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Year End: The 10 Best Albums of 2015

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10) Let’s Talk Daggers – A Beautiful Life

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“Regardless, Let’s Talk Daggers have made one of the most electric rock albums of the year. If you can appreciate guitar music that doesn’t sacrifice technicality for song-writing then Let’s Talk Daggers have delivered a record that does just that and even more. A Beautiful Life is an absolute tidal wave of riffs, tempo changes and yelping and despite the madness of its contents, Let’s Talk Daggers have brought it all together into one cohesive yet exhausting piece.”

Click here to read the full review.

9) Limb – Terminal

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“Terminal is the natural continuation from Limb’s self-titled debut and it’s an infinitely more enjoyable and masterfully crafted slab of hard rock. The band haven’t rested on their laurels and continue to get better on every record they release. The pressure is certainly on for the next release, lads!”

Click here to read the full review.

8) Torpor – From Nothing Comes Everything

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London doom behemoth Torpor wiped the floor with the rest of the doom offerings this year. The long-form nature of Torpor’s songs is beautifully tempered by the bands wonderful song-writing which ebbs and flows in a wonderfully natural way that means that 11 minute monsters like From This Time never outstay their welcome. Every riff on From Nothing Comes Everything is a crushing beast of a thing that demands some serious head-banging. This record is a real masterclass of doom song-writing.

Full review coming soon.

7) Svalbard – One Day All This Will End

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“By the end of the closing moments of Lily, Svalbard have taken you on a post hardcore journey like no other. One Day All This Will End is one of the best punk releases birthed in the UK and Svalbard have mastered an amazingly eclectic sound that’s equal parts angry, beautiful and forlorn. One Day All This Will End is essential listening to fans of post hardcore and a welcoming introduction to anyone looking to explore the more progressive side of hardcore.”

Click here to read the full review.

6) Employed to Serve – Greyer Than You Remember

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“It’s impossible to justify any criticism towards this record. Employed to Serve have absolutely mastered their craft and if dense, bastard-heavy hardcore is your thing than Greyer than You Remember is filled wall-to-wall with some of the genre’s finest moments. The album barely gives you a moment to breath in favour of demanding you mosh harder and it’s almost euphoric in its density.”

Click here to read the full review.

5) xRepentancex – The Sickness of Eden

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“xRepentancex have delivered a debut album that’s so furious it feels like it could tear apart at the seams. The Sickness of Eden is a hardcore record every fan of the genre should own and it’s almost beautiful in its sheer relentlessness. God knows how you follow an album this consistent. Good luck guys.”

Click here to read the full review.

4) Press to Meco – Good Intent

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“Press to Meco have delivered an album that showcases exactly what the trio are capable of. It’s a glorious, exciting monster of a record that is stuffed with technical wizardry and choruses so big that they deserve to be blasted across festival audiences all summer long.”

Click here to read the full review.

3) Old Skin – Beneath the Trees

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Old Skin’s debut album was the most bittersweet release of the year because while it is one of the best metallic hardcore albums this country has ever produced, its release also marked the demise of the band. Given away as a pay-what-you-want download to mark the final chapter of Old Skin’s career, this is an apocalyptic hardcore onslaught that never lets up. Old Skin might be gone but they’ve left behind one of the most disgustingly heavy records this country has ever produced and it deserves to be heard by everyone.

Full review coming soon.

2) Oblivionized – Life is a Struggle, Give Up

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“Life is a Struggle, Give Up is Oblivionized firing on all cylinders. This is an unforgiving attack of tech-metal, grind and deathcore that is sculpted with finite detail and it’s not afraid to hit you over the head with a monolithic riff for good measure. This might be an exhausting ordeal on your first listen, but give it the time it deserves and it will slowly unveil a metal record for the ages.”

Click here to read the full review.

1) Caïna – Setter of Unseen Snares

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“Setter of Unseen Snares is an album of unbridled fury, bleak atmosphere and eventually, shimmering post metal beauty. This is one of the most diverse and brilliantly executed black metal albums I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to and it deserves to be heard by more than just fans of the genre.”

Click here to read the full review.

Notable Mentions
Monolithian – The Finest Day I Ever Lived, Was When Tomorrow Never Came. (click here to read the full review)

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Review: Eulogy’s Eternal Worth

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Stallone have returned under a new name as Eulogy and Eternal Worth marks a distinctive stylistic shift from the band’s previous material. While previous records Cardiac Black and Mire sat more comfortably in the mathcore category bringing in comparisons to bands like Palm Reader, Eternal Worth takes a more direct approach to its song-writing that results in a more metallic hardcore sound akin to bands like Old Skin.

