New video: Elswhere – ‘This One’s for You’


This One’s for You is the debut single from North London’s alt-rock 4-piece Elswhere. Despite only forming at the beginning of 2017, the band have already signed to a record label and played numerous shows and festivals. During this time they have been vocal advocates of mental health awareness.  They emphasise that this first single is intended to hold a message of support for those going through a tough time:

This One’s for You is dedicated to every person in the world who is in need of a friend. It’s about being there for not just the ones you love, but anyone who is in need of help. Whatever it is that anybody in this world is going through, there will always be help there.  Whether it’s from family, a friend or a professional. We hope this song can contribute to helping reassure that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Nobody is alone no matter what.”

This genuine sentiment shines through the lyrics. Coupled with the powerful choruses this could almost be described as a ballad, but heavier underlying influences gradually come to the fore as the song goes on, allowing it to build into something more substantial. Have a listen below.


New video: Our Hollow, Our Home – ‘Speak of Sorrow’


Southampton’s melodic metalcore outfit Our Hollow, Our Home have been steadily making a name for themselves within the music scene over the past few years. New single Speak of Sorrow is the first to be released from their upcoming second album, and if this song is anything to go by it will be a behemoth of a record.

From the off we’re bombarded with brutal vocals, erupting from the darkness and crashing around us, each explosion more ferocious than the last. The clean choruses do not let up in intensity, continuing to pulse with force and dynamism. Underlining the brutal nature of the song is the music video’s destructive atmosphere – storm clouds, lightning, a downpour; all emphasise the sense of desolation already present in the track. Lyrically, the song focuses on the aftermath of losing someone, and the raw pain felt during this time. This song is powerful not only musically but emotionally too.

Watch the video for Speak of Sorrow below.

EP Review: Grumble Bee – ‘Everything Between’

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Grumble Bee are quite literally a one-man-band, comprised solely of singer-songwriter Jack Bennett. Latest release Everything Between was unveiled on June 15th, around 2 years after debut EP Disconnect. Fans who have been waiting all that time for more new material will not be disappointed with this latest offering. Comprised of 8 songs, it is a 50/50 mixture of fully produced songs and acoustic versions of previously released tracks.

Grumble Bee manages to tread the delicate balance between rock music and easy listening, not heading too far in either direction to put off fans of either genre. Each line is full of emotion, the gravelly vocals adding a distinctive quality to the clean melodies, like the crisp sand under your feet keeping you grounded in a rainstorm. The passion in the songs never lets up, but it manifests itself in diverse ways. It ventures into its heaviest territory in Heron, with raw vocals embellishing a persistent beat and spirited melody. Luna Blue takes us to a more chilled place with its mesmeric chorus and steady rhythm – while Red and Bravest Soul occupy a space somewhere in-between. The acoustic songs provide a much more stripped-back atmosphere, something you could almost imagine relaxing to in a coffee shop. The piano version of Heron particularly stands out for its wholly different sound compared to the full version – just in case we needed a reminder of Grumble Bee’s manifold musical talent.

Check out the music video for Red below, and let us know what you think!

Score: 8/10

Listen to: Red

New video: Leashes – ‘Between the Lines’

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The new single from London-based heavy quartet Leashes is an instant attention-grabber. Opening with driving guitars and harsh vocals, it quickly progresses through a variety of vocal styles and melodies which twist and contort through their own irregular narrative.  Aggressive yet desolate. This is all held together by the sense of urgency and gravity behind the track.

The inspiration for the song came from the turbulent political situation in Britain following the Brexit referendum, as the band state:

“This song was inspired heavily from what Brexit referendum brought to this country and the world. All this toxicity, the painful realization that lies of the few could be so powerful and persuasive that they pushed many people down the path of hate – it’s still a pill hard to swallow, especially because most of us are immigrants in the UK. But this song is also about the destructive nature of human actions as a whole towards our planet and thus towards humankind itself. It bears this feeling of alienation on a very personal level, being lost in this thoughtless, greed-ridden, sick society that is gradually getting stripped of basic rights and freedoms without realizing it, not being able to read between the lines.”

