This issue of Kerrang! includes my review of We Love You, the new album from Norwegian/US aggrotech types Combichrist. Although I didn’t write the string at the end that says they are For Fans Of Ministry and NIN.
This appearance on the BBC Radio 1 Review Show was a bit of a scramble – my initial song choice, ‘Tumbleweave’ by Black Moth was vetoed at the last minute because of a reference in the song, so we had to scramble around to get a high-quality version of ‘Say You Will’ by Shrine (whose EP we were exclusively streaming on Thrash Hits at the time) for the show. My fellow guest on the show was Grammy Award-winning singer Foxes, who brought in a pretty neat Banks track.
This week’s Kerrang! includes my review of the This Mind of Mine EP by pop-punks As It Is. It’s…errr…not a particularly impressive release.
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.