Debut music video from Herts rockers
Hertfordshire’s metallic post-hardcore quintet Alone With Wolves have just released their debut music video, for the track ‘Cutting Ties’. Taken from their most recent EP ‘The End Of Nothing’, this recent release is just one of many highlights the band has enjoyed over the past year, with others including the aforementioned EP release, being picked up by new management, starting work on the new album and landing a slot at last year’s Bloodstock Festival.
Watch out for these guys – you may well be hearing a lot more from them in the future.
The ‘End Of Nothing’ EP, available from Bandcamp at https://awwofficial.bandcamp.com/album/the-end-of-nothing
Photo courtesy of Graham Dullaghan Photography.
June 7, 2015 | Categories: Music | Tags: Alone With Wolves, alt-rock, alternative, band, bandcamp, download, EP, hertfordshire, Herts, metal, Music, post-hardcore, screamo, UK, underground, underground music scene, unsigned, video | Leave a comment
A round-up of current underground rumblings
Here are just some of the current happenings in the UK’s underground rock and metal scene, featuring new and upcoming releases.
Talanas – acoustic mini-album coming soon
Progessive-death metallers Talanas will soon be releasing the acoustic mini-album ‘Asylum’, via their own Eulogy Media label. Showcasing a different side to their sound, though still not a million miles away from their brand of progressively-minded/goth-influenced death metal, the first track to go public ‘Sister Damnable’ still has the same dark atmosphere and sense of menace we’ve come to expect from them. Pick up the latest edition of Terrorizer magazine to hear the new track exclusively, or check out this teaser below. ‘Asylum’ will be released digitally on Saturday 22nd February.
Alone With Wolves – new EP in the works
Cambridge/Herts-based quintet AWW are currently working on their new EP, the first with their new(ish) vocalist Danilo Fiocco, who joined them last year. You can hear samples of what’s to come, in the series of studio diary videos they’ve posted on Youtube, the first of which is below. Their 2011 self-titled EP suggested they had what it takes to become the UK’s answer to Alexisonfire – if that sounds appealing, check out the video below.
Gilla Bruja – new EP available for free
Southern-tinged sludge veterans Gilla Bruja have just released the new EP ‘Clubbed Hands and a Fist Full of Snakes’ and have made it available as a free download on Bandcamp. Frontman Paul March has been in various bands and kept the Gilla name active for the past 16 years, and this is one of his heaviest, more direct releases to date. If you’re into the NOLA sludge/metal scene, obsessed with horror or anything heavy from the UK’s underground scene, give this a listen.
Lord Skrugg – new noise coming soon
New Herts-based act Lord Skrugg, featuring former members of the aforementioned Gilla Bruja, Zebediah Crowe and Burn The Yeti, are currently busy putting together their debut material, with an aim to go public very soon. Below is a sample of what to expect – whilst still sludgy and doomy like their previous acts, this is sounding more intense, sharper and immediate. Lord Skrugg will be making their live debut soon – watch this space.
The Dirty Youth – new single out now
Welsh rockers The Dirty Youth have just released the new single ‘Alive’, with an accompanying video, below. TDY have seen their fanbase grow to an international level over the past couple of years, thanks to tours with the likes of Korn and The Rasmus, and that looks likely to continue this year, with further tours and an album release imminent. ‘Alive’ features everything you’d expect from TDY – frontwoman Danni’s powerful heart-on-sleeve vocal delivery, backed by stadium-sized riffs, packed into a catchy tune that won’t disappoint fans. ‘Alive’ is available now via iTunes with an exclusive b-side, with new album ‘Gold Dust’ set for release in coming months.
February 12, 2014 | Categories: Music | Tags: Alone With Wolves, alt-rock, alternative, band, bandcamp, EP, extreme, Gilla Bruja, goth, heavy, hertfordshire, Herts, live music, London, Lord Skrugg, metal, Music, prog, progressive, review, rock, sludge, Talanas, The Dirty Youth, UK, underground, underground music scene, Wales | Leave a comment
After a little planning and a couple of minor hitches, I’ve got my first ‘mixtape’ online, and it’s completely free to download or stream.
