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Therapy? / Triggerfinger / Thirty Six Strategies [Live Review – The Scala, London, 1/4/2015]

therapy pressThis wasn’t so much a show as a celebration. Judging from the pre-show chatter, Therapy have been very sorely missed – and when their set came around, it was easy to see why. Before that, Thirty Six Strategies opened the night up with a set that was cool and passionate, although to be totally honest the music felt too safe. That may seem an odd word to use in the context of punk-oriented rock, but the fact is that thousands of bands are pursuing exactly the same direction as Thirty Six Strategies right now. As instrumentalists, TSS are good, and their lyrics hint at tough, hard-knock experiences – but given that no two life experiences are precisely the same, it would be awesome to hear those experiences expressed in an idiosyncratic way with a generous helping of weirdness.

It’s one thing to refuse to conform to the standards of mainstream society – but it’s a whole other game to break away from the standards of literally everyone else, and forge your own 100% individual path. That’s where the best, most timeless and relevant music gets made – and Thirty Six Strategies certainly have the potential to push into that area.

Triggerfinger were explosive, and one of the most Continue reading

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Exist Immortal – ‘Darkness Of An Age (Deluxe Edition)’ [Review]

exist immortal darkness deluxeSometimes a band’s endorsements say it all. Exist Immortal affiliates Chapman Guitars have made a name for themselves as supporters of a new generation of fresh-thinking musicians – and so it comes as no surprise that this tech-heavy album stands as a prime example of that generation’s capabilities.

Exist Immortal do with their influences what this guy does with everything from iPhones to hockey pucks. Meshuggah. Fear Factory. Devin Townsend. Will they blend? Apparently so – and further than that, they Continue reading

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Karnivool / Monuments [Live Review – The Roundhouse, Camden, 28/3/2015]

Screen shot 2015-03-29 at 14.16.57On the way to this show, I was propositioned by a prostitute; had a guy try to sell me a bible; and was challenged to a fight by a homeless man.

All in the same McDonald’s.

Thanks to my quest to avoid bruises, black eyes, STIs, and religion, I wound up 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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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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Dorje [Exclusive Interview]

dorje tourShortly before they stepped onstage and owned Guildfordian alternative music hotspot the Boileroom for the duration of a sick set reviewed in full here, TMMP caught up with fast-rising British alt-metallers Dorje for an exclusive and rare off-camera chat… Continue reading

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Dorje [Live Review – The Boileroom, Guildford, 21/3/2015]

dorje tourWhen Marmozets dropped by the Boileroom last year, there was something in the air at that show. Nothing more tangible than a vibe, but something that left behind a sense of certainty. Cognitive consonance.

At that point, the release of Marmozets’ debut album was sneakily creeping up on the horizon. Marmozets had sweat blood over the previous few years, building up a following the old-school way before signing with Roadrunner. A few singles followed, then that Boileroom show. Then, The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets dropped, and Marmozets promptly became “…the future of British rock in 2014.” Now, Marmozets are supporting Muse, and the rest will soon be history.

Dorje are 2015’s answer to Marmozets. A rich and addictive blend of alt-metal influences (think fat and chunky Porcupine Tree riffs, gurn-inducing Incubus grooves, Karnivool-esque odd-meter polyrhythmic complexity, sense-defying guitar solos that bring Alter Bridge to mind, and a vocal which sits somewhere between Devin Townsend and Maynard James Keenan), Dorje’s music is Continue reading

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Therapy? – ‘Disquiet’ [Review]

Screen shot 2015-03-21 at 16.55.26I love this album. It’s dark, it’s dirty, it’s fucked up – and beyond that, its sheer depth and authenticity was enough to win me over from the opening bars of first track Still Hurts. There’s no trace of fakery or posturing here. None at all. Fucking hell.

Therapy?’s latest LP is stuffed full of Continue reading

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