Articles by Martyn Coppack
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.
Returning from a hiatus, the band have moved on from the extreme black metal of their last release for something a lot more experimental in sound.
Oracle War may be uncompromising in its attitude but it is still chockful of gleeful abandonment. It’s a dark ride and one that may frighten off a few passengers but if you stick with it you will be rewarded with a work that revels in its own intensity. A remarkable achievement.
It’s music which is involved in breaking down those lines of sanity in your mind and rewiring into some sort of tripped out dimension. An at time stunning piece of work, which deserves all the accolades it gets. – By Martyn Coppack
There’s a lot more to The Wytches than just a psych and roll band and you can sense them getting ready for bigger things ahead. By Martyn Coppack
John Wesley may be an almost journeyman of prog now with a career taking in his own music, Porcupine Tree and Fish. With the release of his new album ‘a way you’ll never be’ coming up, Martyn Coppack asked John some questions.
In a time when psych music seems to be losing its way a bit, it’s good to see that every now and again something pops up which reinvigorates your interest in a scene. That it comes from some of the older heads is irrelevant as the music they produce provides something new to a scene which doesn’t know where it wants to head next, By Martyn Coppack
For the majority this album is excellent with musicianship you simply cannot fault. Not quite reaching the dizzy heights of ‘Disconnect’, it nevertheless delivers. – By Martyn Coppack
Martyn Coppack took the opportunity to chat to Marillion keyboard player Mark Kelly to try and glean some relevant information about their new album ‘F E A R’ and more.
They say dangerous times bring out the best art and whilst there is no such thing as a bad Drive-By Truckers album, American Band may well come to be recognised as a brave achievement. Let’s hope they find some of the answers they are looking for. By Martyn Coppack
Compulsion Songs is an album of quite extraordinary moments and signals the moment when a band suddenly knows exactly where they want to be for the foreseeable future. By Martyn Coppack