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Top 50 Songs of 2012: 25-1

And here is the second half of the list. These are my top 25 (out of 50) songs of 2012! Continue reading

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My “Damnation Festival 2012″ Experience

Sorry to disappoint, but you won’t find the review of Damnation 2012 here… but you will find it over on Eyesore Merch‘s far nicer blog by simply clicking HERE. Have a look, comment your thoughts/highlights and share it!

Anyway, it was my first Damnation Festival and was a great experience, I can definitely see myself going again.

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A Night Of Salvation III Live Review (Santiago Bar, Leeds. 2/11/12)

It’s the night before Damnation Festival 2012 takes place at the Leeds Union and walking through town alone, you notice a good number of people wearing extreme metal t-shirts, and it seems that they all end up at one place on the night: the Santiago Bar. Continue reading

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If You’re Going To… Damnation Festival 2012

Being an extreme metal fan in the UK, one of the most notable disappointments about it is the lack of British festivals that provide line-ups of bands that push their genres to the extreme. Yeah, we have Bloodstock, but is it really extreme? There’s Supersonic too, but line-ups often require a certain taste (especially in noise, electronic or rock/metal). However, Damnation is a sort of balance between the two, never shying away from putting on extreme bands, bands that won’t sell out a stadium but will definitely have people talking about their performances for years. In a sense, Damnation Festival is the UK’s version of the USA’s Maryland Death Fest and France’s Hellfest, on a smaller scale. Continue reading

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Trash Talk – “119” Review

Trash Talk – 119
Genre: Hardcore Punk/Hardcore

Label: Odd Future Records/Trash Talk Collective

Do Trash Talk really need an introduction at this stage? If you haven’t heard their music, you might have heard about their riotous (literally at times) gigs, and if you haven’t heard about those either then you’re bound to have just heard their name through a friend or other bands talking about them. You’d literally have to be a musical hermit to have passed their name without a blink. If you are this hermit, then let me give you a “Trash Talk 101”.  Continue reading

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Introducing… #2

Here’s a minute list of new personal discoveries over August/September/October… yeah, not that adventurous lately, I know.

LOMA PRIETA

An emotive hardcore band from California, Loma Prieta have been pushing their harsh sound since 2005, yet only recently receiving a decent amount of attention and appraisal since releasing their fourth album “I.V.” and touring with the likes of Converge. While they may not suit to everyone’s taste, there’s something undeniably great about their musicianship and ability to create some downright melodic yet destructive songs.

While at this time the likes of Touché Amoré, La Dispute and Pianos Become The Teeth fly the flag for emotive hardcore, Loma Prieta steer nearer to the grittier and noisier side, closer to Pg.99 or tech metallists Curl Up And Die. If that’s your thing, then this band is definitely worth checking.

Listen to: Fly By Night, Uniform, Lost Bridge.

THE GASLAMP KILLER

A name like that might make you think of some sort of “br00t4l” metal band, but no, The Gaslamp Killer is in fact William Benjamin Bensussen, a hip-hop producer and DJ. I only stumbled on him through reviews of his debut “Breakthrough”, which was released earlier this year, and my curiosity was definitely rewarded – “Breakthrough” features some left-field hip-hop and electronica tracks (mostly instrumental, some tracks featuring Gonjasufi, another figure known for his unusual soothing style) with some clear inspirations from outside the genre.

One of Bensussen’s influences is DJ Shadow, and if you find yourself yearning for an “Endtroducing…” for 2012, then this may be the nearest you’ll get to it. If that doesn’t convince you, he’s also on Flying Lotus’s label Brainfeeder.

Listen to: Dead Vets, Peasants, Cripples & Retards, Apparitions.

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RELAPSE RECORDS 10-CD SLASHER DEAL REVIEWS: Humana – “Views”

Humana – Views
Genre: Post-hardcore/Alt Rock

Label: LaSomba Records

Humana, a four-piece band hailing from Chile, who play somewhat a medley of post-hardcore, alt rock and pop-punk, and “Views” is their 2008 full-length album, the second out of the three they have released so far.  Continue reading

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My “READING FESTIVAL 2012” Experience

To start off, this was my first time at Reading Festival and probably a festival I personally didn’t think I’d ever be going to. That said, I was swayed by the line-up early this year and snatched a ticket as soon as I saw the line-up on the Mainstage and the Lock-Up stage. So, without further ado, this is my review of who I managed to see at the festival… Continue reading

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