Wednesday, 2 August 2017

EP REVIEW: BRATS - Ainikoiyo / Nounai Shoukyo Game

You can say what you like about Japanese "kawaii-core" group LADYBABY, but there's no denying that the two girls fronting the band, Rie Kaneko and Rei Kuromiya, can sing. As it turns out, Kuromiya has long had her own band with her sister and some friends, called BRATS and after breaking out with two singles becoming theme tunes for an anime and a movie, they've released the international edition of their first EP, アイニコイヨ / 脳内消去ゲーム (Ainikoiyo / Nounai Shoukyo Game).



ALBUM REVIEW: Digital Nova - Orphelins

There's a lot of rap metal coming out of France of late, with newbies such as Smash Hit Combo taking their cue from classic groups such as Pleymo, Lofofora and Mass Hysteria. One of the other newer bands to come out of the scene is Marseille quartet Digital Nova, and their NFFP Records debut Orphelins, released late last year, shows a bright future awaits them.


Monday, 24 July 2017

GHOST HALL - NINE DRAGONS: OUT NOW

I hardly ever use it because I don't know enough local bands to do so, but I do actually have a record label (see that Bandcamp link in the sidebar?). And today, I released the new album by synthwave/ambient project Ghost Hall, the solo project of Rescue Dogs guitarist Nathan Fitzpatrick. It's his 3rd release and second full length out through Serene Chaos Records, and it's a great little concept album about the legendary Kowloon Walled City.



Saturday, 8 July 2017

EP REVIEW: Defeat Statistics - Stressed and Depressed

Despite having previously played in a pop punk band, I’ve never really had all that much time or regard for the genre. Occasionally I’d find a band that I’d enjoy from the scene, particularly Sum 41’s more metal influenced take on it, but apart from that it’s never really piqued my interest. Now, Watford quartet Defeat Statistics have come out with their new EP Stressed and Depressed, presenting just over 10 minutes of modern pop punk with a heavy emo influence on the side. I do have a soft spot for emo, so I figured I’d give this band a shot.


Sunday, 2 July 2017

EP REVIEW: Ovter God - Kvlt Life

Everyone loves a good side project every now and then. Especially Rabbit Junk mastermind JP Anderson. Over the years he’s had plenty down the years, from the crushing digital hardcore of The Named, through Wolves Under Sail’s folk metal and via the steampunk prog metal of Fighting Ice With Iron, he’s never been afraid to use a new project to try something new. This year is no different, with the unveiling of self styled “killwave” duo Ovter God alongside singer Rhiannon Harrigan. Using a combination of synthwave, industrial and gothic influences, their debut EP Kvlt Life sees Anderson step into unknown territory and a surprisingly accessible sound.


ALBUM REVIEW: Powerflo - Powerflo

I think we can now officially call 2017 the year of the rap metal revival. After several strong releases already this year (and Prophets of Rage just around the corner), Sen Dog of Cypress Hill has teamed up with members of Biohazard, downset., Fear Factory and Worst to unleash Powerflo’s self-titled debut album into the world. And boy is it a stormer.


Thursday, 15 June 2017

EP REVIEW: Rabbit Junk - Like the Flesh Does the Knife

I can’t open this review without first making it perfectly clear: Rabbit Junk are, by far, one of my all time favourite bands. Rising from the ashes of digital hardcore greats The Shizit, JP Anderson has constantly used the hardclash moniker Rabbit Junk as a vessel to experiment and evolve his approach to music over the past 13 years now, from the undefinable Re:Frame to the ambitious This Life Is Where You Get F__ked and Project Nonagon, it can be said that no two songs by the husband-and-wife duo are (or can ever be) the same. While JP takes time out to work on their 5th album and explore other projects, he and Glitch Mode Recordings have now unleashed Like the Flesh Does the Knife, an EP of remixes by JP and members of the Glitch Mode collective.