Thursday, 19 October 2017

NEW COMPILATION - "Soundtrack to the Underground, Vol. 1" OUT 3 NOV

I'm extremely proud to announce that Young and Broke and Pissed will have its first official compilation. The Soundtrack to the Underground, Vol 1 featured 18 tracks from around the world's rock and metal underground, handpicked by yours truly. It will be available in association with Serene Chaos Records (see the sidebar for Bandcamp link or click here from November 3) for free download from 3 November 2017. To see what's included in this compilation, read below.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

EP REVIEW: Dizruption - Prelude to the Slaughter

Patience is a virtue which Dizruption guitarist and leader Stitches has in abundance. It’s taken time for him to solidify the band’s current lineup, but after releasing debut single “Dogjaw” in July this year, anticipation has been building for their debut EP. “Dogjaw” itself isn’t one of the three tracks that make up the Prelude to the Slaughter EP, but the songs that are on show here present a raw and untamed aggression that will put these guys in good stead in the nu metal revival.

ALBUM REVIEW: Samael - Hegemony

It’s been a long 6 years since Samael last released an album, 2011’s impressive Lux Mundi. Things have changed a bit since then. Along with a move from Nuclear Blast to Napalm Records, they’ve also celebrated 20 years since their breakout album Ceremony of Opposites and started their own side project, W.A.R, to perform songs from their first two albums (Worship Him and Blood Ritual). Along with this, there’s been a change on bass duty. Mas left the band in 2015 to focus on family, so former Sybreed bassist Drop has entered the fray. This would all inevitably lead to a lot of ideas for a new album, and now, at long last, we have Hegemony to show us where the industrial black metallers are at in 2017.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

EP REVIEW: AfterLife - Chains of Death

Normally I try not to do older material on this site unless it’s a retrospective review, but when I opened my submissions this summer, I got asked to review the 2014 Chains of Death EP by Poland’s AfterLife and thought I’d give it a quick shot. Though their brand of thrash metal combined with elements of classic heavy metal doesn’t generally appeal to me, it does have a certain charm to it, with fairly technical riffing and a raw, old school style of production.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

EP REVIEW: Until the End of October - Empires

Hailing from Sweden, Until the End of October are a band that’s aiming to combine some of the styles of music that their homeland is best known for with post-hardcore and metalcore to create their own take on the styles they take influence from. This month they released their debut EP, Empires, and it shows a very competent band finding their feet together.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Regarding White Supremacist Bands and the Sites which Host Them

2017 is proving to be an extremely difficult year to just sit by and ignore. With events in the prior year providing a springboard for the far right to preach their hatred in a scale that up until recently had been unprecedented in the modern era, it is becoming the duty of social media to monitor and moderate extreme views. Already we’ve seen Facebook and Twitter pledging to remove known far-right and white supremacist groups from their platforms. However, how far are they going when it comes to smaller groups, or in the music scene?

Image via CNN, of the protests in Charlottesville which inspired this debate.

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).