Team Member: Karen Shaw

Karen Shaw's Articles:

‘Bad Solution – The War Within’

Bad Solution‘s The War Within brings you squealing guitars, thunderous riffs and a mix of aggressive yet melodic vocals, in a classic yet exciting metal fashion. A true blend of rock and metal. Musically genius. The vocals do lack slightly for me in places and could compliment the music/emotion/themes more, but just when I start […]

Bellvue Days – Rosehill

The first thing I need to say about this band, is that their unique approach to writing and structuring songs combined with their expressive, dynamic range of vocals really brings something else to the table. Like a modern Radiohead with more of a sludgy pop edge. Their songs are more of a story, an emotional […]

Figures – Chronos

Well what can I say, Chronos by Figures is musically a ground-shaking earth-shattering melodic EP with straight up hard hitting riffs, combining a thunderous rhythm section with pulsing melodic grooves to all in all a pretty darn good record. The only thing letting it down slightly are some of the vocals, where in places either don’t come […]

3TEETH – ‘Shutdown.exe’

Industrial Metal titans 3TEETH are dropping quite an epic album ‘<Shutdown.exe>‘ featuring heavy industrial rhythms merged with electronic soundscapes, showing great diversity whilst maintaining their own defining characteristics within the genre. There are easy comparisons to make to the likes of Rammstein and Nine Inch Nails, there’s also even a hint of Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, and  Gojira hidden in there. Alexis himself states […]

‘Slaughter To Prevail’ – ‘Misery Sermon’

Deathmetal band ‘Slaughter To Prevail‘ are dropping their debut album ‘Misery Sermon‘ to you all on 5th May 2017, and yes their music is as bone chillingly brutal as their name and artwork suggests. This is the kind of music that makes me want to pull my brain out through my ears and set myself […]

Those Who Knew – ‘New Perspectives’

Those Who Knew, the alt-rock 5-piece from Nottingham are about to self release their debut EP New Perspective on 28th April. Describing themselves as having similarities to the ‘Foo Fighters’, ‘Deaf Havana’ and ‘Lower Than Atlantis’, I had quite high expectations; however I was expecting something a bit more ballsy than I got. They share more […]

Sumo Cyco & Devilskin @ Birmingham o2 Academy

Opening the night were West Midlands based Rock band Sister Shotgun with a hometown show. Although this band was plagued with tech issues during their set, with the way they handled it, they showed true professionalism! A fairground-esc walk on track started, reminding me of similarities to ‘A Little Piece of Heaven’ by Avenged Sevenfold, […]

Selina Fever – The Monachopsis King

This Alternative-Folk release is beautifully crafted, evolving the voice into an instrument in its own right, a dream like texture flowing through Americana guitar lines and emotive lyrics. The distinct production effects on the vocals means that you have to really focus to actually understand the words and not just ‘hear’ the sounds. Concentrating on […]

Every Time I Die W/ ’68 & Drug Church @ The Brudenell, Leeds

Opening up this night of madness were alternative band Drug Church from Albany, NY. Combining punk rock old school chord progressions with solid rhythms and catchy riffs, letting hardcore style vocals sneak through, these guys didn’t disappoint. Frontman Patrick captivated the audience with his character and energy, almost resembling one of those drunken men preaching […]

Steven Battelle – ‘Exit Brain Left’

Released December 2nd under his own label ‘Suffer For My Art’, Steven Battelle brought us his mesmerizing debut solo album, titled ‘Exit Brain Left’. Describing his own genre as ‘elaborate’, listening to the album it definitely accurately represents his music. It’s almost a case of David Bowie meets Enter Shikari and The Beatles, three bands […]

Nervus – Permanent Rainbow

  The more I listen to this album, the more I enjoy it all, and the more it invades your mind. It’s easy listening, radio friendly, feel good Indie Rock music. It’s almost like modern day Indie and punk rock from the Naughties had a musical baby. The major tonality throughout the album is very […]

Dark Moon – Lost In Love & Fear Interview

A few questions getting to know and understand Dark Moon and their upcoming release 'Lost In Love & Fear'

An Interview With Hieroglyph

An interview with Hieroglyph, Progressive Metal band from Leeds/London. New album OUROBOROS out now!

Being As An Ocean @ The Key Club, Leeds 8/11/16

Gingerdope Photography Starting off the night were UK Alternative/Hardcore band Casey. Atmospheric emotive melodies started to fill the room as their frontman jumped from the front of the stage to set himself up amongst the crowd for the duration of their set, adding that personal touch to the performance. They had a raw honesty radiating […]


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