While this is still very much heavy music in the hardcore mould, you definitely notice Eulogy’s music spends less time noodling around with complex structures and more time beating you into submission with a massive groove. This is the clear distinction between the Eulogy of old and the Eulogy of now; the riffs are placed front and centre. While Mire would often get bogged down (no pun intended) in technical wizardry, songs like Deaf Cult clearly favour melody. That nasty, stomping riff that kicks everything off is certainly proof of that.

This shift in structure means Eulogy sound doubly pissed off as a result. The opening one-two of Doubt Shadows and Deaf Cult deal in some of the most disgustingly bile-ridden screams we’ve heard from the band and there’s some liberal use of blast-beats to make this the most metal-sounding Eulogy record to date.

What this change in song-writing also enables Eulogy to do is work with songs in a longer format that don’t outstay their welcome. Closing track Beyond the Skin is still as hate-fuelled and metallic as everything else on Eternal Worth, but now the band can explore more atmospheric lead guitar work and moments of haunting respite that create a considerably bleak vibe. There’s more to this song than your standard mosh-a-long anthem.

Eulogy have hit their stride on Eternal Worth. This is a record that doesn’t mess about and gets straight to the point. This is a laser-focussed metallic hardcore assault that is big on groove and if the name change wasn’t a big enough indicator, it marks an important step up for Eulogy as a band.

8/10

Eulogy’s Eternal Worth is out now and available to buy on limited edition one-sided vinyl with screenprinted b-side direct from the band or from Holy Roar Records.


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

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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:


Touring: Oblivionized and Old Skin UK Weekender

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Here at UK Scumscene we have made no qualms about our love for both Oblivionized and Old Skin and now the 2 bands are heading out on a short tour that sees the band hit London, Brighton and Bristol for an intimate weekender that is bound to be one of the most crushing tours of the summer. Check out the dates below:

6/6 – London – Power Lunches
7/6 – Brighton – The Lectern
8/6 – Bristol – The Red Lion

You can grab a free track from both bands from the recently released Church of Fuck compilation False Metal Eternal. Get that via the widget below:


News: Grab Old Skin’s :consume: EP Before It’s Gone Forever

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Old Skin are currently supporting the release of :consume:; a two track EP that is available directly from the band for one week only and then it’s gone forever.

The limited edition CD version is unfortunately sold out but you can still download the release for any amount of money (yes, even no money if you’re that much of a cheapskate). Make sure you grab it via the widget below because at midnight on the 1st of June the band will be taking it down and you’ll have to source it by “other” means (which the band are openly encouraging by the way).

Check it out because you won’t regret it. You’ll have a hard time finding a more interesting/punishing slab of metallic hardcore today:


News: Church of Fuck Release Free 30 Track Compilation

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The heaviest label in Manchester returns for a savage collection of music!

Church of Fuck have just released False Metal Eternal, a 30 track compilation featuring the COF roster as well as an additional 16 bonus tracks from various friends of the label. You can download the entire thing from the widget below. Even though this has been billed as a free compilation, the option to pay whatever you want for it is available so be a cool guy/gal and support one of the best labels in the UK.

The full track list for False Metal Eternal (including bonus tracks) can be viewed below:

1. TRUDGER – State Of Constant Slumber (EXCLUSIVE NEW TRACK from upcoming LP ‘Dormiveglia’)
2. CAÏNA – We Sleep
3. ITHACA – Ashes
4. ICED OUT – Death Riders (ft. MR of Old Skin)
5. ESOTERIC YOUTH – Förlåt
6. PSYWARFARE – Arrival
7. LET IT DIE – Boredom/Inertia
8. CARA NEIR – The Last Siren
9. OLD SKIN – Moral//Panic
10. HEKSED – Love You To Death (Type O Negative cover)
11. RAZOREATER – Hashishins
12. DEATHSEEKERS – Carnage
13. CHOLERA – Puppet
14. MAGIC MOMENTS – Strangelove (Depeche Mode cover)
15. KASHYYYK – SSRI (Exclusive track recorded for FALSE METAL ETERNAL) (BONUS)
16. COLD FELL – Onward To Helvellyn (BONUS)
17. VOE – Rust (BONUS)
18. F. EMASCULATA – X-Files (BONUS)
19. RESET TO ZERO – Lamb And Goat Full Moon Embrace (BONUS)
20. VOID FORGER – Relief (BONUS)
21. GATECREEPER – Overdose (BONUS)
22. GLARUS – Fire (BONUS)
23. OBLIVIONIZED – Hope Is The First Sign Of Defeat (BONUS)
24. GRIMMNESS – Parasite (BONUS)
25. SEVENTH CIRCLE – Blind Slaves (BONUS)
26. TEEF – Anxiety (BONUS)
27. BAST – Denizens (BONUS)
28. KATO – Dust Of Earth (BONUS)
29. MASS – Numbing (BONUS)
30. STEPHEN TREPAK – No Sympathy For The Wretched (BONUS)


Touring: Caïna Announce Full Band London Show

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Normally a one-man black metal behemoth, Caïna will play a full band show at the Camden Black Heart in honour of his 10th anniversary under the Caïna name.

