Articles by Andy Price
Timeworn have taken a step away from their most immediate influences and taken on a far more progressive direction for album number two, creating a collection of intelligent, soaring sludge metal that still references Mastodon a little too often, but is never less than engaging and exciting.
Direwolves have crafted a passionate, emotive ride through 19 minutes of angst, delivering a pitch perfect blend of angry d-beat style hardcore, emotional post-hardcore and soaring Deftones style alt-metal tones that pulls the listener in from the first chord to the until the final sound fades.
Comity have continued their reign over forward-thinking and wilfully complex heavy music, blending Converge style aggression with technical riffage that chops and change at a pace comparable to the attention span of a toddler with ADHD, producing an essential but disorienting odyssey to a very dark place.
‘Homey’ is a sugary sweet, ray of sunshine of a record which revels in the sheer joy of musicianship, while providing an experience which manages the weird feat of being both frenetic, but also laid back, relaxed and human. It is summer music; designed to be played from a knackered set of speakers on a beach, while soaking in the rays and blissfully unaware of the harshness of the world.
Overall ‘Tempest’ is an emotive experience that aims to connect with the listener at a far more visceral level than prior efforts, and for the most part it absolutely hits the mark, creating a true journey, from the quiet build of ‘First Light’, to the squalling, droning sludge of ‘Metanoia’s closing bars.
Blacksmoker bring the riffs, the big stoner vibes and a veneer of sludge metal on their sophomore full-length, an album that never really fully establishes its own identity and doesn’t quite hit the mark, but demonstrates real potential for future releases and marks them out as ones to watch.
In ‘The Truth In Our Bodies’, Earth Moves have created a beautiful piece of music, an emotionally engaging journey with peaks and troughs, a brutal intensity and a pervasive sadness that draws the listener in, not letting go until the bitter end.
Omega Massif were fantastic, and the post-metal community were distraught when they called it a day. Cranial is the latest band to arise from the ashes and takes this legacy and runs with it, expanding the sound and the template over 45 minutes of well crafted and emotive sludge metal. There’s a wonderful feeling of humanity about the whole album; its texture, the warmth of the sound and the edges of the performance feel authentic, epic and real.
Andy Price chats with bassist and all-round lovely chap Fritz from Norwegian blackened hardcore mentalists Attan on their first UK tour to find out about the joys of tour bus boredom, working with Shelsmusic and the future of heavy music in an increasingly digital age.
It’s been on constant play since I heard it and is one of the most vital and exciting 14 minutes and 11 seconds that you’ll listen to today – and this is exactly why you should go out and buy this record. – By Andy Price
As a whole the record manages the feat of almost glacial, gleaming technicality, but with a warmth and humanity that keeps the listener engaged. If you like your metal technical and progressive and don’t miss a vocal contribution, then you’re in for a treat. – By Andy Price
If you have a passing interest in hardcore, post-hardcore, metal or, well, interesting or emotional music, then you owe it to yourself to hear this record. – By Andy Price
If post-rock or post-metal or anything in that arena floats your proverbial boat, I strongly suggest you pick this record up. – By Andy Price
The album as a whole is a real journey, majestic in its scope and stature, a rough cut diamond of brutality, all uneven sharp edges and stunning beauty. Highly recommended, and not just if you like Amenra; everyone should hear this. – By Andy Price
I really, really don’t care if this is just a nostalgia trip, because this album is really, really great. The 16 year old version of me is fully in love with this album, and the 37 year old version of me is equally smitten. – By Andy Price
Andy Little is covering this year’s Desertfest London edition for us and he gives his selection of bands to watch in this preview.
‘Creon’ is a stunning album, taking elements of doom, black metal, ‘post’ and throwing in some drone and chaotic structuring to create uneasy listening at its finest. – By Andy Price
There are enough little touches of genius to mark The Lumberjack Feedback out as a band to watch out for over the next few years. – By Andy Price
It’s a stunning entry into the canon of modern hardcore and truly representative of their live show – given the kinetic fury of the Grieved live experience, this is the highest accolade that I can think of. – By Andy Price
Simply put, this is a great, great record. If you have a liking for hardcore, blackened hardcore or any such things, then you really owe yourself to pick this up. While you’re at it, their back catalogue is well worth your time as well. – By Andy Price
Make no mistake, this record is brutal and oppressive, but there’s an almost symphonic beauty to it; it’s a stunning, engrossing, layered and perfectly poised album, and this seems almost totally at odds at just how damn ugly it can be. – By Andy Price