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Bleed Again – Momentum

The Worthing five-piece combines the brutality of death metal with the raw ferocity of metalcore, drawing a direct influence from the sound that flooded the New Wave of American Heavy Metal scene in the early 2000s. Think of the perfect mix of Chimaira, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage and Trivium. And, while the previous releases have shown glimpses of what Bleed Again can produce, “Momentum” surprises us all with how much the band has grown in just a couple of years.

I came into this album expecting good things, I never quite expected an album this good. While the main metalcore vibe is still the stand out feature on most of the release. Bleed Again have shown more depth with “Momentum”, showing newer influences by getting heavier and softer in their songwriting. With this album, the Worthing lads have revealed great potential on their debut release, leaving an album with the similar calibre to Bury Tomorrow’s earlier albums.

 For The Fans Of: Chimaira, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Trivium
Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

WHILE SHE SLEEPS – CONCORDE 2, BRIGHTON

Just days following the release of their third album, ‘You Are We’, Sheffield metallers, While She Sleeps headed to the south coast city of Brighton as part of their extensive tour around the UK. What made this occasion more special was that the iconic Concorde 2 was sold out weeks before the show. This was incredible, considering that two London shows were sold out on this tour, too.

The majority of the set was filled with new material and I felt that this was a downside to the show. The reactions from the crowd were great for each song, but for a set to be dominated by material from an album released a few day prior to the show felt like overkill. I certainly would have expected more than two songs from ‘This Is The Six’. Nevertheless, this was a fantastic performance from the Sheffield crew and they had a very rowdy crowd eating out of the palm of their hands. It was true showmanship and I can only expect the next time they play Brighton will be a bigger venue, such as The Dome.

Read the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Mammothfest Presents show #1

In 2015, Feed the Rhino was scheduled to headline one of the stages at Mammothfest but sadly, due to illness, the band had to pull out of performing at the last minute. The Kent outfit promised to make it up to the Brighton-based fans that missed out by coming back when the time was right. Eighteen months later, to celebrate Feed the Rhino returning to the seaside town, Mammothfest organised an all-day event featuring some of the best emerging heavy artists and alternative metal bands. What started out as a one-off event has culminated in the Mammothfest booking to at least two more themed all-dayer events to follow over the next month. So here is a review of the first “Mammothfest Presents” event of 2017.

This was a fantastic event that showcased the great quality of music in the toilet scene level of heavy music in the United Kingdom at the moment. It also shows the fantastic heavy metal community in Brighton that Mammothfest is striving build even further. This was a very “matey” kind of atmosphere all day; the bands all knew each other and the bands and fans were mostly friends with each other. Rounded up, it was a brilliant DIY event and I expect the next couple of “Mammothfest Presents” shows to be of the same standard.

Full review at Rockfreaks.net here. Featuring Coverage of, Feed The Rhino, Magna Carta, Bleed Again, Seething Akira, The Five Hundred, Core Of iO, As Flames Rise, Kickfist, Hawka, Edge of Salvation and Tension Head

Krysthla – Peace In Our Time: Album Review

“I feel that Krysthla know their strong points and they have their niche that stands out against other emerging bands in British metal. Neither prog, tech or extreme metal are my “go to” subgenres in heavy music, but this combination of the three is truly captivating and far more appealing to a wider audience. “Peace in Our Time” showcases that Krysthla’s talent is very good now, but there is potential to be something great.”

For The Fans Of: Heart of a Coward, Textures, Cambion

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

Suicide Silence – Suicide Silence: Album Review

Come into “Suicide Silence” with an open mind. Perhaps drop the pre-determined negativity on it too before listening because if you want to hate the album and pick holes, you will find things to pick holes at. This is a different side to Suicide Silence and I truly respect them for giving it a go and showing their talents are expansive. As a whole, I found it more enjoyable to listen to than the past two Suicide Silence albums because of the wider range of musicianship and influences. This is a sign of the growth of a band, not a sign of abandonment to fans.

 For The Fans Of: Korn, Deftones, Killswitch Engage
Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

Galactic Empire – Galactic Empire: Album Review

As an initial listen, this album is pure genius. Musically this album is phenomenal with impeccable instrumentation. But I see the popularity of it being short lived. After all, Austrian Death Machine was a great fad while it lasted, like most gimmicks. How much music can you make off metal Star Wars covers? Galactic Empire has already covered the most iconic of themes on this album, is it worth making a follow-up? How long can a band tour on this material before people get bored of it? I like the idea and the covers, but I’m hoping these are purely for fun and to show off how technical these musicians can be.

