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December 13, 2017, 2:38 am

 

MEET ME HALFWAY, AT LEAST

Band:DEAF HAVANA
Album:MEET ME HALFWAY, AT LEAST
Label:A Wolf At Your Door Records
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Deaf Havana’s ironically titled & critically acclaimed EP ‘It’s Called The Easy Life’ (October 2008) was ‘one of the most gripping UK debuts in years’ (Metal Hammer – 8/10) bursting with ‘swaggering southern rock tendencies’ (Kerrang! – KKKK)It was a ‘romp through some of the best British alternative noise Rock Sound has heard in a while’ (Rock sound – 8/10) that literally rocked the UK underground scene to its core. One year later & the Norfolk quintet are on the cusp of releasing their most exciting material to date on their debut full length ‘Meet Me Halfway, At Least’. Expanding on the band’s melodic capabilities hinted at on their EP, the bands new record is brimming with raw emotional & hook laden songs that make for one hell of an album. Recorded with producer Matty O’Grady (Architects, You Me At Six) the album will be released on the 05th October 2009,supported by a 16 date UK headline tour with special guests Young Guns & The Casino Brawl.

 

 

SERPENTS

Band:STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
Album:SERPENTS
Label:TRANSLATION LOSS
Format:CD
Genre:Metal

Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING features Gregory Lahm (previously of Mouth Of The Architect) on vocals and guitars and is accompanied by fellow Columbus-ites Travis Kline, Mike Leach and John Peters. STRUCK BY LIGHTNING’s Translation Loss Records debut “Serpents” serves as an ode to the fist pumping-basement punk rock of old, encompassing the aggression and crust slathering’s of His Hero Is Gone and Disfear with the progressive rock and metal acrobatics of Mastodon and Big Business! With long time Mouth Of The Architect producer and engineer Chris Common at the helm, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING has created a ferocious and hairsplitting album full of blistering aggression that will undoubtedly take the world by storm.

 

 

LIKE THE CURSE

Band:THE NICOTINE FITS
Album:LIKE THE CURSE
Label:ZODIAC KILLER
Format:CD
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

Raw. Loud. Fast. These and other common images of rock`s lurid past jump to mind as The Nicotine Fits burst eardrums and peel the paint off walls with a massive onslaught of guitar driven sound. First in line to lick the dirt off the cement and spit it back in your face. The Nicotine Fits raise hell with their pedigree style, a mix of The Stooges, Radio Birdman, Black Sabbath & The MC5. Like The Curse, the six pieces debut, captures the energy and ferocity of a live Nicotine Fits show. Twin guitars, ROARING bass, layered with screaming keys and pure vocal swagger, are backed with a towering wall of rhythm. The backbeat of these frenzied yet matured songs remains tight, driving home the group`s vintage rock meets punk sound.

 

 

DEMON HAUNTED WORLD

Band:CRUCIFIST
Album:DEMON HAUNTED WORLD
Label:Profound Lore
Format:CD
Genre:Black Metal

Featuring bassist Danny Lilker of BRUTAL TRUTH fame and members of thrash band ORODRUIN, Crucifist’s interpretation of old-school raw black metal headbanging fury reminisces and harks back to the feeling brought upon us in the ancient days amongst the elite usual suspect acts as HELLHAMMER/CELTIC FROST, VENOM, BATHORY, AUTOPSY, and DARKTHRONE’s glory days. Alongside such mirrored points that can be found running rampant throughout the fisting twisted glory that is “Demon Haunted World”, Crucifist also incorporate elements that reference the shining glory of the NWOBHM and of course bring in some doom n’ gloom ala BLACK SABBATH. Formed in 2004 and already having made quite a reputation within the underground (with a self released demo and being active on the live circuit), Crucifist are finally (understatement!) set to release their debut album to the hungry underground masses.

 

 

SWARTH

Band:PORTAL
Album:SWARTH
Label:Profound Lore
Format:CD
Genre:Death Metal

If there ever was an enigma within the realm of death metal, Australia’s PORTAL have not only defined themselves as the most bizarre and frightening entity within death metal, but have also made an explicit reputation as the death metal band to take said genre’s blueprint and just twist and invert it around to create an aesthetic that no other death metal band in existence have even come closed to paralleling. It was through Profound Lore Records which brought more awareness to the intimidating force that is Portal, by reissuing the limited debut album “Seepia” during the label’s growing inception, and then bringing to the world the band’s “Outre” follow-up in which many took notice. Nonetheless, no other band in death metal has generated polarizing conversations and opinions such as Portal; people either think they are pure genius and others can’t seem to understand or get them. And for some, Portal is that band that just needs to crawl more under people’s skin to fully penetrate their listening psyche. That is if they are able to comprehend the madness and chaos inherent in Portal’s music: the death metal soundtrack to a F.W. Murnau film gone terribly awry. And now “Swarth”, the anticipated follow-up to “Outre” almost becomes that missing link between Portal’s two previous releases by combining the off-kiltered and irregular dynamics of their debut and the surging atmosphere of “Outre” and taking their sound to new ungodly levels unparalleled. There will be no death metal album released this year that will come close to the uniqueness and distinctiveness of “Swarth”. This we can assure you.

