Editors’ Picks – August 2018

August sucks, OK? Even more than its slightly-less evil twin July, August is just a mess. Weather sucks all over and the oppressiveness of summer reaches its true heights. There are days where I almost feel like it’s always been summer and will always be summer, just sun and sun never-ending (and…

Hey! Listen to Moonshield!

One of the things you learn first when you start trawling Bandcamp (or any other like-minded service) is that tags are not to be trusted. When you let musicians describe and catalogue their own music, you get often absurd and unhelpful classifications that are more to do with hype, fashion, and self perception. That’s why when I was sent Moonshield by Simon, who also drew my attention to the Bandcamp tag “fantasy punk”, my eyebrow shot up of its own accord. But gosh darn it, as nonsensical as that label sounds, it works perfectly for what Moonshield does on The Warband. Couple that moniker with the cheesy cover art and track names like “The Wizard” or “The Death Cleric” and you’re already well prepared for what’s to come; Moonshield peddle in a type of heavy/power metal style that’s honestly unique and the secret to its appeal lies in the punk influences.