Threads by Sarah Harding (Review)

Review of Threads by Sarah Harding

Sarah Harding unveils her debut solo single Threads and becomes the final piece of the Girls Aloud solo jigsaw.  Now, every girl has released solo material, if any confirmation was needed, this probably puts the final nail in the Girls Aloud coffin.  Its a busy time for Sarah, appearing in Coronation Street, filming her video for threads, going on Masterchef, releasing an EP, telling the world how in love she is and then splitting days later.  It feels like Sarah is desperate to make her mark and create longevity for herself in the public eye.

But what about Threads? Is it any good?

Threads does stay true to Harding’s Girls Aloud heritage.  Despite Sarah herself saying its a bit “rock chick” it mainly plays true to her Girls Aloud early days.  A little bit edgy, very pop-y and full of sassiness.  If you liked Girls Aloud, you will love this.  Threads is a proper pop tune, not pretending to be complex music with sophisticated structures.  Not lacing dance backing or a complimentary rapper.  This is pure pop.

Sarah-Harding-Thread-Music-Video

Sarah-Harding-Thread-Music-Video

In the delivery, you can tell Harding can actually sing.  It does feel like the auto-tuner is a bit heavy in points though.  Don’t let that fool you, Sarah Harding delivers some great pop vocals with a good hook.

Threads has received a bit of a different reaction from the music press than her original recordings.  Rather than a-list on Radio 1, Threads got played on Radio 2, showing this is more likely to appeal to her previous fans than attract a new audience.  Despite Sarah Harding’s claims this is a gritty track, Threads, featured on her forthcoming EP, isn’t really that gritty at all.  It is however a good pop track and we look forward to hearing more from Sarah Harding in the coming weeks and months.

Well done Sarah.

In The Mix – She Can Get It by Sean 1 ft R Prophet (Remix)

In The Mix – She Can Get It by Sean 1 ft R Prophet (Remix)

R Prophet in Catfish

R Prophet in Catfish

In a spot of opportunism, good fortune or purely coincidence, Sean 1 takes advantage of R Prophet‘s Catfish appearance and releases this remix of his track She Can Get It.  The electro inspired track references the likes of MJ and features around Sean 1 letting a young lady have something (jokes).  Thankfully R Prophet‘s frightful Catfish doesn’t feature in any way.

What do you think?

Interview with Bella Figura

Exclusive Interview with Bella Figura

Bella Figura (meaning a good impression or fine appearance in Italian) is a truly impressive and memorable outfit. Their sound is that of an intensely soulful groove with enticing lyrics and alluringly deep soft vocals. When you have heard this band just once you won’t ever forget its sound. Bella Figura is very appealing and does not at all fade into the wallpaper. Poignant guitar riffs and rolling jazzy drum beats that will make you switch off from life, lay back your head and just get lost in its vibe and messages.

Music Eyz interview with Bella Figura

Music Eyz interview with Bella Figura

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Listening to this band reminds me of David Bazan’s Eating Paper http://youtu.be/MNw1Fj0NGsY which I absolutely love and return to quite frequently. At times I’m reminded of the rhythm and blues of the Jimi Hendrix sound. If you throw on Red Light you may hear similarities to Foxy Lady with that psychedelic groove. The Bella Figura sound is more than cool. It’s infectious.

This band is head turning.

This band stands out and is ever so richly unique.

Like a great movie that stays on your mind for some time afterwards so too does the sound of Bella Figura.

I

Want

To

See

These

Guys

LIVE

I’ll just have to make do with a chat on the phone. For now.

Bella Figura are:

Justin Gartry (guitar and main vocals)

Mikey Cooper (bass and vocals)

Jack Morford (drums) but was Rhys Maslen (drums and vocals) at time of phone chat.

Current EP: Never Learn 17th April.

Here are some questions answered by Justin Gartry 

Bring me up to back when. Back when you guys met. What did you get up to beforehand?

We all met studying music production. The guys and I all have a broad interest in music, and we all play a few different instruments (in all kinds of styles)… Our bassist, Mikey is in fact a classically trained viola player, but also plays harmonica, banjo, and the bazouki. Rhys, our drummer, is pianist and a singer/songwriter in his own right. Before meeting the guys, I played in a few different bands here and there, on drums for Elephant (Memphis Industries) and did a bit of songwriting and acoustic accompaniment for other musicians too. I currently still play bass for Dark Moon, and in my original band The Joker & The Thief (Active 2009-2013) I played the guitar and kick drum (at the same time!).

