Going to Sonisphere?

So, festival season is approaching and my decided choices are Download, Sonisphere and Bloodstock.

However, there’s a problem with funding all of them so with the help of we-represent, you can have a choice to earn your tickets by selling some.

If you’re going to Sonisphere in the UK please purchase a ticket through this link, it’s all legit!
http://www.we-represent.com/jessica.howkins

As if I sell 5 I get a free ticket and you get 2 drink coupons!
If you don’t trust it, you can go have a look and see for yourself.
Thank you for your time.

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Karnivore – In the Halls of the Wicked album review

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Hailing from the depths of Nässjö, Swedish Metallers KARNIVORE erupted from the very pits to deliver the mightiest Death Metal the world has to offer. Sadly, around the world many creatures of the human species do not acknowledge such powerful and mind-crushing music, however, to the few that do – they behold something that we would call ‘epic taste in music’ in Earthling speak.

KARNIVORE offer brutality and a fierce attitude within their music and they make sure they give every last drop of it – this band offer no less than their all and that is what makes a band as strong and as brilliant as these guys.

‘In the Halls of the Wicked’ is a consistently strong album from start to finish, it offers the listener to enter their world as a band, an insight more so as to how the band works and connects with each other. KARNIVORE is one of those typical bands who makes you feel something inside, one of those bands who makes you feel passionate about the music you love. Why? You can feel the passion they have for the music they create oozing out of the seams with tracks such as ‘An Era of Decay’ and ‘The Warden’.

There is one thing that stands out slightly more on this KARNIVORE release than any others. ‘In the Halls of the Wicked’ has a definite hint of more Black Metal influence, noticeably on tracks such as ‘Psycho’ and the opening track ‘Under Ground’. In most cases, you can incorporate influences from different Metal sub-genres into new releases but it won’t really work out as brilliantly as planned. KARNIVORE have added more influence and recognition towards the artists that got them into playing the music they create into this release than any other and it has worked out absolutely amazing.

‘In the Halls of the Wicked’ is an overall chaotic and mind-blowing piece of art. It has everything that can’t go wrong in it and the only flaw to it? There is simply not enough of it.

Rating – 8/10

Sworn Enemy – Living On Borrowed Time album review.

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Sometimes you believe you are invincible but in reality there are certain people out there in our strange dark world knowing that we are “Living On Borrowed Time”, such people go by the group name of SWORN ENEMY. After a short hiatus, the band are back and ready to take Earth by storm featuring new members guitarist Matt Garzilli and bassist Mike Pucciarelli.

Now recently signed to Rock Ridge Records, SWORN ENEMY are immediately throwing out their stamp on the world with “Living On Borrowed Time” – After many changes with members and record labels, SWORN ENEMY are proving that every action they or others have done to influence such thoughts and change has been in fact for the best. “Living On Borrowed Time” naturally keeps the roots of this Hardcore band as deep as possible, SWORN ENEMY know what they want and as Sal LoCoco belts out in “No Apologies” – “Stay true to yourself and never lose focus” they prove that they have abided by their own rule.

Everything about “Living On Borrowed Time” is what people expect Hardcore to be – Fast, furious, heavy and as monstrous as possible and something that just makes you lose all your waste and go crazy. If an album can make you do that, then you know it’s a success and will remain a memorable release to both artist and fan, SWORN ENEMY have just done that with this. From start to finish on “Living On Borrowed Time”, there isn’t a single moment you don’t feel like banging your head and going nuts.

Whilst all tracks are heavy and just about as brutal as an OAP on Meth (Yes, that is pretty brutal) “Broken Hope” and “One Eye Open” take the album by storm and just throw out 110% of what SWORN ENEMY have had to offer with this release. “Living On Borrowed Time” overall is a brilliant example to music fans all over the world just how incredible Hardcore music can actually be. It’s influenced by Thrash, Punk and pure Heavy Metal and infuse that to help create this genre? Well you can’t go wrong – SWORN ENEMY have just proven that.

There is simply nothing better than heavy music (unless of course you prefer a bit of ABBA in your pyjamas drinking tea) and if you’re a fan of everything heavy, “Living On Borrowed Time” won’t disappoint you, if it does, you haven’t banged your head enough.

Rating – 9/10

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Hi guys, I haven’t posted at all since I said I would the reason for that being is that I have now been recruited to write for Metal Temple (Go check us out) and i’m writing reviews all the time for them now however i’m in the process of getting permission to use those reviews I write on here too.

Thank you for your understanding ect and support you’ve given me if you read my reviews.
Jess.

Lost Society – Band of the Day interview featured on Terrorizer.com

Hi guys! Sorry i’ve been away a bit again, started a new job and wordpress has been a bit naff with letting me actually log in, had to create a new password about 10 times! So as you can imagine I have lots of new reviews coming up, i’ll try post them daily to get back upto speed or at least 1 every couple of days. I also have some exciting news! I had an interview with one of my favorite bands Lost Society and it got posted on the Terrorizer website with thanks to their writer Kez Whelan!

So to kick things back off i’ll post it on here as i’m so proud of it!
If you want to read it on the official Terrorizer website then check it out on the link below :
http://www.terrorizer.com/news/botd/lost-society-band-day/
For those who can’t click on links ect here it is, here!

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Jyväskylä, Finland 2010 – the year Thrash/Speed Metal band Lost Society was born to raise hell. In the past 4 years, these young metalheads have already gained a brilliant reputation in the metal community with their love of thrash seeping through the seams in their music. They have already shared the stage with thrash legends Suicidal Angels and have been signed to Nuclear Blast after they self-released their self-titled demo, to bring out their debut album ‘Fast Loud Death!’ Since that release, they have a new album, ‘Terror Hungry’, due out today, which gave us more than enough reasons to catch up and see where they are…

WORDS: Jess Howkins

WHO ARE THEY: Lost Society
WHERE ARE THEY FROM: Jyväskylä, Finland
FOR FANS OF: Anthrax, Testament, Municipal Waste
LATEST RELEASE: ‘Terror Hungry’ (Nuclear Blast)
WEBSITES: Facebook & Twitter

As a band, you are possibly one of the freshest and most up to speed bands in the modern Thrash scene – I want to know what made you decide that was the road you wanted to go down and how did you guys come about each other to form the band?
Well thank you very much! My road towards thrash and speed metal basically started when I was about 7 years old and my brother played me the track ‘The Prisoner’ by Iron Maiden, because after this track, I just got hooked on Maiden and a bit later on all heavy metal. All the music I listened to at the time was basically only from the 80’s and 90’s so it was pretty much a given that I found all the awesome thrash metal bands from that era too. The first ones were Anthrax and Slayer and that’s how the whole thing started! It’s just the honest and pure attitude that thrash has, it ain’t pretty and it’ll make you bang your head! Me and Ossi met through another band I was in years ago and I basically just snatched him in, then some months later just by chance Arttu came to watch our practice sessions and I heard his guitar playing and snatched him in too. Mirko came in the band because Arttu had known him for years and knew he kicked ass so he came in too!”

So, it’s been a year since the release of ‘Fast Loud Death’! And may I just say how incredible the album is, what have been the highest and lowest points since recording and releasing the album to date?
It’s sick that it’s been already a year, crazy! And once again, thanks a lot! It’s actually crazy how up ‘til this day there really hasn’t been any downsides or low points, we’ve been just enjoying our asses off, cause this is what we all love to do. But the high points, damn there are a lot! One of course would be the moment when we hit the stage in the Loud Park 13 in Japan, that was probably the ultimate most awesome thing ever!”

‘E.A.G’ is a pretty aggressive song towards the emo stereotype, is there anyone or anything in particular that added the fuel to the fire with that track or was it just a general attitude towards the stereotype?
“It was actually one of the first songs we ever made together, and we just figured that, hmm, what’s one of the most clichéd subjects to write about, and we just chose to do this one. None of us are the kind to just piss off emos for no reason. They can live as they want to, it’s just mainly the music we really don’t understand for the most part! But none the less I love the song!”

So, you’ve just toured with Suicidal Angels – what was the weirdest thing that happened to you on your adventures with them? Surely some fangirl got her best pair of thrash knickers and launched them at you?
I think the weirdest thing was when we were somewhere around Germany at a show, and after we stopped playing, some girl and guy just ripped Arttu’s shirt off of him and stole it! It was a fuckin’ awesome Judge Dredd Anthrax shirt haha! Believe me, we’d be lucky if the shows had even any chicks haha!”

