Articles by Jody Dunstan
Suspended in Reflections is a really stunning piece of work, it’s dense, multi-layered and full of twists and turns. Patient in pace, occasionally exploding but it’s never overused. The band really show some musical talent, adding organ, strings and piano to what in places might be more straight forward post-metal.
Boss Keloid, are a heavy, progressive, stoner-influenced band that’ve created a name for themselves with relentless touring and a blistering live show. After two critically acclaimed albums, The Calming Influence of Teeth (2013) and Herb Your Enthusiasm (2016). This year seems them expand their line-up, adding keyboards and a new bass player, signing to Holy Roar Records and releasing their new record, Melted on the Inch.
Jody Dunstan had a chat with ex-Reuben frontman and now solo artist Jamie Lenman before his storming set at ArcTanGent 2018 to talk about his creative process, life after Reuben, his live show and what keeps him creating music.
In an era where there is so much generic, recycled ‘heavy’ music such an album is a refreshing change, hard to define, musically ambitious and well done.
Facemeltingly heavy, the sort of gig that takes a bit of time to recover from. It’s a real pleasure to watch two bands enjoying themselves and doing what they really love. Highly recommend to be experienced in person. Hearing protection recommended.
‘Only Love’ is interesting, sonically ambitious and in places, exciting. Brutal noise delivered with surgical precision.
‘Braille’ shows a Palm Reader exploring and adding in other dimensions to their sound, whilst remaining uncompromising and heavy. A worthy addition to 2018’s already burgeoning heavy British releases.
Boss Keloid’s third album is an evolution of the band’s sounds; still thunderously heavy and muscular, but with considerable depth and melody. Well worth the time needed to appreciate this album.
And So I Watch You From Afar are a band growing in confidence, they have honed their craft and mixed an excellent set including both older tracks and tracks from their most recent release and finding the right balance between them.
Jody Dunstan spoke to Justine and Sammy from Employed To Serve before a thunderous set at ArcTanGent 2017.
Jody Dunstan caught up with Luke, Joe, Nic and Paddy from Pijn prior to their stunning set at ArcTanGent 2017.
It’s somewhat difficult to sum up three days packed with music, of course, everyone has different highlights and what’s probably more important, new and interesting bands to explore. The only downside being that it is impossible to see everything!
The Tidal Sleep are a band that is more than a some of its parts. Highly cohesive and capable of producing stunning waves of epic noise while still retaining melody and shape.
Listening through this album a few times I genuinely don’t understand why this band aren’t more well known. It’s nasty, brutish and short, full of anger and emotion.
I would urge anyone, either doom/sludge aficionados to anyone who likes music on the heavier edge to go and see Monolord live, a band who evidently thoroughly enjoy what they are doing, are expert musicians and fine purveyors of deep, filthy, heavy as hell doom and more fuzz than anyone could possibly want.
This is a standout debut from Rosk, unforgiving, brutal in places, serene and atmosphere in others. It demands attention from the listener, this attention is rewarded by being taken through a range of emotions and feelings and some interesting soundscapes.
The three bands all showed interesting and creative mixes of dynamics, sounds and energy. Vow, at the start of their journey, OHHMS rapidly becoming an consummate live act and Bossk, arguably at the top of their game.
‘Burst’ is an excellent example of modern alternative rock, taking a variety of styles and blending them into something else.
When Swedish stoner rockers Truckfighters played at The Ruby Lounge in Manchester last month Jody Dunstan caught up with guitarist Niklas “Dango” Källgren.
‘Blank and Forward’ is dark, atmospheric, sometimes sparse, sometimes heavy, never predictable. I advise to get some headphones, lie in a darkened room and immerse yourself in it.
Heavy music has had a great few years with several ‘comeback’ albums, this one, unfortunately doesn’t hit the mark for me. – By Jody Dunstan