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Team Member: Tom Butterworth

Hi, I'm Tom Butterworth. Born and raised in Northampton, resident in Liverpool for six years now. I've been obsessive about music for over ten years. My favourite bands include Nightwish, Death, Letlive, Slipknot,, The Menzingers, Gojira, Opeth and Pink Floyd among others. \m/

Tom Butterworth's Articles:

Trivium – What The Dead Men Say

It's been three years since Trivium returned to form with The Sin And The Sentence. Given their chequered past, this new album comes with high expectations and a fairly large dose of trepidation. Never fear, this isn't The Crusade.

Cabal – Drag Me Down

Cabal first appeared with the release of their EP Purge in 2015 and their debut full length, Mark Of Rot in 2018. Now, two years on from that last expedition, they have put out Drag Me Down, their sophomore full length release.

Code Orange – Underneath

Three years ago, Code Orange put the entire scene on red alert with their third album Forever. It was seen as a game changer by many, and it is no coincidence that since that album, the hardcore genre has been at a creative peak. Now, following a long recording process that saw the band cancel an appearance at Bloodstock Festival, it’s time to see if the follow up lives up to it’s predecessor.

Haggard Cat – Common Sense Holiday

The phoenix rising from the ashes of Heck, Haggard Cat appeared on the scene two years ago with their debut record Challenger. Although having left the crazed hardcore behind, their energy levels have not dipped; Haggard Cat are purveyors of high octane rock n’ roll and their new album Common Sense Holiday is 45 minutes of raucous fun.

Giver – Sculpture of Violence

Following on from the release of two EPS, and their debut album two years ago, Giver return with Sculptures Of Violence, released in the United Kingdom on the fantastic Holy Roar Records. The slightly sinister looking baby logo has become a stamp of quality in recent years and this release is no different.

Blasphemer – The Sixth Hour

Blasphemer have been something less than prolific in their album releases during their time as a band; The Sixth Hour marks only the third full length release from the Italian (formerly) brutal death metal band. The first two records, 2008’s On The Inexistence of God and 2016’s Ritual Theophagy were exercises in controlled, technical brutality. The Sixth Hour sees them add layers of black metal atmosphere to their sound.

Periphery and Plini at 02 Ritz Manchester

Having blown everyone away with the release of Periphery IV: Hail Stan earlier this year, Periphery arrived in Manchester and put on an excellent show for a sold out audience

Stray From The Path – Internal Atomics

Political rabble rousers Stray From The Path return with their 9th album Internal Atomics. The hardcore four-piece from Long Island have come along way since their beginnings at the turn of the millennium, and this latest release sees them hit new heights.

Creeping Death – Wretched Illusions

Growing from the fertile metal pastures of Texas, Creeping Death are the latest arrivals in a burgeoning old school death metal scene. This is their debut full length album, after 2018s excellent Specter of War EP. This album does not do anything brand new, it doesn’t break any new ground. It does death metal, mixed with a sprinkling of hardcore, and it does it very well.

Tides From Nebula – From Voodoo To Zen

This is the fifth full length release from Polish instrumental post rock trio Tides From Nebula. It sees the band delving into cinematic landscapes of swirling synthesizers and hypnotic rhythms.  Instrumental music can be a very tricky thing to pull off, especially one based in such a minimalist sub-genre as post-rock. The ability to keep the listeners attention without a central focal point like a vocalist is challenge enough, without throwing the baby of traditional song structures out with the bath water.

Eradikator – Obscura Review

Maturity. It is a most tenuous term when applied to music, and particularly when applied to metal. Does maturation mean growth, a successful refining of your sound, cutting back on youthful fire and expanding on those elements that best suit your band, as Metallica so masterfully achieved between …And Justice For All and The Black Album? Or does it involve the shaving off of any edges, polishing everything to an unbearable sheen and the beginning of a managed decline into metal mediocrity.

Skeletal Remains, Blasphemer, Zealot Cult and RipTide at Rebellion Manchester

After a weekend of nothing but heavy metal, what do you need most on the Monday night? More metal of course. So after Bloodstock Festival we find ourselves at Rebellion in Manchester for a night of thrash and death metal.

Download Festival 2019

Download 2019 was a complete mudfest, but an absolutely incredible weekend.

Slam Dunk North 2019 Review!

Temple Newsam, Leeds, 25th May 2019: Never will you find a more wretched hive of snapbacks and Vans. As the fans begin entering the festival grounds, the day is bright and warm... sadly it won’t last, but rain, thunder or snow wouldn’t have kept the legions away from Leeds today.

Periphery – Periphery IV: Hail Stan

For the last few years, in the tech-metal scene, there have been two titans on either side of The Pond: Tesseract and Periphery. Now when your transatlantic cousins take the ‘Black Album’ school of thought and trim everything down, tighten it all up and produce the shortened album of less expansive works that was Sonder, what do you do? Well, apparently, you mark your first release away from Sumerian records by throwing seemingly everything you can think of, and the kitchen sink, at your new record. And for Periphery, it is a resounding success.

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