Articles by Gavin Brown
Above all, Cocaine Piss are a breath of fresh air in that they truly don’t give a fuck what anyone thinks, they just come in, make a noise, but make you think with it and if you can’t handle it, that’s your problem. – By Gavin Brown
If you are looking for an album that delves into a realm of fury that is absent from most heavy bands these days then look no further than ‘Snake Church’. – By Gavin Brown
Concrete Mascara will make you convinced you won’t find a record this year that is more consumed by utter bleakness, the harshest of harsh noise and a pure hate for the world. – By Gavin Brown
This is a fascinating look at Sherwood’s mid to late 80s output which was a hotbed of creativity. By Gavin Brown
Once again, Murphy has proved that she is a special talent whose singing is to be treasured and has the songs here to match her vocal skill. This is a brilliant collection of songs that showcases the gorgeous vocals of one this country’s most underrated and unique talents and long may that continue. By Gavin Brown
Death Angel have done it again, they have made delivering a truly great metal record look easy and the quality of ‘The Evil Divide’ is second to none. – By Gavin Brown
An institution for the past twenty years for any fan of punk and hardcore, Rebellion Festival in Blackpool is still going strong and is the highlight of the summer for thousands of punks from all corners of the world. The amount of legendary bands who have played in the past is breathtaking and this years lineup is no exception. The vibrant and varied punk event takes place from Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th of August and Gavin Brown take a look at the top 10 bands you cannot miss over the events four days.
Gavin Brown saw amazing live sets by SUMAC and Mamiffer at The Fleece in Bristol. “Everyone there knew they had seen something awe inspiring and had been privileged to do so.”
Gavin Brown had a good chat with guitarist Rob Cavestany from thrash metal legends Death Angel about the new album ‘The Evil Divide’, the beginnings of Death Angel, the Bay Area thrash scene and the triumphs and tragedies along the way.
SUMAC have proved themselves again to be an intense, intelligent and engaging proposition and with ‘What One Becomes’ have also proved that this album is another fitting addition to Aaron Turner’s vast and varied musical arsenal. – By Gavin Brown
With this brilliant record and the new Discharge album, lovers of that classic d-beat sound have more than enough reasons to rejoice at the moment. – By Gavin Brown
Aaron Turner took time out from his busy schedule to have a chat with Gavin Brown about the insight of both the stunning new Sumac and Mammifer records as well as Isis and his many other musical projects, Hydra Head Records, the physicality of sound and a whole lot more.
‘Negative Noise’ is an album to be played loud to truly let the intense vibe of the record run as free as the band intended it to be. – By Gavin Brown
This is an album of contrasts, but these contrasts work well to create what is basically a wall of sound and shows the unique nature of Birushanah’s music. The uniqueness of the band and their unholy sound makes for both an intensely interesting and enjoyable listening experience. – By Gavin Brown
Repulsion’s Scott Carlson is a revered figure in extreme music and rightly so and it was with great excitement that Gavin Brown had a chat with him. With his role on the brilliant new Church of Misery album ‘And Then There Were None….’ fresh in the mind, they talked about how he came to be in the band, the recording of the album and the base subject for Church of Misery songs, serial killers.
This split release is a brilliant introduction to Nothing Clean and Higgs Boson and both are definitely ones to look out for, both on this 7″ and in a sweat filled live environment. This is intense music from two intense and promising bands. – By Gavin Brown
Gavin Brown caught up with Ricky Warwick on tour supporting legendary punks Stiff Little Fingers to chat about his new solo album, his Belfast upbringing, touring with his heroes in Stiff Little Fingers and what that means to him and what he has in store in the future with both Black Star Riders and Thin Lizzy.
Gavin Brown got the lowdown on the new Spiritual Beggars album ‘Sunrise To Sundown’ from keyboardist Per Wiberg who gave him an insight into its creation and sound as well as filling us in on what he has got planned in the future with his other musical endeavours.
Gavin Brown spent his Mother’s Day watching Stiff Little Fingers with support from Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts. “Every member of the audience here tonight goes home happy and hoarse having witnessed a triumphant performance from one of, if not THE best punk bands of all time.”
With ‘Emanations From The Crypt’, Embalmer have made an album that could easily have been made during death metal’s golden year and stood out then, but I for one am glad it has been made nowadays, as death metal fiends can devour this album and bask in its glory now. – By Gavin Brown
‘Sunrise To Sundown’ shows Spiritual Beggars laying a claim to become one of Europe’s premier hard rock bands and on the strength of the songs here you wouldn’t bet against them. – By Gavin Brown