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Album Review: Jasmine Cain - Seven

I was wondering what my first album review of the year would be. Browsing around the world wide web, or you know social media and I got lucky. I managed to get a review copy of the new album from a singer-songwriter that I am a big fan of. I spoke to Jasmine Cain last year on this blog, click here to read, about her upcoming album Seven which I have been looking forward to for quite a while.  I have always liked Jasmine's hard rock stylings, it feels like the mainstream hard rock that you would hear all over the place but with that southern grit that makes her stand out amongst her contemporaries. Her Nashville accent mixed with the crunchy guitar riffs give her more of a southern rock vibe and you guys know how much I like that kind of sound. Her songwriting has always captivated me and drawn me in and was looking forward to more with this new album. So, now that I have had the chance to listen to the album a few times, what do I think of it? Well... I think it's pretty damn …

Interview: 10 Questions with Morphide

I love discovering new bands that I really feel I can get behind. That feeling of finding a band that really speaks to you and brings emotions to the surface. That was the feeling I had when I first watched the video for "Enter The Storm" by the band Danish, progressive metal Morphide. I was immediately floored and really wanted to find out more about the band for myself and how they make music. I also wanted to know more about the video for "Enter The Storm" and how that was produced. So on this blog, I speak with Morphide's vocalist, Eissa Zhovnerchuk and guitarist, Chris Konovalovs about the band's music and their love of music.

Where do you think your passion for music came from?

Eissa: I think it was always there. This is something I was born with. Even from just listening to music I was getting so powerful emotions! No wonder that music became my addiction, and not only in terms of listening. At the age of 8 I was already attending singing and piano les…

My 20 Favourite Albums of 2019

Another year goes by and once again, I have catalogued my top 20 albums of the year. I thought it was going to be a lot harder to make my list this year, but when it came down to it, it really wasn't much of a decision. I mean there have been many times this year where I have said that a certain album was the best of the year, but when I really thought about it, my album of the year is the one I listen to the most. Something so captivation that it rewards repeated listens. So, that's the criteria I judge on. 2019 was a year filled with some amazing music. The records I have been listening to are one with excellent songwriting, brilliant musicianship and a lot of powerful emotions. Now, this is purely my own opinion and obviously, you are free to your own opinion, I just wanted to get my favourites out there. As always, if you haven't listened to any of the below, then please take the time to listen as it's all good music.

20. Swamp Born Assassins - Dead Man's Train

Gig Report: Black Moth @ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

In all honesty, it is heart-breaking to write this piece. It is sad to say that after garnering a massive fanbase, three incredible albums and having played countless shows, Black Moth has decided to call it a day. These guys have been one of my favourite bands to see live for a long time. They always seem to bring that energy that get's a crowd moving and moshing away. Their dark, twisted lyrics have brought so much joy to their entire fanbase and they are just simply some of the nicest people, I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. So, I decided to get myself to their farewell show in Leeds. It was the least I could do, I have been a firm supporter of them for such a long time. All the way back to when I started this reviewing malarky. Their music has always resonated with me and I really wanted to enjoy one last show from them. Also, the night had two great openers in the form of Sky Valley Mistress and VENUS.

The room was filling up nicely and the drinks were flowing by the…

Album Review: Master Sword - The Final Door

This has been such a ride. I have enjoyed the music of Master Sword for quite some time. I loved their debut record, Shadow and Steel when it dropped in early 2018. I like the idea of taking something so ingrained into the popular culture like The Legend of Zelda franchise and adapting it into heavy metal music. There is so much potential to harvested for such a series that has lasted over 30 years. In the summer of 2019, the band returned to their fanbase and opened a Kickstarter asking for funding to make a second record, to be titled The Final Door. The Kickstarter goal was met on the tenth of August and the band began the production process and started the creating of the Kickstarter goals, such as t-shirts, physical copies of the album and other, more unique items that had been purchased. I, of course, put money down as soon as I could, as I feel this is a band that has particularly earned the business. I have to say the communication between the band and their fanbase has been a…

Interview: 10 Questions With Crypitus

Crypitus is: Dougles Friend
Peter Snee
Zach Patch
Joe Minard II

Where do you think your passion for music came from?
Pete: Ever since I was a baby I just loved music.

Zach: It's way better than doing drugs

Joe: I've always been into music.

Doug: I’m not quite sure, there has always been something enticing about music whether it be writing or listening.

Who are your biggest influences?

Pete: Mastodon, Between the Buried and Me, Rush, Frank Zappa, Intervals, Chon

Zach: Blake Richardson from Between the Buried and Me is my idol as far as drummers go.

Joe: Metallica, Primus, System of a Down

Doug: Death, Voivod, Exodus ect ect.

To you, what is the most important thing about playing live?

Pete: Sounding tight and not having gear issues.

Zach: Playing well and leaving a lasting impression on whoever is watching.

Joe: Playing good and having fun.

Doug: Getting your crowd going whether it’s a full house or the few friends left at the end of the night, the crowd is so important to a performance.


Gig Report: Tantric @ The Factory, Manchester

Oh, how I have waited for this. I've been listening to Tantric since I was a little kid, so having the opportunity to actually see them live was such a treat. In all honesty, after 15 years of following this band, I had thought to myself that I would have to fly to the US to see them live. So, when I saw these tour dates posted online, I immediately bought tickets, like this was the quickest I had ever bought tickets to a gig. As this is Tantric's first-ever tour in the UK and Europe, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I mean, whenever I have brought up this band in the past I have had to explain who they are and the music they play. So, on a cold December night, I headed out into Manchester to The Factory. I wanted to get there early for the support acts, Scarcasms and Attic Theory. Unfortunately, there weren't many people there for the night. More people did show up but the venue was near to empty. All I can say is, if you haven't seen Tantric live, you're t…