Articles by Matt Butler
Arc of Ascent certainly aren’t the first to put out a whole album of massive riffs accompanied by a very good vocalist singing lyrics with an eastern looking viewpoint. And they won’t be the last. But the fact they did – and did it very well – should be more than enough reason to buy this album. Do it and give Hamilton a claim to fame.
This is a snarling, seething, spooky record. Imagine taking tea with Aleister Crowley then realising too late that he has spiked your cucumber sandwiches.
Ice-T’s metal outfit hasn’t changed much in the 25 years since their debut. But then again, neither has the world.
This band describe themselves as “anti-fascists who play rock ‘n’ roll”. So that is already two points in their favour before the start playing.
This is a fierce album: massive, loud and just the right side of bombastic. Prepared to get immersed in some incredible music.
This is a frozen-margarita-with-mini-parasol of a record: gaudy, fun and ripe for a party, but with a firm kick behind it.
Heavy music is a hoary, hairy beast. But with bands like this one, it is possible to present the ideas as fresh. Catchy, epic and a joy to listen to.
This documentary fried my television. But from what I saw it is an essential watch for fans of desert rock.
All Them Witches promised us that “you’re gonna freak out” when we heard this album. They were right. We did. They should be proud as hell over this album. Because it is a masterpiece.
With a more aggressive, orthodox approach and a greater use of light and shade, Wiegedood produce an even better album than their stunning debut.
There were no more than 50 in the room, but we witnessed something special.
There are more riffs and hooks in the first song alone to fill an entire album. Put simply, it sounds huge, fuzzy, warm and crisp. Awesome stuff.
It could have fallen between two stools – too arty for the doom crowd and too loud for others seeking something contemplative. But it doesn’t. It reconciles the irreconcilable.
The compendium is a towering work, possibly a little overlong, but impressive none the less. And it stands easily as Klimt 1918’s best work.
If these six songs are anything to go on, this band will be worth keeping an eye on. In the meantime we can only dream of living in their colourful, sunny world. By Matt Butler
Is it worth dropping your hard earned cash on? Yes. But only if you don’t listen to the lyrics. Or they release a special prude’s edition with instrumental versions of the second and final tracks. – By Matt Butler
This album proves that you don’t need a guitar to play decent heavy music; there’s no mistaking that this is a great album. – By Matt Butler
They’re heavy, yet hypnotising. They’re loud, yet languid. They’re simple, yet psychedelic – and so, so good. – By Matt Butler
There is a lot to take in, with four of the seven songs pushing (or exceeding) 10 minutes each, but it is still well worth a listen, especially as winter approaches. – By Matt Butler
So is it essential? Probably not. But it is fun. And it reeks of a joss-stick-scented time that most of us never knew and our parents never told us about. – By Matt Butler
A very good slab of high-speed metal, played by people with an ear for a crunching breakdown or a soaring chorus, as well as barreling riffage. – By Matt Butler