Firmly putting Vietnam on the Metal map.
When you think of Metalcore bands and where they come from, you’d almost always automatically think of the US, UK, maybe Australia, and your home country - because you know your local scene. Well, today I want you to think of Vietnam, since that’s where our band is from and they totally deserve your attention. WINDRUNNER formed back in early 2015 and have released a totally kick arse EP called VUI, but now it’s time to really show the world what they’re made of, with their debut album MAI, which is out today and I’ve been privileged enough to get early access to.
You think I was going to pass up on one of the biggest Metalcore releases this year?
2016 was a year of polarising highs and lows for the Architects, they released the extremely well received All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, and sadly just three months later, one of the founding members and main songwriter, Tom Searle, passed away of skin cancer. No one would have blamed the Brighton crew for calling it a day and going their separate ways. But in a case of ‘when life gives you lemons’ the boys persevered and dropped a fitting tribute to their fallen brother and bandmate.
I think I’ve found my summer album!
Prey Drive are a four piece rock outfit from the city of Norwich, UK and out today, via the cool peeps at Krod Records, is their excellent debut Once More With Feeling, which I am already calling my summer soundtrack. I know being here in London I’m currently the furthest from any decent sunny weather, but that is what this album feels like to me, and I’m loving every second of it.
...one of the best nights of my life.
I didn’t want to write about this concert because I felt it would be a review way too personal, but then I thought ‘fuck it, when I’m old and senile I can re-read this, and think about the best night of my life’.
An entertaining entry into the franchise but left me mildly unsatisfied…
Let’s face it, the Halloween franchise has always been a hit and miss prospect. One movie is great, the next one is average, etc., etc. With every Halloween: H20, there is the disastrous Halloween: Resurrection. Rob Zombie’s Halloweens were also hit and miss. Say what you want about his version, but at least it was different to everything that came before it.