This week’s Kerrang! includes my review of Ageless Oblivion’s latest album, Penthos. You should buy it.
This week in Kerrang! I’ve got a live review of Sepultura (supported by Primitai) from their gig at the Islington Academy back on 06 February 2014.
This week I had my first professional words published in Kerrang! magazine – my first words on music for print in over a year. My first contribution isn’t anything too significant (a 130-word downpage review of the new album by Servers), but it was still a genuine thrill to get a byline in the world’s best-selling weekly music magazine, especially given that (like 90% of UK fans of heavy music) Kerrang! played such a pivotal role in my early music education, formation of tastes and my desire to write about music in general. I remember reading my first issues of Kerrang! quite literally cover to cover – even down to the small print in the masthead – so I’d be lying if I tried to pretend this wasn’t a career highlight.
It was great to be invited back on the BBC Radio 1 Review Show this week. particularly because I somehow managed to get away with playing a track off the new Behemoth album on a non-metal national radio show. My fellow guest, rapper Angel Haze, obviously hated it, but she was cool about it and didn’t act like an asshole, so she’s OK in my book.
I was invited back on for my third appearance on the BBC Radio 1 Review Show this week, as part of their pre-Reading/Leeds Festival special, as usual representing Thrash Hits. This time my song choice was a track by Hawk Eyes. The other guest was Sam Douglas from up-and-coming UK metalcore band, Mallory Knox.
I was invited back on the BBC Radio 1 Review Show this week – I guess calling Bullet For My Valentine a load of nonsense on air back in October wasn’t too big of a no-no. I was taking part in a pre-Download Festival special, representing Thrash Hits, and got to play Nice Hooves on national radio. The other guest was Jenna McDougall from Australian pop-punk band Tonight Alive.
Okay, this is something I was only tangentially involved with – the vast, vast, vast majority of the work was done by Will Beardmore – but Thrash Hits was finally relaunched this month, and it looks brilliant. Go check it out.