Kat Preston

Full time music appreciator, record collector, dog enthusiast and part time music/wildlife photography fiend and freelance web graphics girl.

Growing up in the 90s on a steady diet of Britpop and The Monkees probably set me off to a solid start in life… Then I hit 13, discovered Alkaline Trio, the colour black and that music meant more than just something that goes in one ear and out the other. I’ve been frequenting various venues around London for all sorts of shows since then and 10 years later it doesn’t seem to be slowing down (if anything it’s getting worse, not that I’m complaining!) I’ll listen to pretty much anything (bar pop punk) and like to give new stuff a go whenever I can. I also spend too much money on vinyl. Not that there’s ever ‘too much money’ to be spent on records, but it really has become a kind of lovely obsession.

All in all, that’s about it!

Articles by Kat Preston

SUMAC – The Deal

I want Stephen King to turn this album into a book- it’d be bloody horrifying. – By Kat Preston

Torche – Restarter

For those of you (secretly or not-so-secretly) hoping to hear some more knuckle-busting cumbersome classics, you’re in for a treat with ‘Barrier Hammer’ and ‘Undone’ who’s absolute heftiness will drag your ears straight to the ground. Just lie there and enjoy it, you can mop up that puddle of drool later. – By Kat Preston

Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor

This album sits wonderfully amidst the well known late 90s range of his discography, and any grown up Manson fan listening to this record will realise that he has outlasted his contemporaries in spectacular fashion. – By Kat Preston

Pharaoh – Negative Everything

Pharaoh combine perfect amounts of melancholy with harrowing screams and atmosphere. This record really does send shivers down my spine in the most pleasurable of ways. – By Kat Preston

Hierophant – Peste

Hierophant are well and truly back with a vengeance on this record. A blood-curdling, fist-pumping, arm-flailing vengeance. – By Kat Preston

Timeworn – Luminescent Wake

Encompassing a ton of familiar sounds and a sprinkling of reminiscent riffs, they’ve somehow managed to produce a record full of songs that feel well and truly new to you. This appears to be some kind of serious feat in the current hardcore circles. – By Kat Preston

Incitement – Hyena

Teeth-grittingly provocative, monolithic and unequivocally cataclysmic, Hyena is absolutely unrelenting from start to finish. Excited doesn’t even begin to cover how this record makes me feel, and if you’re looking for something new to rear it’s head on the hardcore scene, this is well and truly it. – By Kat Preston

Baptists – Bloodmines

Baptists are back to rock yer socks off, yet again, with their second LP ‘Bloodmines’. – By Kat Preston

Martyrdöd – Elddop

Crusty-as-fuck, catchier-than-a-summer-cold. – By Kat Preston

Renounced – The Melancholy We Ache

Pay up and mosh hard. – By Kat Preston

Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown

If you’re looking for something fun, lively and just some all-round enjoyable heavy rock’n’roll, this is it. – By Kat Preston

Hessian / Primitive Man – The Abyss Stares Back #2

Bugger me with a jackhammer, this is nasty, and I love it. – By Kat Preston

Pale Horseman – Mourn The Black Lotus

Pale Horseman charges through their contemporaries with a second album of pure, crushing sludge metal. – By Kat Preston

Teeph – Solid Jobs

This is whole-hearted music that I’m pretty sure any heavy music fan would have trouble disliking. – By Kat Preston

Fange – Poisse

Dark, fuzzy and truly doom-laden, Fange come lunging forth with the most foot-tappingly, head-bangingly sludgy record of 2014 so far. – By Kat Preston

Young and in the Way – When Life Comes To Death

YAITW has taken on multiple influences from the sharpest pinnacles of hardcore and crust, to the darkest melodies of black metal. – By Kat Preston

Omotai – Fresh Hell

This album is an understanding of where punk/metal is right now, where it has been, where it will go and the process of getting there. – By Kat Preston

Direwolves – Aegri Somnia

These guys have a passion, and you can truly hear and feel it in their music. – By Kat Preston

Elizabeth – Insomnia

Not exactly groundbreaking, nor an unheard sound, they do a good job of keeping this sect of the hardcore/crust scene afloat. – By Kat Preston

Alkerdeel & Gnaw Their Tongues – Dyodyo Asema

Fuck a Jesus, I literally couldn’t vomit up my own spinal column as any kind of challenge to this beast. – By Kat Preston

Lumbar – The First and Last Days of Unwelcome

This terrifyingly haunting initial venture from Lumbar will leave you unnerved, but wholly satisfied to the core. – By Kat Preston

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