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Team Member: Nathan Blackstone

I'm Nathan, I'm based in South East England and I'm a huge music fan. When I'm not making music of my own I'm listening to a wide variety of music from Pop to Rock to Metal and beyond. My top three bands would have to be the Smashing Pumpkins, Placebo and My Chemical Romance although there are so many other great bands but so little time to list them!

Nathan Blackstone's Articles:

Swedish Death Candy- Are You Nervous?

London-based Swedish Death Candy feel like a band I should have discovered some time ago. The band make their own brand of fuzz drenched desert rock that is, on paper, certainly within my wheelhouse. The band released a self titled debut back in 2017 which, by their own admission, was very much a live/ jam based record. For their new album, Are You Nervous?, the band took a different approach. Songs were brought in more fully formed and arrangements focused in on. The effort certainly seems to have paid off.

Crown The Empire- Sudden Sky

Texan metalcore outfit Crown The Empire are back with their fourth album, Sudden Sky.

Torchbearer- Against the Tide

Out of south Wales come Torchbearer. A hardcore punk quartet with a brand new EP on the way. Against the Tide is it’s name. Recorded across two studios, the EP is made up of five, furious tracks that are sure to draw some interest from fans of hardcore. 

Strange Bones- Blitz Pt 1

Blackpool punks, Strange Bones plan to hit your ears with several EPs over the course of 2019. Blitz Pt 1 is the first of these, recorded by the four piece at their home studio and mixed by Thomas Mitchener. The band have a solid punk core, evident not only from their DIY recording but from their sound too.

Pleiades- All At Your Mercy

Manchester five piece, Pleiades offer up their new EP, All At Your Mercy. The band worked it's way from a soundscaping three piece to it's current form, churning out this release at the end of it all. The post metal this group makes is truly huge.

Beezewax- Peace Jazz

As I write this, Eurovision is several days away and each year it comes and I watch it to some extent. A night of music from across the continent where I usually at some point find myself impressed by one song or another, promising myself to check out more music from countries outside the UK/ US sphere. That’s not to say that this band sounds like a typical Eurovision act (just a tangent on how I need to explore the music of different countries), there’s no Europop to be found here. This is Norwegian Indie Rock outfit Beezewax and their seventh studio album, Peace Jazz.

Enterprise Earth- Luciferous

American extreme metal outfit Enterprise Earth are back with their third LP, Luciferous. The band, formed in 2014 by two ex members of Infant Annihilator and Takeover, started out with their debut EP XXIII and debut LP Patient Ø with their latest full length coming last year in the form of Embodiment. Luciferous is described by vocalist, Dan Watson, as the band's "strongest, most mature release to date" which sets expectations high to say the least.

Shadows Like Strangers- CALI

Nottingham rockers Shadows Like Strangers put out their debut album this year, an album that is in many ways the result of three years of sonic development. From their formation, early EPs and right up till recently, the band have been honing their sound and their lineup to put forward exactly the debut album they want representing them.

Hold Close – Time

US pop punks Hold Close give us their debut record to kick off 2019. Following on from their earlier EPs, this record sees the band attempting to put themselves out there and establish themselves. This record sees them commit to a vibrant, layered sound that has developed since those early EPs.

Napoleon – Epiphany

UK hardcore powerhouse, Napoleon are back at it again. The bands new record, Epiphany, is out on November 2nd. The record follows the groups 2016 debut, Newborn Mind. Epiphany packs some serious punch into its 10 tracks, proving to be a 43 minute romp of power, passion and most importantly, grooves! Napoleon are often pegged […]

Prognosis- Definition

Admittedly, I don’t hear much about Manchester’s metal scene. You’d assume it’s as good as any UK city’s scene but it does have one thing that no other city in the UK has. Prognosis.  Prognosis are a quartet from the aforementioned city of Manchester with one hell of a debut record on  the way. Definition […]

Reawaken- *monochrome*

*monochrome* (yes the asterisks are an important part of the title) is the latest EP by Southampton quintet, Reawaken. The EP is short and sweet with only four tracks but it’s packed with plenty of power across it’s short runtime. The EP kicks off with Don’t Run. Grinding guitars give way to that opening wailing […]

Boston Manor- Welcome To The Neighbourhood

Blackpool based Boston Manor have been on my radar for years, hearing them here and there but never quite finding the time to check them out fully. That was until I heard about this record. Welcome to the Neighbourhood is the bands second album, following on from 2016’s Be Nothing. This time round the band […]

Woes are Over It!

Scottish pop punks, Woes, have been releasing a series of singles in the run up to their Self Help EP. Over It is the latest of the singles and it’s certainly worthy of it’s single spot. Vocalist DJ says the band “made a conscious effort to try and write something that didn’t sound like a […]

Dave Grohl is figuring it all out with Play

Dave Grohl needs no introduction but let me introduce him anyway. Dave got his big break in DC punk band, Scream, next came a bigger break when he joined Nirvana, THEN he started the Foo Fighters by himself, he drummed on countless other records including Queens Of The Stone Age‘s Songs for the Deaf (and […]

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