Articles by Jody Dunstan
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
Jinjer have something unusual, in a world of one-dimensional metalcore acts they have a vocalist with an incredible vocal range backed by some talented musicians and the ability to create some interesting and complex music. – By Jody Dunstan
Jody Dunstan saw Cleft play one of their last ever gigs in Manchester last month, with support coming from Alpha Male Tea Party and Body hound. “Although a genre that will never make the mainstream it is good to see so many people crammed into a small space enjoying the evening. “
Black Foxxes are a refreshing alternative to the anodyne, ‘alternative’ music all too common at the moment. – By Jody Dunstan
‘Unsongs’ is a whirlwind journey through various styles, tempos and feeling. I get this won’t really hit the mainstream, but it’s a shame because it really is bloody good. – By Jody Dunstan
Solomon Grey are a pleasure to listen to, hard to categorize them as any one particular genre. SG’s output includes movie soundtracks and the cinematic and classical touches come across on this album. Wilson and Kingston are a talented pair creating varied and complex music whilst still remaining memorable. By Jody Dunstan
“The atmosphere felt more like a house party than a gig – relaxed and intimate,” by Jody Dunstan
White Noise Radio are an exciting and dynamic band producing complex and interesting music. By Jody Dunstan
There are some great tracks on this record, but it doesn’t seem to work well as a whole. Some of the tracks feel rushed and the mood changes too fast. This may be a symptom of a band brimming with ideas, which may bode well for the future as they develop and mature. – By Jody Dunstan
Mutoid Man gave a masterclass in how a three piece metal band should be; fast, loud, technically excellent and loving it. Awesome. By Jody Dunstan
Jody Dunstan saw North Carolina’s progressive metal band Between the Buried and Me in Manchester. “It’s just a shame that things didn’t seem to hang quite right.”
Man and the Echo do certainly have something about them, a catchy tune or two, a bit of indie charm and some meaningful lyrics. By Jody Dunstan