The distortion of the music, accompanied by warped camera angles in the video, seemingly mimics the warped nature of society and emphasises the prevailing sense of unease felt by many.

Check out the video below!

Gig Review: Doyle / The Dead XIII / Ward XVI – The Lounge, London, 7/4/18


Opening tonight’s show are Ward XVI, an enthusiastic theatrical/folk-metal bunch. Their lead singer braves the early crowd and manages to get a line of people dancing a jig mid-set, and one gets the feeling they’re here to enjoy themselves. Though their presence doesn’t quite fill the decent sized venue, they give a determined first performance.

Now we’re all in the swing of things, The Dead XIII stride onto the stage, bringing with them a foreboding air. Painted faces loom over us in the darkened room. Their selection of gloomy-yet-synthy horror metal tracks buzz through the venue, sepulchral vocals backed by menacing guitars. The room abounds with wild hair flying in all directions. They get the energy flowing and successfully achieve their self-proclaimed target of preparing everyone for tonight’s headliners.

Doyle are our grand finale tonight, but unfortunately they’re not quite as, well, grand as one would expect. There’s no denying that the band is made up of talented musicians who put energy into their performance, but considering they have been through various incarnations to get here they lack a definitive sound – instead they fluctuate from generic metal, to Rob Zombie, to Pantera-tribute-band. There isn’t even a coherent style to their appearance, sort of like they all turned up for a different party. The crowd manage a decent level of enthusiasm, though it could have been infinitely more had lead singer Alex Story not absent-mindedly mumbled the words “this is a love song, you can dance if you want to” before every single song. Despite this the set is an entertaining one, though probably not for all of the right reasons.

Gig Review: Halflives / Finding Kate / Elswhere – London, 9/1/2018


After a literally string-breaking warm-up, local band Elswhere embark upon an absorbing opening set, showcasing their very own brand of alternative-rock with flares of influences as diverse as metal, pop-punk and hip-hop. Vocals range from rapping, to melodic singing, to screaming; it seems there is nothing that this band won’t turn their hand to. Many would falter under such a wide-ranging repertoire but it works for them. They even produce a cover of Post Malone’s Rockstar and manage to make it sound like a half-decent song. They set the bar high for the rest of the bands; and certainly aren’t matched in terms of unique style.

Melodic metal follow-up Finding Kate take the stage to a large crowd, and please them with a fairly energetic set full of long, drawn-out, powerful vocal notes and heavy guitar/drum mixes. Their style does seem to be quite confined within their genre and some of the songs do have the unfortunate quality of blending into each other. However, they are certainly accomplished at what they do and their set is definitely entertaining.

Headliners Halflives bring a more pop-rock feel to the night; with the calming quality of singer Linda’s voice giving it a stand-out quality which it may otherwise have lacked. They instil the most life into the room, getting the crowd to clap, sing, jump along and call for an en-core. Two cover songs – MCR’s Welcome To The Black Parade and 30STM’s The Kill – fall flat, being frankly an odd choice considering that both songs are so well-loved that any attempt to cover them would not be adequate. Overall, an enjoyable set, but definitely better when they stick to their own songs.

Elswhere: 8/10. Finding Kate: 7/10. Halflives: 7.5/10.

Top 10 Albums of 2017 by Genre

As we near the end of 2017, here’s our rundown of our favourite albums from 10 genres…

Alternative Rock

Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms

Creeper’s first full album had a lot of expectation placed upon it, riding on the back of the hype built up by their theatrical story of The Stranger and the disappearance of James Scythe. The record is certainly impressive, retaining their ability to make you feel nostalgic about a time, a place and events that have never even happened. The modern rock ‘n’ roll style is best showcased in Suzanne and Hiding With The Boys, while the well-loved ballad Misery is re-released. Only occasionally can it feel like they’re trying a little too hard, such as with the overly ‘inspirational’ I Choose To Live. On the whole, however, it is easy to see why an entire cult has formed around this band.

