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Review: The Brood’s The Truth Behind

London-based grind-metallers The Brood have dropped one hell of a debut with The Truth Behind. This 33 minute monster sounds like Carcass battling it out with Hatebreed and it absolutely delivers a level of savagery fitting of that analogy.

Now this isn’t a particularly smart album and it was never going to be when it has such song titles as Barbie Voorhees, Free Range Meat and Mindfuck. The Brood have a very specific goal with their music and that is to make the heaviest, fastest metal imaginable. While it’s not exactly as creative as similar sounding crossover acts like Corrupt Moral Altar, The Brood’s song-writing is certainly effective and if you like grindcore then you’re certainly in for a treat.

The Brood’s music isn’t exactly for the faint of heart. We’ve got low-pitched, grunty screams throughout, a near-constant abuse of double-bass drumming and blast-beats and it’s all drenched in a healthy dose of blistering guitar work, full of chunky riffs and tremolo picking. Thankfully, The Brood have the chops to meld their noise into a cohesive package that moves exactly as you’d expect it to and lets you get your mosh on in a thoroughly satisfying way.

While most of the faster songs on The Truth Behind clock in at around 2 minutes, The Brood do manage to show that even when they’re making the loudest racket possible, they’ve got enough ideas in them that they can write some longer-form songs like Lobotomized, GIL and Mud Doll Factory. These tracks showcase more of a metallic hardcore sound that is flourished with elements of grindcore and it makes for the most varied and exciting songs on the album. The Brood might be a heavy band, but they certainly know exactly where to focus their anger with satisfying results.

The Truth Behind isn’t going to win many awards for originality and The Brood do run the risk of finding themselves lost in a sea of similar grind bands, but thankfully their song-writing is robust enough to carry their debut album for its entirety and it makes for one nasty beast of a record. The Truth Behind has enough solid grindcore barnstormers on it to deserve your attention and it’s a great starting point for a band certainly that have the capability to step things up a notch on their next release.

8/10

The Brood’s The Truth Behind is out now and can be bought on CD directly from the band’s Bigcartel page.


Our Picks for Catbird’s Sunday Roasting on Bloodstock Radio (08/12/2013)

We returned to actually host Catbird’s Sunday Roasting alongside James Begley of Hybris on the 8th of December 2013 while Catbird is away for a few weeks. 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:

Hold Your Horse Is – The Exit (buy here)
Dinosaur Pile-Up – Start Again (buy here)
Rolo Tomassi – Old Mystics (buy here)
Malefice – V (buy here)
Carcass – No Love Lost (buy here)
Gallows – Last June (buy here)
Iron Monkey – House Anxiety (buy here)
Bovine – Thank Fuck I Ain’t You (buy here)

If you missed the show then don’t forget to catch the repeat of Catbird’s Sunday Roasting on Bloodstock Radio at 12pm on Wednesdays.

Don’t forget that on the 22nd of December, Jamie Lenman will be in the studio for an interview and a live acoustic session.


Review: Tempestora’s The Battle Begins

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It’s not often we get to delve into the world of thrash metal at UK Scumscene so I revelled at the opportunity to review Tempestora’s ‘The Battle Begins’ which takes the modern thrash archetype made famous by bands like Evile and mashes it together with melo-death in the style of later Carcass and even manages to add speed metal elements that remind us of Blind Guardian songs like ‘A Voice in the Dark’. ‘The Battle Begins’ might be a thrash record but it’s taking a fair share of its influences from outside the thrash world and for that reason alone it makes for an incredibly engaging listen.

Album opener ‘Relentless’ manages to showcase all the aforementioned stylistic choices in its four and a half minutes and it’s a wonderfully engaging listen. Vocalist and bassist Sam Shiers screams his way through a barrage of speed metal riffing from guitarist Jason Deakins, while drummer Alex Hawes absolutely abuses his bass drum with an impressive display of Dave Lombardo-esque double-bass drumming. When the song brings it’s wonderfully indulgent breakdown into effect you then begin to get a taste of the melodic death metal influences the band are channelling. There is a definite Carcass stamp on the lead guitar work which adds some seriously memorable hooks to the band’s sound; a definite plus for a band with exclusively harsh vocals.