For fans of: Star Wars, Dragonforce

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Indominus – Legion Within

For a debut release, Indominus have unveiled an EP with quality that matches some of metal’s elites in terms of talent and attitude. ‘Legion Within’ is darker than hell, with segments that you just can’t ignore banging your head. There are also moments where the music is so frantic and extreme you just don’t know what the fuck is happening. The drumming and guitar work are out of this world. When I picture this being performed live, I’m thinking of long hair flailing and windmilling, pits galore, perhaps a few broken noses. It’s the sort of metal release that will appeal to fans of various subgenres. Keep that shit coming.

For fans of: Lamb of God, Sepultura, Arch Enemy

find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

King 810 – La Petite Mort Or A Conversation with God: Review

I came into this album with the expectations that King 810 were going to be heavy for the sake of being heavy, but I’m completely blown away by the direction the band has taken with ‘La Petite more…’. I loved the in your face aggressive start, but also how the album evolves to something a lot more. It shows ingenuity to push a heavy genre forward in a way that reminds me what August Burns Red are doing with metalcore.

For fans of: Slipknot, later – Chimaira, Tim Burton films, later – Parkway Drive, Korn

Find the full review for Broken Arrow Magazine here

Mammothfest 2016

Broken Arrow Magazine’s three part review for Mammothfest 2016

“Here we are in our second year of attending Mammothfest, Brighton’s only metal festival, held in several venues across the weekend. Unlike last year which had a small kick-off show featuring four bands, Mammothfest had two venues running simultaneously this year. The black metal stage up at the Green Door Store and the tech metal stage down at The Haunt.

There may have been a hiccup of one less band to watch, but it felt like the night was a success, and it was highly enjoyable. Heart of a Coward not turning up didn’t kill the positive atmosphere. Everywhere you looked, people were enjoying themselves and were engrossed by the bands that could play. I also heard that the Black Metal stage up at the Green Door Store was a huge success and that it was rammed for the majority of the evening. I don’t think the organisers behind Mammothfest could have asked for a better start.”

Full Friday review here

After a successful opening night for the festival packing out the Green Door Store with their Black Metal stage, and Textures kicking ass at The Haunt, the excitement was certainly high on the morning of day two. The Saturday showed the growth of Mammothfest with two main factors; one, that it was being held at the Concorde 2, the biggest venue the festival has ever used. Two, the fact that metal legends Venom Inc were headlining the event. You could just feel positive atmosphere before the doors even opened.

It was another killer day at Mammothfest. It had its ups and downs, some bands stood out far more than others. The most important thing to take away from the day is that it just felt much bigger than last year. More people in one room, more established acts, it’s a massive positive for the whole event.

Full Saturday review here

After two incredible days previous, it was now time for the last day of Mammothfest. The Saturday was all about the growth of the festival, booking more established acts to bring more punters in; the Sunday was more grass roots and niche. Back to two stages, The Green Door Store stage, was all about the stoner/doom brand of Metal, whereas The Prince Albert was a lot more diverse. It was a stage for emerging artists to express themselves and try to hook in new fans. The stage was named RIKSTOCK after a friend close to the organisers who sadly passed away.

Once again Mammothfest smashed all expectations, the festival was an absolute blast. A huge shout out goes to the now twenty-five member team behind the festival. All the street team, technicians and more, they don’t get paid a penny to put the festival on. It’s for the love of underground metal, pushing the right artists, building the brand of Mammothfest and bringing metal to Brighton.

As said throughout this review, the festival shows massive growth, while also remembering the grass roots atmosphere. Catering to those who want to see bigger and better acts, while still giving the chances for other bands to hit those same heights and gain new fans. Every band I saw put on a great performance, some just had incredible responses. Bleed Again continued to wow, King Leviathan made me excited to hear their new album,Sworn Amongst wowed me even if their crowd was lame. Magna Carta were really fucking fun. And I can’t get over the impeccable voice of the One Machine frontman. All in all, it was a killer weekend.

Full Sunday review here

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