Cope released their debut album The Shock Doctrine on 22nd of May. A hardcore assault designed to scream (literally) about the world's ills, Cope intend to draw attention to the crumbling state of the modern world. Fitting, really, given recent events.
Asking Alexandria had quite a lot to live up to with their new album Like A House On Fire. After 2017's self titled saw both the return of Danny Worsnop and a drastic change in sound, the band's fans were divided.
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 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.
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.
Canada, oh Canada….you provided us with a group of metal powerhouses who came together to become… Imonolith. Featuring members from Devin Townsend Project, Threat Signal, Methods of Mayhem are about to release their debut record ‘State of Being on 27th March. If it’s not enough for you lot, then these heavy hitters are heading out to the UK in March/April.
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.
Wage War, DED and Thornhill at the Key Club in Leeds was hands down the heaviest gig I’ve put my name down for. That being said, I concluded it was an experience I had to have.
To see Halestorm announcing a UK arena tour just a year after playing much smaller venues was a shock, and it meant they’d for sure have to be bringing some heavy hitters with them. These came in the form of In This Moment and New Years Day, who have both commanded a mass following for many years, but also bring something much different to the table both musically and in the performance of said music.
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
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.
Gloryhammer at Nottingham Rescue Rooms was an eye-opening gig experience. With support from Beast In Black and Italian metal act Windrose, it was a stacked bill for sure.
Alter Bridge have established themselves in recent years as one of the most formiddable forces in rock. With frontman Myles Kennedy's soaring vocals that even landed him as vocalist for Slash, coupled with grungy and intricate guitars, there's a certain something Alter Bridge have got that other bands lack. The big question is, have they carried it on only new album 'Walk The Sky', which follows my own personal favourite AB full length 'The Last Hero'