The Ghost Of A Thousand: ‘Knees, Toes, Teeth’

Hailing from punk rock hotbed, err, Brighton, TGOAT don’t let their hometown’s lack of gritty intensity hinder them. They’re angry young men, presumably about all the party conferences going on in their neck of the woods, but you can’t really make out the words anyway. They realise their simmering angst in a catchy fashion thatContinue reading “The Ghost Of A Thousand: ‘Knees, Toes, Teeth’”

Converge – Axe to Fall

Epitaph (2009) Massachusetts-based Converge offer a convincing case for best metal band of the decade. Consistently brutal, intense, intelligent and aesthetically astute, they effectively put a lid on the 90s noisecore subgenre with their epoch-defining Jane Doe, in 2001. Essentially a concept album about a relationship gone horribly wrong, it was followed up three yearsContinue reading “Converge – Axe to Fall”

Cold Cave: ‘Death Comes Close’

Cold Cave follow their acclaimed recent album with an EP for Matador. Main tune, and album cut, ‘Love Comes Close’ comes close to being really good. But there’s something missing. Our man Wes Eisold used to be in screamy hardcore band Give Up The Ghost. Really good, it was. But times change, and Wes isContinue reading “Cold Cave: ‘Death Comes Close’”

Lightning Bolt – Earthly Delights

Load Records (2009) Lighting Bolt are a tough one to review. They have always been off in a world of their own. It’s a world of sky-riding, wonderful rainbows and hyper-magic mountains. A world where cover artwork is rendered lovingly, and innocently, to brilliantly detailed effect. Seriously, their sleeve art is clearly the portfolio ofContinue reading “Lightning Bolt – Earthly Delights”