Articles by Gary Davidson
If you miss the angry, politised bands of previous generations then look no further, Glitchers are the rock and roll protest band urgently required.
Vital is one of the year’s most essential listens and Big|Brave has created a sensational album full of walls of sound and a deeply personal narrative. This is why calls for diversity in alternative music are absolutely necessary.
Another superb release for fans of any form of rock music. Clouded in a foreboding darkness but brimming with moments of contemplative rage and anthemic riffing. This is another cracker from The Hyena Kill.
A superb lesson in the art of creating something heavy using contradictions. Wowod has produced its heaviest effort yet without resorting to just pulverising the listener and it is a stunning accomplishment. From Russia with love.
Hold those End-Of-The-Year lists, here is a faultless 49 minutes of the finest ritualistic, hypnotizing doomed post-metal/sludge to appear this year.
Vandampire make a late surge to the argument that EPs should be considered for year end lists. This is another cracker from Trepanation Recordings.
A blend of post-metal and post-hardcore bound in a massive wall of noise which creates a wonderfully unique and brilliant album.
One of post-rocks finest bands continues its evolution with Oscillate. Huge walls of atmosphere keep the momentum rolling from the ground breaking Versus.
Sensational screamo/post-hardcore which is possibly the finest album I have heard this year. A prefect lesson in riding the fine line between chaos and control, a flawless record.
In February I proclaimed that 202 was going to be a huge year for Sugar Horse. I thought it was about time to catch up with vocalist/guitarist Ashley Tubb and apologise for wrecking the year and see what else was in store for the band.
In the run up to the release of second album Marine Snow, Alex Stjernfeldt of Novarupta took some time out to answer questions about his musical background, the themes of the new album and the advantages of having a Covid friendly band setup.
Marine Snow is a magnificent achievement and a wonderful post-metal album which stands with the finest in the genre. It is great to know there are two further albums to come in this series and it is shaping up to be something extremely special.
Eleanora has created a stunning second album which builds on the greatness of the debut and adds further layers of sludge, post-hardcore and more.
Some excellent slowcore by three young sisters which is filled with great emotional depth, beautiful songs, and bucketful’s of potential.
Melancholic 80s synth layered shoegaze which has plenty of vocal hooks to entrance fans of the genre.
In the season of horror and Halloween Throane delivers the perfect soundtrack to send the claustrophobic running for open space.
This is some astonishing post-rock which avoids all the pitfalls whist still managing to encompass the early 2000s euphoric heyday of the genre.
2020 may be weird but it has seen another exceptional instrumental post-metal release, this is dense and dark and superbly enjoyable.
Over 44 minutes this instrumental post-metal release manages to be individual, familiar, comforting and unnerving and that truly is a mighty accomplishment.
Sumac push the boundaries of its previous albums even further. There is more heavy and more improvisation, this is truly unique, but won’t quell the sea of doubters.
The only downside to this blues tinged genre hopping hard rock album is that it ends too soon.