Articles by Aidan Clucas
The Contortionist and Palm Reader gave Birmingham the perfect night of progressive metal, and hardcore
Canterbury riffs giants lead the way in a night of extraordinary talent.
A clash of genres at the Kasbah. Marmozets deliver emphatically in Coventry
Old-school thrash, hardcore, and death metal made for a marvellous mixed-grill at Birmingham’s Asylum.
‘Sonder’ is brooding album driven by punching guitar riffs, expected complexity and pop melodies.
Conjurer pay their tributes to the Flapper with an eviscerating display of strength
‘Where The Cycle Breaks’ deals in “passion, sincerity and truth”, as well as heavy choruses, gang vocals, and sublime melodic hardcore.
Blending cinematic themes and black metal over a double album is a tall order. Xanthochroid embrace the challenge and the first half of Of Erthe and Axen displays immense results.
Political commentary and instrumental technicality, The Tangent allow Roger Waters’ influence to shape their re-purposed image of progressive rock.
Whilst possibly a struggle for others, ‘Absence of Time’ should entertain metal guitarists of all talents.
Post-metal with shoegaze, When Icarus Lives perform a substantial remodelling of their own sound.
This is a strong post-metal release, especially for a debut. There are two sides to this coin, crushing riffs, and poignancy in melody; this album is about to show you both sides, and despite its hour-long length, the time flies by.
The Anthromancer is an impressively convoluted, raw, energetic and creative release. Expect math-rock, and prog, but throw in some ska and post-punk as well.
A very well done, and enjoyable, progressive rock record, though more nostalgic than innovative. – By Aidan Clucas
There are elements of nostalgia for those who are familiar with Deus Ex Machina, and too for those who are familiar with progressive rock. It is not ground-breaking but, rather, subtle in its innovation. Piras said he wanted the songs to feel more ‘from our guts than from our heads’ and this more primal-passion can definitely be felt, generated a more natural, earthy sound. By Aidan Clucas
This is subjective, but it is not better than any previous Periphery release, as it lacks the sheer thrill or astonishment of its predecessors. But it is by no means a disappointment, it is just a very good album in amongst great albums. – By Aidan Clucas
With the talent on display, and the mash of influences, this album could have strayed too far in any number of directions. It instead remains relatively grounded, yet still exceptional. This is aggressive, and heavy hitting, yet most importantly interesting and impressive. By Aidan Clucas
This is a really enjoyable album, and one that demonstrates so much potential. The band are perfectly fine doing what they’re doing, but they should either measure their intensity in their music, or incorporate more curious, and bizarre, dynamics. Very well done. By Aidan Clucas
‘Kentucky’ is a step up from ‘Magic Mountain’, but thankfully not just making the same music they made when they were kids; they may have finally “evolved”, and Kentucky represents the closing of their first chapter, and the beginning of fresh new passage in life. – By Aidan Clucas
With more instruments, or subtle differences, Hyeun could release a highly emotive album, which is also challenging. Their self-titled EP is but a teaser of their capability. By Aidan Clucas
As a whole the album is not satisfying and instead of appreciate the emotional and intellectual depth of brutal and expansive music, it instead leaves one with an appreciation for the work, but demanding an extra level of flair. – By Aidan Clucas