Come Together, Right Now: The 5 Best Music Festivals of 2017

From chilled vibes to lively crowds and seemingly endless nights, festivals embody – for so many of us – the pinnacle of summertime fun; not only are you leaving the house and interacting to normal human beings, but you also have the opportunity to gorge your ears on as many awesome bands as you like….

Review: Hallatar – No Stars Upon the Bridge

No Stars Upon the Bridge is a memorial; a tribute by Swallow the Sun guitarist Juha Raivio to his late partner and bandmate in Trees of Eternity, vocalist Aleah Stanbridge, who tragically passed away in April 2016 from cancer, aged just 39. Written over the course of a week around a month after Aleah’s death,…

Review: Hiva Oa – mk2 (part 1)

From the very start of the churning, simplistic synth loop of ‘A Great Height’, Hiva Oa’s influences are quite clear. Though on this track the vocal element of this Irish duo’s music takes a turn vaguely in the direction Tool’s Maynard Keenan, what is most readily detectable throughout new EP mk 2 (part 1) is…

Review: A Dead Forest Index – All That Drifts from Summit Down

Using only a very minimal palette of sounds, brothers Adam and Sam Sherry – who make up the entirety of A Dead Forest Index – manage to create a vast, perfectly orchestrated expanse of sound. Employing mostly only simple motifs on guitar, piano and drums, with Adam’s androgynous voice laid gently over the top, much…

Review: Shirlette Ammons – Language Barrier

Many of the best albums around are rife with contrast. Variety may be the spice of life, but a journey through light and dark; soft and loud; genre A and subgenre X can certainly add a great deal of flavour to a collection of songs too. Language Barrier is a strong example, but the contrasts…

Review: Total Unicorn – Relaxation Tape

Beginning with the incongruous mix of haunting, synthetic choir vocals and a robotic voice stating ‘total relaxation’, Total Unicorn set the weird-bar pretty high from the very onset of Relaxation Tape. However, this confusing opening very quickly gives way to something more straightforward: a head-bobbing, faintly glitched-out dance beat. Heavy on the kick drum and…

Q&A: White Reaper

We Are Unseen caught up with Kentucky rockers White Reaper on their August/September UK tour! How did White Reaper come into existence? We’d all been friends for a really long time, and we played in a bunch of bands together since we were about 14, finally we ended up making a band that we decided…

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…

Review: Health – Death Magic

Combining the melodic sensibilities of the new romantic 80s synthpop movement with a harsh, industrial edge and an underlying, unavoidable darkness, listening to the third album from LA’s noise rock standard-bearers Health is something akin to being at a cybergoth disco where everyone is raving to the beat whilst somehow maintaining a thoroughly dejected aura…

Review: Cusses – Here Comes the Rat EP

Despite the obvious and unfortunate gender imbalance throughout the world of rock’n’roll, hard rocking has never really been exclusively a male pursuit to those willing to look beyond the mainstream, and with bands like Marmozets and Rolo Tomassi leading female-fronted heaviness into a new era of popularity, now is the perfect time for bands like…