Carrying the ‘Musikal Sin’ name, it features 14 tracks from artists across the South East of England, across various genres, and also features cover artwork courtesy of my friend Carla Johnston, who’s a talented artist and upcoming game developer.
Bands/artists who’ve contributed tracks include Distance To Fall, The Floe, Stuart O’Connor, Nothing Gained, Sons of Guns and more – whether you’re into metal, acoustic, electronic, alternative or experimental music (amongst others), there’s something for everyone. It also features a couple of exclusives from Ollie Taylor and The October Game, currently unavailable elsewhere.
To download Musikal Sin Mixtape Vol.1, just type in ‘£0.00’ when prompted. No sign-up or email address required.
April 13, 2013 | Categories: Music | Tags: acoustic, Alone With Wolves, alt-rock, alternative, Arms & The Man, band, bandcamp, Bedfordshire, BlackEye, Brighton, Cambridge, Carla Johnston, comedy, compilation, death metal, Distance To Fall, download, electronic, England, entertainment, Essex, experimental, extreme, free, Frog Stupid, funk rock, grassroots, hardcore, heavy, hertfordshire, Herts, Indi and The Vegas, Indi Forde, London, metal, mixtape, Music, Musikal Sin, Nothing Gained, Ollie Taylor, pop, prog, progressive, promotions, punk, rock, ska-punk, Sons of Guns, South East, spandex ballet, stream, stuart o'connor, Subservience, The Floe, the october game, UK, underground, underground music scene | Leave a comment
Highlights of the past musical year
Here’s my top ten tracks of 2012, listed in no particular order. These include tracks from bands I’ve booked, reviewed or just discovered for myself which had repeated listens.
The October Game – Answers & Keys
Currently unreleased, this Muse-esque track has been a favourite of mine since it debuted early this year. Had the pleasure of seeing them live a couple of times this year, at Club 85 in Hitchin and this year’s Balstock Festival. With the release of drummer Oliver Taylor’s solo album this year, and some promising solo sounds being produced by bassist Owen Stephen, it seems there’s plenty to look forward to from this group of musicians.
Aghast – We Fear Silence (Megaton Remix)
Something a little different, for me anyway – I’ve given dubstep a listen on an number of occasions, and found I can listen to some of it – this however has had repeated listens in recent months. You can download Megaton’s EP for free at http://www.facebook.com/Megatondubstep, and Aghast’s for the original version at http://www.aghastmetal.com/.
Stu O’Connor – Dumb Mathematics (feat. Shamanic Technology)
Taken from the electronic/USB stick version of the ‘Go Forth Bright Scenic’ project – a great set of tracks, of which this is just one highlight. A sparse, stripped down track with a hip hop beat. The entire album can be downloaded for just £1 (as can the rest of the albums which make up the GFBS project) at http://www.stuartoconnor.com/
Oliver Taylor – The Eyes That Follow/The Psycho
Essentially two chapters of one song, a catchy soulful duo from The October Game’s drummer’s debut solo album ‘Little Drummer Boy’, available now via Scylla Records. http://www.facebook.com/ldbofficial/.
Sons Of Guns – I Slept In The Car
Electro-rock trio from Hitchin, whose members you might just recognise from other local bands. This and recent track ‘Butcher’ are catchy tunes that will lodge themselves in your head. You can download this track for free at http://soundcloud.com/sons-of-guns/i-slept-in-the-car.
Alone With Wolves – BTW
Royston’s AWW unleashed their self-titled debut EP earlier this year, an awesome collection of tunes demonstrating their own hybrid of metal and melodic hardcore. If you’re a fan of Atreyu or Alexisonfire then I can’t recommend this highly enough. Available at http://awwofficial.bandcamp.com/album/ep.
The Floe – RITH
Currently unreleased, this electro-pop duo recently released their live album ‘Simple Pleasures’ via iTunes and many other online music outlets, and also recorded a cover of Adele’s Skyfall theme, also available to stream via Youtube.
This Means War – Truckasaurus
A little further afield with this one, this Brighton-based quintet upped their game with this, their groove-injected brand of tech-metal that would appeal to fans of Meshuggah and Lamb Of God.
