Review: Subsource – Tales From The Doombox

May 21, 2010

Here’s a review of Subsource’s debut album Tales From The Doombox, which I wrote for the lovely peeps at OneMetal.

There have always been bands which try to crossover from the electro/dance scene into the world of rock music. Legendary acts such as The Prodigy are arguably the most successful in this field. Other acts such as Enter Shikari, HORSE The Band and Klaxons are also noted for their innovation in ‘nu-rave’ and ‘nintendocore’.

Subsource are no exception to this crossover genre, and are very much stuck in the vein of The Prodigy. Focusing much more on lyrics to drive the songs forward, rather than catchy synth beats or heavy basslines – Subsource are out to become the next big thing in rock and dance music.

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Interview: The Crystal Method

May 21, 2010

I recently interviewed the American electro/dance duo The Crystal Method for The Linc, check it out!

Over the past 10 or 20 years the music world has been inundated with various electronic music acts, each trying to make the best noise they can with basically a keyboard and a laptop.

It might sound easy, but there’s much more to it than meets the eye. Artists like The Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx, and The Prodigy have all made a name for themselves as the flag bearers of electronic music.

The unsung heroes of electronic music though are the Las Vegas duo The Crystal Method. Since forming as far back as 1993, the electro masters have released five studio albums; the latest “Divided By The Night” was released last year to critical acclaim.

One half of the band Ken Jordan said: “We knew we were working on something really special but you never expect Grammy nominations etc. We always want to just make great music that we’re personally happy with.”

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The Spotify Top Spot-Check

November 16, 2009

A few weeks ago, a friend and I were sat at his house before heading out to the pub to watch the football. After a few beers and listening to some music our attention turned to Spotify, and more importantly the Top Hits section. For those of you who don’t have Spotify; a) you have lost the game and b) it’s the top 5 most played tracks by a particular artist. Read the rest of this entry »

Download Festival To Be Streamed Online

May 26, 2009

It was announced today that Download Festival will be being broadcast online live over the Download weekend. The festival takes place between the 12th and 14th of June and features such big names as Faith No More, Slipknot, Def Leppard, Marilyn Manson and The Prodigy.

The footage to be streamed via the Download website though is only from the main stage, not the other three stages which are featuring some cracking bands over the weekend. This in itself is an annoyance as I’m not too fussed over the majority of main stage acts this year, but the other stages are packed with some of the newest and best talent in the industry today; The Ghost Of A Thousand, Blackhole and Pulled Apart By Horses to name a few. Read the rest of this entry »

Download Festival: First Announcement

February 9, 2009

For those of you who listen to metal or alternative music in general, Download Festival may be on your calendar this year…it’s definitley on mine this year! After last year’s abysmal attempt at a good rock lineup, I’ve got every confidence that LiveNation will this year sort out Download Festival. So here’s my opinion on the first announced bands…

Slipknot: The only headliner act announced so far is the Iowan masked nine-piece, and I couldn’t be happier. For those of you who read my review of Slipknot’s Sheffield gig you’ll know how much I love this band. Slipknot are surely going to deliver at Donington this year, after a two year absence. Announced during the Sheffield show Slipknot will be performing the whole of their debut album during shows this year to commemorate its 10th anniversary. This is going to be one of those ‘I was there’ moments.

The Prodigy: Having caught one of their songs at Download ’06 (before rushing to see Guns ‘n’ Roses) I will catch them this time if it kills me. With their fusion of dance and rock, Prodigy are welcomed by everyone at Donington whether you’re an ageing metalhead or a teenie-bopper. I’ll be there though screaming along to Their Law, bring it on!

Korn: I saw these at Download ’07 and ’06 (despite Davies not being there) and they were a true highlight of the weekend. Korn always put on a fantastic show and I’m sure this year will be no different, I just hope they’re put on the main stage this year after the 2007 fiasco.

Pendulum: Much like Prodigy, Pendulum are a welcomed addition to Donington – but not by everyone. Drum & bass has divided both fans of rock and dance music, so undoubtedly it has divided Download. I’ll be there though, as long as they don’t neglect the first album.

Dragonforce: Not a band I’d have hoped for to be honest, I saw them at Download in ’06 and thought they were awful. They were on the main stage and the sound didn’t travel well at all, the constant random guitar-tapping was inaudible and I was left feeling a bit disappointed. I doubt I’ll watch them this year.

Motley Crue: I caught the last part of their set in ’07 and thought it was awesome, despite the fact they’re now older than their glory days and Vince has piled on the pounds. If they don’t clash with someone I haven’t seen before I shall be there showing my ‘wild side’.

Devil Driver: Famously attempting the Guinness world record for largest mosh/circle pit during their last Download appearance, the metal titans are back and this time I will try to see them. The past times I’ve been at Donington I’ve missed them, but I will definitley catch them this year…hopefully.

Anyone else going to Download this year? What’s your opinion?