Thursday, 30 November 2017

IN DEFENCE OF: Limp Bizkit - The Unquestionable Truth, Part One (2005)

Ah, Limp Bizkit. The much maligned face of the “jock rock” era of nu metal have never been the media’s darlings, and their music has constantly been panned by critics. Even their in-and-out guitarist Wes Borland prefers to distance himself from the band’s output, as a serving member of the band. However, sometimes you have to take a closer look and realise that not all of their music was that bad. In 2005 they quietly released The Unquestionable Truth (Part One) with little-to-no fanfare, in a direct attempt to subvert their previous image and prove that they can be taken seriously with an openly political, heavy release. And although it was never really given the chance to succeed, it’s an album worthy of some merit.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Interview with Digital Nova

During the past summer I spent a few months in France, and while I was there I took the chance to further explore the underground metal culture in the country. In the process I discovered Marseille nu metal group Digital Nova, whose hardcore tinged approach had me hooked on first listen. After returning to the UK, I got in touch with bassist Mathieu Dubois and vocalist François Le Goazigo to talk about their last album Orphelins (read the album review here) and how life is for the band right now.

This interview was originally conducted in French. To read the original French version, click here.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

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

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) 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.