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Introducing…. The Mantis Divine

Punk/metal hybrid with a divine sound

Nadia Maria – vocals
Kim Young – guitar
Lee Warren – bass
Greg Anderson – drums

This is The Mantis Divine, a Herts-based quartet who’ve been gigging around their home county recently and looking to go further. Though the band has been together for less than a year, their members have previously played in bands such as Sink Or Swim, Swamp Pussy and St Stella, so have already got experience behind them. The fact that they only narrowly missed out on proceeding further in the current Metal 2 The Masses competition (for this year’s Bloodstock Festival) speaks volumes about their potential.

Live at Club 85, Hitchin, 26-03-17

TMD have got the whole package – frontwoman Nadia can easily switch from smooth and melodic to call-to-action punk vocals in a heartbeat, guitarist Kim is an incredibly talented player who knows how to write a solid riff, whilst rhythm section Lee and Greg add a groove and punch to the whole thing.

Check out the lyric video for the ‘To Hell’, available on their demo CD. For a reference point – imagine if Atari Teenage Riot went full punk-rock….


Here’s what others from the music scene have to say about them:

“An exciting young band with a lot of potential for the future, catchy riffs and powerful vocals.” – Bruce Hamilton, Gevaudan

“A passionate, curiously successful fusion of metal and punk.” – Brad Smith, Nineteensquared Promotions

“With a profusion of low-end tone and deep sounding heavy riffage, MD does a fine job in combining grubby punk rock with a distinctive creepy Melvinsesque sludge sound. Hold onto your heads!” – Gary Payne, Neverworld/The Graven Sign

Live at The Red Lion, Stevenage, 02-02-17

Their demo CD is currently available at live gigs (and whilst stock lasts, you can grab a free t-shirt too). With a tight sound and a professional attitude, The Mantis Divine are worth some attention. For further info/bookings, please get in touch at the links below.

For fans of: L7, Atari Teenage Riot, Kittie, The Unknownn, Babes In Toyland



The Soundtrack To Your Halloween

Warning: contains blood/gore/nudity/explicit language


With Halloween approaching at the end of the month, I thought I’d put together an appropriate playlist to set the right atmosphere, featuring the usual suspects, some classics and some upcoming names from the UK (links provided).

Note: some of these videos are unsafe for work.

Cradle of Filth – From The Cradle To Enslave

The title track of that EP – the uncensored version! Definitely NSFW.

Moonspell – I’ll See You In My Dreams

Taken from the film of the same name’s soundtrack, available on Youtube. Also NSFW.

Send More Paramedics – Zombie Crew

Horror punk from the UK.

Misfits – Scream

Taken from the Michael Graves-period album ‘Famous Monsters’.

White Zombie – More Human Than Human

Taken from the classic ‘Astro Creep 2000’ album. FEATURES STROBE LIGHTS.

Alice Cooper – Feed My Frankenstein

As featured on the Wayne’s World soundtrack.

Lordi – Devil Is A Loser

The one-time Eurovision winners.

Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams

The Eurythmics cover that first brought MM to noteriety.

Denigrata – Kyrie Eleison

Taken from the album ‘Missa Defunctorum: Requiem Mass in A Minor’, available from Bandcamp at https://denigrata.bandcamp.com/releases.

Cerberus Unchained – Naturom Demonto

Taken from the debut EP ‘Di Inferni’, available at https://cerberusunchained.bandcamp.com/.

Victorian Whore Dogs – Prayer of Dust

Taken from the EP ‘Hobo Chic’, available from https://victorianwhoredogs.bandcamp.com/album/hobo-chic.

Type O Negative – Black No.1

A classic, taken from the album ‘Bloody Kisses’.

Talanas – The Apostle

Taken from their acoustic EP ‘Asylum’, available from https://talanas.bandcamp.com/album/asylum.

Skullfucked – Sluts Impaled on Their Own Entrails

Taken from the forthcoming debut album ‘Blasphemy’, to be released on November 10th from http://skullfuckedbgka.bandcamp.com/.

