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

Cover Your Tracks: “Rise Above”

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Black Flag circa 1982

For the latest addition to this series I’ve decided to hark back to a classic album from an influential band. Black Flag are regarded as one of the key figures of punk and hardcore music (with Henry Rollins as the archetypal ‘hard as nails’ frontman), and their debut album Damaged is a sharp shot of vitriolic teenage angst. It’s hard to choose just one song from the album, considering how there are standout tunes such as “Six Pack”, “TV Party” and “Spray Paint”, but for this week’s Cover Your Tracks I’ve opted for the opening number: “Rise Above”. Continue reading

Cover Your Tracks: “Existence Is Punishment”

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Crowbar circa 2014

For this week’s instalment of Cover Your Tracks I’ll be delving into Crowbar’s sophomore self-titled album for the Beavis and Butt Head approved “Existence Is Punishment”. As always I’ll select a band that can play a cover that is close to the original, and another band to explore new directions with the track. Continue reading

Review: “Beast” By Despised Icon

despised-icon-beast2016 has been an excellent year for deathcore. Some of the genres key names have been releasing new albums (such as Whitechapel, Chelsea Grin and Caliban), are gearing up to release new albums (Carnifex, Thy Art Is Murder/The Acacia Strain/Fit For An Autopsy and Infant Annihilator), or have announced huge tours (such as the Straight Outta Hell Tour). Suffice to say its pretty exciting. However, by far the most exciting announcement out of the deathcore scene this year was the news that Despised Icon would be releasing a new album. After reforming back in 2014 and touring sporadically, they would finally have the chance to follow-up 2009’s Day Of Mourning. It raises an interesting question as to whether the genre’s pioneers could still remain relevant and fresh in a music scene that has grown stale and stagnant over the years. Continue reading