Author: David Straw

Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes - Modern Ruin Album Review

Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes - Modern Ruin Album Review

Who is Frank Carter? To many, he's the raucous, bloodied, frenzied frontman of Gallows' early days. To others he's Grey Britain's vitriolic voice of a disillusioned country.Is he the upbeat, He could be the upbeat,...

Review posted on 20th January 2017

David Straw's Top Ten Albums of 2016

David Straw's Top Ten Albums of 2016

Just from bands that didn't make the final ten, we've seen stunning new British bands break through in the likes of Milk Teeth and Zoax, while the Dillinger Escape Plan signed off with a record...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 26th December 2016

Letlive - If I'm The Devil... Album Review

Letlive - If I'm The Devil... Album Review

Letlive. are a band with something rare to defend in 2016, a perfect two-for-two with regards recorded output, and a flawless reputation in the live arena.Building their reputation on politically-charged songs served alongside an incendiary,...

Review posted on 10th June 2016

Slam Dunk 2016 - Live Review

Slam Dunk 2016 - Live Review

2016 looks set to be a sink or soar year for festivals. While the losses of Hevy Fest & Temples (RIP) and Hit The Deck - ducking quietly into the aether without ever being announced...

Review posted on 6th June 2016

Slam Dunk 2016 Preview

Slam Dunk 2016 Preview

This year appears to be no different. Panic! At The Disco, whose early output helped soundtrack the Slam Dunk generation, as well as an infectious early 2016 release in Death of a Bachelor, and New...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 18th May 2016

Hacktivist - Outside the Box Album Review

Hacktivist - Outside the Box Album Review

Three years is a long time to wait for a debut album. But then, Hacktivist have hardly trodden a traditional path to reach February 2016, and the release of Outside The Box.The verdict? This is...

Review posted on 11th March 2016

Bury Tomorrow - Earthbound Album Review

Bury Tomorrow - Earthbound Album Review

In a landscape where the genre is becoming dangerously stale, a metalcore band as 'down the line' as Bury Tomorrow could run the risk of getting lost in the mix. Rather than change their formula,...

Review posted on 28th January 2016

David Straw's Top 10 Albums Of 2015

David Straw's Top 10 Albums Of 2015

10. Counterparts - Tragedy Will Find Us Staunch defenders of their metalcore tag, Counterparts might have a bit of trouble keeping it, given that Tragedy Will Find Us is at its best when it feels...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 22nd December 2015

Coheed and Cambria - The Color Before The Sun Album Review

Coheed and Cambria - The Color Before The Sun Album Review

To say that Coheed and Cambria have been committed to their ongoing Armory Wars concept is an understatement to the extreme. The seven-album arc has dictated their direction over nearly two decades, originally gave the...

Review posted on 2nd November 2015

Heart Of A Coward - Deliverance Album Review

Heart Of A Coward - Deliverance Album Review

If you're a fan of heavy music, even guitar music in general, played by a band who mean it, Heart of a Coward's 'Deliverance' is the album for you.First single 'Hollow' is huge; a white-hot,...

Review posted on 21st October 2015

Parkway Drive - Ire Album Review

Parkway Drive - Ire Album Review

A band can make a lot of changing style for a new record. It seems to be the hallmark of modern metal bands, to move in a different direction, and gamble on breaking into wider...

Review posted on 30th September 2015

Slipknot - Nottingham 26 January 2015 Live Review

Slipknot - Nottingham 26 January 2015 Live Review

This has never been about exclusion. Slipknot have always been such a divisive entity because people fear the unknown, and people fear power. Slipknot's meteoric rise to being the biggest heavy metal band of this...

Review posted on 27th January 2015

Nirvana: In The Words Of The People Who Were There - Carrie Borzillo Book Review

Nirvana: In The Words Of The People Who Were There - Carrie Borzillo Book Review

Nirvana are a band I should probably like more than I do, and know more about than the fleeting trips to 'Nevermind' and 'In Utero', via the fabled, tragic story of Kurt Cobain.Nirvana's story, from...

Review posted on 1st October 2014

SOiL - Whole Album Review

SOiL - Whole Album Review

SOiL are an interesting quantity in the rock world. Everyone knows them, but only when the familiar strains of mega-hit 'Halo' emerge through speakers - a staple part of every alternative club set. Since that...

Review posted on 12th December 2013

Max Raptor - Mother's Ruin Album Review

Max Raptor - Mother's Ruin Album Review

In today's musical climate, a band's name can be an easy route into working out what they sound like. Even with a name like Max Raptor, nothing can prepare for the joy to be found...

Review posted on 29th November 2013

Pure Love - Anthems Album Review

Pure Love - Anthems Album Review

When Frank Carter, incendiary frontman of Gallows, announced his departure a little over 18 months ago, fans went into what can only be described as mourning. Choosing to channel his energy into something altogether more...