Bella Figura. What a name :) How did you come up with that one?

The story goes like this: I was at a small house-party in Archway, North London, and things were winding down (as the sun was coming up). I got chatting to a friend of a friend who I hadn’t met yet that evening. We were both a little worse-for-ware, as you can imagine, however we managed to have a very pleasant, interesting, and civilized conversation… He then described the conversation as being “Bella Figura”… BOOOM! I hadn’t heard the phrase before, but I really liked it and it stuck with me… A month or two later, when the band started, we were thinking of a name and we went for it! The philosophy is a good one. We use it on many levels as a band, whether it’s about our look or about our music. Ironically we can get a little scruffy in our attire, but it still works. Apparently in Italy if someone drops a plate everyone shouts “Bella Figura!!”. At the heart of the phrase, moving away from the literal “beautiful figure” (also ironic!) it’s taken to mean “be respectful” to yourself and the people around you… But also, it sounds cool.

The lyrics can cut close to the bone. I love them. They’re very honest with no ambiguity in your messages whatsoever even when you’re questioning yourself, it’s very clear to the listener what it is that you’re questioning. An experienced soul right there. A bit of a thinking woman’s crumpet :)

So, how do you work mostly because your lyrics play a massive role in your tracks as do the vocals? Lyrics come before the sound mostly or the other way round?

It can totally work either way round… Sometimes I worry the lyrics are too ambiguous! So that’s a relief. But I think the direct nature of the lyrics come from my lack of ability to write very many words, so it naturally stays short and to the point, allowing more space/time for an extended guitar solo.

Let’s get to these gorgeous vocals. In the case of Bella Figura they definitely make up the 4th instrument of the sound. I had seen the Somebody New vid a while back and the vocals struck me. When I put on Never Learn from your new EP I dropped what I was doing and at the 28 second mark I believe I went, “Hawwwwwww yyyyeahhh” :) I actually went back to the start again :) Do you get a lot of that kind of reaction from the crowds at gigs particularly from the ladies? :)

It’s hard to tell whether the crowds are really feeling “the voice”, during the gigs, as most people tend to just stand and stare (which at least is better than chatting away) but I do get complimented on the lower tone… Usually from the ladies, yes.

When you switch off from work, what do you like to listen to?

Oooooooh, where do I start?! A couple of things have really grabbed me in the last few months, things like: The War On Drugs, The Barr Brothers, Future Islands, and even the new Ben Howard album… Older favourites (without going too far back into the roots) are The National, Band Of Skulls and Band Of Horses.

Gigs. I see you have been grafting away on the gigging front. You kick started 2015 playing the Bike Shed Theatre in Devon, followed by the Proud Camden then The Barfly followed by Under the Bridge. The EP launch night is 17th April at the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. What’ya got going on between now and then?

We’re playing a lot less than last year, which is nice. We really stormed the circuit playing anywhere and everywhere, but now we’re making each gig really count, so we’re not planning anything until the launch on April 17th , apart from the music video release, and other bits of promo for the EP release (same date as the gig).

Any festivals to play at in mind this year?

I’m booked in to do a solo acoustic show (which is a rare treat for any fans) over at 2000-Trees this year, then for full band stuff, we’ve got The Great Escape, Standon Calling and Wilderness. I’ve been working at Larmer Tree for a few years now, so we might make a cheeky appearance there, fingers crossed.

Any gigs/festivals you’ve got your eye on to attend this year just as a punter?

Gotta find a way into Glasto’… Usually do! I was building brightly coloured windmills in the Kidz Field last year, and before that I was a fire-marshall at the Strummerville Campfire, and before that The Joker & The Thief had a slot! Hopefully Bella Figura will be on the bill one day.

And finally, do you think you’ll ever learn? :)

Nope… Never.

In The Mix – Into the Night by MDNight (Grant Nelson Rugged Mix)

In The Mix – Into the Night by MDNight (Grant Nelson Rugged Mix)

MDNGHT

MDNGHT

The latest in the In The Mix section is this great house number Into The Night by MDNIGHT remixed to get us in to the summer Ibiza mood by Grant Nelson. Out on 7th August and back by Radio 1‘s Huw Stephens, this has a big sound that gets your right in the mood, what do you think?

