Giver – Where the Cycle Breaks

“An Absolute masterclass in melodic hardcore … Giver deal in passion, sincerity and truth” Read what I had to say about the new release from European hardcore band Giver at Echoes and Dust which comes out tomorrow. • Facebook • • Holy Roar Records • For Fans of: Circles, More Than Life, Departures, Guns Up!, American Nightmare, Panic, Suicide…

10 Albums I’m Anticipating In 2018

With anticipation comes expectation and as the same with every other year, once the Album of the Year list is done and I begin to regret what I missed out, I make a list of everything I expect to come out this year. Here is a selection of some albums I am greatly anticipating. Not…

The Ones That Got Away – 2017

At the end of the year, after the Albums of the Year article has been submitted, I like to reflect on some albums that I either didn’t listen to enough or only recently discovered. So here are some of the albums that I think got away from me in 2017. Zeal and Ardor – Devil…

Save the Flapper!

Whilst it may just be talk, it is of an unsavoury nature. Those familiar with the music scene in Birmingham will be very familiar with the Flapper & Firkin. This canal-side building is home to a large pub kitted out with your traditional pub games and vintage arcade games. Additionally, and more importantly, it holds…

Albums of the Year 2017

So, it has been a quiet year for me on here; even musically, or so I thought – I am amazed at how many albums I listened to – as I felt I had only dabbled in new releases. Sometimes it is simply not having enough time, sometimes I lacked the motivation. I have still…

The Tangent – The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery

“Political commentary and instrumental technicality, The Tangent allow Roger Waters’ influence to shape their re-purposed image of progressive rock.” Read what else I had to say at Echoes and Dust. Review | @thetangentmusic – The Slow Rust of Forgotten Machinery by Aidan Clucas. https://t.co/coZJ3Gp3Gq @insideouteu pic.twitter.com/usZd8Ljr5v — Echoes And Dust (@echoesanddust) July 19, 2017

Rest in Peace, Chris Cornell, 1964-2017

To those who know me, Chris Cornell was a personal hero of mine. I had not listened to Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, or his solo efforts in a while, but I didn’t need to; his memory was engrained within me, and how he shaped me musically will forever help define me. His artistic talent would…

In Dante’s Eclipse – City of Wolves

West Midlands goth-rockers In Dante’s Eclipse has released the follow up to Obey the Sun, with City of Wolves. This will be the band’s third studio release, whilst it is the first to feature all current band members with writing credits. The inclusion of Marlon Urch (Guitar) and Damian John (Bass), known for their work with progressive…

Listening Playlist – March 2017

Here is what I have been listening to throughout the Month of March. There was some Summer sun towards the end and with that a change of pace in music. Therefore, here is a rather eclectic, but challenging, list. I hope you enjoy and hope you find something for you. 1. Bossk – I II (Reissue)…

Album of the Year 2016

To those who know me this is not a surprise in the slightest, especially considering it’s omission from the list thus far. However, my album of the year for 2016 is … Black Peaks – Statues I’d never paid much attention to this band before the That’s Not Metal Podcast introduced me to them, so for that I…

Albums of the Year 2016 – 5-2

5. David Bowie – Blackstar Earlier this year the world lost one of its greatest talents. It’s a pleasure that he gave us this glorious piece of music before he left this plane. This, like Nick Cave, is an album to be respected, as there is more to this than songs. Out of all the significant…

Albums of the Year 2016 – 10-6

10. Radiohead – Moon Shaped Pool Quant, delicate, and emotional. No I’m not talking about myself when I was 15, it’s the new Radiohead album. It’s great stuff and really pulls on my Steven Wilson heartstrings. 9. Heck – Instructions Best live band? Possibly, quite possibly. Great record but even better when you see them live. They absolutely…