launch debut album Swarmculture

The band name may give it away, but Leeds rockers Weirds are not normal. The four-piece, who define their sound as “sludgey, amphibious rock” are a thrilling combination of big rocking riffs and almost mystical, but totally cool psychedelia. The quartet of Aidan Razzall (vocals and keys), David Nash (drums), Zachary Thomas (guitar) and Matthew…

Introducing: Rougenoire

We’ve met a fair few bands from Italy in the last few months, but none (be it Italian or not, for that matter) are quite like Milanese rockers Rougenoire. The five-piece have honed an awesome classic rock sound with their own unique spin thanks to Francesca ‘Black Mamba’ Gheza’s commanding, appealingly accented vocals. The title…