Zombie Barbie by Levitika (Review)

Review of Zombie Barbie by Levitika

These days in music it’s hard to get that sought after ‘edge’ just right. It’s hard to be out there without making the world feel like we’ve seen it all before. Not to mention that every time an artist emerges who is outside that box they’re met with the Marmite effect. Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj – people known for strange videos and outrages outfits, people we love to love and love to hate even more. In the alternative world it’s a little harder to have the ‘out there’ effect on your audience when it’s a genre where strangeness is kind of a given. Happily that still doesn’t stop pleasant little surprises popping through every now and then.

Zombie Barbie by Levitika

Zombie Barbie by Levitika

Hailing from the land down under, Aussie born singer Levitika has been oozing strange all over the internet for the last few years, kicking things up a notch in 2015. Things began with ‘Black Rain’, a free download Levitika offered up a few months ago, a harrowing and edgy little number which was a preview of things to come.

Now let loose with all of her creative juices, Levitika has unleashed her latest and most entrancing single ‘Zombie Barbie’. The video is a mash of weird and wonderful make up and costumes, fitting the hard hitting and often haunting sound of the track perfectly. There’s an edge to this rock/electronic mix which is reminiscent of Porcelain & the Tramps (now known as Porcelain Black) in her early Myspace days with a ‘fuck you’ attitude and ‘take no shit’ lyrics. Powerful vocals and punching riffs make this well produced track a true testament to what this Aussie bad ass is capable of.

If music like this is Levitika’s opening act, I really can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

You can help her out on this journey by supporting her latest Kickstarter project here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/322715780/levitika-glamour-meets-grim

Zombie Barbie’ is OUT NOW and available for download:

https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/zombie-barbie-single/id997432192

Review by Hev Bailey

Top 14 Female MCs – The Ones to Watch

Top 14 Female MCs – The Ones To Watch

Female MC's Ones To Watch

Female MC’s Ones To Watch

The urban music scene feels like its on the rise again.  After a low few years the US, its kicking in again and embracing and developing the genre.  The trap and in particular the grime scene is exploding both here and overseas with the likes of Skepta and JME getting shout outs from Drake and Kanye.  And as some of our recent international reviews have shown, Africa is outputting some great urban music.  However most of this seems to be focussed on the male gender.  So to address the balance we take a look at the Top 14 female MCs that you need to look out for.  Forget Nicki Minaj and forget Queen Latifah these girls are fire.

Jean Grae

Jean Grae was born in South Africa but is a Brooklyn native.  She first hit the scene in 1996 as part of duo Ground Zero which saw her honoured by none other than Source Magazine. She produced a number or albums up until 2008 and then took a break.  She came back on the scene in 2013 with Dust Ruffle and has a number of projects in progress at the moment.  She has maintained her underground roots whilst developing a dedicated international fan base.  So not a new one, but definitely one we should all be listening too.
Jean Grae

Jean Grae

Ms Dynamite

In a similar vein to Jean Grae, Ms Dynamite is far from a new artist and most will probably wonder what the hell she is doing on this list at all.  The much coveted artists has Mercury Music Prize, MOBOs and Brit Awards to her name.  Whilst most people know Ms Dynamite for her monster  2002 hit Dy-na-mi-tee she first came to prominence for her lyrics on UK Garage track Booo!
She has had a few extended breaks but snapped back on the scene with her part in the massive DJ Fresh track Dibby Dibby Sound which was released in 2014.  It may be a risk putting Ms Dynamite on the list, but due to her recent live appearances and rumours of new material, Ms Dynamite earns her place amongst the Top Female MCs to Watch.
Ms Dynamite

Ms Dynamite

Aina More

Our second MC originating from Africa, however Aina More moved to the UK as opposed to the US.  Aina More is award winning and has a brilliant blend of delivery from her native African sound, through to the very digestible balance of a UK flavour.   Aina is actively working on and releasing new music.  In April she released her new EP For People With Short Attention Spans.  The EP was so well received she is receiving plaudits aplenty and comparisons are regularly made between her and Lauryn Hill.

Dej Loaf

Originating from Detroit, Dej Loaf shows that the current Hip Hop legacy is not solely there for the male rappers.  Starting out in 2011, Dej Loaf has delivered two mixtapes and a single in the shape of Try Me that achieved chart success in the US.  She has also appeared on Eminem’s compilation back in 2014.
Dej Loaf raps with much vigour and has a delivery that could cut deep.  She has a great flow and is a definite contender to take the female rap genre forward. This is backed by her acclaim from XXL Magazine.

