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UK Scumscene Now on Hiatus

This might seem like an inevitability at this point, but as of the 5th of November 2018, UK Scumscene will be taking an extended hiatus. We apologise to any bands or PR agencies who have delivered review copies of their releases to us expecting reviews, but we can’t deliver anything at this time.

Updates to UK Scumscene have been obviously intermittent for the last 2 years and there are various factors that have influenced the slowing down of regular reviews. In the last 2 years I’ve started a new job that is emotionally draining, and having to come home day-after-day and try to muster up the energy to write a screen’s worth of thoughts about music is bizarrely challenging when you’re mentally spent. Another factor is the loss of Catbird last year – a great friend, supporter and a huge influence on me and my taste in music. Being reminded of him every time I put fingers to keyboard can be a bit of a barrier to overcome.

I don’t want to call this, “farewell”. UK Scumscene is something I’m immensely proud of and it’s put me in contact with some of the best people I could have hoped to meet. The UK heavy music scene is near and dear to me and it’s stories like being approached by a young Employed to Serve back when they were a 2-person studio project, releasing EPs through Grindcore Karaoke, and watching them evolve into a touring band with a Kerrang Album of the Year award to their name that gives me immense pride and satisfaction that UK heavy music is still important.

However, I need a break and to find that passion that will allow me to give this place the attention it deserves. I want to be able to commit to UK Scumscene and right now it’s just too much of a hurdle to give it my full attention. If you still want to hear me chatting about heavy music then Cast Iron is still going and we recently dropped a new episode over the weekend. UK Scumscene will be back, but as of right now it’s a, “see you later” from me.

Stay posi

Lewis Clark

News: Motörhead’s Lemmy Dies at 70


This is it guys. Probably the most influential figure in British heavy music has passed away.

Motörhead’s Ian Fraser Kilmister, known to the world largely as Lemmy, has died “after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer”. There’s hardly anything that can be said about Lemmy that hasn’t already been said. Motörhead are probably one of the most important bands in heavy music and they cross-over rock, punk and thrash better than any band. Everyone is influenced by Motörhead.

Lemmy leaves behind a fantastic legacy. Lemmy appeared on 3 Hawkwind albums before starting Motörhead who leave behind a ridiculously huge back-catalogue of 22 albums. Lemmy was the only consistent member of the band but Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee have been apart of Motörhead since 1984 and 1992 respectively, becoming the longest serving guitarists and drummers that Motörhead ever had.

Rest in peace Lemmy; you’re earned it.

News: Mammoth New Pay-What-You-Want Sampler from Smithsfoodgroup Available Now


Our friends at Smithsfoodgroup have curated an enormous 57 song sampler which you can stream and download below.

This pay-what-you-want sampler features music from Scumscene favourites Venom Prison, Svalbard, Old Skin, Ithaca, Employed to Serve, Artemis, Rolo Tomassi, Eulogy, OHHMS, Oblivionized, Yards and many, many more. This is an absolutely essential download for fans of heavy music that we cannot recommend enough. Hop to it:

News: Funeral for a Friend Are Splitting Up


Post hardcore luminaries Funeral for a Friend are splitting up. A massive force in UK heavy music, Funeral for a Friend are responsible for one of the defining UK post hardcore records in the form of 2003’s Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation.

The band would go on to write and record a total of 7 studio albums but suffer significant line-up changes throughout their career, to the point that only one original member remains (guitarist Kris Coombs-Roberts), although the majority of their recorded output also features vocalist Matthew Davies-Kreye.

Funeral for a Friend will embark on one final tour in early 2016 playing 2-night residencies across Australia, Europe and the UK where they will play both Hours one night and then Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation the other night. The band will also play songs from various EPs and albums in addition to these records in full.

UK Scumscene would like to thank Funeral for a Friend for their contribution to UK heavy music and wish everyone in the band the best in any future endeavours. You will be sorely missed.

News: Ben Aucott from Mage Passes Away


We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ben Aucott, guitarist for Scumscene-favourites Mage.

Ben’s passing is a figurative gut-punch that’s going to sting for quite some time. I’ve been an enormous fan of Mage since their first album and they’ve been kind enough to personally thank us in the liner notes for their last two releases. It’s always been a pleasure working with them and it pains me to say that we send our sympathies to Ben’s friends and family during this difficult time.

If there’s any positives to take from all this then let it be known that Ben managed to marry the love of his life just over a week ago. Ben’s a hero in my eyes.

News: Christopher Lee Passes Away


Christopher Lee has passed away.

While Lee is famous for his many acting roles which include Count Dracula, Scaramanga, King Haggard and Saruman, he is also known as a heavy metal vocalist and released two symphonic metal concept albums about King Charlemagne under his own name.

Christopher Lee was 93 at his time of passing and leaves behind an enduring legacy. UK Scumscene sends our deepest sympathies to Lee’s friends and family.

News: Paul Van Linden of Grimpen Mire Passes Away


Paul Van Linden, the bassist and vocalist of Birmingham-based sludge metallers Grimpen Mire has sadly passed away. The band revealed the news in the early hours of this morning:

“It is with an exceptionally heavy heart that I have to type this, but Paul lost his life last night. Obviously we are all devastated and our thoughts are with his family. RIP Paul, our life long brother and best friend.

Jim / Ian

Grimpen Mire”

UK Scumscene would like to send our deepest sympathies to all of Paul’s friends and family during this difficult time.

News: Ex Members of Bossk and The JCQ Form Bowhunter, EP Out in May


Members of Bossk and The JCQ have joined forces to form a new band called Bowhunter. The band features Jack Saunders from The JCQ on vocal duties, Edward Li and Nick Corney of Bossk on guitar and drums and Chris Corney on bass.

You can stream the first taster of the band’s debut EP To Love Again below. The track is called Count to Ten:

Bowhunter’s debut EP To Love Again is released on the 4th of May. You can keep up-to-date with the band’s activity by visiting their official website.

News: Iron Witch Release 2 New Demos for Free Download


There’s a fair amount of activity surrounding Liverpudlian sludge-monsters Iron Witch at the moment. The band have recently announced that guitarists Dan and Sam will no longer be working with the band which would normally come as a bit of a shock, but the band are adamant to stress that work on their upcoming debut album is still on schedule. To show how far the band have come, the band have unearthed 2 previously unreleased demos for free download. You can stream and download them using the widget below:

Iron Witch will also be releasing a discography record called The First Four Beers. The band have promised that pre-orders will be available soon and it’s a release we can’t recommend enough. Keep an eye on the band’s Facebook page for updates as they happen.

News: Hondo Maclean Are Back


UK tech metalcore legends Hondo Maclean are returning for 2 special shows in December as well as a vinyl re-release of their last album The Truth; The Fiction which was only given a limited release under the band’s later moniker of The Future.

The shows take place in London and Cardiff. Check the details below:

12/12 – Barfly, Camden (tickets here)
20/12 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (tickets here)

The re-release of The Truth; The Fiction can be pre-ordered from Palm Reader Records. The record will be limited to 300 copies; 100 on half clear/half blue and 200 on clear vinyl. The half clear/half blue variant is close to selling out so don’t sleep on this one. You can stream the album below: