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Godsticks open 2020 with their new and most accomplished studio album, Inescapable. Their mix of heavy rock, progressive and alternative metal with a dynamic range of angular riffs and emotional depth will leave listeners reeling. The band’s sound has refined over their releases on Kscope, beginning with the technically astounding metal on Emergence to the more industrial and progressive-influenced Faced With Rage. Now, with Inescapable, the band have channelled their energy and technical ability into the melody, phrasing and vocal performance, allowing emotion to take centre stage.

The band found themselves wanting a definitive theme running through Inescapable, without turning it into a concept album, of being more open, more personal and ultimately one that shines an inquisitive light on Charles’s struggle with inner demons which gave the songs a new level of intimacy. “Lyrically, I’ve always shared personal thoughts, feelings and experiences but in a very ambiguous way. For Inescapable – in a conscious effort not to repeat ourselves – I thought I’d be a little more self-reflective and perhaps examine some of my inner demons. I have a strange relationship with music, and especially playing guitar. I would struggle to survive without either, but equally they have made my life mentally torturous because my own self-worth is completely wrapped up in them. I used to be very much a perfectionist in my early years, and whilst some people may wear that as a badge of honour, I eventually viewed it as huge heavy weight dragging down. It was a long time before I arrived at the realisation that perfection was impossible to achieve.” elaborates Darran Charles.

As a taster, they’ve released a video single for ‘Denigrate’. Watch it here:

Godsticks are supporting the new material beginning in April with a UK tour followed by summer festivals

2/4/2020 – Cardiff – Fuel Rock Club

3/4/2020 – London – Black Heart

4/4/2020 – Manchester – Gullivers

5/4/2020 – Edinburgh – Opium

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West Wickhams are a psychedelic garage noir duo from the Isles of Scilly, Tresco. Consisting of Jon Othello and Elle Flores, West Wickham’s music manifests itself with such style, the effect is a timeless body of sound. Hailing from Tresco, the island of lost souls, subtropical plants and shipwrecked figureheads, the pair recently relocated to Richmond Surrey, proclaiming themselves an imagined rival gang to punk style icons, the Bromley Contingent.

Their colourful history brings a depth to their sound reminiscent of legendary bands such as The Doors, Blondie and Siouxshie and the Banshees. However, the band themselves declare their influences largely from sources outside the music industry; Whitby Abbey, Pipe Organs, Flowers, Polka Dot Cats, Dark Punk, Gothic Novels and Rock n Roll Autobiographies, Castles, Abstract Painting, Euphoria, Mist, Autumn, Halloween, Optical Illusions, Edgar Allan Poe and Andy Warhol.

West Wickham’s debut single “He’s Acquired a New Face” will be released on November 22nd on White Limited-Edition Optical Illusion vinyl.

Check “He’s Acquired a New Face” here:

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead are returning after six years with their 10th full-length studio album X: The Godless Void and Other Stories – due out on 17th January 2020 on InsideOutMusic. The new LP comes as the band enters their 25th year together and along with the news today the band is releasing the first single and official video for “Don’t Look Down”.

Watch the video for the single here (2020 tour dates below):

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Sun 09 Feb 2020 Dunquerque, France, Les Quatre Ecluses

Mon 10 Feb 2020 Paris, France, Le Petit Bain

Wed 12 Feb 2020 Cologne, Germany, Stadtgarten

Thu 13 Feb 2020 Bielefeld, Germany, Forum

Fri 14 Feb 2020 Basel, Switzerland, Sommercasino

Sun 16 Feb 2020 Reutlingen, Germany, Franz.K

Mon 17 Feb 2020 Munich, Germany, Strom

Tue 18 Feb 2020 Vienna, Austria, Flex

Wed 19 Feb 2020 Berlin, Germany, Festsaal Kreuzberg

Fri 21 Feb 2020 Hamburg, Germany, The Stage Club

Sat 22 Feb 2020 Copenhagen, Denmark, Loppen

Sun 23 Feb 2020 Stockholm, Sweden, Stockholm Nalen Klubb

Mon 24 Feb 2020 Oslo, Norway, Vulkan Arena 

Wed 26 Feb 2020 Amsterdam, Netherlands, Melkweg

Thu 27 Feb 2020 Nijmegen, Netherlands, Doornroosje

Fri 28 Feb 2020 Brussels, Belgium, Botanique

Sat 29 Feb 2020 Brighton, Sussex, England, Patterns

Sun 01 Mar 2020 Bristol, England, The Exchange

Mon 02 Mar 2020 Nottingham, England, The Bodega Social Club

Tue 03 Mar 2020 Edinburgh, Scotland, The Mash House

Wed 04 Mar 2020 Manchester, England, Night & Day

Thu 05 Mar 2020 Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Riverside

Sat 07 Mar 2020 Leicester, England, The Cookie

Sun 08 Mar 2020 Huddersfield, England, The Parish

Tue 10 Mar 2020 London, England, The Dome

Wed 11 Mar 2020 St Albans, England, The Horn

Long-running Swedish d-beat/hardcore punk icons Wolfbrigade present the sole single from their impending tenth full-length, The Enemy: Reality, set for release next week through Southern Lord Recordings. The hammering new track ‘he Wolfman’ as been revealed through an official new video.

Directed by MeANkind and edited by Henrik Norsell, ‘The Wolfman’ is built upon the theme of Sigmund Freud’s ‘Wolfman’s dream.’ The video is an incredibly stark, prime example not only of Wolfbrigade’s long-established, ever progressing sound, but also of the band’s political message, beliefs, and outlook on humanity. A visual amalgamation of Orwellian overwatch by governmental powers, lessons unlearned from the nuclear arms race of the mid-1900s, and our current state of worldwide socio-political unrest serves as a backdrop for the band’s raging d-beat angst and scathing vocal detestation.

Just as anyone who complained that everything Mötörhead did sounded the same was missing the point, so anyone who complains that Wolfbrigade sound like Mötörhead are, too.

Check out the video for ‘The Wolfman’ here:

After a thumbs-up review some weeks ago, DIY noisemongering power trio Neverlanded throw their new single, ‘Refuge’ out to the world. We dig it. You should give it a listen.

Cult Black Metal band The Deathtrip have shared the video for new single ‘Enter Spectral Realms’ taken from their sophomore album Demon Solar Totem, the follow-up to 2014’s debut, Deep Drone Master.

A hypnotic yet brutal concoction for this offering. Ferocious and unrelenting, evoking the magical untamed essence of old. Featuring the long-due return of Kvohst (Ex-Dødheimsgard/Code) on lyrics/vocals joining the cold, hypnotic riffs of Host, the primal drumming of Storm (Ex-My Dying Bride, Blasphemer) and introducing the bass playing of Thomas Eriksen (Mork), The Deathtrip offer tickets to primeval possession and open portals to other dimensions. Demon Solar Totem captures the spirit of ancient Darkthrone, Thorns and Beherit imbued with old-English occultism and the chanting of sacred sound formulas.

"From the depths of the blackened tomb, bear witness, as we commune with the spirit world and summon the abyss that will swallow the universe, & our flesh becomes at once scattered and, again, renewed.
Enter Spectral Realms. Come.
Enter Spectral Realms.”

Watch the video for ‘Enter Spectral Realms’ here: