Author: Andy Little

Clutch @ Brixton Academy, London – December 12, 2015

The originally scheduled sold out show at the Shepherd Bush Empire venue is forced to move to the larger Brixton Academy merely days before the entourage arrives, due to a building inspection identified structural damage. It has been only a matter of weeks since Slayer, Anthrax and Judas Priest occupied the Academy stage and plastered its walls with their massive imposing metal, encapsulates how Clutch is now gradually moving into rock’s big time circles after 24 years in the business on the back of ‘‘Earth Rocker’’, and current album ‘‘Psychic Warfare’’. But before Maryland’s finest two Swedish bands are...

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Evil Blizzard @ The Barfly, London – November 28, 2015

Evil Blizzard‘s unique live experience rolls into London at the cosy and intimate Barfly in North London. On the back of releasing a corker of an album “Everybody Come to Church“, remarkably recorded in one day, their stage act is centred on improvisation and very rarely leaves anyone sitting on the fence or immune to forming an opinion. Quite simply, like Marmite, it’s a love or hate thing. So it’s quite odd seeing members of the band out of costume setting up prior to hitting the stage, but worry not as these are not some Kiss-style unmasked antics as...

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Evil Blizzard Talks To ThisIsNotAScene

Evil Blizzard’s very impressive new album ”Everybody Come to Church’’ is a great companion piece to the band’s never to forget live experience. So we caught up with drummer Side to give us a lowdown on how this exceptional band came to be. Can you tell me a bit about how the album ‘‘Everybody come to church’’ was recorded? We recorded the album mostly live in one day. We set up, got a sound and then played. It was pretty much recorded in about 20 hours in total. We were lucky enough to be able to record this at...

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Crobot @ Underworld, London – 6th November 2015

Crobot’s debut, with its brand of Rage Against the Machine’s musical power and thrust, replacing the lyrically political with sci-fi was met with many plaudits. Personally, I found the album’s production favoured vocalist Brandon Yeagly too much in the mix at the unfortunate expense of guitarist Chris Bishop. Despite this, I look forward to seeing them for the first time aware that they have been touring constantly since the said album’s release in 2014 supporting the likes of Clutch, The Sword, Anthrax, and building up a good live reputation along the way. But before then there are two support bands...

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Avatarium – The Girl with the Raven Mask

Strong pop melodies and Doom metal are not usually words you would associate side by side, but with Avatarium’s second album this can be applied. The five-piece from Stockholm, Sweden, possess longstanding member, main songwriter and bassist Leif Edling of Doom pioneers Candlemass. Like Ghost, who has injected their doom sound with A.O.R influences, Avatarium have also looked further afield to inject non-rock influences, bringing a pop sensibility to proceedings. They have successfully thrown into the melting pot Black Sabbath, The Skull, Rainbow, the Walker Brothers, and other late 1960’s theatrical pop. Bizarre as it sounds, it works. Jennie-Ann...

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