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Ufomammut – Ecate

Ufomammut – Ecate

The twin disciplines of sludge and doom can be a tough sell to those not already immersed in the genre, with very little flash and its usual pace leaving fewer opportunities for catharsis, plus a distinct lack of euphoric singalong moments to hook in new listeners. Italian trio Ufomammut may well be that rare breed […]

By Chris Ball
April 20, 2015 | 3 Comments

Sacral Rage –  Illusions in Infinite Void

Sacral Rage – Illusions in Infinite Void

Greece has given the world a great number of things, from classical works of literature and philosophy, architecture and democracy to the art of plate smashing and debt building. In 2011 the group Sacral Rage was added to that illustrious list. Sacral Rage are a metal group from Athens with a rather traditional outlook on […]

By Tom Thrower
April 18, 2015 | 3 Comments

Hawk Eyes – Everything Is Fine

Hawk Eyes – Everything Is Fine

Since coming to prominence with their Brew Records (RIP) release debut “Modern Bodies”, Leeds’ own Hawk Eyes, have steadily built a reputation as one of the most exciting rock bands the UK has to offer. Now onto album number three, and keeping busy with tours and eps, their rise shows no sign of slowing down. […]

By Steve Fallows
April 17, 2015 | 4 Comments

Exhumed – Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015

Exhumed – Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015

I have recently distanced myself from heavy metal in a big way, especially newer releases due to the fact that it’s all just regurgitated garbage and that most of the bands I love, have become so disdain with their own existence, that it has in many ways become a job. As a working adult, I […]

By Berns von Bernington
April 16, 2015 | 2 Comments

Minsk – The Crash & The Draw

Minsk – The Crash & The Draw

More times than not, the music tempo I listen to fits into two categories. The first one is all about the speed. Tempo that is so fast and furious, that it will make you thrash violently until you collapse from exhaustion. The second tempo category is much slower. I think of it as, going from […]

By Patrick Thompson
April 15, 2015 | 2 Comments

Dan Reed and Danny Vaughn @ Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, 1st April 2015

Dan Reed and Danny Vaughn @ Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, 1st April 2015

I don’t review gigs very often. I have always loved live music and find it difficult to relax and enjoy the moment if I’m constantly making notes and thinking about the set list. So tonight, as with most gigs, I bought a ticket to again see Reed and Vaughn try to sell their snake oil […]

By Dewie
April 14, 2015 | 3 Comments

Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz

If any of you have ever read my previous posts, you will know I am a child of the 80s. Because of this, anything teased up with hairspray and covered in spandex I already know about or am willing to check out. Therefore, when I heard about the Finnish band Santa Cruz, I was definitely […]

By Wade Reitz
April 13, 2015 | 4 Comments

The Quireboys – St Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul

The Quireboys – St Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul

Rightly or wrongly the Quireboys are generally portrayed and perceived to be re-treading the same musical path of early 70’s British rock. This has never bothered the band or indeed their fans, especially, in a live setting with an alcoholic beverage in hand. It is safe to say they will never depart from their 70’s […]

By Andy Little
April 12, 2015 | 9 Comments

Josh Smith of Halestorm talks to ThisIsNotAScene

Josh Smith of Halestorm talks to ThisIsNotAScene

Josh Smith; he’s one of Halestorm’s unsung heroes and all round top bloke. Usually paddling about in the deep end of the musical register, we managed to grab him, and put him through the grilling of a TINAS interview prior to Halestorm laying waste to Nottingham Rock City… Country and Western music anyone? So, Josh, […]

By Mark Wrigley
April 11, 2015 | 8 Comments

Rival Sons @ London Roundhouse – April 1st 2015

Rival Sons @ London Roundhouse – April 1st 2015

Nestled in the hipsters paradise that is Camden Town is the Roundhouse, whose turn it was on April 1st to host the Rival Sons seemingly never ending tour of last year’s “Great Western Valkyrie”. The Californian quintet’s – Todd Ogren Brooks lending a hand on the keys – support act also come from across the pond, […]