Pop Rock

Lower Than Atlantis – Safe In Sound

Safe In Sound certainly seems to have been produced with radio play in mind to a much greater extent than their previous releases, meaning that LTA lose some of the raw elements of their earlier sound. This secures them as more of a pop-rock band, but allows an abundance of big, catchy choruses and strong melodies. Each song seems to vary from the last and stand alone in its own right.


Melodic Rock

Of Allies – Night Sky

Of Allies’ self-funded debut album builds on the sound defined by their first two EPs – haunting melodic vocals, melancholic opening notes and powerful choruses – to produce impressive tracks such as 17, Collapse and Lost Not Found. However, it also includes new elements, most notably the punk influences on CMD-Q. The theatricality has also been ramped up to give it a more immersive feel. It seems that a full album has given them the freedom to experiment and further distinguish themselves from the pack. 2018 will surely be a big year for them.

Indie Rock

Nothing But Thieves – Broken Machine

The second release from Nothing But Thieves builds on their first, with vocals ranging from soothing melodies to towering cries upon a backdrop which channels the usual indie-rock sounds but gives them a distinctly modern feel. The contemporary theme also runs to the lyrics, which will no doubt appeal to the young generation. The whole thing has been intricately put together as one entity rather than merely a number of individual songs, each element with its own sense of drama.

Mainstream Rock

Asking Alexandria – self titled

The return of Danny Worsnop sees AA take on a rather new sound in their fifth album, beginning a move away from their metalcore beginnings and towards a more arena-filling rock sound. The lyrics throughout have a very personal touch, relating to the singer’s experiences during his time away from – and returning to – the band. The record winds alternately through heavy, anthemic, and ballad-like tracks, and though it can feel a little uncertain in its trajectory at times, this is certainly the beginning of something new and exciting from the band.


Rise Against – Wolves

The melodic-hardcore quartet retain the essence of their sound and their politically charged lyrics, whilst adding in diverse elements where punk roots meet with pop undertones. It is not as heavy as some of their previous releases, and can take a few listens to fully appreciate, but the energy and talent behind it ensure that it stands as an impressive headliner for the genre.

Modern Metal

Never Found – The Human Condition

Never Found’s debut album came crashing into existence in 2017, feeling like they’ve managed to successfully capture all of the hatred and anger at the world that they’ve been trying to express since their first EP. This is channelled into an impressive, well put-together album which includes rock, metal and punk influences, and even a secret ballad at the end of the physical CD. Songs such as Misanthropy – a fan favourite at their live shows – finally get an outing on record, and are all the more impressive for it.


While She Sleeps – You Are We

The album that is finally pushing While She Sleeps into the limelight is a self-funded release that manages to stay true to their original sound. The slashing main vocals and forceful riffs keep their raw edge as the record is not over-produced, but experimental touches such as the rapping on Steal The Sun ensure that it is full of variety. It also features guest vocals from Oli Sykes of BMTH on Silence Speaks.

Melodic Metalcore

Motionless In White – Graveyard Shift

Reflecting on their past but taking their music in a more experimental direction with some new sounds, Graveyard Shift shows that MIW are not willing to sit back and let things come easily. Heavy, breakdown-filled songs such as The Ladder and 570 contrast rock ‘n’ roll/nu-metal influenced Loud (Fuck It) and emotional anthem Eternally Yours. The usual industrial influences are still abundant, but this definitely feels like something fresh.

Mainstream Metal

Trivium – The Sin and the Sentence

The latest release from Trivium manages to meld together some of the best elements from their often hit-and-miss backlog, putting a new spin on them to give it an up-to-date sound. The classic sounding clean vocals become increasingly prominent, and provide a pleasing contrast to the more modern harsh screams. Abundant riffs fill the songs, the majority of which are rather lengthy. A band as well-known as them could have gone down a more commercial route, but it has certainly played in their favour that they did not.