Review: Krysthla – A War of Souls and Desires

Strangely deciding to label themselves ‘intense heavy metal’, Northamptonshire’s Krysthla pack several fistfuls more of unadulterated brutality into their debut album than the Iron Maidens and Judas Priests of this world suggested by that tag. Drawing from the increasingly popular melting pot of metalcore, thrash and downtuned tech-metal, often lazily labelled simply as ‘modern metal’,…

Review: Dr Syntax & Pete Cannon – Elaborate Anoraks

Finding time to crank out two releases in as many months around his increasingly heavy schedule MCing at the front of the Mouse Outfit (last month’s The Evidence EP with Mouse Outfit’s Pitch being the other such release), the UK hip-hop underground’s own everyman icon Dr Syntax is firing on all cylinders these days. Elaborate…

Review: Halo Tora – Omni\One

The deeply atmospheric swathes of lush, reverb-drenched, distorted guitars and the reserved, twinkling keyboard tones of post rock make it a genre that one can completely lose oneself to, its often heartbreaking soundscapes drowning you in blissful harmony. Contrastingly, the more commercial ‘alternative’ rock sound carries anthemic, singalong tunes with crowd-baiting energy and beautifully pristine…