Morbid Angel – God Of Emptiness

One of biggest names from the Florida death metal scene.

Nile – Sacrifice Unto Sebek

Love that intro riff.

Fear Factory – Martyr

The opening track of their debut, back when they had a more industrial-death metal sound.

Butcher Babes – They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haa!

Taken from their covers EP ‘Uncovered’.

Bile – In League

Featured on the ‘Strangelands’ soundtrack. FEATURES STROBE LIGHTS.

Author & Punisher – Terrorbird

Taken from the album ‘Ursus Americanus’.

Another playlist from a couple of years ago – https://thursdayaddams.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/atmos-fear/

The Tuesday Club – ‘Forbidden Kiss’ EP review

Post-punk with a modern twist

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1. Forbidden Kiss
2. Cities Alive
3. One Idea And A Lonely Voice

Imagine if you blended glam-pop-rockers Do Me Bad Things with Adam And The Ants, threw in some Kaiser Chief-style group chants and gave it all a 80s post-punk coating – you’ll then get St Albans’ rockers The Tuesday Club, presenting here their latest EP, ‘Forbidden Kiss’.

The Tuesday Club - Forbidden Kiss cover

The second in a themed series of EPs (with a third coming very soon), the EP comprises of the title track and two new tracks, with the CD set to become a part of an eventual 4 x EP boxset. You can check out the official video for ‘Forbidden Kiss’ below. Whilst the main song is a lively slice of pop-punk, the real star here in my opinion is second track ‘Cities Alive’; easily one of the catchiest songs I’ve heard in the past 12 months, having originally heard this on their Soundcloud profile I already knew the EP would be worth getting for this track. Infectious and worth hitting the repeat button for. Closer ‘One Idea And A Lonely Voice’ is a slightly edgier track with a quirky side, keeping things interesting and suggesting it’s worth keeping a look-out for the forthcoming next EP.

The ‘Forbidden Kiss’ EP is available digitally at The Tuesday Club’s online shop at http://thetuesdayclub.tmstor.es/cart/product.php?id=25308, and on limited edition CD at live gigs.
Their full-length debut album ‘See You Next Tuesday’ is also available as a download, CD and vinyl from the website and at gigs.

For fans of: Do Me Bad Things, Kaiser Chiefs, Adam And The Ants, Blur, 80s post-punk


Heavy new charity compilation released

Intense new compilation/fundraiser for mental health charities

ripcord cover

Glasgow-based collective ripcord have released an intense 22 track compilation of UKHC, punk and metal acts, ‘RE:MIND Vol 1’, to raise money for two mental health charities – Mind, and the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH). Featuring acts such as Svalbard, Ithaca, Pariso, Rope Spasm, No Honour and World Weary amongst many others, it is available to download now via Bandcamp for just £4. ‘RE:MIND Vol 1’ is not only a great way of raising funds for worthy causes, it is also an impressive showcase of the UK’s underground heavy music scene – useful to anyone looking for new bands to listen to.

This is just the first of a planned series of compilations from ripcord – head over to their Facebook page (linked below) for further updates and releases.


Alternative Christmas Music

Not all Christmas-themed music is bland or cheesy!

There’s no getting away from it at this time of the year, so how about some modernised Christmas tunes and covers with a twist? I’ve been looking around the ‘net for some suitable tunes, here’s what I’ve found so far.

Last year, Scylla Records released this compilation of covers to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London. Including the likes of Traitors, Hello Lazarus, Fort Hope, Sons Of Guns, Anavae and The October Game, each giving a well-known Christmas song a reworking in their own style, it’s 15 exclusive covers for a minimum donation of just £3.

Herts-based songstress Holly Knowles has covered ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’, which she has made available as a free download (link below video).

For those with heavier tastes, check out Cambridge’s The Projectionist giving ‘Jingle Bells’ a grind makeover!

Bedford’s favourite funk rock trio Indi & The Vegas have covered both Wings’ ‘A Wonderful Christmas Time’ and the classic ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, which are free downloads.

