Now here’s an absolutely heart-melting story. The Darkness played a show at the Picturedome in Holmfirth last night and during the show lead vocalist and guitarist Justin Hawkins spotted a young fan by the name of Zak watching the show next to the PA stack. Hawkins then suggested to his parents that they move him away from the stack so he could enjoy the show without being deafened. However, he was informed that Zack had, “stuff in his ears”.
As an alternative, Hawkins then invited Zak on stage to watch the rest of the show by the drum riser. Zak was even allowed to invite his friend Haydyn on stage to watch the show with him. When the two kids finally left the stage, Hawkins announced that they were allowed to have anything they wanted from the merchandise stall.
That Justin Hawkins is a class act.
[Source: The Darkness Facebook]
On the 12th of April 2014, Send More Paramedics will rise from their graves for a one-off show at TDON 10 which takes place at Vox in Leeds. The thrash punk zombie freaks are returning for what is going to an incredible day of heavy music.
Also confirmed for TDON 10 are:
Brotherhood of the Lake (last show)
Crossbreaker (last show)
Special guests are also promised.
Tickets for TDON 10 are £15 each and can be ordered by clicking here. Don’t muck about as this is bound to sell out fast. Doors open at 1:30pm.
3 of our favourite hardcore bands are touring together in February 2014. This is brilliant news. Razoreater, Stallone and Employed to Serve take off on a 8 date jaunt through the country from the 1st to the 8th of February. Check out the full list of dates below:
1/2 – The Square, Harlow
2/2 – The Hope, Brighton
3/2 – The Unicorn, London
4/2 – Venue to be announced, Sheffield
5/2 – The Bridge Inn, Worcester
6/2 – The Stag & Hounds, Bristol
7/2 – The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
8/2 – Stuck on a Name, Nottingham
We will update you all on those unconfirmed dates once they’re, you know, confirmed. All dates now confirmed except the venue for the Sheffield show.
The grindcore/groove metal lunacy of Corrupt Moral Altar returns for ‘Whiskey Sierra’; a new four track EP for fans of Confine, Oblivionized and War Wolf. The band have taken no time in churning out another slab of extreme metal after the release of their first EP ‘Luciferian Deathcult’ back in February and it’s amazing how quick the band have grown as songwriters in such a short space of time.
The big draw on this EP is the title track which adds a brilliantly welcome element to Corrupt Moral Altar’s sound: it’s catchy. There’s a massive hook here that takes the form of a dual vocal scream of, “WHISKEY SIERRA!” This is such a simple inclusion that gives the band’s music and far more memorable quality that is then followed up with a punishing series of blast-beats. Corrupt Moral Altar have lost none of their edge by adding something as simple as a vocal hook but they’ve gained from it greatly.
The other new track on the EP comes in the form of ‘Lord’ which continues in the band’s patented Hatebreed-esque stomp but peppers the song with bursts of grindcore and crust punk to create an intense, chunky, groove-ridden piece of metal that is immensely satisfying to listen to. It lacks the hook of ‘Whiskey Sierra’ but it succeeds in showcasing what Corrupt Moral Altar do best and that’s making crushing metal that takes influences from a range of genres.
The b-side of the EP takes the form of two re-recorded tracks from the band’s debut EP ‘Luciferian Deathcult’. If you’ve already experienced the two songs then the real pull of hearing them again comes with the masterful production and mix that ‘Whiskey Sierra’ has received. Some incredible work has been done in making the whole EP sound raw and aggressive, but it’s done in a way that allows the listener to appreciate the musicianship on display. Every element of the band’s sound is as clear as day from the manic drumming, distorted bass, crunchy riffs and ungodly dual vocal attack and it’s a glorious racket to behold.
The only issue with this EP is the whole thing is over and done with in ten minutes. It’s an absolutely gripping ten minutes but it’s an abrupt start-to-finish that leaves you begging for more. In a way the band have succeeded in making a great EP that does generally make you want more from them, but in turn it’s such a shame that there isn’t a lot more new material here for existing fans of the band.