By Tom Thrower
April 9, 2015 | 4 Comments

Red Spektor – Red Spektor

Red Spektor – Red Spektor

Hailing from that Mecca of all things rock n’ roll (i.e. Stoke-on-Trent), Red Spektor are a power trio that sound as if they are 45 years too late for a support slot on the bill at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. And that is not a detrimental comment as this highly competent band manage to evoke […]

By Chris Ward
April 7, 2015 | 9 Comments

Desertfest 2015 Preview Part 2

Desertfest 2015 Preview Part 2

In the second part of our preview of the Camden based stoner/doom/psyche/prog festival Desertfest 2015 we shall be looking at the last day of the three-day event as metal devotees come to worship on the Sunday. It’s hard to look past events at Koko where three bands on the bill – bluesy doom stalwarts Acid […]

By Chris Ball
April 7, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Atomic Bitchwax – Gravitron

The Atomic Bitchwax – Gravitron

Lemmy once reflected that all the guitar riffs should have been used up by now but somehow they haven’t. Special praise then should go to guitarists who continuously define the historical odds stacked up against them to produce wonderful riffs for our listening pleasure. Guitarist Finn Ryan of The Atomic Bitchwax is further evidence to […]

By Andy Little
April 6, 2015 | 6 Comments

Danko Jones talks to ThisIsNotAScene

Danko Jones talks to ThisIsNotAScene

ThisIsNotAScene got the chance to catch up to Danko Jones and talk all things Jones. How’s the European tour been treating you so far? It’s been a great tour so far. The crowds have been fantastic every night. Even though I got sick midway through, we were able to bounce back and keep going. Our […]

By Greg Latham
April 4, 2015 | 3 Comments

Jimmy Cherry of Frosthelm Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

Jimmy Cherry of Frosthelm Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

North Dakota is not known for their metal scene but there is a group that is trying to change that perception. Frosthelm have one EP and one full length release under their belt and tour dates booked it seems like they may just start to accomplish this. Forsthelm‘s bassist, Jimmy Cherry, takes some time out […]

By Patrick Thompson
April 3, 2015 | 6 Comments

We Are Harlot – We Are Harlot

We Are Harlot – We Are Harlot

Band members with side projects can quite often be a touchy subject as it can be quite a job keeping your enthusiasm for both bands going – just ask Rob Halford – and when the said band member leaves the main project behind it doesn’t always sit well with former bandmates and fans. As of […]

By Chris Ward
April 1, 2015 | 3 Comments

Desertfest 2015 Preview Part 1

Desertfest 2015 Preview Part 1

Spring time – a time of new beginnings and a welcome boost for the soul after winter, so it’s fitting that it’s also time for Desertfest, the bringer of all things doom, sludge and stoner rock to various venues in Camden (all in a short walking distance apart), North London. Like all festivals there are be […]

By Andy Little
April 1, 2015 | 1 Comment

Papa Roach, Coldrain and The One Hundred @ Southampton Guildhall – March 11th 2015

Papa Roach, Coldrain and The One Hundred @ Southampton Guildhall – March 11th 2015

Its hard to imagine for some people that we are looking at a tour poster for a sold out Papa Roach in 2015. We all know that history likes to pretend that Nu Metal never happened, and the somewhat obnoxious small minded indie peddlers at the NME will do everything in their power to tell […]

By Simon Crampton
March 31, 2015 | 5 Comments

Danko Jones Live @ Oslo, Hackney, March 18, 2015

Danko Jones Live @ Oslo, Hackney, March 18, 2015

I love Danko Jones. That’s just a fact. So when TINAS asked me to head into The Big Smoke for their first UK show in literally years I couldn’t get there quick enough. I must just say I had never been to Oslo in Hackney before (or heard of it) but I found it to […]

