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 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: 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 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…

Single Review: wars – Little Death

This has been a long time coming but the wait for new music from Rugby’s finest wars has been more than worth it. The metal quintet, our New Band of the Week last July, have today released new single Little Death, their first new material since debut album We Are Islands, After All. And it’s awesome….

Introducing: Slay Duggee

For every epic theme song to kids’ TV shows like The Hurricanes, Animals of Farthing Wood, The Raccoons and The Moomins, there’s a whole host of absolute dross teaching the next generation bad musical habits. And this is an issue that’s not been lost on Slay Duggee, who’ve come up with a game-changing concept of ‘metal…

Introducing: Genus Ordinis Dei

Italian symphonic death metal quartet Genus Ordinis Dei are a fascinating proposition, having honed an exciting sound that fuses heavy metal with more delicate, often haunting orchestral instrumentals. Furthermore, their music is largely inspired by their alternative take on passages of the Bible, which fuels the intrigue. The quartet of Nick K (vocals and guitars), Tommy…

Introducing: The Wild Strays

Deep within the heart of the Black Country something feral and wild has taken shape, evolved, harnessed the power of rock and readied itself to be unleashed upon the world next month. Stafford quartet The Wild Strays were conceived this time last year from the ashes of a previous project of vocalist and guitarist KT…

Introducing: Indonesian punk rockers Ringgo 5

All the way from Indonesia we’re being taken on a journey back to the sounds of early 2000s alternative rock by Jakarta rockers Ringgo 5. The quintet began with schoolfriends Nabil Pawaka (vocals), Rhein Michael and Rishad Marciano (guitars), Robert Matthew (bass), who added drummer Getar Jiwa Adita from a rival band. Ringgo 5 play in Southampton…