Lady Leshurr

Brummy Lady Leshurr is one of the relative new kids on the block.  She did however emerge in 2012 when she rapped the lyrics to Orbital’s Wonky.  She has a series of mixtapes to her name as well as guest appearances on other people’s material.  Whilst this may be a surprise entry in to our Ones To Watch, Lady Leshurr possesses a huge amount of talent.  The influence of her parents and their love of reggae is abundant and her raw down to earth style is to be applauded. Still only 25, we believe Leshurr has a great opportunity to break through.
Lady Leshurr

Lady Leshurr

Shystie

Shystie has been on the scene for a while.  Born in the Caribbean and raised in Hackney, the girl has had a strong character forming upbringing.  She first burst on to the scene way back in 2003 with her response to Dizzee Rascal‘s I Luv U.  A bit like Childish Gambino, Shystie combines acting with rapping.  A variety of acting roles have made it in to her portfolio but perhaps the biggest is her role in Adulthood.
The big names rate Shystie almost as much as we do, as the enigmatic character not only modelled at NY Fashion Week but she has supported Kendrick Lamar and performed on material with Azealia Banks.  What’s next? We don’t know, but keep watching.
Shystie

Shystie

Lady Lykez

Lady Lykez has been on the scene for a while.  The Londoner is hardly a shrinking violet with it.  Back in 2013 she released I Love My Butt which hardly did much to break the stereotype for women in hip hop, but you know what lyrically she is strong.  Despite an ill-judged appearance on BBC3 flop scripted reality show South Side Story, Lady Lykez emerged with some credibility.  Not so long ago she also showed she is happy to mix it with the big boys.  Her diss track Nobody Can took aim at male counterparts Sneakbo, Chip, Wretch 32, Bashey, Wiley, Ghetts and more.  She also had a pop at Krept & Konan, she knows that she is lyrically as strong as all those guys.
With rumours of new material on the way, Lady Lykez has the opportunity to prove what she is made of.

Tink

Tink is a proper MC.  She makes no apologies for the fact she is female and wants to be judged in the same way as her male contemporaries.  She has been releasing mixtapes since back in 2015, but has now hit the big time thanks to hooking up with legendary producer Timbaland.  The production on her latest material Ratchet Commandments and Million is first class and the way she spits her rhymes is reminiscent of Da Brat.  She is hard edged whilst musical in her outlook, definite contender for females MC of 2015 and I can’t wait for her debut album.

Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks aka Miss Bank$ was active on the scene from her teenage years.  Harlem born Azealia was snapped up by XL at the age of 17 by XL after releasing music on MySpace to get her name out there.  Best known for her single 212 Azealia Banks has been named NME’s Cool List in 2011 and also in the Sound of 2012.  Despite all that, Banks hasn’t really followed her initial hype.  Unsure whether she is going commercial or staying true to her underground roots she is at a crossroads.  So much so that she is making her acting debut in RZA directed film Coco.  The film will be heavily laden in music and this will hopefully bump her in to prominence again.  Her undoubted rhyming skills are a key reason why she is still in our ones to watch.  2016 will be big for Azealia Banks.
Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks

Angel Haze

Unlike some of the others on the list, Angel Haze has a massive back story.  The Michigan born rapper is a well documented victim of rape and is also known to have suffered from domestic violence.  This brought about her families move to Brooklyn.  Her track Cleanin Out My Closet, which borrows the beat from Eminem is a musical spurge of all of this emotion and hurt.
Sadly the sales of her 2013 album hardly matched the hype.  But regardless of this the face of boohoo‘s US advertising campaign and guest presenter on Catfish, is an amazing rapper.  She genuinely deserves the positive attention and to make it big with her gritty music.
Angel Haze

Angel Haze

Sasha Go Hard

Chicago born Sasha Go Hard (or Yaneisha Franklin) has been writing lyrics since the age of 12.  Although she hasn’t quite broke through yet, she has released seven mixtapes since 2011.  Nutty World 2 was released in April 2015 and finally got Sasha some attention.  She states Lauryn Hill and Nicki Minaj as influences and these can be sensed in her recordings.  Sasha Go Hard has managed to mix credible rhymes with a commercial edge, its only a matter of time until she makes the breakthrough.

Nyemiah Supreme

Timbaland also lends his hand to helping Nyemiah Supreme break through.  Again not new to the scene, but she is currently making waves.  There Can Be More Than 1 is getting heat from MTV Rap Fix and Fuse among others.  She does have great lyrical ability but possesses a good mainstream edge.  Add to that the fact the girl can dance and its all looking good for Nyemiah.

