Finnish doom metal masters Swallow The Sun cemented their reputation at the pinnacle of their genre at London Underworld on May 6, 2019, supported ably by Oceans of Slumber and Aeonian Sorrow
Light The Torch’s joyous and triumphant performance at O2 Islington Academy2 is the mark of a band about to break through into the big time. Superb support came from Dishonour The Crown, Cerca Trova and The Sun Never Set.
Melodic death metal pioneers In Flames further cemented their reputation as a must-see live band with a triumphant performance at London’s Roundhouse, supported by Norma Jean and Light The Torch.
Tech-death royalty Obscura bring along genre-mates Fallujah, Allegaeon and First Fragment for a mind-blowing display of musicianship at London’s O2 Academy Islington.
On December 15th, attendees at London O2 Forum saw something special in Bury Tomorrow’s biggest headline show to date, along with their multinational metalcore support in 36 Crazyfists, Cane Hill and Crystal Lake.
The stellar all-melodeath lineup of Omnium Gatherum, Wolfheart and Nothgard put on an incredible show at London, UK’s The Dome, leaving the crowd in awe.
Sunless Dawn'sprogressive death metal début Timeweaver, out November 16 on Prime Collective, showcases some of the most original progressive metal released this year, yet inconsistencies hold the album back from being a classic
The all-Aussie progressive invasion of Caligula’s Horse, Circles and I Built The Sky put on an enjoyable show blending flawless technical skill and plenty of groove to a sold-out London audience at Boston Music Room.
Playing London’s RoundhouseCoheed and Cambria display their visionary songwriting powers, and assert their status as a must-see live rock band - with the exceptional Chon opening for them.
Out now via Century Media Records, Phronesis is Monuments at their best and is a must-buy for any fans of progressive metal.
Topping a live acoustic bill in Brighton, Jared Hart reinforces his reputation as an artist to always catch when he comes round on the live circuit, supported by Rocky Catanese, the particularly excellent Arms & Hearts and Harker.
Out September 28 on Napalm Records, Constellation Of The Black Light is Wolfheart’s strongest album to date, and contains the finest individual track they’ve ever written.
Omnium Gatherum’s The Burning Cold, out August 31 on Century Media Records, is melodic death metal at its leanest, hardest-hitting and most emotionally evocative, and deserves to make them one of melodeath’s household names.
In an evening of progressive metal in Brighton, The Contortionist and Palm Reader contrast in energy and musical style, but come together to put on a memorable show
Expect big things from Exocrine in the very near future; Molten Giant, out August 17th via Unique Leader Records, is a titan of an album.
Hitting Brighton, UK’s Patterns on June 30th, Psychostick put on a show worthwhile of their reputation built by online videos. Support came from local comedy grindcore act Scumbag College, and Magna Carta.
Black Flame (via Music For Nations) stays true to the sound that gave Bury Tomorrow their reputation, elevating everything they’ve done to date a notch or two resulting in a must-listen and potential album of the year.
Sixth album The Sin and Doom Vol. II from “Gorshippers” Impending Doom offers little to stand out as more than an average release in the broader deathcore genre.
With their second EP, Into the Dying of Time, Edmonton’s Valyria strike an ideal balance between the heaviness and groove of melodeath and the hooks of power metal to deliver a release with real promise.
Light This City’s first release in ten years provides some highlights, yet is not consistent enough to be a truly memorable album.