The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed Wolverhampton band Husk appearing to a positive response on ThisIsNotAScene before when they supported Soulfy at The Slade Rooms last summer. It’s taken the best part of a year but their debut EP “Plague of Man” is now ready for release and should be available when the band […]

Husk – Plague of Man

After a couple of excellent split releases, including a sublime EP with their acoustic alter egos Coma Wall, Undersmile finally follow up their previous album “Narwhal” with this new 2-disc, 75 minute epic which sees the band add a new approach to their tried and tested doom-laden approach. This new album opens with ‘Labyrinths’, which […]

Undersmile – Anhedonia

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I have always been under the assumption that I saw Flotsam and Jetsam back in the day, around 1986. However, having no recollection I conducted some online research, and this triggered faint memories of being at the Hammersmith Odeon when they supported Megadeth promoting the “So Far, So Good… So What!” album, along with Testament. […]

Flotsam and Jetsam + Support @ The Underworld, London – May 18, 2015

In the long and ever growing list of technical death metal bands, it can be hard for a new band to stand out. I mean, just looking at the list of albums I have saved to my music on Spotify in the last few weeks you will see bands like Element, Dawn of Azazel, Continuum, […]

Eschaton – Sentinel Apocalypse

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Arkansas doom mongers Pallbearer have premiered their first ever music video, for ‘Watcher In The Dark,’ shot and edited by Adam Heathcott (Hometapes) and produced by Adam Heathcott and Sara Padgett Heathcott, taken from the “Foundations Of Burden” album. Pallbearer are currently on a mammoth European tour with the UK’s Bast in support. Check them […]

Pallbearer Premieres Video For “Watcher In The Dark;” On Tour Now

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It’s 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon as I open the tiny door that leads into Camden’s Purple Turtle door and I’m immediately hit by a wall of heat and noise. Welcome to DesertFest! The heat is created by all the bodies crammed into this small venue, and the noise is created by XII Boar cranking out their […]

DesertFest 2015, London Camden – April 26th, 2015

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After Friday night’s monumental metallic proceedings at the Electric Ballroom I arrive later than intended so sadly miss The Vintage Caravan. I head straight to the Our Black Heart pub where the outside area is open to DesertFest patrons only, providing food, a Team Rock stall and an extra bar to quench any thirsty throats. […]

Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band, Ten Foot Wizard & Bad Guys @ ...

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If there is one thing I probably have never been called, it is hardcore. I could have been considered hardcore about certain things long ago, but those things have softened with time and age. I have not played my drums for quite some time, and I cannot remember the last time I bought a comic […]

Prolong The Agony – All We Are

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Blending a mirage of musical influences with a desire to create evocative music, Chicago’s Kastasyde are set to unleash their third album “Gnosis” on June 2. The band has produced an album that is the result of a decade of experimenting with different styles of metal, rock, and acoustic music coupled with touring and forging […]

Clawhammer PR and ThisIsNotAScene Present the Title Track from Kastasyde’s Gnosis

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Underground favourites Will Haven first came to my attention in the late 90’s when they supported the Deftones on their “Around The Fur” tour, and have been a keen follower since then. Despite never quite breaking it big, they managed a run of fine albums and high profile support slots, but before long the band […]

Will Haven – Open Your Mind To Discomfort

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It may not be a new, original Whitesnake album but it is a great tribute to a fantastic band. Drawing on David Coverdale‘s era as the vocalist of Deep Purple, “The Purple Album” offers a modernised and slicker depiction of some Deep Purple classics. ‘Burn’ opens the proceedings, the most recognizable song on here to those who have only dabbled […]

Whitesnake – The Purple Album (2015)

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This is the longest I think I have spent with a new album, before reviewing it. For the first time ever, I have found the prospect of reviewing a record, daunting. Not because it is bad. Reviewing a bad record is easy, easier than reviewing a good one. This record isn’t good though…It’s REALLY fucking […]

Kjeld – Skym

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The release of a new recording by Michael Schenker is always a cause for celebration. Since the 1970s he has been part of the very fabric of rock music, his guitar playing featuring on some of rock’s finest anthems; he has been – ahem – instrumental in defining the genre. A quick rundown of the […]

Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock – Spirit On A Mission

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Grandiose, mythical, progressive, and insightful. That is what can be expected on a Steve Hackett album, and that, perhaps to a less poetic sense, is what it’s graded on. How huge does it sound, how mythical is the scale, how progressive is it, and does it deliver a degree of insight? All of this can be discussed […]

Steve Hackett – Wolflight