To say Light Bearer have lofty ambitions fortheir second full-length, Silver Tongue, would be an understatement of the most grievous proportions. Imagine a bookshelf; the bookends are resplendent; 24-carat gold, glittering diamonds, ornate curlicues, all that jazz. However sparkling these bookends are though, the only things between them are Frankie Boyle’s autobiography, a copy of Catcher In The Rye, and A Guide to Repairing Your 1984 Ford Escort.
Where is Ollie Connors going in his review of Silver Tongue, the new record from Light Bearer? Well, you’re just going to have to read it to find out.
If we had to describe Tom Doyle, we probably would come up with a better description of him than “the fastest phone user in the world”. But he was quick enough to snag a ticket for Paramore’s super-exclusive sold-out-in-seconds micro-show at the Highbury Garage, where the band (who let’s be honest, normally play to thousands) showcased their 2013 material – and some old classics – to a crowd of less than 600 people.
Six Things we learned when we saw Paramore play the Highbury Garage…
The problem is that the songs mostly just blend into one another. The opening three minutes see three songs that really just don’t sound different enough to warrant having separate song titles. ‘God’s Cold Hands’ is the first track that does, but it still begins in the same way as opening track, ‘In Exodus’. The two longer songs, ‘Wide Open Wound’ (3m37s) and ‘Suum Cique’ (5m22s) enjoy having a little bit of extra time to breathe, slowing down and allowing the chugging riffs to really resonate rather than explode at breakneck speed. Here, the music seems to be a vehicle for the song rather than a getaway car to the end of the album.
Uh-oh. Doesn’t sound like Raziq Rauf rates Abandon All Life by Nails at all. Check out his full review here.
From: London via all over the place, UK
Lazy equation: (Invasion – the brevity) x (Turbowolf – the conspiracy theories)
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Thrash Hits verdict: A few years ago we covered a band called Invasion , right here in our Future Hits column. We said a lot of positive things about them and their album, but they went and split up. Ho hum. No biggie. Life goes on. Then we got word that two of the former members of Invasion had reunited to form Vodun, mixing that otherworldly-mystic vibe that Invasion had with a thicker, crunchier line in riffs. Yes, that does sound rather great, doesn’t it? Seeing as from today the band are giving away their superb Eat Up The Sun EP as a free download from their official Bandcamp page, we figured now was the perfect time to level our Future Hits interrogation
The band’s third album sounds exactly like every Deez Nuts release to date. For the (fortunately) uninitiated, this amounts to bog-standard generic hardcore - punk beat, breakdown, gang vocals yadda yadda, you get the drill. This is combined with front man JJ Peter’s dire MC style vocals, conveying a plastic gangster full of macho bullshit (and not to forget a big old dollop of sexism and homophobia. The bland and unimaginative musicality on offer could almost be forgiven however what gets tiresome awfully fast is the constant talk of “bitches”, “not giving a fuck” and “getting fucked up”.
So there’s a new Deez Nuts album. Oh. Hmm. Okay. Take it away, Gavin Lloyd.
We’re at the mercy of modern technology for this episode of the Thrash Hits Podcast - Raz has decamped to the USA for a few weeks for SXSW and some California sunshine, leaving the rest of us here in miserable old England. With possibly the dodgiest Skype connection imaginable, Hugh and Raz discuss how SXSW has changed over the years, as well as speculating on how two very different kinds of hype affect bands - that currently being felt by Ghost (or Ghost BC, if you’re an American) and the kind that surrounds Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats.
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