Articles by Martyn Coppack
An exceptional night of music from one of the finest bands in the UK and surely now it is time for the rest of the world to take notice?
Blackfield V is an album to sink into. Much of it tends to creep up on you when you are least expecting it. On the surface, many of the songs sound thin but once they start to settle you start to realise the many layers that are here
There’s a lot of nooks and crannies but ultimately it’s just a great little pop album and anyone with an interest in 60’s psych would do well to go here.
POW! take a hardcore punk ethic, dress it up in a futuristic sound, mellow it with some day-glo melodies then let it loose.
The new kings have risen and the world is once again on edge. Has there ever been a more relevant time for Pink Floyd’s oft forgotten opus?
The Underground Youth have never shied away from making music that hits you in the gut and the heart. By broadening their sound they have become that much more powerful.
If you want to experience what true psych is then you simply need to listen to Earthling Society. Each release provides something different and Zen Bastard can stand tall amongst them.
Very rarely a band comes along which stops you in your tracks. Once & Future Band are certainly one of them and we look forward to seeing what they produce next.
Whilst the roots of the music are plain to see, the pure vitality that races through this album makes it one of unexpected intensity and joy.
For all his panderings a retro nostalgia, Segall remains very much of the now and whilst he is steeped in rock and roll classicism, his incessant urge to create and recreate pushes through.
No Handshake Blues won’t be to everyone’s taste but if you are looking for a gloriously miserable start to 2017 then you need look no further. Grab yourself a whiskey, some stale cheese from the cupboard and a mirror, listen and ponder your existence.
This EP is a welcome return from one of the best bands around at the moment and once again we can look forward to joining their cult. Welcome back Islet
Unborn Capitalist From Limbo is one of the more interesting releases this year and signals a real talent in the making. Wand have already received plaudits for their excellent music, here Hanson stakes his claim as one of the most exciting songwriters to emerge in a long time.
This is what Bearstorm do so well, they wrong foot you so that once you think you got a hold of them, they take you down another blind alley and confuse your mind once again.
Speed doom may be a minute sub-genre at the moment, but given the right set of circumstances could take over from the mainstream American metal that is being peddled about. The scene needs a band like this to kick it up the ass and just maybe Hazzard’s Cure will be the ones to do it.
Cast aside any critical analysis and you are in for a whole heap of enjoyment with this album. It’s highly unusual and takes some suspension of belief, but let it wash over you and join its ridiculous world and all will be well.
There’s no denying that this is one of the best metal releases this year. The band from Ravenna, Italy have really stepped up a notch and giving the right promotion could find themselves as standard bearers for the scene.
There will always be a market for death metal done this way and some fans will thrive off the intensity. Those if you hoping for something more measured will be disappointed though.
For an album steeped in old school death metal tropes, there is nothing here which sounds forced or false. Yes, there are obvious homages, but these are done on purpose. Echelon have delivered an album which is unashamedly old school and it works wonderfully well.
There is an honest truth about what is happening here which plays on your inner fears but also invited you in with its warmth. Pretty much standard black metal tropes yet here it is amplified to stunning proportions.
As it stands it does its job in annihilating your senses and lovers of hardcore and blackened music will find much to enjoy.