Gavin Brown


Ever since I discovered my Dad’s Doors and Alice Cooper records, I have had an all encompassing passion for music. I attended my first gig (The Almighty) in 1994 and have been attending gigs all over the world ever since. I have always been into the heavier side of music but have definite eclectic tastes. hardcore, grindcore, death metal, punk, sludge metal, hip hop and doom are some of favourites but if it’s good I’ll give it a listen and am always on the lookout for new bands, artists and albums. Reviewing albums and gigs is a big passion for me too and am always on the lookout to do more and more.

Articles by Gavin Brown

Heavy Baby Sea Slugs – Teenage Graveyard Party EP

Heavy Baby Sea Slugs have made an EP here that gets better with each listen and you will find something a little bit different with every time you put it on.

Reserving Dirtnaps – Part II

Reserving Dirtnaps bring the chaos with their beatdown heavy take on metallic hardcore with nods to both Madball and Obituary.

That Snaake – Blinded By The Smell

That Snaake keep their winning streak going with Blinded By The Smell and the band’s anger and passion has been unleashed again.

Sick Of It All – When The Smoke Clears

The fact that the band are still releasing such vital hardcore after 30 years cements even further their place in hardcore lore as one of the best and most consistent to do this.

Venom Prison – Animus

Animus is relentless in its violent ferocity and has to rank as not only one of the best metal (death or otherwise) releases in recent memory. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you can handle it, you will be justly rewarded.

Steve Von Till from Neurosis

Gavin Brown caught up with Steve Von Till to talk about the new album, working with the legendary Steve Albini, the bands punk heritage, their early days in the Bay Area and what the future holds for Neurosis amongst other topics in a very informative chat.


Gavin Brown caught up with Okkultokrati guitarist Pal Bredup and drummer Lars Dalen before their show at Mama Roux’s in Birmingham to hear all about how the tour is going, the new album and its creation, punk as an influence and what they are currently listening to on the road.

Live Review: Trap Them, Okkultokrati, Venom Prison and Golden Deathmask

Gavin Brown went to Mama Roux’s in Birmingham to see Trap Them, Okkultokrati, Venom Prison and Golden Deathmask. “The watching audience were just glad they got to witness such a harsh and extraordinary set by one of extreme music’s most vital bands.”

Sea Witch / Black Tremor – Split

The material on this split spans a lot of emotional boundaries through the music, with its twists and turns and both Sea Witch and Black Tremor triumph with the end result. A monumental split from two immense bands. – By Gavin Brown

Live Review: Yob, Black Cobra and Opium Lord

Gavin Brown went to Birmingham to see Yob, Black Cobra and Opium Lord. “All three bands in the bill tonight gave their all and everyone here left the venue having witnessed a very special gig.”

Cocaine Piss – The Dancer

Above all, Cocaine Piss are a breath of fresh air in that they truly don’t give a fuck what anyone thinks, they just come in, make a noise, but make you think with it and if you can’t handle it, that’s your problem. – By Gavin Brown

Ringworm – Snake Church

If you are looking for an album that delves into a realm of fury that is absent from most heavy bands these days then look no further than ‘Snake Church’. – By Gavin Brown

Concrete Mascara – Perennial Disappointment

Concrete Mascara will make you convinced you won’t find a record this year that is more consumed by utter bleakness, the harshest of harsh noise and a pure hate for the world. – By Gavin Brown

Adrian Sherwood – Sherwood At The Controls Vol 2 1985-1990

This is a fascinating look at Sherwood’s mid to late 80s output which was a hotbed of creativity. By Gavin Brown

Róisín Murphy – Take Her Up To Monto

Once again, Murphy has proved that she is a special talent whose singing is to be treasured and has the songs here to match her vocal skill. This is a brilliant collection of songs that showcases the gorgeous vocals of one this country’s most underrated and unique talents and long may that continue. By Gavin Brown

Death Angel – The Evil Divide

Death Angel have done it again, they have made delivering a truly great metal record look easy and the quality of ‘The Evil Divide’ is second to none. – By Gavin Brown

Festival Preview: Rebellion Festival 2016

An institution for the past twenty years for any fan of punk and hardcore, Rebellion Festival in Blackpool is still going strong and is the highlight of the summer for thousands of punks from all corners of the world. The amount of legendary bands who have played in the past is breathtaking and this years lineup is no exception. The vibrant and varied punk event takes place from Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th of August and Gavin Brown take a look at the top 10 bands you cannot miss over the events four days.

Live Review: SUMAC and Mamiffer – The Fleece, Bristol

Gavin Brown saw amazing live sets by SUMAC and Mamiffer at The Fleece in Bristol. “Everyone there knew they had seen something awe inspiring and had been privileged to do so.”

Interview: Rob Cavestany from Death Angel

Gavin Brown had a good chat with guitarist Rob Cavestany from thrash metal legends Death Angel about the new album ‘The Evil Divide’, the beginnings of Death Angel, the Bay Area thrash scene and the triumphs and tragedies along the way.

SUMAC – What One Becomes

SUMAC have proved themselves again to be an intense, intelligent and engaging proposition and with ‘What One Becomes’ have also proved that this album is another fitting addition to Aaron Turner’s vast and varied musical arsenal. – By Gavin Brown

Victims – Sirens

With this brilliant record and the new Discharge album, lovers of that classic d-beat sound have more than enough reasons to rejoice at the moment. – By Gavin Brown

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