Indi & The Vegas – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
The catchy funk rockers from Hitchin recently released this as part of a charity single. It’s that time of year folks….and singer Indi has an amazing voice, hence the inclusion of this cover. They’ve made this available as a free download, and you can also download their EP for just £1 at http://indiandthevegas.bandcamp.com/album/fair-fight.
Fiona Apple – Every Single Night
It’s due to the inclusion of this track that I haven’t called this a top ten of underground/local bands – hardly local, Apple has been releasing critically acclaimed albums since her late teens and gone platinum, with this track taken from this year’s lengthy-titled ‘The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do’ album. Dark, jazzy alt-rock, describing moments of nightmarish hysteria, Apple hasn’t lost her ability to write heartfelt songs that people can relate to.
Hope you enjoy!
The October Game: http://www.facebook.com/theoctobergame?rf=106701606029870
Aghast/Megaton: http://www.facebook.com/AGHASTKVLT – http://www.facebook.com/Megatondubstep
Stuart O’Connor: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stuart-OConnor/169812053077845?fref=ts – https://twitter.com/stuoconnor
Oliver Taylor: http://www.facebook.com/ldbofficial – https://twitter.com/OllieTaylorUK
Sons Of Guns: http://www.facebook.com/sonsofgunsband – https://twitter.com/sonsofguns
Alone With Wolves: http://www.facebook.com/alonewithwolves
The Floe: http://www.facebook.com/TheFloeMusic
This Means War: http://www.facebook.com/thismeanswarband
Indi and The Vegas: http://www.facebook.com/pages/indi-and-The-Vegas/194619403537 – https://twitter.com/indiandthevegas
Fiona Apple: http://www.facebook.com/fionaapple
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Herts-based quintet unleash their debut EP
Bridging the gap between metal, hard rock and post-hardcore, Royston-based quintet Alone With Wolves have delivered this, their debut EP, and they’ve certainly come out with all guns firing.
Lewis Watson – Guitar / Scream Vocals
Mark Stanford – Bass / Backing Vocals
James Noble – Drums / Piano
Matt Turnbull – Lead Vocals
Kieron Baker – Lead Guitar
*Grant Tuffs provides drums and lead vocals on the EP, but left the band before it was released.
4. The Catalyst
5. I Reach Out
Opening with the emotive ‘Disconnect’, the band offer up an Alexisonfire-esque duel-vocal attack that could easily win AWW new fans from the Alexis’ fanbase – future successors to their crown perhaps? On this side of the pond, at least. ‘B.T.W’ (the first track to be offered to fans pre-release, and one that can still be downloaded for free at http://soundcloud.com/alonewithwolves/aww-btw-mastered1-2) turns up the intensity and lays on the riffs thick and fast – a definite future crowd pleaser. The more melodic ‘Closure’ calms things down a little and would appeal to fans of the likes of Jimmy Eat World – indeed, this band concentrates on offering up actual songs, not just riffs strung together. ‘The Catalyst’ is another heavy hitter that looks set to fill venue floors; having already seen the band bring crowds of gig-goers to the front for their live sets, it’s easy to see how with tunes like this. Final track ‘I Reach Out’ is the calmest track featured, concentrating more on their melodic side and further demonstrating their range.
Well produced, packed full of riffs and intensity yet also demonstrating a strong ear for melody, the quality of this EP cannot be faulted. At such an early stage Alone With Wolves have already displayed bags of potential, enough to even be playing with the bigger acts on bigger stages; this lot are already bringing big crowds to smaller venues, with the new line-up going down a storm. They’ve set the bar high with this one, and if AWW can maintain this standard, they could go far.
Alone With Wolves’ EP can be purchased/downloaded from here for £5 – http://awwofficial.bandcamp.com/album/ep
Alone With Wolves, Fri 12th Oct 2012 at Club 85, Hitchin – photo courtesy of Rebecca Press (Horizon Photography) http://www.facebook.com/horizonphotography2012
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October 30, 2012 | Categories: Music | Tags: Alone With Wolves, alt-rock, alternative, band, debut ep, entertainment, EP, grassroots, heavy, hertfordshire, Herts, live music, metal, Music, new CD, post-hardcore, review, rock, Royston, UK, underground, underground music scene | 2 Comments