By Greg Latham
March 31, 2015 | 3 Comments

Von Hertzen Brothers – New Day Rising

Von Hertzen Brothers – New Day Rising

Von Hertzen Brothers blends intelligent progression with catchy melody in another fantastic addition to their repertoire. ‘New Day Rising’ is a great piece of art that typifies  Von Hertzen Brothers‘ true musical genius. The title track is an adrenaline surging opener, casting away a generic ominous introduction, instead setting off straight away in a direction few wish to return. […]

By Aidan Clucas
March 30, 2015 | 3 Comments

Ufomammut – Ecate
Ufomammut – Ecate

The twin disciplines of sludge and doom can be a tough sell to those not already immersed in the genre, with very little flash and its usual pace leaving fewer opportunities for catharsis, plus a distinct lack of euphoric singalong moments to hook in new listeners. Italian trio Ufomammut may well be that rare breed […]

Sacral Rage –  Illusions in Infinite Void
Sacral Rage – Illusions in Infinite Void

Greece has given the world a great number of things, from classical works of literature and philosophy, architecture and democracy to the art of plate smashing and debt building. In 2011 the group Sacral Rage was added to that illustrious list. Sacral Rage are a metal group from Athens with a rather traditional outlook on […]

Hawk Eyes – Everything Is Fine
Hawk Eyes – Everything Is Fine

Since coming to prominence with their Brew Records (RIP) release debut “Modern Bodies”, Leeds’ own Hawk Eyes, have steadily built a reputation as one of the most exciting rock bands the UK has to offer. Now onto album number three, and keeping busy with tours and eps, their rise shows no sign of slowing down. […]

Exhumed – Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015
Exhumed – Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015

I have recently distanced myself from heavy metal in a big way, especially newer releases due to the fact that it’s all just regurgitated garbage and that most of the bands I love, have become so disdain with their own existence, that it has in many ways become a job. As a working adult, I […]

Minsk – The Crash & The Draw
Minsk – The Crash & The Draw

More times than not, the music tempo I listen to fits into two categories. The first one is all about the speed. Tempo that is so fast and furious, that it will make you thrash violently until you collapse from exhaustion. The second tempo category is much slower. I think of it as, going from […]

Dan Reed and Danny Vaughn @ Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, 1st April 2015
Dan Reed and Danny Vaughn @ Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, 1st April 2015

I don’t review gigs very often. I have always loved live music and find it difficult to relax and enjoy the moment if I’m constantly making notes and thinking about the set list. So tonight, as with most gigs, I bought a ticket to again see Reed and Vaughn try to sell their snake oil […]

Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz

If any of you have ever read my previous posts, you will know I am a child of the 80s. Because of this, anything teased up with hairspray and covered in spandex I already know about or am willing to check out. Therefore, when I heard about the Finnish band Santa Cruz, I was definitely […]

The Quireboys – St Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul
The Quireboys – St Cecilia and the Gypsy Soul

Rightly or wrongly the Quireboys are generally portrayed and perceived to be re-treading the same musical path of early 70’s British rock. This has never bothered the band or indeed their fans, especially, in a live setting with an alcoholic beverage in hand. It is safe to say they will never depart from their 70’s […]

Josh Smith of Halestorm talks to ThisIsNotAScene
Josh Smith of Halestorm talks to ThisIsNotAScene

Josh Smith; he’s one of Halestorm’s unsung heroes and all round top bloke. Usually paddling about in the deep end of the musical register, we managed to grab him, and put him through the grilling of a TINAS interview prior to Halestorm laying waste to Nottingham Rock City… Country and Western music anyone? So, Josh, […]

Rival Sons @ London Roundhouse – April 1st 2015
Rival Sons @ London Roundhouse – April 1st 2015

Nestled in the hipsters paradise that is Camden Town is the Roundhouse, whose turn it was on April 1st to host the Rival Sons seemingly never ending tour of last year’s “Great Western Valkyrie”. The Californian quintet’s – Todd Ogren Brooks lending a hand on the keys – support act also come from across the pond, […]