Review posted on 4th February 2013

Funeral For A Friend - Conduit Album Review

Funeral For A Friend - Conduit Album Review

2003, Bridgend, South Wales. A post-hardcore band by the name of Funeral For A Friend have just released their debut record 'Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation'. The reception is excellent, with one notable heavy...

Review posted on 28th January 2013

Billy Talent - Nottingham Rock City Live Review

Billy Talent - Nottingham Rock City Live Review

Toronto's finest punk rockers Billy Talent arrived in Nottingham as part of Rock Sound's Riot tour. Joining them on this autumn's jaunt around the UK were highly rated Don Broco and AWOLNation, travelling over from...

Review posted on 14th November 2012

Gallows - Nottingham Rock City Basement Live Review

Gallows - Nottingham Rock City Basement Live Review

The King is dead, long live the Kings.After the events that unfolded in the summer of 2011, Gallows' autumn tour was always going to be something of an acid test for the band. The first...

Review posted on 30th October 2012

Cradle of Filth - The Manticore and Other Horrors Album Review

Cradle of Filth - The Manticore and Other Horrors Album Review

Their first studio album since 2010's Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa, The Manticore and Other Horrors follows a summer reissue of Cradle of Filth's early back catalogue, covering the releases from between 1994 and 2002. Where...

Review posted on 30th October 2012

Lower Than Atlantis - Changing Tune Album Review

Lower Than Atlantis - Changing Tune Album Review

October 2012 and Watford's Lower Than Atlantis are a very different proposition to the days before the release of their first EP three days before Christmas 2008. The four years that have passed has seen...

Review posted on 18th October 2012

Axewound - Vultures Album Review

Axewound - Vultures Album Review

'Supergroup' is a painfully overused term. However, in the case of Axewound, no other term can be used to describe the combined efforts of Cancer Bats' Liam Cormier, Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck,...

Review posted on 9th October 2012

Various Artists - Songs of Anarchy: Music from Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1-4 Album Review

Various Artists - Songs of Anarchy: Music from Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1-4 Album Review

Hit Television series Sons of Anarchy has everything; countless complicated and fascinating characters, interwoven plot lines and an excellent soundtrack to boot. Combining a number of the finest songs ever written with some of the...

Review posted on 9th October 2012

ZZ Top - La Futura Album Review

ZZ Top - La Futura Album Review

The original Texan trio have returned with style. Some nine years after the release of their previous record Mescalero, ZZ Top have produced one of their most consistent efforts in recent memory. With Rick Rubin...

Review posted on 9th October 2012

Muse - The 2nd Law Album Review

Muse - The 2nd Law Album Review

Muse's The 2nd Law can be summed up by listening to the first minute of opening track Supremacy. Sprawling, bombastic and overflowing with ideas, yet somehow lacking something that's impossible to place.First single Madness harnesses...

Review posted on 25th September 2012

Subsource, Generation Doom EP Review

Subsource, Generation Doom EP Review

Liam Howlett of The Prodigy loves them, Ragga-Metal heavyweights Skindred have been using their mix of Slipknot's Duality on tour and a legion of fans have been converted by their high-energy live shows. Subsource exhibit...

Review posted on 18th September 2012

Leeds & Reading Festival - Friday 24 August 2012

Leeds & Reading Festival - Friday 24 August 2012

Bramham Park. The site of the annual Leeds Festival since 1999. This year's line-up suggested anything other than an unlucky thirteen. More than a hundred and fifty bands and acts from Sheffield to Sacramento would...

Review posted on 30th August 2012

Leeds & Reading Festival - Saturday 25 August 2012

Leeds & Reading Festival - Saturday 25 August 2012

Saturday's music started even earlier. Minutes after Green Day opened up the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Reading, Funeral Suits were bringing their individual brand of synth driven post-rock to a steadily growing crowd. Unique in...

Review posted on 30th August 2012

Leeds & Reading Festival - Sunday 26 August 2012

Leeds & Reading Festival - Sunday 26 August 2012

Fresh with the anticipation of a secret appearance by Green Day, hundreds of fans poured into the NME/Radio 1 Stage by eleven o'clock, in the hope that their exploits at Reading would be repeated at...

Review posted on 30th August 2012

The Milk - Tales From The Thames Delta

The Milk - Tales From The Thames Delta

The Milk. One band from Essex comprising four men with a single, focussed vision. To put the spirit of Soul and R&B back into today's music. With their frankly brilliant debut release Tales From The...

Review posted on 13th August 2012

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With a fourth solo album having just dropped and his 50th birthday celebrations behind him, John Grant kicked off the UK leg of his latest tour in...

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