We have long admired the work of Bad Owl Presents in Leeds; for the last few years they have been tirelessly championing the math & post rock scene putting on bands from all over the country in a series of outstanding lineups, including their annual 2 day celebration of the scene Strangeforms Festival. Here Kerry & Stewart give us an insight in to the records that inspired them to do such great work.
Melodic doom and heavy metal band Pallbearer recently released their new album Heartless, through the excellent Profound Lore Records, but also through Nuclear Blast Records. In a sense this is the band’s first release on a major record label. The …
For our next Under the Influence feature piece we asked Becky Laverty from Pioneer Music Press and publisher for Roadburn Festival about her 3 most influential releases.
If you regularly read heavy music reviews then the name José Carlos Santos shouldn’t be unfamiliar to you. He’s been writing with passion about heavy music and extreme metal for many, many years now, including various magazines and outlets, but mainly …
As part of our pre-Roadburn Festival coverage we decided to ask some of the people involved in the festival about the 3 records that has shaped them into the music fans they are today. In this feature we turned to JJ Koczan, who is the main man behind …
Robert John Godfrey has made way for a new generation in the band he formed 43 years ago. In a feature piece containing an extended interview and gig review that takes in three key performances, we look back at his last days in the band and forward to see what the future holds for The Enid.
Touring the UK was something of a dream come true for the band, although next time we’d advise not coming in the middle of winter, so Ben from the band penned a few words on their experience.
In this month’s roundup the team focus on hardcore & punk releases that nearly slipped through our net in the last few months.
Mark McConville takes a moment to speculate on what might have become of Nirvana had Kurt not died.
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?
Beyond the headlines surrounding the 90s black metal scene is the music itself and Sauron’s 1995 demo, ‘The Baltic Fog’, exemplifies the triumph of feel over technique that in the end is the genre’s most enduring feature.
BIINDS blend a broad spectrum of sonic influences, including electronica, post rock and classical, in to a unique palette from which they build captivating, but slightly discomforting, sculptures of sound; imagine Massive Attack, Dead Can Dance and Godspeed taking a road trip in the dark on a soaked and lonely highway and you’ll be in the right ballpark. With all that in mind we were fascinated to know what influenced them and their music.
Pelican guitarist Trevor Shelley de Brauw will release his debut solo release ‘Uptown’ next month via The Flenser. We asked Trevor which 3 releases have influenced him as a solo ambient and experimental musician.
If you feel like taking a break from Kyuss and Nightmares on Wax, but don’t want to hang up your smoking jacket, you may want to give these guys a try.
Mike Keirsblick is the driving force behind Belgium’s underground and independent record label Consouling Sounds besides running the Consouling Store in the centre of Ghent. We asked Miek about the three records he considers to be a big influence of him.
This album is a definite gem.