The Hyena Kill [Live Review – The Stillery, Camden, 31/3/2015]

hyena kill stilleryLast damp and windy night, few sounds in Camden were as inviting as the loud, raucous rock’n’roll blasting from the Stillery. To be fair, there wasn’t much competition bar a handful of idiots driveby-harassing women, and a couple having a bust-up in the street – but Wicked Snakes would still have come out on top had the competition been much stiffer. Wicked Snakes deal in no-bullshit rock music in the same Zep-meets-Queens-of-the-Stone-Age vein as Them Crooked Vultures – and they do it damn well.

The Hyena Kill’s latest release, Blisters/Still Sick (reviewed on TMMP here) comes very, very Continue reading

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Exist Immortal – ‘Darkness Of An Age (Deluxe Edition)’ [Review]

exist immortal darkness deluxeSometimes a band’s endorsements say it all. Exist Immortal affiliates Chapman Guitars have made a name for themselves as supporters of a new generation of fresh-thinking musicians – and so it comes as no surprise that this tech-heavy album stands as a prime example of that generation’s capabilities.

Exist Immortal do with their influences what this guy does with everything from iPhones to hockey pucks. Meshuggah. Fear Factory. Devin Townsend. Will they blend? Apparently so – and further than that, they Continue reading

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Pimps Of Joytime [Interview]

JUKESTONE COVER For WebA hard-partying blend of Prince’s outrageous sexiness, Jamiroquai’s penchant for funky grooves, and Jimi Hendrix’s heart, balls, and swagger, the upcoming Pimps of Joytime album Jukestone Paradise is going to be the soundtrack to nights full of fun and regret for a good many funk fans following its April 21 release. TMMP caught up with lead vocalist and guitarist Brian J to get a track-by-track breakdown of Jukestone Paradise, and talk memories, motivation, and ambition…

What are your earliest musical memories?

There was great music in my house from as early as I can remember. Chuck Berry was my dude.

How did Pimps of Joytime come to be?

Out of my desire to create a project that was fun but has Continue reading

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The Hyena Kill [Interview]

hyena kill stilleryWith a hotly tipped Hyena Kill showcase happening in London at the Stillery tomorrow evening, vocalist/guitarist Steven Dobb and TMMP got talking about said show, chaos, and swimming with sharks…

You have a showcase in London coming up tomorrow. How’re you feeling about it?

Really excited; every time we come and play in London it’s always an awesome show. Wicked Snakes are an incredible band as well – can’t wait to see them live.

How do you feel about the reception your new release Blisters / Still Sick [reviewed on TMMP here] has received so far?

It’s been really good. Both tracks are a bit more heavier and chaotic than our previous stuff so it’s good to see people getting into it and getting on board with Continue reading

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Princess Slayer [Interview]

princess slayer ep launch showI’ve never made a secret of my love for Princess Slayer’s music. Watching this Guildfordian EDM duo evolve since their emergence onto the UK’s music scene has been a fun and gratifying experience – and very soon, their new EP Living will be ready to make a permanent home in your ear canals. TMMP caught up with vocalist Casey Lim and drummer Vince Welch to talk Living, live music, and happiness…

Your new EP Living is coming out soon. How’re you feeling about that fast-approaching release date?

Excited! A lot of hard work has gone into the creation of this EP. It starts with us writing the songs but we wouldn’t be able to share our work with anyone without the help of our team. So, we feel a lot of gratitude and pride.

Is there an underlying theme behind Living?

Yes. The songs are about different stages and aspects of life and how we experience it as individuals. In a nutshell, Living is about Continue reading

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Karnivool / Monuments [Live Review – The Roundhouse, Camden, 28/3/2015]

Screen shot 2015-03-29 at 14.16.57On the way to this show, I was propositioned by a prostitute; had a guy try to sell me a bible; and was challenged to a fight by a homeless man.

All in the same McDonald’s.

Thanks to my quest to avoid bruises, black eyes, STIs, and religion, I wound up Continue reading

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Heights – ‘Phantasia On The High Processions Of Sun, Moon And Countless Stars Above’ [Review]

heights phantasiaAccording to the press info which accompanied this album’s descent into the depths of TMMP’s black hole-like inbox, this album’s title is “…longer than one of Kim Kardashian’s marriages.” No argument there. As for the music itself, Heights’ latest opus comes close to equalling anything Kardashian-related in terms of sheer drama and excess, while simultaneously being infinitely more interesting.

Heights’ facility with prog rock’s core components (odd time signatures, stacked-like-Jenga-blocks polyrhythms, none-more-syncopated riffs and melodies, the delicate balance of flamboyance and deeper meaning, etc) has been well documented over the course of previous releases Salvation and TrepidationFrom Sea to Sky, and Trick of the Light. Throw in Continue reading

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Cambion – ‘Virus (Extended Edition)’ [Review]

unnamedKatana-sharp guitar tones, throat-scarring vocals, über-polished production, one-click kicks, punchy nut-tight polyrhythms and searing solos – all are present and correct on Virus, an eight-stage set of immense tech-metal tracks. It’s unlikely your grandmother will warm to Continue reading

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Thomas Truax / Love Buzzard [Live Review – The Boileroom, Guildford, 26/3/2015]

thomas truax uk tour 2015Warming up for a guy who invented most of his own instruments – and is capable of taking over an entire room with little effort – is a tough ask. Still, Love Buzzard rose to the challenge and nailed it with a relentless tirade of pure rock’n’roll energy. Scrappy filth wrapped around a tough-as-nails core, Love Buzzard’s music managed to get the Boileroom suitably amped up for…

Thomas Truax – an artist who doesn’t so much defy categorisation as cause you to forget that all those other categories existed in the first place. Once a Thomas Truax set is over, Continue reading

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The Kut [Interview]

The Kut PromoWith the Kut’s brand new EP Rock Paper Scissors set to drop in just a few weeks’ time, TMMP caught up with Kut vocalist/guitarist Maha to talk happiness, passion, psychology, and what 2015 holds for this inventive alt-rock trio…

Hey – thanks for taking the time to do this! So…what makes you happy?

Hey, thanks for having us for a chat. Wow, that’s a tough starter. If I said I don’t know, would that be going in too deep?

I know lots of things I think will make me happy, but they are all short lived and then followed by Continue reading

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