Leprous: Live Concert Report & Interview

Over their last four albums Leprous have firmly established themselves as one of the finest prog metal acts around. Their moody, melodic, restlessly inventive yet accessible music has been instrumental in dragging the genre away from retrograde 70’s worship and into the present day. Their new album The Congregation took the band’s music to new…

StrangeForms Festival 2016

On April 2nd and 3rd the Wharf Chambers, a small bar and venue off the beaten track in Leeds was host to StrangeForms, a yearly festival showcasing the best in up and coming post rock and math rock. I’m not normally the festival type- as much as I love live music I have a dangerously…

Eikon/Clarke- G.D.W.T.

‘G.D.W.T.’ is a collaboration between Californian worship singers Darren & Jessie Clarke and London based electronic duo Eikon. The EP provides an interesting new look at some of the Clarke’s best moments and serves to introduce Eikon’s inventive modern electronica to a wider audience. The set opens with the song that inspired the collaboration: Eikon’s…

Waken Eyes- Exodus

Waken Eyes is a progressive metal band founded by prolific Toronto based guitarist Tom Frelek and featuring a line-up of musicians from other high profile metal acts, including vocalist Henrik Bath from Darkwater and Mike Lepond of the legendary Symphony X on bass. With such a talented cast of musicians on display, my expectations for…

Laline Paull- The Bees

Imagine a totalitarian society where your status and quality of life is determined at birth, where the weak and deformed are slaughtered for the greater good, ruled by an all-powerful Queen and her zealous minions who demand total adherence to the brutal state religion and reduce the helpless masses to lives of conformity through mind-controlling…

Paul McAuley- Fairyland

Fairyland, the Arthur C Clarke award winning novel from Paul McAuley, is most definitely not what I expected it to be. I came across it during a little Amazon splurge a while back whilst looking for decent Cyberpunk novels, and the allusions in the plot synopsis to a virus-designing protagonist and his clashes with greedy…

Hot Moth- Small Fires

Their bandcamp page has tags ranging from “alt-pop” to “progressive rock” to “pop punk”. Their description on the very same page simply reads “Riffs. Drums. Bass. Vocals.” Somewhere between these two descriptions lies the sound of this Brighton based three-piece Hot Moth, a band with an ear for a catchy tune and a smarter head…

Hypno5e- Shores of the Abstract Line

When I think of Hypno5e, I think of mist. Their music is all about dark atmosphere and hidden danger, like stumbling blindly through thick fog, terrified that the dark shadows all around you will engulf you or explode into life without warning. It’s no accident that their 2012 release was titled Acid Mist Tomorrow, or…

Rachael Sage- Choreographic

As if the title and the ballet dancer pose on the cover weren’t a giveaway, Rachel Sage’s latest album finds the acclaimed singer-songwriter taking inspiration from her love of dance. Musically “choreographic” is an album of lush, sophisticated chamber pop adorned with traces of folk and rock. It’s not “dance music” in the most obvious…

The Energy- When We Were Young

When We Were Young is the fourth album from Brooklyn rock four piece The Energy. On it they deliver another helping of slick, poppy modern rock, while lyrically looking back on things they’ve lost-and gained- in their decade-long career. Opener “lose yourself” kicks down the door with a swaggering, no-nonsense three note riff and a…

The Love Load- Metal Mothman

I’ll say this for Metal Mothman, the new EP from Washington DC based rockers The Love Load: it’s aptly titled. Before I’d even given the thing a listen my head was already swimming with retro metal riffs and cheesy horror movie lyrics about mysterious winged creatures lurking in the shadows. Much to my delight, that’s…

Idalee- Starting Now

Idalee is the alter ego of singer-songwriter Topher Hall, a former drug addict who succeeded in turning his life around after battling with drug abuse and narrowly escaping prison. His debut EP Starting Now is all about that journey to redemption; it’s a collection of bright, optimistic modern alt-pop songs about wiping the slate clean…

Red Letter Hero- You Have My Heart

‘You Have My Heart’ is an EP of worship covers from Oklahoma based rock band Red Letter Hero, available for free download via their bandcamp page. These five tracks are given a lively, guitar driven makeover, arriving at a sound that falls somewhere between the moodier edge of Bethel or Jesus Culture and the radio…