Thursday, 18 May 2017
Japan is doing a sterling job of breaking down the gender divide that dominates the global metal scene at the moment. The general perception is that women don’t seem to have much of a place in metal, and that female singers are a niche or a novelty. However, Japan is challenging that perception with what is locally known as the “Girls Metal Band Boom”, which has seen dozens of all-girl metal bands break through into the Japanese metal scene. One of the latest bands to emerge from this, BRIDEAR, combine the power metal influenced style of most bands in the scene and give it that little bit of metalcore edge to set themselves apart from the others. Now with new EP Rise, released in March, BRIDEAR are looking to further develop their own distinct style.
Thursday, 4 May 2017
Times are troubling in the world of politics. From Brexit and Theresa May in the UK, to Donald Trump in the US, Erdogan in Turkey, Putin in Russia, and a wave of far-right populism sweeping Europe, the media are under constant scrutiny for bias and the new idea of “fake news” while politicians present “alternative facts”. This chaos has become the perfect fuel for a wave of socially conscious, angry music for those who are fed up with apathy permitting atrocity. Lee Christian is one of the musicians riding on this wave with his new album, Fake News.
Tuesday, 2 May 2017
Kent is hardly the first place that springs to mind when you think of reggae. However, Ferocious Lopez are trying to put Kent on the reggae map with their new EP, Breed the Sharks. Their tongue-in-cheek approach and funk-rock tendencies give us a neat take on UK reggae, something which has failed to live up to its promise after the genre boomed several decades ago.