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.
As the campsite opens for five day campers, we asked one of our senior writers and festival attendee Tom Butterworth to give us his low-down of the ones to watch.
With their debut album, Harbinger showcase bags of potential. With a sludgy aura and thrashy riffs, there’s tonnes of influences throughout this record. It swings from metalcore to death metal. It’s a record that will perk the ears of many metal fans. Perhaps the only downside of this record is that it drags a bit. At 49 minutes long, there isn’t enough to keep you interested for that length of time. There is a lot throughout that shows potential but at the length it is it certainly needs to be more consistent.
It's not really debatable at this point that Texas Hippie Coalition have a formula that, nine times out of ten, they stick to. They call it red dirt metal, and it's crunching, chugging, raw riffs, growling vocals and subject matter typically surrounding drinking, women, shooting, or being a cowboy. And somehow, six albums in, it still kinda works, here more so than before.
It's now less than a month until Download Festival 2019! We scour through the bands in a two part series of our ones to watch! First up, I (deputy editor Lizi) take you through 10 of the artists I'm most looking forward to seeing
Formed in Stoke on Trent in 2016 this melodic hardcore quintet, Black Coast have burst their way on the scene with Ill Minds Vol 1 in 2018 and we, at AltCorner have their follow up Ill Minds Vol 2 due for release 8th March 2019.
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 […]
Following the success of UK Tech-Fest this year, TECHABILITATION 2018 has been announced! It will be held on 11th November at The New Cross Inn, London. Uneven Structure will be joined by The Hirsch Effekt, Sumer, Perception, The Cartographer, Dividium, From Her Ashes, Jonny Turner, Brink of Extinction and Altitudes for what will be an insane night! Advance tickets are only £15 for […]
15 years have passed since The Agony Scene first took the stage. Several records, international tours, and a lengthy hiatus later are back with a vengeance Tulsa, Oklahoma’s The Agony Scene released their fourth full-length Tormentor record – first in a decade – on 20 July via Outerloop Records. Produced by Mark Lewis, Tormentor promises to be bands heaviest and most mature […]
Slayer have announced details of their final UK and European tour! After 37 years, one of the most brutal bands to exist are taking their leave from the industry, but not before one more brutal assault on our shores. Joining Slayer on their final run are Lamb Of God, Anthrax and Obituary! Thu 1st Nov – DUBLIN 3 […]
As Code Orange headed off stage to a stunned crowd, I wondered how I would start this review. What came to mind was; three of the most exciting bands in metal, and Trivium, wow Brixton. I decided against that as it sounds critical towards Trivium. A stance I definitely didn’t want to take once Trivium […]
AWOOGA have released new single and video Temporal, taken from their debut album Conduit. Bassist and vocalist Tam Ali comments “We tried to condense everything that Awooga loves into one song and video. Joe Pesci’s vile character in Moonwalker starring Michael Jackson, Egyptians and mysterious pyramid shit. And North Korean military rallies – Existence is imperative and […]