Herts/London new-wave crew The Tuesday Club have written a track especially for the season, also a free download.

Chloe Chadwick has recorded a version of John Lennon’s ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ which has been released to help raise funds for Help For Heroes – available from iTunes, half the proceeds from all sales will be donated to HFH.

iTunes link – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/happy-xmas-war-is-over-single/id949555572

British black metal/punk hybrid act The Meads Of Asphodel have recorded two tongue-in-cheek tracks, both of which can be downloaded separately or as part of ‘The Middle Ages’ compilation.

The Djentleman’s Club have put together a special compilation, ‘Djent Goes Christmas’, a massive 35-track free download of djent/tech-metal Christmas anthems, featuring tracks such as this one from Arbiter – head over to MetalMouth’s website for the full tracklisting and download links. http://metalmouth.net/2014/12/free-music-35-track-xmas-carol-djent-cover-compilation/


Trash Monroe – New singles collection

New CD set from the rising Essex glampunk rockers

Trash Monroe promo Nov 2013

If you catch Essex rockers Trash Monroe at one of their live events, you’ll be able to pick up their new singles boxset. Entitled ‘Addiction of Duplicities – The Complete Collection’, this set collects both parts of the ‘Addiction Of Duplicities’ duo, and two tracks which have only previously been available via audio stream online.

The ‘Addiction Of Duplicities, Part 1’ CD –
Stupid Again

The ‘Addiction Of Duplicities, Part 2’ CD –
Deja Vu
Sexy By Proxy

The Downloads –
Bleached Edges Of My Memory
Porno Pure

‘Addiction Of Duplicities, Part 1’ was previously reviewed upon its original release back in 2013, here https://thursdayaddams.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/trash-monroe-aodpart1-review/. If you didn’t pick it up first time around, or you’re a newcomer to their sound, then this is a worthwhile package; blending dramatic goth with fierce punk rock and giving it all a 80s glamrock edge, TM’s sound could appeal to a number of audiences, as they’ve proven on the live circuit across the UK. The tracks ‘Deja Vu’ and ‘Sexy By Proxy’ from the second single included, ‘Addiction Of Duplicities, Part 2’, are also available via Amazon, whilst the Benatar-esque ‘Bleached Edges Of My Memory’ (below) and incredibly catchy ‘Porno Pure’ (a definite highlight) can only currently be purchased on CD via this set.

Trash Monroe have a knack for writing catchy, anthemic tunes that you could imagine appearing on Guitar Hero or on your favourite rock station’s playlist, and it’s worth delving into their catalogue to check out older material you might have missed. Here’s hoping that it’s only a matter of time before Trash Monroe catch more rock press attention.

‘Addiction of Duplicities – The Complete Collection’ can be picked up at live gigs and via the band – get in touch via links below.

For fans of: Pat Benatar, The Pretty Reckless, Tool, Skunk Anansie, No Doubt


Sons of Guns – ‘Bad Blood’ EP

Dance beats with a punk rock history.

Sons Of Guns August 2012

1. Bad Blood
2. I Slept In The Car
3. Refugee (Grey Matter remix)
4. War Harps
5. Bad Blood (Zero Call remix)
6. Butcher – covered by ASHCAT2DANS

Mark Smith – keyboards/vocals
Rosie Allen – bass/vocals
Tom Flinders – drums

If you fancy a bit of electro-rock, then have a listen to the new EP from Hitchin-based rockers Sons of Guns. Featuring members with an extensive background in Herts’ punk rock scene, SOG are a catchy trio who are also responsible for putting on some well-received ‘Deadbeats’ clubnights in the area. Besides the title track, the EP also features two previously unreleased tracks, two remixes and a cover of their song ‘Butcher’ by ASHCAT2DANS.