Caïna take to the stage at the Camden Black Heart on July 5th with support from fellow Church of Fuck luminaries Esoteric Youth and Old Skin. Tickets can be bought for £6 in advance from Bleak Metal or you’ll have to pay £8 on the door.

Caïna is also taking set-list requests so if you want to hear the band play a specific song from their back catalogue you can head over to Caïna’s Facebook page and request up to 3 songs. In addition to all this the show will also be filmed for a future Caïna release.

We recently reviewed the latest Caïna material which forms a part of the Esoteric Youth / Caïna split that is due out on Church of Fuck soon. Read our review here and pre-order the limited edition cassette here.


Touring: Iced Out and Old Skin

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The metallic hardcore tour of the year has already arrived in the form of Iced Out and Old Skin who are heading out for a jaunt around the UK this month. Check below for the full list of confirmed dates:

19/2 – Black Bull, Gateshead
20/2 – The Alex, Southampton
22/2 – The Red Lion, Bristol
23/2 – Cowley Club, Brighton
24/2 – Power Lunches, London
25/2 – Fine City Audio, Norwich

If you need a reason as to why you should go to a show then look no further:


Year End: The 10 Best EPs of 2013 Part 2

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Before we start our list of the 10 best EPs of 2013, please remember that this list was decided by one person and therefore represents the opinions of one person. This will likely not reflect your own opinion but that’s okay; there’s room for more than one opinion in this crazy world of ours and your’s is just as valid. As per the theme of UK Scumscene, this list also contains releases by UK bands ONLY. Okay then, let’s get this show on the road:

5) Confine – Setting Fire to the Western Hemisphere

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What we said:

“Setting Fire to the Western Hemisphere is a like a wet dream for grindcore fans. Confine have managed to put together a fearsome, devastating slab of extremity that is bolstered by brilliant riffs, unbelievable drumming and some of the best arranged screaming on any metal record. Some actual thought went into this release; how often to you get to say that about a grindcore record?”

Read the full review by clicking here.

4) Cactus&Cardigan – Gag Reflex

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Cactus&Cardigan are a band that shouldn’t be shrugged off for taking on a humorous persona. Yes, this EP does have songs called ‘Smegma’ and ‘George Michael Cums Cobwebs’, but what Cactus&Cardigan excel at is making heavy noise-rock stuffed full of Earth-shattering riffs that won’t leave you. Despite being a band who exclusively use harsh vocals, they also manage to make every song on ‘Gag Reflex’ sound extremely memorable and the daft nature of the lyrics actually adds a lot of charm to the record. If anything Cactus&Cardigan sound like they had the time of their life making this EP and it’s been a staple of my listening in 2013.

3) Esoteric Youth – The Burden of Living

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What we said:

“Regardless, this is a minor complaint on what is one of the most furious metal releases I’ve heard in some time. At the moment, Esoteric Youth are the kings of UK blackened hardcore and The Burden of Living solidifies their position as one of the country’s most important heavy bands. This EP is undoubtedly the best release by the band so far and I’d hate to be in their position now because this is the watermark that will be held against everything they do from here on in. Congratulations and good luck guys.”

Read the full review by clicking here.

2) Old Skin – MÆRE

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What we said:

“Old Skin might be a fresh face but ‘MÆRE’ showcases a level of talent and song-writing that is heads and shoulders above their peers. This EP is a master-class in how to create a haunting atmosphere without losing any of the impact that heavy music delivers. Old Skin have delivered a thought-provoking first release that has to be one of the best débuts of any band.”

Read the full review by clicking here.

1) Press to Meco – Affinity

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Press to Meco’s ‘Affinity’ is an EP that everyone needs to own. It’s quite simply the most original-sounding record I heard all year and the 3 lads from Croydon should be honoured to have created such incredible, genre-melding yet superbly catchy rock music.

What we said:

“It’s becoming far too difficult to find the words to say how important Press to Meco’s Affinity is. The band manage to blend progressive metal and post hardcore with an unsettling ease and make one of the most amazing experiences to come out of the UK heavy music scene in a very long time. Affinity is a brilliant rock record that you’ll seriously regret not jumping at when this band launch stratospheric. Buy this EP.”

Read the full review by clicking here.


Our Picks for Catbird’s Sunday Roasting on Bloodstock Radio (24/11/2013)

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.