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…

Introducing: Neon Dolls

If you were asked to describe why you love rock music, what would you say? My hunch is that Leeds rockers Neon Dolls’ depiction of themselves as “loud guitars, distorted bass and thunderous drums and an awesome singer” would be bang on the money. The five-piece have honed an infectious sound that draws on the…

Gig Review: 2000 Trees Festival – Saturday

After a stonking day of seeing awesome bands on Friday of 2000 Trees Festival that included many, many hours of alcohol consumption, it’s safe to say Saturday got off to a slow start. But the next 15 hours or so made the hangover seem a very distant memory with probably the best day of music…

Gig Review: 2000 Trees Festival – Friday

I’d heard good things before heading to my first 2000 Trees Festival last weekend with ‘chilled,’ ‘a really cool vibe’ and ‘a great lineup’ among the superlatives that had been mentioned, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Due to work commitments I was only able to head down to the three-day festival for the start of…

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…

New Band of the Week: Harbour Sharks

Kingston rockers Harbour Sharks have mastered the art of blending big heavy metalcore with moments of deliciously catchy melody. This ability has, inevitably, led to comparisons to certain bands and, as a massive fan of the beasts that are Beartooth, it was music to my ears to be introduced to them as ‘for fans of…

Introducing: Cuecliché

Just under a year ago Terry Rytz, deep into a nine-year hiatus from music, went along to see Blink-182 perform an acoustic show at The Rose Theatre in Kingston. The show was so good that it inspired him to get back onto the music wagon and a month or so later his new punk rock…

Fort Fest reveals its amazing line-up of new bands in full

It’s only six weeks until the newest rock and metal festival on the scene kicks off for the second time, and Fort Fest has announced its full line-up and day splits for 4-6 August. The Friday evening will be headlined by the mighty Pulled Apart By Horses, while Saturday will be seen out in style…

Introducing: Timmas and a European tour with a difference

Lots of bands go out on European tours, but you don’t hear of too many that travel Europe for two months busking. But that’s exactly what Leicester duo Timmas will be doing when they embark on their European journey next month. Timmas is made up of Tom Carnell (drums and vocals) and Tim Baker (guitars…

Introducing: Next To None

American rockers Next To None not only sound like Slipknot 2.0, they also carry the added intrigue of having former Dream Theatre and Avenged Sevenfold drummer Mike Portnoy’s extremely talented son Max sitting on their own drums. The quartet from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, have honed an incredible sound that combines Slipknot-esque DJ sounds with Max’s…

Introducing: We Fall Slowly

We’ve spoken to bands from all across Europe in recent months, but today we introduce our first Dutch band in the form of We Fall Slowly. The five-piece of Boye Emmaneel (vocals), Gerwin (guitar and backing vocals), Maarten (guitars), Jan (drums) and Anton (bass) hail from Emmen, in the north-east of The Netherlands, and have honed…