Steve Fallows

Articles by Steve Fallows

Tempel – Tempel

It got plenty of drive and an edgy punk spirit and it’s a lot of fun, but there is a slight sense that they are holding back a little at times.

Bolt Ruin – Bolt Ruin

A really special piece of work, that definitely deserves your time.

Their Throats Are Open Tombs – Of Psalms and Snakes

This is a nihilistic journey from the first to the last note and there is a serious amount going on in the intervening twenty minutes.

Noisem – Cease To Exist

Everything is kept within enough parameters to really hold it together as one solid piece of work, rather than a random collection of short shouty songs (which despite my deep love of grindcore, a lot of it is exactly that).

Ungraven – Language Of Longing

An absolute brute of a release for a debut, and it’s a pity that it has taken as long for something to appear. I can only hope that the next release isn’t that far away, as this is something I need to hear a lot more of.

Mastiff – Plague

Albums like this should come with a warning. When playing this record, make sure that breakables and the more fragile humans in your household are well out of reach.

A Pale Horse Named Death – When The World Becomes Undone

There are some really catchy hooks, thrown in with the depressive tones and also that famous Type O dark humour that takes the album away from becoming too serious and within itself.

Sick Of It All – Wake The Sleeping Dragon!

The band have become more and more pissed off with the way the world is and have used this to fuel the aggression in their music, rather than simply trying to raise the bar from the last record.

Dale Crover of the Melvins

We wanted to do some recording with Jeff because he’s a great songwriter, so when we in the middle of recording A Walk With Love & Death we had Jeff come out and record an EP full of songs. As that went along, we thought “What would it be like if we got Jeff and Steve on an album?” And from the moment they both plugged in we were like “oh fuck yeah, let’s do this”.

Mudhoney – Digital Garbage

Mudhoney have been a massively overlooked band since their 90’s heyday, but they have kept releasing consistently good music and this is no exception.

Therapy? – Cleave

What were once albums full of youthful angst, now have transitioned seamlessly into frustrated adulthood and middle age and a “haven’t got time for your shit” attitude…

Brant Bjork – Mankind Woman

It doesn’t become too political and lose its calm laid back vibe, more like it just wants everything else in the world to be as cool and laid back as this record is.

Allfather – And All Will Be Desolation

Allfather are obviously a band that that are comfortable in their sound and happy to explore different ideas with no pressure of fitting in with any trend, and this really gives the album an added sense of authenticity. Easily one of the better metal albums you will hear this year.

Urban Voodoo Machine – Zanzibar, Liverpool

Each member of the band bring some amazing skills with them which allows them to fully get into the spirit of the show and play their part accordingly.

Devin Townsend Project – Ocean Machine – Live At The Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv

Another special live package of a special show of an album that gives the first hints of where his musical future was to lie.

Bruce Dickinson – Scream For Me Sarajevo

An interesting collection of song, some of which I’d totally forgotten about and, as on the whole it’s quite different to his other band, it was refreshing and given me the need to go back and check the albums out in full again. Different, and all the better for it. 

Savage Messiah – Manchester Academy 3

It’s great to see two British bands really pushing on to bigger things, and hopefully it won’t be too long before they both see a return on their efforts.

Testament • Annihilator • Vader – O2 Ritz, Manchester

…the show was (for the most part) up there with anything I’ve seen over for a long while. The band were on great form, the crowd were lapping it up, and the connection grew stronger as the show went on.

The Stranglers • Therapy? – O2 Academy, Liverpool

A great set, that showcases the breadth and quality of the material the band have performed over their near 45 years.

Napalm Death – Coded Smears and Uncommon Slurs

Whereas some of these out takes releases can be lazy and a quick and easy cash in, this is a document of the last decade and a half of one of extreme metal (and music in general in my opinion) most important bands.

Sikth • Devil Sold His Soul • Press To Meco – Manchester Academy

Genuinely one of the most unique and talented rock bands this country has produced, it’s a pleasure to see them back and on such good form.

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