Tiffany Foxx

St Louis is hardly known as a hotbed of Hip Hop, but Tiffany Foxx is aiming to put it on the hip hop map.  Getting her first breakthrough on Snoop’s compilation album and now signed to Lil Kim‘s label, Foxx has released several mixtapes and is set to appear on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop.  Watch this space as rumours of a debut album gather momentum.
Tiffany Foxx

Tiffany Foxx

What do you think to our list? Do you love it, hate it, agree or disagree?  Anybody missing? Let us know.

Women in Music – An Inconvenient Truth

Women In Music – An Inconvenient Truth

Now before I begin, I must stress that I am not a feminist. I repeat, NOT a feminist. I have no agenda, no axe to grind, I don’t have trouble in life being a woman, I rather enjoy it and I don’t think that I am treated lesser for being one. I am simply not or never have been, a feminist. Right, now that the pre-amble is out of the way, we can crack on….. …..There are simply not enough women in the music industry. Ouch!

Women in Music

Women in Music

Let me quantify that statement with my own observations as someone on the inside and with some hard truths. The music industry is still, and always has been, a very male dominated place to be. The people behind the scenes that keep this juggernaut moving, the producers, engineers, magazine writers, radio programmers, techs and riggers, labels, pluggers, bookers, you name it, you are more likely to run into a man than you are a woman. That is a fact. Which is absolutely fine, there will always be professions which have a larger head count with a particular gender. But what about the “talent”, the ones on the stage and filling the magazines? That surely should not have any bearing whether you are a woman or a man? Surely? If you take a moment to think about solo artists who are hot at the moment, I would wager 10p that you could name 3 male stars very easily and then require a bit more thought for the females. There is no trick here or smoke and mirrors, there are simply more men in the premium seats than there are women. And this is not a recent thing, it stems back years, dare I say generations.

And in 2015, as an intelligent and increasingly accepting society, we need to ask ourselves why ??? The quick and dirty answer is that female performers are not as popular as male performers, and there is a truth to this and industry figures would back that up. This could be a reason why women are not shown the helm by the major labels as they represent a larger risk to their investment – Basic economics. But seeing as the largest grossing artist of today and the biggest selling artist of the millennium are both women (Taylor Swift and Adele btw), this argument only holds a certain amount of water, it is not a one rule fits all, there must be other reasons. Let us look at the perception of women on the big stage.

Whether it be Jessie J, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Swifty there is a running constant.  They are very attractive ladies, most of them strut around the stage dancing and belting out big vocals. They are the poster girls, magazine fronts and lifestyle mag wannabes. But are they being judged on their musical acumen or do they fit the mould that society believes a top female should fill??

Taylor Swift at The Grammys

Taylor Swift at The Grammys

I would certainly say the latter – In that respect I would say that the men certainly have a distinct advantage. Of course you have the pretty boys you also have the rough and ready – Dare I say the more disheveled, the more the allure. We don’t judge the men in the same way, we listen to their songs, we listen to music, we appreciate what our ears are telling us and we admire them for this. They could turn up in a paint splattered pair of jeans, a shirt from Primark and not have shaved for 3 months and we would not care one jot.

Put a female in these shoes and it is a very different playing field.  Most of us would not give a monkeys how much the music got to us, just as long as it is served up to our liking. Jessica Cornish may have written most of the songs on her albums, but unless she is looking flawless in designer outfits, with a team of top stylists behind her, jumping around the stage as Jessie J it really does not matter to us. This is the criteria that she is rated on. This begs a very serious question – Do we perceive and treat male and female musicians differently? Do we revere the men for their musical abilities, but we don’t have the same engagement with women? I hate to say it folks, but is there equality in music?

Lorde

Lorde

It is a very contentious topic as the female talent is clearly there. If you scrape through the top layers you will find exceptional female talent such as Laura Marling, Gabriella Aplin, Lorde and a whole raft of others, but they are not at the very pinnacle. They have all the attributes of their male counterparts, but never can jump that final step. What is holding them back…..Or more accurately, why are we not propelling them into the stratosphere? I believe the answer lies within us all. When Sheeran rocked up, every man and his dog reached for an acoustic guitar and a loop pedal. He was one of us, a normal bloke who made it good. He can sell out Wembley 3 times over but everyone with a guitar believes that they could be Ed Sheeran and we like that. We want to have a connection with our male stars, that they came from the hood, or they busked on the underground, or they worked on a building site, we lap that up, it is what we crave, give it to us in droves, we love it.

