After the Fall - Unkind
Being their fourth full length overall and their first as a four piece, melodic hardcore punks After the Fall come fast and hard with this barnstormer. Featuring melodically charged choruses, raw yelled vocals and the odd shift in tempo, this is an album that will certainly keep the fires raging in productivity.
Alcoa - Bone & Marrow
The debut full length from Defeater’s Derek Archambault is certainly an enjoyable record to pass the time. The soft bluesy and folky feel that swarms your ears has a serene and calming effect.
Coheed and Cambria - The Afterman: Descension
Although I would regard this as the weaker of the two parts, Descension continues the prog rock titans’ return to form. Despite the odd cheesy moments, the musicianship is firm and strong and the softer parts are tight and so rightly woven.
Foals - Holy Fire
These indie post punks return with a record that continues down the path of a calming landmine. Unusual percussion segments, ambient tones and a flattering softness makes you have admiration for the band. Sure it’s slow to engage at first with but it becomes more marvellous on repeated listens.
My Bloody Valentine - m b v
It’s been over twenty years since their last album Loveless, and almost fifteen since they were last active but the shoegaze giants return. Sure m b v isn’t ground breaking but it does deliver in every distorted dream filled sound and indecipherable wording.
Pissed Jeans - Honeys
It’s filthy; it’s noisy; and above all they sound blind stinking pissed. Pissed Jeans were definitely born from the tombs of 90’s noise rock as they deliver a solid offering of raw sounding garage punk. This is the first Pissed Jeans album that I’ve ever listened to, and I can tell you that I want more.
This Is Hell - The Enforcer
This Is Hell finally complete their transformation from a hardcore band to a full fledged thrash metal machine. Providing a taster for their upcoming fifth full length, the band deliver a tightly produced and all rounded suckerpunch to the teeth. Featuring a cover of Whiplash by Metallica, This Is Hell are primed and ready for their next step.
After the Fall - Unkind
This was a great show with a great line up including Paint It Black, Blacklisted, This Is Hell, Off with Their Heads and Hammers.
If you look carefully you’ll be able to spot me in the video. I was the guy in the hat (yes I went through a hat phase) and The Ghost of a Thousand t-shirt.
From time to time, you thank yourself for small blessings. After partying hard on Friday night, some of Team Already Heard were feeling, let’s say, a little worse for wear on Saturday morning.
It’s a shame when a young band with the potential to cause a hurricane amongst the masses begins to dissipate; Crocus play their last ever set with as much passion and emotion that they can muster. The screamo quartet have an admirable energy that succeeds in driving a stake into the eye sockets of the partially large number who are present here this morning. Even though only a couple of die-hard fans budge at the sight of them, the best the band can achieve in this last performance is a reaction that is a respectful hybrid of curiosity. (AL)
Rising Lincoln hardcore quintet Martyr Defiled are the type of band Hevy Fest was made; fast, pummelling drums, screamo vocals, the occasional breakdown and shitloads of hardcore dancing. Admittedly they’re not for everyone’s taste but they certainly know how to make their mark. (SR)
Punching the wall between the stage and the audience, Feed the Rhino embrace their guests with absolute swagger and mayhem that a lot of bands can only dream of. Crunchy meaty riffs are served with a loud yell from frontman Lee Tobin who throughout the duration of their set commands the crowd to wake up and start moving. A wall of death and many bruises later, all those attending have been greedily satisfied with this lunchtime meal of rock ‘n roll hardcore noise. (AL)
Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.
Part two of our review at Hevy Festival. Check it out!
Wish I wasn’t an emotional wreck.
Such a great record. Blacklisted need to come out of hiding and tour again soon! They were pretty sick when I saw them with Paint It Black, This Is Hell, and Off with Their Heads. Now that’s a killer line up.
Followers, what are your Top 5 Albums of 2011?
I might make my Top 20 list soon but there are a chuck load of albums I have yet to listen to, including albums from: La Dispute, Thrice, Chuck Ragan, &U&I, Maybeshewill, Trapped Under Ice, Great Cynics, Nothington, All Pigs Must Die, Young Legionnaire, Pianos Become the Teeth, Dead to Me, Banner Pilot, This Is Hell, Living with Lions, Three Trapped Tigers, PJ Harvey, Pettybone, TRC, Four Year Strong, Set Your Goals, Star Fucking Hipsters, Naysayer, Kevin Devine, The Horrible Crowes, and Mariachi El Bronx.