Feature: Bands To Watch: Blackhole

August 31, 2010

In another of the Bands To Watch features for There Goes The Fear, here’s one on one of my favourite bands – Blackhole.

After seeing Blackhole at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival I have been hooked. Perhaps my current favourite ‘new’ band, these Hertfordshire punks deliver a punishing noise filled with emotion. Admittedly that emotion is mainly anger, but what else are you wanting from a hardcore punk band?

The band are fronted by Richard Carter, who is the younger brother of Frank and Steph Carter from highly successful British punk band Gallows. Blackhole are definitely in the same vein as their counterparts but are at times both heavier and add elements of metal. Some of the breakdowns featured in debut album ‘Dead Hearts’ will get your heart pounding and your head banging involuntarily.

Continue reading the article here: http://www.theregoesthefear.com/2010/08/bands-to-watch-192-blackhole.php

Blog: Time Is Running Out For Axl Rose And Guns N’ Roses

August 31, 2010

What with all the furore surrounding Guns N’ Roses and Leeds/Reading Festival, I wrote a blog for Gigwise.

Guns N’ Roses have always been the divas of rock ‘n’ roll and this past weekend was no exception. Headlining Reading/Leeds festival is an achievement for any band, regardless of their legacy. So why act like prima donnas and expect the entire festival to change just for you?

Continue reading the article here: http://www.gigwise.com/blog/58134/Time-Is-Running-Out-For-Axl-Rose-And-Guns-N-Roses

Feature: Bands To Watch: Tubelord

August 26, 2010

This is my first piece for new music website/blog There Goes The Fear. Have a read.

Having read a review of their debut LP ‘Our First American Friends’ last year and upon hearing that they’re playing in Lincoln next month, I thought it was time to check out London’s indie math rockers Tubelord. This is not a move I regret.

The happy singalong pop feel mixed with the minimalist synthesised indie noise is something that isn’t going to grow old quickly. Sounding fresh each time I press play, Tubelord will undoubtedly be one of the biggest things on the UK music scene.

Continue reading the article here: http://www.theregoesthefear.com/2010/08/bands-to-watch-191-tubelord.php

Review: Godsized – The Phoney Tough & The Crazy Brave

August 24, 2010

I gave the Croydon metallers latest EP a going over for Onemetal recently, have a gander!

Often, a band’s image is deceiving. Sometimes, a band who look big and scary can play some of the softest, most emotional music you’ve ever heard. Similarly, some of the skinniest, jean wearing weaklings can make such an almighty racket you find yourself feeling guilty for judging them beforehand. Sometimes though, you just want a band to sound how they appear.

Godsized look like they literally invented metal. They sport some of the most impressive beards you’ve ever seen, and a stare that could make a grizzly bear cry. At first glance then, the music you hope to come out of your speakers would be the most down-tuned brutal noise your brain has been forced to endure. The artwork itself for The Phoney Tough & The Crazy Brave is overtly metal: skeletons, guns, bullets, the word ‘death’ and an ace of spades. If the picture managed to cram in a scantily-clad woman, it would be a poster on every metaller’s bedroom wall.

Read the rest of the review here: http://www.onemetal.com/2010/08/24/godsized-the-phoney-tough-the-crazy-brave/

Review: Silent Witness: Graphic Novels Without Words

August 24, 2010

In a diversion away from my usual music writings, I was asked by Onemetal to write a review of an exhibition at Lincoln’s Collection based on graphic novels.

To some they are just glorified comics, but to others they are an art form. Over the past five years graphic novels have taken a dramatic rise in popularity despite having been in the public domain for many years. Their recent inception into book stores could be attributed to the films Sin City and Watchmen. These adaptations of some of the most popular graphic novels of all time rapidly became cult status and propelled graphic novels into the mainstream.

To continue reading, click here: http://www.onemetal.com/2010/08/05/silent-witness-graphic-novels-without-words-2/

Blog: X-Factor Is Killing The Music Business

August 4, 2010

My first blog post over at Gigwise is a nice rant about the X-Factor, check it!

Later this month the same old glorified talent show format will be returning to the prime time Saturday night slot on ITV, that’s right the X-Factor. Simon Cowell’s money machine is crawling its way back onto our screens for a seventh series. Now there’s nothing wrong with showcasing the best musical talent that the country has to offer, but sadly this isn’t the case.

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.gigwise.com/blog/57750/The-X-Factor-Is-Killing-The-Music-Business

Review: Young Guns – All Our Kings Are Dead

August 4, 2010

Young Guns released their debut album earlier last month and I gave it the ol’ review for Onemetal.com.

At the minute there are a very large handful of bands all seemingly trapped in the same vein of music. All wanting to distinguish themselves as ‘alternative’ by the ever useful genre tag ‘alternative rock’, these bands rarely stray from the same formula. Big sounding noise coupled with a lot of gang vocals and the ability to excite people live with the most mediocre of techniques. To stop any confusion here are a number of ‘alternative rock’ bands: Lostprophets, Fightstar, The Blackout and We Are The Ocean. One of the newest faces on the scene though are the Buckinghamshire quintet Young Guns.

To read the full review, click here: http://www.onemetal.com/2010/07/31/young-guns-all-our-kings-are-dead/.