When Adele arrived, everyone looked on in awe, here was a big girl with big songs, they felt the pain, they were swept away by her voice, but it didn’t spawn a million ballad writers. Because we don’t want our female stars to be one of us, we want them to be superwomen who we dream of being like, but we know we will never be. We want them to be magnificent, untouchable, all conquering and impossible to imitate, if we accept that they are mere flesh and bone like us, their light dims and a part of us dies with it. Succinctly put, male stars inspire, female stars we admire. And that is the way we like it.

But then there is the REALLY inconvenient truth, the thing that never gets spoken and certainly never gets the attention it deserve. The reason why there are not more females in higher echelons is because there are simply not enough of us out there. The numbers do not lie. Of the acts currently registered with PRS, less than 10% of them are solo females. However you look at it this means that they are outnumbered 9 to 1 over males and bands. With odds like this is it any wonder why we don’t have more at the top. Let alone those trying to negotiate the minefield trying to make their way there. The odds of success are simply not in our favour.

There are groups such as the PRS Foundation who are trying the redress this, offering funding to female musicians to help them along their way. And there are many other groups too offering support, promotion and a guiding hand. But these are nothing if the intake is not there. In the same way that 1 in 10 musicians out there doing their thing is a solo female, 7 out of 10 who apply to the X-Factor are as well.

It is very hard to bring about change when the next generation believe that this is where the escalator begins. To start the wheels of change there needs to be seismic shift in the perception of females in the industry. Until there is a greater appreciation of song-writing, instrument playing, managing your own career and carving your own path, moving away from the traditions of stardom that state that you need to be gorgeous bombshell with an 8 octave range, then nothing is ever going to change. But what are the chances of that happening? I think I will hold onto my 10p for now.

By Nina Baker

In The Mix – We Broke The Sky by Alexa Goddard (Yungen Remix)

In The Mix – We Broke The Sky by Alexa Goddard (Yungen Remix)

Alexa Goddard We Broke The Sky

Alexa Goddard We Broke The Sky

We have been following Alexa Goddard for a while now.  The UK artist, possibly one of the hardest working in the business, is a new signee to RocNation.  Have a listen to the Yungen remix of new single We Broke The Sky.

A Last Will by Darktribe (Review)

Review of A Last Will by Darktribe

Forming in 2009, Darktibe have taken their metal edge and melodic song writing and slowly but surely climbed their way in to adoration and success in this dark world of ours. Their first EP ‘Dark Defender’ gained them instant recognition and interest from music peers and their debut album ‘Mysticeti Victoria’ (which followed in 2012) enabled them to tour with the likes of Girlschool, Killers, Nightmare and many more incredible international metal acts.

A Last Will by Darktribe

A Last Will by Darktribe

This year they’re back and waiting to unleash their next album ‘The Modern Age’ on the world (mixed and mastered by the man behind many of Primal Fear’s infamous sounds – Jacob Hansen), hoping that their classic metal vibes will bring them even more success and recognition than their previous endeavours.

Our first taste of this promise comes in the form of single ‘A Last Will’. This track is the perfect example of the evolution of metal over the last 15 years, encompassing many sounds from different corners of hardcore such as classic Iron Maiden, Pantera and even a little whisper of HIM – the more melodic side of metal. The song is a melting pot of piercing riffs and climaxing choruses, a true testament to the statement that metal is more alive and well than ever.

Having made a name for themselves through touring relentlessly and building their strengths on being a powerful live act, it’s intriguing to think how they will transfer this honest and, as the band puts it, ‘more personal’ album to the stage. Hopefully we won’t have too long to wait.

For more information and to listen to the single ‘A Last Will’, head over to the band’s website at: http://darktribe.fr/

The album The Modern Age’ will be available starting from July 21st on Scarlet Records.

Review by Hev Bailey

In The Mix – Freak of the Week by Krept & Konan (Maverick Sabre Cover)

In The Mix – Freak of the Week by Krept & Konan (Maverick Sabre Cover)

Maverick Sabre Live Lounge

Maverick Sabre Live Lounge

We love Freak of the Week by Krept & Konan so its no surprise we shout out to all the different treatments of the track.  We also love Maverick Sabre and the boy has been missed.  Love this cover version that Maverick Sabre did in BBC’s Live Lounge.  What do you think?