These days, everything is at our fingertips and we take so much for granted. New music is available to listen to instantly online, the latest metal feud or band break-up is Facebook fodder within seconds of a story breaking. If, like me, you were around in an era before such instant gratification was available, you’ll remember the simple joys of trudging down to the newsagent to purchase the latest rock periodical, checking to see if your favourite band were still together and beholding the splendour of (drumroll please…) the covermount CD! Or cassette… depending on your age of course!
Yep, back in those days that was how we decided what album to buy next, what new band to check out live next… and it’s in that holy tradition that TBFM Magazine brings you “Breaking Bands Vol 1” free with the September issue! If you haven’t had the pleasure yet, here’s what you can expect…
Kicking it all off we have Londoners Section Nineteen with their track “Slunt”. A ridiculously catchy slab of sleaze rock, with a touch of punk about the vocals. Perfect to get the party started.
Following that we have Go Primitive’s contribution, “Velociraptor”. For fans of classic, modern, hard rock in the vein of Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro, this track combines faster verses with a swinging, infectious chorus.
Coming from the Midlands, I’m already a fan of Martyr De Mona, and after hearing “Influence & Persuasion” you will be too. Their brand of rock with a touch of grunge has been packing venues in the heart of the country and this track, with its superb vocals and subtle (but spine-tingling) guitar tone in the underlying riff of the chorus, demonstrates why.
Glaswegians Attica Rage contribute their track “Long Ride Home”. Their sound is huge, a fantastic sing-a-long track and it’s no surprise that they’ve been entertaining crowds at some of the biggest independent festivals around. Altogether now… “WHOA OH!”
Coming up next is Wiltshire 4-piece Burnthru. Their song “Faithless” is bringing us into more metal territory, and influences from the likes of Black Label Society are in evidence. Listen out for the raw guitar solo!
Happy to say that the Midlands are represented again with “Good Times” by My Great Affliction. They’ve experienced a certain amount of upheaval with major line-up changes, but the 3-piece are certainly on ferocious form at the moment. I love the fuzzy bassline under the guitar solo, and the whole thing rocks with a passion!
Promethium are self-confessed pure metal. They cite a large range of music influences and this definitely adds to their overall sound, but the fearsome growling vocals in the last minute of “Gunslinger” leave you in no doubt as to where their main love lies! They say they’re out to prove metal is not dead; the proof is in Promethium.
Quiet The Thief from Stoke-On-Trent offer a classic-sounding piece of heavy rock with “Slow Running Train”. Thin Lizzy-esque in its execution but also drawing influence from modern greats such as Queens Of The Stone Age, their sound is timeless, which is usually a good indicator of longevity!
Revenant are relatively new to the scene, although you’d never guess listening to “Tundra”. Female-fronted rock from Newport with heavy, sludgey riffs and vocals that are (thankfully) more Halestorm with grit than Within Temptation. Definitely ones to watch!
Offering further proof that electronic music can be just as dark and heavy as the heaviest metal are Spawn Of Psychosis. The lyrics of “Bodybag” may be bleak – This life suffocates, this life decays – but Spawn Of Psychosis are flying the flag for independent industrial music.
Anyone who is old enough to remember a time when the crossover between heavy metal and hip hop music was a genuinely exciting prospect rather than an over-saturated market will love Violent Offender and their track “We Have Such Sights To Show You”. A dual vocal attack spat forth with unreserved venom combined with a sinister song title (from the famous Hellraiser quote, of course) makes for exhilarating listening.
Stoner metal fans get what they’ve been waiting for with Six Sins Till Sunday. Their track “Ritual Suicide” is doom how it should be done! Absolutely spot-on riffs and vocals for the genre.
The familiar bass of “Lessons In Blasphemy” by Eyes Of The Raven kicks in next, continuing with the stoner/ groove mood. Having seen EOTR a few times live, I know that they rock hard and drink harder on stage. I’m very happy to report that none of the passion is lost on tape! Ha, tape… showing my age again.
Def Con One provide a slice of pure head-banging brutality with “Brute Force And Ignorance”, with its faster verses and the simple effectiveness of the chant along chorus, this track has “anthem” written all over it.
When you have a band who come out with a name as fantastic as Thunderfuck And The Deadly Romantics, you are left in no doubt as to what you will be getting; pure, sleazy rock ‘n’ roll. An irresistible party song with a cautionary commentary about freedom of speech. And who can resist shouting along to that chorus?
Rounding things up with their tale of “Mimi Woolfe” are Ronin. This band have mastered the art of building a ballad up into a full on epic, and this track, and indeed the compilation, culminates in a pure, unadulterated, rock-gasm.
So there you have it – Breaking Bands Vol 1 showcases the pure, raw talent that is out there. This is the CD you need to find your next favourite band!
Breaking Bands Vol 1 showcases the pure, raw talent that is out there. This is the CD you need to find your next favourite band!