‘Terror Hungry’ is released today, what are your hopes and ambitions for this album?
“After FLD came out, just about all of our wildest dreams came true, so I really don’t even know what will happen with the next one, it seems like nothing is impossible anymore! But of course I hope that we can just hit the road and play these new songs with the crowd going nuts! That’s always the coolest thing that could happen. Hopefully people will love this beast as much as we do!!”

You guys like to drink a lot, but who’s the strongest and lightest weight drinking wise out of you guys?
“Well basically the last ones standing are usually either me, Arttu or Mirko, mainly because Ossi just doesn’t drink that much! But when he does, he probably goes down first! But it’s probably Arttu who’s the strongest because I just get pissed quick and go pass out somewhere weird. We should really LEARN how to drink, haha!”

What’s expected from you guys after ‘Terror Hungry’? Any tours planned or are you going to jump straight into the recording studio and tour alongside it like with ‘Fast Loud Death!’?
“Once the album comes out, we’ll be touring Finland for about two months, mainly weekend shows. We’ll also be hitting Spain and Germany and some other places during the spring and summer! One thing is also that we’ll be constantly practicing, and constantly making new material, so I wouldn’t say it would be totally impossible that we’d hit the studio in the end of the year. Either way, this year will be awesome!”

‘Terror Hungry’ is available now via Nuclear Blast Records. You can order the CD here, orpurchase the album digitally here.

The Pretty Reckless – Going to Hell album review.

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Since the release of The Pretty Reckless’ debut album Light Me Up the band have gone from strength to strength attracting a fan base from every corner of the rock/metal community. Going to Hell immediately brings out the same style from Light Me Up that made us love the band – the good sort of filth.

The band have a particular way about them in terms of creating music that makes you generally feel that little bit more raunchy than you would listening to a Kylie Minogue album at home in your cosiest pyjamas and let’s face it we all love a bit of raunchy attitude in our music from time to time.
The Pretty Reckless have lived up to their standards of the previous Light Me Up by sticking to their roots and making sure they give the listeners what they wanted for the new album, understandably it is added pressure making consistent music to those especially new in the music industry (anything below 3-5 albums) that fans will be happy with since a previous release but the band have done just this. They have followed the filth –fuelled lyrical content yet they have still balanced it out beautifully with the sweet, more emotional tracks such as House on a Hill, Dear Sister and Burn. In terms of the build-up to this album, most bands will release a single or two that they think is the strongest however Going to Hell is consistently and equally as strong as each other.

Going to Hell is energetic and following past criticism about how the band is just about Taylor Momsen (Vocals), Ben Phillips (Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals) has stepped up his position in the band that makes the vocals mirror each other beautifully such as on Sweet Things.  It is obvious to say that the band have really stepped up their game and tried to improve musically and personally following any criticism they have received but also they have kept what was admired by fans and not altered a single thing about it.

Overall, Going to Hell is how it should be – full of filth, emotion and some pretty great music.
Rating 9/10

Divide and Conquer – Suicidal Angels album review.

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Formed in Greece, 2001, Suicidal Angels immediately set out to take on the world and give nothing less than some pretty good Thrash Metal and well, sore necks after all that Thrash Metal until you press the repeat button. Divide and Conquer proves that these guys step up their game each time they release any new material. For those who don’t really dive into the realms of Thrash Metal then these guys are perfect examples of what they’re missing. It is difficult to find bands that take on an old-school approach to certain genres and this band does just that. Divide and Conquer is filled with fast, furious and face melting riffs from the very beginning with tracks such as Seed of Evil, Terror is my Scream,  Kneel to the Gun and White Wizard. Each track has different elements that make Divide and Conquer stand out and provide a strong structure to making this album possibly the best they have released to date. More so than any other Suicidal Angel album, Slayers’ influence on these Thrash machines pushes through in tracks such as Marching Over Blood and Pit of Snakes and whilst Slayer have always been a Marmite band (you either love them or you hate them) you can always count on the fact their music delivers and gets your blood pumping and they have passed on that to Suicidal Angels making their music constantly deliver a furious, fast-paced and beastly side.

As a whole, Divide and Conquer is one of the hottest new Thrash records out – It is hard to fault, easy to love and impossible to not bang your head too. If you ever get a chance, check them out at a live show also as they’re mindblowing. What the music industry needs and what the metal fans need, these guys can deliver.
Rating 8/10