Saturday Slaylist 29/10/2016: Suicide Silence

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Suicide Silence circa 2016

With plenty of talk surrounding the band’s upcoming record- especially as they’ve just completed the “Straight Outta Hell” Tour with Whitechapel, Despised Icon, Carnifex and Oceano- deathcore fans are eager to hear how the band is progressing with vocalist Eddie Hermida. Recent interviews with guitarist Mark Heylmun have indicated that the band will be switching up their approach and are open to “try everything”, which can only ever be an interesting thing. So in anticipation for that impending release there’s no better way to get acquainted with the band by delving into their four existing albums- all of which are such a good standard that I can’t recommend any specific album. Continue reading

Saturday Slaylist 22/10/2016: TRC

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TRC circa 2015

Having featured their most recent album in my list of 10 Underrated British Metal Albums, I thought I’d shed a little bit more light on my favourite London lads: TRC. Their unique take on hardcore is imbued with a distinct sense of swagger and style that is hard not to dislike, especially when their tongue-in-cheek humour comes to the fore. What has really set the band apart from their peers is their use of two vocalists; Anthony Carroll provides your typically scathing hardcore shouts whilst Chris Robson has an approach that’s half rapping, half spoken word, and all attitude. Continue reading

5 Things I Would Like To See On The New Emmure Album & 1 Thing I Don’t

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Emmure circa 2016

If you have any sort of interest in metal, or more specifically deathcore/metalcore, you’ll be familiar with Emmure. Loved and reviled in equal measure, they’ve become whipping boys for modern metal and rather unfairly the butt of many a joke, in spite of the fact that their music can often be fairly enjoyable. With that in mind you’ll undoubtedly have heard about everyone in the band, sans vocalist Frankie Palmeri, leaving spontaneously and being replaced by most of Glass Cloud. Which brings us to the latest news: the release of a new single called “Torch”. Presumably this song will be featured on an as yet unannounced album, but I still have certain expectations and hopes for that album when it arrives. Continue reading

Saturday Slaylist 15/10/2016: Death Metal 101

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Take your pick from these…

Along with grindcore and black metal, death metal sought to push the boundaries and extremities of metal into nastier territories. Utilising grunted vocals, down-tuned thrash riffs and a flurry of drum-work, bands challenged themselves to create some of the heaviest albums that still stand the test of time. This month, as a brief introduction to the genre, I’ll select twenty tracks from some of the biggest names in death metal: from early progenitors such as Death and Morbid Angel, to lo-fi sludgsters like Obituary and Autopsy, melodic meddlers like Carcass and At The Gates, specialists in brutality such as Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation, all the way through to contemporary acts including The Black Dahlia Murder, Aborted and Job For A Cowboy. Continue reading

Cover Your Tracks: “Psychosocial”

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Slipknot circa 2015

This weeks entry to Cover Your Tracks will look at arguably one of the most iconic songs from Iowa titans’ Slipknot latter-day works. Taken from their 2008 album All Hope Is Gone, “Psychosocial” neatly encapsulates all things Slipknot; from the gargantuan percussive assault through to the addictive and catchy chorus, there’s everything there to satisfy an avid fan. Here are two bands that I feel could do an awesome cover of this huge tune: Continue reading

Saturday Slaylist 01/10/2016: The Devil Wears Prada

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The Devil Wears Prada circa 2016

There’s no better way to kick off the month with everyone’s favourite Christian metalcore band: The Devil Wears Prada. In fact, their new album Transit Blues will be arriving on the 7th, so dive into this playlist to get yourself more acquainted with the band. Continue reading