Red Spektor – Red Spektor
Red Spektor – Red Spektor

Hailing from that Mecca of all things rock n’ roll (i.e. Stoke-on-Trent), Red Spektor are a power trio that sound as if they are 45 years too late for a support slot on the bill at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. And that is not a detrimental comment as this highly competent band manage to evoke […]

Desertfest 2015 Preview Part 2
Desertfest 2015 Preview Part 2

In the second part of our preview of the Camden based stoner/doom/psyche/prog festival Desertfest 2015 we shall be looking at the last day of the three-day event as metal devotees come to worship on the Sunday. It’s hard to look past events at Koko where three bands on the bill – bluesy doom stalwarts Acid […]

The Atomic Bitchwax – Gravitron
The Atomic Bitchwax – Gravitron

Lemmy once reflected that all the guitar riffs should have been used up by now but somehow they haven’t. Special praise then should go to guitarists who continuously define the historical odds stacked up against them to produce wonderful riffs for our listening pleasure. Guitarist Finn Ryan of The Atomic Bitchwax is further evidence to […]

Danko Jones talks to ThisIsNotAScene
Danko Jones talks to ThisIsNotAScene

ThisIsNotAScene got the chance to catch up to Danko Jones and talk all things Jones. How’s the European tour been treating you so far? It’s been a great tour so far. The crowds have been fantastic every night. Even though I got sick midway through, we were able to bounce back and keep going. Our […]

Jimmy Cherry of Frosthelm Talks To ThisIsNotAScene
Jimmy Cherry of Frosthelm Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

North Dakota is not known for their metal scene but there is a group that is trying to change that perception. Frosthelm have one EP and one full length release under their belt and tour dates booked it seems like they may just start to accomplish this. Forsthelm‘s bassist, Jimmy Cherry, takes some time out […]

We Are Harlot – We Are Harlot
We Are Harlot – We Are Harlot

Band members with side projects can quite often be a touchy subject as it can be quite a job keeping your enthusiasm for both bands going – just ask Rob Halford – and when the said band member leaves the main project behind it doesn’t always sit well with former bandmates and fans. As of […]

Desertfest 2015 Preview Part 1
Desertfest 2015 Preview Part 1

Spring time – a time of new beginnings and a welcome boost for the soul after winter, so it’s fitting that it’s also time for Desertfest, the bringer of all things doom, sludge and stoner rock to various venues in Camden (all in a short walking distance apart), North London. Like all festivals there are be […]

Papa Roach, Coldrain and The One Hundred @ Southampton Guildhall – March 11th 2015
Papa Roach, Coldrain and The One Hundred @ Southampton Guildhall – March 11th 2015

Its hard to imagine for some people that we are looking at a tour poster for a sold out Papa Roach in 2015. We all know that history likes to pretend that Nu Metal never happened, and the somewhat obnoxious small minded indie peddlers at the NME will do everything in their power to tell […]

Danko Jones Live @ Oslo, Hackney, March 18, 2015
Danko Jones Live @ Oslo, Hackney, March 18, 2015

I love Danko Jones. That’s just a fact. So when TINAS asked me to head into The Big Smoke for their first UK show in literally years I couldn’t get there quick enough. I must just say I had never been to Oslo in Hackney before (or heard of it) but I found it to […]

Von Hertzen Brothers – New Day Rising
Von Hertzen Brothers – New Day Rising

Von Hertzen Brothers blends intelligent progression with catchy melody in another fantastic addition to their repertoire. ‘New Day Rising’ is a great piece of art that typifies  Von Hertzen Brothers‘ true musical genius. The title track is an adrenaline surging opener, casting away a generic ominous introduction, instead setting off straight away in a direction few wish to return. […]

Anathema – Judgement
Anathema – Judgement

When reviewing a vintage band getting a segment of their back catalog re-visited, on a bona fide, legendary, record label that has decided to open it’s doors again, 11 years after, initially calling it a day, It is hard for a thirty something like me to not turn this review into a history lesson. I […]

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