Heights – ‘Phantasia On The High Processions Of Sun, Moon And Countless Stars Above’ [Review]

heights phantasiaAccording to the press info which accompanied this album’s descent into the depths of TMMP’s black hole-like inbox, this album’s title is “…longer than one of Kim Kardashian’s marriages.” No argument there. As for the music itself, Heights’ latest opus comes close to equalling anything Kardashian-related in terms of sheer drama and excess, while simultaneously being infinitely more interesting.

Heights’ facility with prog rock’s core components (odd time signatures, stacked-like-Jenga-blocks polyrhythms, none-more-syncopated riffs and melodies, the delicate balance of flamboyance and deeper meaning, etc) has been well documented over the course of previous releases Salvation and TrepidationFrom Sea to Sky, and Trick of the Light. Throw in Continue reading

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Cambion – ‘Virus (Extended Edition)’ [Review]

unnamedKatana-sharp guitar tones, throat-scarring vocals, über-polished production, one-click kicks, punchy nut-tight polyrhythms and searing solos – all are present and correct on Virus, an eight-stage set of immense tech-metal tracks. It’s unlikely your grandmother will warm to Continue reading

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Thomas Truax / Love Buzzard [Live Review – The Boileroom, Guildford, 26/3/2015]

thomas truax uk tour 2015Warming up for a guy who invented most of his own instruments – and is capable of taking over an entire room with little effort – is a tough ask. Still, Love Buzzard rose to the challenge and nailed it with a relentless tirade of pure rock’n’roll energy. Scrappy filth wrapped around a tough-as-nails core, Love Buzzard’s music managed to get the Boileroom suitably amped up for…

Thomas Truax – an artist who doesn’t so much defy categorisation as cause you to forget that all those other categories existed in the first place. Once a Thomas Truax set is over, Continue reading

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The Kut [Interview]

The Kut PromoWith the Kut’s brand new EP Rock Paper Scissors set to drop in just a few weeks’ time, TMMP caught up with Kut vocalist/guitarist Maha to talk happiness, passion, psychology, and what 2015 holds for this inventive alt-rock trio…

Hey – thanks for taking the time to do this! So…what makes you happy?

Hey, thanks for having us for a chat. Wow, that’s a tough starter. If I said I don’t know, would that be going in too deep?

I know lots of things I think will make me happy, but they are all short lived and then followed by Continue reading

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Jon Gomm [Live Review – Komedia, Brighton, 24/3/2015]

jon gomm 2015 tourSome musicians are divas. The slightest backstage issue – even the delivery of the wrong brand of hairspray to their dressing room – leads to pulled gigs and a simple refusal to perform. Fans get gutted while egos get fluffed, because hey – it’s showbiz, right?

At the other end of the scale, you have the hard sloggers. Guys and girls who push themselves onstage even when everything around them is a barely perceptible blur of chaos and stress. Nobody could fault them for taking a time out – but they go do what they do regardless.

Jon Gomm is definitely the latter. Although the 250-odd people crammed into Komedia had no doubt been waiting for this show with baited breath, it could very well have been cancelled, and Continue reading

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Ben Williams – ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ [Review]

image003Although singer-songwriters are a dime a dozen-to-the-power-of-X, Ben Williams is an exceptional talent. A decorated sessioneer with a spectacular CV (including gigs with Continue reading

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Breaking Benjamin – ‘Failure’ [Review]

breaking benjamin failure bannerWhen a band reaches the seventeen-year-career mark, one would expect them to become either washed out, or bloated to unsustainable excess. Happily, Breaking Benjamin are walking the rarely-mastered rock’n’roll tightrope with Continue reading

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Pimps Of Joytime – ‘Jukestone Paradise’ [Review]

JUKESTONE COVER For WebEver wondered what it would sound like if Prince jammed with James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, and Jamiroquai? Well, Jukestone Paradise is about as close as you’re going to come without resorting to a classic-internet-era mashup. Pimps of Joytime know how to bring the fun, employing Continue reading

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Muse – ‘Psycho’ / ‘Dead Inside’ [Double Review]

unnamed (3)Muse’s fast-approaching new album Drones is set to be a stunner. Devon’s finest have reached a point of the finest refinement, capable of stripping down to rock’n’roll basics (as on Psycho) or just as easily turning up the sleek, slick electronic sexiness of a tune like Dead Inside. Muse are well known for Continue reading

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