He Is Legend – White Bat

Holy return to form Batman! Ever since 2009’s outstanding It Hates You, He is Legend’s albums have yielded increasingly diminishing returns – with the title of their previous offering, 2017’s Few, perfectly predicting how many people would wind up taking an interest in it. The once extremely promising act seemed…

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The Damned Things – High Crimes

The debut album of The Damned Things, Ironiclast, came seemingly out of left-field in December of 2010. A hard-rock album with a hefty blues influence that included instrumental backing from members of Fall Out Boy (Joe Trohman & Andy Hurley), Anthrax (Scott Ian), ex-Anthrax (Rob Caggiano, currently of Volbeat) and From…

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Hey! Listen to 99% Cobra!

In recent years, the city of Hull (a port on the north-east coast of England) has been a surprisingly fertile breeding ground for various flavours of angry bands. From the ugly noises of Black Tongue and Mastiff, through the chaotic hardcore of the very greatly missed The Colour Line, past…

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Keith Buckley – Watch

Keith Buckley’s first foray into the literary world, Scale (2016), was a solid, if somewhat routine, effort that served more as an intriguing starting point than a finished product. Perhaps where the novel suffered most was that its plot, which detailed the rise and fall of an aging musician, stuck…