Into the Pit: 064: Woolstock 2008 Day One – Live at thesubculture Leeds – 30-May 2008

As a result of an early deviation for food first, I missed both Action Directe and Uberbyte – of which both sets I’ve heard many good things about. My excuse for missing them? I hadn’t eaten all day, really, and I seriously needed that meal! Read more “Into the Pit: 064: Woolstock 2008 Day One – Live at thesubculture Leeds – 30-May 2008”

Into the Pit: 063: Ministry – Live at Academy, Manchester – 29-May 2008

I’ve done a good job in recent years in catching up with a number of bands that I missed in my younger years, that became huge influences on the music that I listen to and the music that I play when DJing. And happily enough, all of them have lived up to their reputation – until now. Read more “Into the Pit: 063: Ministry – Live at Academy, Manchester – 29-May 2008”

But Listen: 069: Draconian – Turning Season Within

Contrary to seemingly popular belief, “romantic” and/or “gothic” doom metal does not end with My Dying Bride. While that band have somehow come through what might say was a critically weak patch to return rejuvenated with a couple of cracking albums, peer behind them to the numerous bands they have clearly influenced and there are certainly a few worthy of note.

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But Listen: 068: XP8 – The Art of Revenge

Before you even start listening to this CD – and particularly if you know XP8’s recent history – it is plainly obvious the band have some scores to settle. And indeed, perhaps they have – previous album HRS:MIN:SEC, while it had it’s moments, was a little derivative and at points, er, a bit soft. Read more “But Listen: 068: XP8 – The Art of Revenge”

Tuesday Ten: 038: Musical Heroes

This week's Tuesday Ten has been "in the works" for a few weeks, as after I had first conceived the idea it took me some time to complete the list. So what is it? It is the idea of my musical heroes. Obviously this is likely to be a contentious list: and those in it aren't always there just for their musical ability, or the fact that I like all their work (in many cases, I don't). Read more “Tuesday Ten: 038: Musical Heroes”

But Listen: 067: Pendulum – In Silico

Is it a cheap shot to blame the Prodigy for what Pendulum have become? Or maybe it isn’t. After all, although they were already rising stars in the drum’n’bass scene, it was their simply awesome reworking of Voodoo People that thrust them into the limelight, and since then their insistence on merging the ideals of rock and drum’n’bass (much like The Prodigy did when making a rock show from a dance band) has taken prominence over what made them so great in the first place. Read more “But Listen: 067: Pendulum – In Silico”

DJ: Guest: 024: Wendyhouse X – 17-May 2008

Last night was utterly, utterly insane. In all of the best possible ways. DJing at the Wendyhouse 10th Birthday last night provided me with one of the biggest buzzes of my life, and nearly floored me in the process, as many of you who saw me inbetween DJ sets will attest. The metal room seemed to go down very well, to say myself, Bug and Spike were essentially playing it by ear. Read more “DJ: Guest: 024: Wendyhouse X – 17-May 2008”

Tuesday Ten: 037: Tracks of the Month (April 2008)

Here is my usual run-down of ten tracks that I think are worthy of mention from the past month. Some might note a lack of “metal” in this list: mainly because there is little new stuff that I have heard that has inspired me to write about in any way. So, here goes. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 037: Tracks of the Month (April 2008)”

Into the Pit: 062: Soman – Live at Corporation Sheffield – 02-May 2008

First band on were Skinjob, an act that have been around for a while but somehow I have managed to miss every single time they have played locally to me. So, I was looking forward to this. And immediately I was disappointed by the dreadful sound: somehow the sound was a muddy mess, with the live drums set far too high in the mix and obliterating many of the synth lines and vocals. Which was a real shame, as the songs show promise. Opener Beauty Is Your Toy is a great song, that with a clearer sound would have had much more of a chance of winning the crowd over. So, hopefully at Infest at least they will have a better sound mix that enables them to show off how good a live band they could be. Also really rather depressing was the girl sat up in front of the monitors for all of their set – unbelievably rude. Read more “Into the Pit: 062: Soman – Live at Corporation Sheffield – 02-May 2008”