Category: Features

New video: Without Andrew – ‘Fuck You! You’re A Racist’

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New single Fuck You! You’re A Racist is taken from the upcoming EP by Manchester’s punk rockers Without Andrew. It’s not hard to decipher the meaning of the song through it’s lyrics, but just in case you’re in any doubt you can look to the video’s cover art – artwork rejected by major online video sharing websites for being too controversial. +50 anarchist points.

When asked about what specifically inspired them to write the song, the band state:

“The inspiration really is how racism is still institutionalised within our country and others around the world. And how the idiotic ramblings of political figures, social media stars and even people in our own towns are poisoning the youth of today, ruining the world we have and driving society back in time. Yet no-one seems to give a shit. People still to this day feel it’s okay to be causally racist because they think no one is listening. We want to stand up against that and say ‘Fuck you.’ because that is not the world we should be living in.”

Musically, the track keeps to Without Andrew’s classic 90s/00s punk sound, following in the footsteps of bands such as Green Day with their political yet fun songs. The upbeat, catchy chorus will get you accidentally singing ‘Fuck you! You’re a racist!’ in the most inappropriate of circumstances.

If you like what you hear you can catch Without Andrew on tour from 25th – 30th July across the UK.

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

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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’

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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.

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!

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.

Hardcore

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.

Metalcore

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.

Harbour Sharks Release Ferocious New Video ‘The Killer Inside Me’

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The Killer Inside Me is the first track released from Kingston alt-metal band Harbour Sharks’ upcoming debut album. The band have spent two years touring and perfecting their sound since forming in 2015, producing the grizzly, rhythmic riffs and powerful vocals present in this track. They should appeal to fans of Beartooth, A Day To Remember and Stone Sour.

When asked about the themes behind the song, the band explain:

The Killer Inside Me is about the thought process of a serial killer with a split personality who feels hard done by and struggles to act on their instincts. The killer eventually reasons that as humans we are insignificant, yet vows to never feel this way as he doesn’t feel he fits in with human normality. Although we don’t condone the acts of serial killers, we feel that this is a song for anyone who has ever felt outcast or humiliated in social norms that they can relate to.”

The video further encapsulates this theme with its portrayal of a man who is clearly such an outcast and its depiction of his disturbed mental state. It is an excellent overall piece and we highly recommend checking it out.

October Ends Release Music Video For ‘Faith In Me’

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Four-piece Newcastle metalcore band October Ends have released a new music video for latest single ‘Faith In Me’. The song is taken from their upcoming EP ‘A New Path’ to be released on 26th June. According to the band, the song is about battling with mental illness and asking loved ones for help and trust.

“We’ve either all been there or we’re still going through it, but all it takes is to make the first move and ask for help. We hope that ‘Faith In Me’ will connect with people who are struggling with situations like this, because no matter what happens behind closed doors, you’re never alone.”

The single features ferocious roars alongside breakdowns galore. Its big sound creates a stirring feel, whilst the additional vocal styles and theatrical chimes sprinkled throughout add a sense of suspense. We hope this is a sign of things to come from the rest of the EP.

Check it out below and see what you think.