Motionless In White – ‘Eternally Yours’

Motionless In White have released a new single – ‘Eternally Yours’. Here we have a song that is almost beautiful, yet the edges are so nicely roughened with the band’s usual metalcore sound that the result is a fascinating blend of the two. Continue reading Motionless In White – ‘Eternally Yours’

Review: Kreator’s ‘Gods of Violence’

After some musical ups and downs over the years, it seems Kreator have found themselves again and in doing so have produced an album of pure quality. Gods of Violence features that classic thrash sound that they have long perfected; it’s loud, fast and aggressive. Violence is certainly more musically intricate than their previous albums – perhaps excepting thirteenth studio album Phantom Antichrist – yet not so much that their riffs and breakdowns overshadow the primary rage that runs throughout each song. Continue reading Review: Kreator’s ‘Gods of Violence’

Blaming the Media

In light of the new year (albeit a month in), I’d like to revisit one of the main fads that have of course always been popular, but really blew up in 2016. Blaming the media for all of our problems. Because, you see, the media is the cause of all of our deep-rooted insecurities, the reason why ‘undeserving’ celebrities are bigger than they should be, and – staying true to the theme of this blog – the reason why genuinely good music isn’t given the exposure it deserves. This article is especially for those who feel this way. So, let’s put a face to this hellish beast that ruins everything. Who is in control of this so-called ‘media’? Continue reading Blaming the Media

Live Review: Avenged Sevenfold (Birmingham Genting, January 13th)

Just over three years ago, sixteen year-old me had discovered Avenged Sevenfold for the first time and was immediately anxious to see them live. This year that wait was finally over, and what better way for it to be fulfilled than in a massive arena following the release of a surprise album that’s still being talked about. A night of incredible performances, crazy stage productions and a massive crowd marked one of the best live performances I’ve been to. But I’m getting ahead of myself; first the supports. Continue reading Live Review: Avenged Sevenfold (Birmingham Genting, January 13th)

Bullet For My Valentine – ‘Don’t Need You’

New Bullet For My Valentine music has landed! And it’s not half bad, either. The band have clearly taken a heavier direction with new single ‘Don’t Need You’ – a direction that I hope their album continues with. Screams from start to finish, with a chorus that’s equally as powerful with Moose’s heavy drums, we get the usual anger that Bullet never fails to deliver.

That said, Bullet’s success with this single is also – for me – their downfall. Continue reading Bullet For My Valentine – ‘Don’t Need You’

Live Review: Bring Me The Horizon (London O2, November 5th)

Bring Me The Horizon – the band that has shot up in much-deserved popularity this past year and went on to sell out the O2 for what was a truly magnificent show. Expectations were certainly high for this tour and they did not disappoint. Their fans on the other hand were…interesting. As were their support bands, Basement and Don Broco – but for very different reasons. Continue reading Live Review: Bring Me The Horizon (London O2, November 5th)

Review: Avenged Sevenfold’s ‘The Stage’

After releasing new single, ‘The Stage’, Avenged Sevenfold barely gave us enough time to recover before shocking fans with the release of their new album! With a level of epicness only they could achieve, they made the global announcement at the end of a live-streamed concert from the rooftop of Capitol Records in LA. The performance included four songs; fan favourite ‘Nightmare’, ‘The Stage’, and the less known but equally impressive ‘Planets’ and ‘Acid Rain’. The release of the unexpected yet awesome single, followed by the album’s release two months before the promised date and then this exciting live-stream… the bar had been set exceptionally high for The Stage. And it was reached with ease. Continue reading Review: Avenged Sevenfold’s ‘The Stage’

The Problem with the Metal Community

We’re all a bunch of fucked up, can’t-fit-in misfits with a strong appreciation of quality music. We like to scream, we love to swear; we head bang and mosh like there’s no tomorrow. We dress in black, our hair is crazy, we’re probably pierced in weird places and tattooed in weirder. And above all that, we’re a community. We love each other like family. We fight for our music and our scene. We stay true to what matters and don’t sacrifice morals for artificial popularity. We are one.

The initial viewpoint of sixteen year old me discovering for the first time this truly mental scene was fantastic. The idea that there’s other people who listen to this kinda stuff, that there’s a world where you don’t have to pretend you don’t know what metal music is, is something that comes as a shock to many late comers. A world where it’s cool to be this different – where doing so is encouraged. It’s like a group of outcasts that have all banded together and collectively put up a massive middle finger at everyone else. Badass bands and artists that don’t require superficial awards to validate their talents, yet still encourage fans of those awards to at least see what our side has to offer. Everyone ultimately just wants to have a good time and appreciate good music. Unfortunately, this is only the case part of the time. Continue reading The Problem with the Metal Community

Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Doomed’ (Live at the Royal Albert Hall)

Here is an example of something truly majestic. The last thing any of us would relate to a band like Bring Me The Horizon is delicacy; sweeping strings, gentle woodwinds and a powerful yet angelic choir. Yet, somehow, we have been presented with a combination of metal and classical that is just beautiful. Continue reading Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Doomed’ (Live at the Royal Albert Hall)

Avenged Sevenfold – ‘The Stage’

 

They’re back! After an excruciating 3 year wait, Avenged Sevenfold have returned to bless our ears with an awesome new song; ‘The Stage’. With this slightly longer – but by no means tedious – track of 8 minutes, A7X have silenced any fans that were skeptical of the bands next move following the slightly less successful 2013 album Hail to the King, as well as the switch from Arin Ilejay on the drums to Brook Wackerman.

Continue reading Avenged Sevenfold – ‘The Stage’