Luckily the band are returning in 2014 to release their début album which is bound to be something special if ‘Whiskey Sierra’ has anything to say about it. Corrupt Moral Altar already sound like a band who have mastered their groovy grindcore and after this ten minute burst of extreme decadence you’ll be more than happy to see more music from the band roll around sooner rather than later. ‘Whiskey Sierra’ is a solid yet short release that will leave fans of extreme music extremely satisfied. More please.
Corrupt Moral Altar’s Whiskey Sierra 7″ white vinyl EP is available to buy from Dead Chemists Records now.
We returned to co-host Catbird’s Sunday Roasting beside James Begley of Hybris on the 24th of November 2013. Below is a list of our picks for the show and links to online stores that allow you to purchase the releases they are featured on. We thoroughly recommend you scope out the bands we featured as we truly believe they are some of the best UK rock and metal artists doing the rounds:
Hearts Under Fire – You Are: Convenience (buy here)
Old Skin – Hag//Ridden (buy here please)
Esoteric Youth – Senicide (buy here)
Black Spiders – Stick it to the Man (buy here)
Tempestora – Relentless (buy here. Album review live on this website 26/11/2013)
Tune into Catbird’s Sunday Roasting next week for a special
interview with Jamie Lenman as well as a live acoustic session CANCELLED AND BEING MOVED TO A DIFFERENT DATE. It’s going to be special.
We returned to co-host Catbird’s Sunday Roasting beside James Begley of Hybris on the 17th of November 2013. Below is a list of our picks for the show and links to online stores that allow you to purchase the releases they are featured on. We thoroughly recommend you scope out the bands we featured as we truly believe they are some of the best UK rock and metal artists doing the rounds:
MINE – Disappear (buy here)
Funeral for a Friend – Storytelling Part 2 (buy here)
Press to Meco – Affinity (buy here)
Rhoda May – #8 (Out 6/1/2014. Download 589 EP which features this song here)
Gurt – Psycho Killer (buy here)
Rhoda May are an instrumental progressive rock outfit from Surrey who have put together their début EP ‘Sessions’ in a rather intriguing way. The six songs featured on ‘Sessions’ are the product of two live sessions the band recorded for a series of live videos. This means the songs on ‘Sessions’ were all recorded in a single take.
Listening to ‘Sessions’ without this prior knowledge would lead you to think this was a highly polished and extremely well written slab of prog rock because the members of Rhoda May don’t put a foot wrong. Seriously, there isn’t a mistake to be heard and each of the three members of the band should be commended for such a tight performance.
So what about the music? As we’re dealing with instrumental music here the real question has to be, “is the music interesting enough for the band to warrant their lack of vocalist?” You’ll be happy to hear that the answer is a resounding “yes”. Rhoda May have carved a wonderful little niche as an instrumental version of Biffy Clyro mixed with In Case of Fire and a additional helping of Tool thrown in for good measure. The songs on ‘Sessions’ progress into huge sprawling behemoths and generally build from a memorable guitar hook into an almighty, Earth-shattering riff.
Guitarist Will Pain and bassist Andy Page have a brilliant musical relationship that keeps the trio sounding massive at all times. When Pain isn’t playing chords, Page does a wonderful job of keeping the melodies flowing and the band’s lack of rhythm guitarist doesn’t hurt their sound in the slightest. In fact, I’d go a step further and say that without a rhythm guitarist you are rewarded with an even greater impact when Pain shifts to chords and lets loose with some wonderfully chunky riffs.
The only real negative I can throw at Rhoda May is I think the way they’ve named their EP and the individual songs does them a disservice. The rather uninspiring record title is matched with rather bland song titles which are a series of random numbers. The first track is simply titled ‘#3′ for instance. This gives the EP a rather rushed and lazy presentation which is completely at odds with the amazing musicianship on display.
Otherwise, Rhoda May have done a wonderful job of making engaging, interesting and enormous sounding prog rock in the form of their début EP ‘Sessions’. The live nature of the release manages to showcase a supremely talented bunch of individuals with amazing song writing talent and an ear for no frills spectacle. ‘Sessions’ is a gargantuan début that only has us begging for more. God only knows how incredible Rhoda May will sound when they put forward a release recorded in more than two recording sessions.
Rhoda May’s ‘Sessions’ is released independently by the band on the 6th of January 2014.