Articles by Gavin Brown
He has made an album that that is certainly an epic listen but also a most rewarding one. It is testament to the high regard that Goldie is held in as an artist that not many people could release their new album almost twenty years on from his last one and for it still be worth the wait, which The Journey Man certainly is.
This is the definition of punked up, hardcore, crust indebted death metal and in Vallenfyre’s hands, it sounds triumphant and glorious.
Gavin Brown reports back from this year’s Supersonic Festival, which had a mighty impressive line up.
The music on ‘Soul Structure’ definitely evokes the spirit of classic hardcore from the early 80s right through to the modern day through its very vibe, positivity and energy and as with all good hardcore, that is definitely an infectious thing.
This is an album that is best listened to turned all the way up. Let Ho99o9 into your life and embrace the intensity and the twisted nature the band emit, a sample towards the end of the song ‘Street Power’ sums things up perfectly “These are freaks that you’re watching here” and Ho99o9 and their music wouldn’t have it any other way, this is outsider music made precisely for the times we live in now.
All the hallmarks of classic Obituary are here and are delivered with a passionate edge that is impossible to ignore.
With ‘Nightmare Logic’, Power Trio have made an album that is influenced by what has gone in the past, but has such a vital vibe and an energy that it feels very much in the present and the formidable thrash of the songs here are impossible to ignore.
It is obvious that Widows have made the album that they have always wanted to make and have the freedom to do so. One listen to this album will make you appreciate it in all its fuzzed out glory and make you want to hail the riffs that the band emit.
Any grind band will have their work cut out in attempting to create an album as good as ‘Demonization’.
Run The Jewels 3 is an astounding album, one that tackles difficult and sensitive subjects like racism with intelligence as well as anger and one that will be both a wake up call and a call to arms to thousands if not more people in today’s Trump led America and beyond, it’s that important.
Southern Lord and the band themselves should be applauded for bringing this classic album back out and allowing it to be heard once again as it should be heard. Turn up loud, embrace and enjoy.
Heavy Baby Sea Slugs have made an EP here that gets better with each listen and you will find something a little bit different with every time you put it on.
Reserving Dirtnaps bring the chaos with their beatdown heavy take on metallic hardcore with nods to both Madball and Obituary.
That Snaake keep their winning streak going with Blinded By The Smell and the band’s anger and passion has been unleashed again.
The fact that the band are still releasing such vital hardcore after 30 years cements even further their place in hardcore lore as one of the best and most consistent to do this.
Animus is relentless in its violent ferocity and has to rank as not only one of the best metal (death or otherwise) releases in recent memory. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you can handle it, you will be justly rewarded.
Gavin Brown caught up with Steve Von Till to talk about the new album, working with the legendary Steve Albini, the bands punk heritage, their early days in the Bay Area and what the future holds for Neurosis amongst other topics in a very informative chat.
Gavin Brown caught up with Okkultokrati guitarist Pal Bredup and drummer Lars Dalen before their show at Mama Roux’s in Birmingham to hear all about how the tour is going, the new album and its creation, punk as an influence and what they are currently listening to on the road.
Gavin Brown went to Mama Roux’s in Birmingham to see Trap Them, Okkultokrati, Venom Prison and Golden Deathmask. “The watching audience were just glad they got to witness such a harsh and extraordinary set by one of extreme music’s most vital bands.”
The material on this split spans a lot of emotional boundaries through the music, with its twists and turns and both Sea Witch and Black Tremor triumph with the end result. A monumental split from two immense bands. – By Gavin Brown
Gavin Brown went to Birmingham to see Yob, Black Cobra and Opium Lord. “All three bands in the bill tonight gave their all and everyone here left the venue having witnessed a very special gig.”