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…

Albums of the Year 2016 – 15-11

15. Every Time I Die – Low Teens I’d never listened to this band because of their name. I thought they were some God-awful emo band. I’m very sorry, this album is ‘riffz for daiz’. 14. Fall of Troy – OK They released it for free? How awesome is that? It’s worth more than that though,…

Albums of the Year 2016 – 20-16

The end of an era. Well, the year. Here are what I consider to be my most important albums of 2016. This was a particularly tough year to narrow down as it was truly exceptional. There were so many great albums from all kinds of calibre bands. It was, more importantly, a great year for…

Arcane Roots Debut New Single on Radio One

Arcane Roots debuted their new single ‘Curtains’ on Daniel P. Carter’s Radio One Rock show last night. Following this they announced a gig at Bush Hall in London in February. ON SALE// 🎫 @ArcaneRoots have announced a show at @Bushhallmusic in Feb 2017. Tix on sale NOW! HERE: https://t.co/nQ7LkbgTwa pic.twitter.com/JhPvY8fw3T — gigsandtours (@gigsandtours) December 5, 2016…

Aktaion Release New Music Video for Walrus March

From Sweden comes the new music video, created by Jens Norén  for ‘Walrus March’ by Aktaion, from their second album “The Parade of Nature“. The video is a censored version, with an uncensored edit coming at a later date. The video features the band performing on a darkened stage whilst images of war and animals (presumably) fighting…

Black Peaks & Heck – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, 13/09/16

On a drizzly afternoon and Download Festival, nearing the end of their set, Black Peaks mumbled that they would be touring with Heck, who had also played that weekend. It was a fleeting moment, but one in which many said “did he really just say that?” Having witnessed both, including the previous incarnation of Baby Godzilla, one could only…

Howling Giant – Black Hole Space Wizard Part 1

If there’s one thing to be said of the bands that encompass the stoner rock and metal genre, it is that they pick some extraordinarily brilliant band names and album titles. Howling Giant come from Nashville, Tennessee, and their mission statement is within their band name, to sound like a loud beast. Despite only being a trio,…