Category Archives: Reviews

No Anchor – The Golden Bridge

‘No Anchor’ released ‘The Golden Bridge’ on the 26th of November.

Instead of going out, buying an electric guitar then using effects to make it sound like a bass guitar, ‘No Anchor’ have forgone that and instead have 2 bassists in their band, no electric guitarist needed.

‘Loose Gravel’ plays off gritty, strained vocals against groove-filled guitars that descend into chaos at the 3 minute mark.

‘Oh Kill’ is an absolute nugget of a track. Hard out, straight to the point all the while throwing in some pretty clever insightful lyrics.

‘Slabs’ is a perfected slow-build track, each riff gets louder alternating with an extra drum beat or cymbal smash till you are getting absolutely pulverized.

If this is a case that more sludge metal bands should just use bass guitars, I’m sold.


Hot Magenta – Long Time Coming

‘Hot Magenta’ have their EP ‘Long Time Coming’ up on Spotify for you to check out.

Featuring groove infused tracks from the good old years of rock, all while playing off a honey sweet female vocalist against some of the dirtiest gravelly backup singers.

‘Better Off Alone’ is the stand-out song here, every note is in its place. Whipping out some nice solos, guitar duels, thick bass lines. It’s a song that happily surprises you with another verse and chorus when you expected it to end.

Until we find a way to travel back in time, and you don’t want to listen to washed up old musicians who are past their prime, your best bet is to give this EP a listen, then another listen.


whenskiesaregray – We Built Walls So Our Hearts Couldn’t Cross

‘We Built Walls So Our Hearts Couldn’t Cross’ by ‘whenskiesaregray’ was released June 20, 2012.

You would expect most punk/post-hardcore albums would start with fast, loud music. You anticipate that its purpose is to be over just as you’re getting into it. ‘whenskiesaregray’ didn’t like that format and have put their longest track first. ’18-63′ serves to fatigue you before you’ve even heard track 2, the band switches from frenetic playing to wandering guitar play to echoed vocals yelling into the abyss.

‘Dead Weight’ and ‘Tidal Waves’ are both emotional wrecks of songs. There is such conviction in the lead signers voice, such a need for his message to be heard.

‘I’ve Given My All, Therefore I Have Nothing Left’ is a pretty apt way to close off the album, bashing out one last song before they collapse in a heap.


The Neptune Power Federation – Mano A Satano

‘The Neptune Power Federation’ released ‘Mano A Satano’ on 22nd of October.

Reminiscent of the older days of metal, where you spent as much time on your blonde mullet as you did writing songs.

These guys have somehow found a way to bring together light-hearted lyrics ‘Be It Demon?’ with some serious rocking ‘Skies of Sounds’.

This album features some great 80’s power metal singing, fuzzed out guitars and convoluted guitar solos that would make Slash cry.

This band definitely doesn’t mind taking the piss out of themselves and seeing the funnier side of metal, although unlike most parody albums, this album can be listened to again and again.

 


Monoliths. – Dirt // Dust

‘Monoliths.’ released ‘Dirt//Dust’ on the 14th of August 2012.

This EP is raw, urgent and shows what good DIY hardcore is all about. Each instrument gets its own time in the spotlight which seems to be a rarity for this style of music.

‘Slit’ starts out with some soft spoken-word/poetry then delves into a mesh of metalcore and hardcore.

‘Tar’ brilliantly plays off the 2 main vocalists, Brian and Kehan, against each other.

‘Rapture’ shows off the bands more mathcore side with time signatures all over the place with their signature hardcore/screamo vocals layered on top.

Worth checking out for Kehan’s vocals as he assaults you beyond his own exhaustion.