 

 

DULCIMA

Band:RHYS MARSH and THE AUTUMN GHOST
Album:DULCIMA
Label:Termo
Format:CD
Genre:Prog Rock

British singer Rhys Marsh (The Opium Cartel, White Willow, Mandala) has relocated to Norway and releases his magnum opus,featuring the cream of the crop of Scandinavian prog rock musicians: Mattias Olsson from Änglagård, Lars Fredrik Frøislie from Wobbler, Trude Eidtang and Ketil Einarsen from White Willow. Taking a quantum leap forward from his critically acclaimed debut of progressive singer/songwriter music, “Dulcima” is a full-blown modern progressive rock album, full of darkness and beauty. To us it sounds somewhat like David Sylvian fronting 70’s King Crimson – with some middle eastern influences thrown in for good measure. A modern progressive tour de force, gathering the best musicians of the modern Scandinavian scene. Sounds like David Sylvian,King Crimson, Dead Can Dance.

 

 

AMERICAN RUBICON

Band:COBRA SKULLS
Album:AMERICAN RUBICON
Label:GUNNER RECORDS
Format:CD
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

Cobra Skulls started saving the world from popular music in the basement of their house in Reno, Nevada, U.S.A back in 2005. The trio, good friends with common taste in classic punk rock, including individual tastes ranging from ska, to country, felt compelled to remind people that real bands still exist in an industry dominated by image and propaganda. Hey, that’s what good punk music has been about from the start!

It's hard to pinpoint the Cobras sound exactly but this is a "must hear" record for fans of early Against Me!, Lawrence Arms, One Man Army, Clash, Propaghandi, Alkaline Trio, Bouncing Souls or Jawbreaker.

 

 

HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS

Band:THE DERELLAS
Album:HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS
Label:Crushworld
Format:CD
Genre:Punk / Hardcore

Crushworld Records is proud to present HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS, the rip-roaring debut album from London punk 'n' roll supergroup, The DeRellas. Singer Robbie DeRella spews Iggy/Johansen charm and aggression to the sound of blitzkrieg guitars and primal drums. Hollywood Monsters crawls out of the Soho gutter, slams through your speakers, hits you in the face and then gives you a cheeky wink on its way through the door. Tracks include the explosive 'She's A Pistol', the incendiary "All Fired Up" and a glam-punk reworking of Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain'. Sounding like a lost classic from '77, but with a no-nonsense energy which makes you get up and dance right now. Eleven kick-ass songs packed into 30 minutes and 23 seconds. What a ride. 

For fans of The Ramones, The New York Dolls, The Stooges and The Sex Pistols - Get 'em while they're hot!

 

 

BOOK OF LEAVES

Band:RACHEL GRIMES
Album:BOOK OF LEAVES
Label:Ruminance
Format:CD
Genre:Avant-Garde

Rachel Grimes’ music has quietly evolved through a diversity of musical ventures, including six releases with indie chamber group Rachel’s. Her forthcoming album Book of Leaves finds her at the height of her creativity - an album of impressionist piano pieces, largely pastoral, incorporating field recordings made outdoors. Available October 12 on CD on RuminanCe Records, live shows throughout Europe will follow in April 2010. Rachel recently performed selections from Book of Leaves while opening for the Oscar-winning duo the Swell Season (Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova). Early versions of the new material were featured in the film Rotating Mirror, a personal meditation on contemporary urban life in NYC and Louisville, directed by Rachel’s member Greg King. Grimes also works with the Louisville-based band King’s Daughters & Sons and, as a member of Rachel’s, recently earned acclaim for collaborating with theater company SITI Co. in their production of systems/layers. She is a featured guest on albums by the Frames, Sonora Pine, Tara Jane O’Neil, Shannon Wright, Shipping News, Dianogah, Andy McLeroy and Big Eyes Family Players. Based on Grimes’ celebrated work with Rachel’s—and the fact that Book of Leaves is a natural outgrowth of that history—the new album promises to appeal to a wide-ranging audience. Rachel’s has been featured by everyone from MOJO, NME and WIRE to The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, WIRED, Magnet, Flaunt and many others. The Village Voice and Time Out NY have both described the group’s music as “gorgeous.” In support of Book of Leaves, Grimes is currently preparing to embark on a U.S. and European tour. An itinerary will be announced soon. Engineer Steve Albini characterized Rachel’s records as “..part movie, part sound sculpture, part lush romantic porch song…” and he is nag on the money as always!.

 

 

JOE ARIWA MEETS YOUNG WARRIOR

Band:JOE ARIWA MEETS YOUNG WARRIOR
Album:JOE ARIWA MEETS YOUNG WARRIOR
Label:ARIWA
Format:CD
Genre:Reggae/Dub/Ska

Meet the next generation of UK dub : Young Warrior and Joe Ariwa; the sons of Jah Shaka and Mad Professor. Two young men from South London that know exactly how to live up to the legacy of their fathers. Both have their own style combined in this unique album. Joe Ariwa has had access to the multi room Ariwa studio set up since he was a very small child whilst Young Warrior, has been playing out and producing for a few years now and is  bringing his musical education to help develop his own style. A confident debut and future dub classic!

 

 


 
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