Speaking of lead guitar, Deakins gets to showcase some incredibly impressive solos like the one on ‘A New Age Dawns’. Deakins is an absolute godsend and a supremely talented guitarist who deals in technicality and melody with finesse. The performances of this one man on ‘The Battle Begins’ is award-worthy and I really hope that the man begins to get the attention he deserves.

The real highlight of the record comes in the form of ‘Halls of the Slain’ which is hugely memorable for its amazing guitar work. The band find themselves in Slayer territory and put together a series of the best riffs put to record and add another amazing Deakins solo which screams, “KIRK HAMMETT!” Metal-heads are really in for a treat when this six minute, thrash behemoth rears its head. Mark my words; there will be no heads left to bang by the end of it.

We haven’t even had a chance to mention the beautiful production work which compliments Tempestora’s accuracy and aggression perfectly. There is no doubt the band are extremely tight musicians and the clarity of the production work heightens this element perfectly. A special mention has to be given to to Hawes’ drumming which has been given a wonderfully raw mix which allows the listener to hear every snare, tom and bass-drum thump but without drowning out the cymbals which is often the case in metal production of this type. Hats off to the band and Craig Daws who have found an amazing balance of clarity and grit. How often do you get to say that about a production job?

Tempestora are an extremely exciting young thrash band who now have an album worthy of their talents. ‘The Battle Begins’ is an undeniable master-work of thrash metal that deserves so much more attention. Tempestora have managed to make an album drenched in extreme metal influences and it sounds brilliantly cohesive with the whole record delivered via the band’s wonderfully tight song-writing. Just get this album and tell all your friends. Tempestora might be the next great hope for British metal and I can’t wait to see this band get the opportunity to showcase their talent on a big stage. They truly deserve it.

9/10

Watch Tempestora’s ‘A New Age Dawns’ music video but BE WARNED there is a lot of flashing imagery.

Tempestora’s ‘The Battle Begins’ is available to buy now from Casket Records.


Our Picks for Catbird’s Sunday Roasting on Bloodstock Radio (10/11/2013)

We returned to co-host Catbird’s Sunday Roasting beside James Begley of Hybris on the 10th of November 2013. It was good to be back on the show after such a long break and despite not getting to play as much of our own choices as we did last time, we thoroughly enjoyed chatting rock and metal with Catbird and James.

Below is 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:

Carcass – Cadaver Pouch Conveyor System (buy here)
Jamie Lenman – Fizzy Blood & Pretty Please (buy here)
Limb – Son and Daughter (buy here)
Corrupt Moral Altar – Whiskey Sierra (buy here)


News: Carcass to Headline Damnation Festival

Grindcore/melodeath legends Carcass are set to headline this year’s Damnation Festival on the 2nd of November. This also marks the only UK festival date the band will play in support of their new album (still untitled at this time). Check out the full word from Bill Steer:

“We’re very excited about the prospect of returning to Damnation Festival this year.

“Our appearance there in 2008 was a major highlight for us and this time around, people can expect to hear a fairly different Carcass set.

“The old favourites will be in there, of course, but we’re also planning to play a couple of the less obvious tracks from our past, as well as songs from the album we’ve just completed. Join us!”

Tickets for Damnation Festival are available to buy for £32 via this link: CLICK HERE


News: Carcass to Release New Studio Album

Carcass are releasing a new album!

Jeff Walker and Bill Steer have enlisted the drumming talents of Daniel Wilding from Trigger the Bloodshed (as original drummer Ken Owen is still recovering from a brain haemorrhage) and are finishing up the record with Colin Richardson producing. The band will be enlisting a new second guitarist for touring but while they have someone in mind they won’t be a “name” player. Michael Amott will not be returning.

The album is currently untitled and will release at some point in 2013. The band has yet to find a label for the release but I’m sure that won’t be an issue because this is mother fucking Carcass! This will be Carcass’ first record since Swansong in 1996.

Here’s a classic off Heartwork to whet your whistle:

[Source: Decibel]