Mixing bouncy beats, dashes of dub and catchy lyrics, the title track and the accompanying studio tracks are infectious and will stay with you, especially ‘I Slept In The Car’, the calmer of the three – some might recall that this track already has its own art video on YouTube. The track ‘I Was A Refugee’ (from the first SOG album, downloadable from their Bandcamp page) appears here in a remixed form; whilst it was originally the most chilled track on the album, here it’s been given a BPM boost and turned into a potential dancefloor filler. Zero Call’s remix of ‘Bad Blood’ strips away some of the vocals in favour of a robotic-like techno feel, and ASHCAT2DANS’ version of ‘Butcher’ gives the track a more raw, chaotic feel; imagine Mike Patton fronting a cyberpunk band for an idea of what to expect. You can download the entire EP for free, or for just £4 you can purchase a limited edition CD in handmade packaging, whilst stock lasts.

Sons of Guns Bad Blood EP

The video for Bad Blood (clown alert!):

The ‘Bad Blood’ EP is available from http://sonsofgunsmusic.bandcamp.com/ as a free download, or £4 for a limited edition CD.

For fans of: Hadouken, Enter Shikari, Chvrches


The Projectionist – ‘Now It’s Time To Carve The Pigs’ EP review

Vicious metal from Cambridgeshire

The Projectionist - Now It's Time To Carve The Pigs

1. Kreed Kafer
2. Hide From The Facts
3. Carve The Pigs
4. Now You Have Lost Them All

Leigh Gray – vocals
Chris Revitt – guitar
Adam Cooke – bass
Robert Miller – drums

Coming up from Cambridgeshire, intense quartet The Projectionist are preparing to release their second EP ‘Now It’s Time To Carve The Pigs’ and as the cover suggests, it’s a snarling beast of a CD. Sounding like a band who’ve mixed discordant punk, hardcore, grind and metal in a cement mixer and spat out the results in all directions, this is hyper, angry music, the sound of a band jumping on your desk, grabbing you by the throat and demanding your attention.
Right from the opener ‘Kreed Kafer’, The Projectionist immediately hit with relentless riffs and intense drumming, and do not let up for a second. There are no melodic passages or pseudo-surprise ‘clean’ choruses; this is a tight, finely-tuned attack from four competent musicians who seemly aren’t interested in bandwagons or conforming to a trend. Occasionally sounding like a heavier Refused meets Cancer Bats, this is ideal for fans of heavy, high-energy, uncompromising music, regardless of your favourite subgenre.
This is not casual background music. This is violence in aural form, and it comes highly recommended.

You can check out the track ‘Carve The Pigs’ ahead of the release on Soundcloud or Bandcamp:

The ‘Now It’s Time To Carve The Pigs’ EP will be released digitally and on CD via High On Pritstick Records, on 14th October, available from http://www.theprojectionist.bandcamp.com/. Their debut EP ‘Meat Parade’ can also be downloaded for free.

For fans of: Vision Of Disorder, Steak Number Eight, Refused, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Cancer Bats


Professor Elemental and co. dazzle Hitchin.


On Friday 14th June 2013, Gary Payne, G La Roche and those marvellous chaps at Club 85 put together a ‘Steampunk’ themed night, featuring the talents of chap-hop extraordinaire Professor Elemental, with support from two fine local acts: acoustic comedy dup Spandex Ballet, and genre-hopping trio Billy Skins 5th.

Professer Elemental ticketStage times

Below are some photo’s and videos from the evening. Much fun was had by all in attendance (an impressive crowd who got into the spirt of things) and all artists involved, with audience participation being just one of the highlights of the Prof’s set.

Billy Skins 5th performing ‘The Incorruptibles’ (features flashing lights and flashes of b-movie gore):

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Spandex Ballet performing ‘There, I Said It’:

Spandex Ballet

Professor Elemental performing ‘Splendid’, ‘I’m British, ‘Animal Magic’ and a clip of one other song, with assistance from the audience including a guest beatboxer:

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Not many acts can say they have their own comic!

Not many acts can say they have their own comic!

A great night enjoyed by all – well done to all those involved.

For more photo’s, please check out this (more professional-looking) album of shots taken by my friend Rebecca Press of Event Horizon Photography.