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My “I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR 2012” (London) experience.

What can I say about a Friday and Saturday at I’ll Be Your Mirror? I saw Slayer play Reign In Blood in its entirety, saw Sleep play (never thought I would), met Steve Brooks of Torche/Floor and had a great time sightseeing. Continue reading

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I’m going to I’ll Be Your Mirror in London.

Yes, that’s right, I am going to the ATP event held at the Alexandra Palace, that is co-curated by All Tomorrow’s Parties and the post-rock titans Mogwai. I’m really excited and it’s going to be great! I’m only going for the Friday and Saturday, and then hopefully sightseeing on the Sunday, but this is all about the music. So I’m drawing up my plans and timetable, and this is what I have planned.

For the FRIDAY…

4.30 – 5.15: A STORM OF LIGHT
5.45 – 6.15: YOB  (leaving early to catch…)
6.30 – 7.30: MELVINS
*
8.15 – 9.15: SLEEP
9.45 – 11.00: SLAYER

*Wolves In The Throne Room might be a possibility for 15 minutes after Melvins finish, depending on how difficult it is getting from one room to the other. Unfortunately, I might have to miss them.

As for the Saturday, I have a lot less clashes due to less bands that I want to see, which means I might actually be looking at the stalls, the cinema and taking part in whatever might be there. So for SATURDAY…

1.45 – 2.30: FLOOR
3.00 – 3.45: HARVEY MILK
5.00: MIXTAPE SWAP
6.45 – 7.30: MUDHONEY
8.15 – 9.15: BALAM ACAB
9.30 – 11.00: MOGWAI

Seeing as I have a lot more gaps, it’ll be cool to check out the merch stands and other stalls I’ve heard about. Also, if anyone is going to IBYM and planning to take part in the “Mixtape Swap”, give me a shout, would be cool to meet people with similar music interests and swap tapes (or CDs).

So yeah, I’m damn excited. It’s a dream to be able to see Slayer play their iconic Reign In Blood in its entirety, one of my favourite albums of all time and one of many CDs I’m surprised I haven’t broken from overplay. And it’ll be the second time I’ll be seeing Melvins, which is crazy for me. It’s just going to be a great event, and the variety in music is astounding – I actually wish I was going for the Sunday so I could catch El-P.

If you’re a music nut who’s also going, don’t be afraid to hit me up for a meet, or recommend me a band to see that I haven’t put down already. I’ll be putting up a review of the event sometime next week, so keep an eye out or subscribe with the button on the right of the page – it’s going to be emotional!

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Torche – “Harmonicraft” Quick Review

Torche – Harmonicraft
Genre: Sludge/Hard rock

Label: Volcom

“Harmonicraft” is the third album of the Florida-based quartet Torche, led by guitarist and vocalist Steve Brooks (of recently reunited Floor). This is also the second Torche album to be produced by Converge’s Kurt Ballou. The band is known for its catchy and almost ‘pop’ approach to the Sludge/Stoner rock genre, despite Brooks using an extremely low guitar tuning he named ‘Drop Z’.

So, Torche deliver yet another album that could only be described as a Riffosaurus Rex, and fits well with their discography so far. As soon as the album opens with Letting Go, the band drops into a no-nonsense, balls-out hard rock anthem. And when the track finishes, you’re not even given a chance to digest it as you’re thrown into the first single of the album Kicking, another song filled with massive riffs and hooks that would not go amiss in a stadium during the end of the world.

Again, not a chance is given for a last note to ring out, Walk It Off kicks in – a song that should be called ‘driving-through-the-desert-at-100mph-in-a-vintage-car’. Being one of the shortest on the album (clocking in at 1:26) it is also one of the more aggressive tracks, yet sounds like a metal party tune that encourages trashing rooms and shotgunning beers.

The following few tracks are pretty standard Torche tracks, which is far from a derogative statement in this band’s case. Kiss Me Dudely has a chorus that makes you want to punch your fist in the air, while Solitary takes a more morose and soothing mood, another song that wouldn’t go amiss during the last moments of mankind. The title track (Harmonicraft, an instrumental) has a more progressive rock feel, opening with a high-end riff that delves into the brooding lows, almost challenging you to air-guitar.

There is not much more that can be said for “Harmonicraft” that’s been previously mentioned. If there are gripes with the album, then it might not be the kind of album you would listen to if you were mourning the end of a relationship or need something to relax to. However, for rocking parties and cracking a few beers with your friends – then this is perfect. If there ever was a teacher to guide bands into making riffs that would tick both the “heavy” and “catchy” boxes without jeopardising one over the other, Steve Brooks would be your man.

8.6/10
Favourite tracks: Walk It Off, Kicking, Harmonicraft.

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