Well this came out of left field didn’t it? Formed from the pedigree of other hardcore and rock bands such as Trapped Under Ice, Diamond Youth and Angel Du$t, Turnstile released two decent if uninspiring EP’s: Step 2 Rhythm and Pressure to Succeed. With the release of their first full length LP, Turnstile have created something truly unique. Taking the 90’s hardcore sound from their former albums and pushing it into the background in favour of the groove influences, Turnstile have created an album that has simultaneously established them as the leaders of their genre, whilst transforming themselves into something that is so much more than just another hardcore band.
Before the release of Neck Deep’s Life’s Not Out to Get You, I had written them off as an irrelevant rip off of their American counterparts. Upon the release of LNOTGY I was completely caught off guard. Moving away from what can only be described as “Neck Deep’s sound”, every song is like a love letter to the genre they represent, but with enough innovation to make each track feel unique whilst warm and familiar.
I hate reality TV; let’s get that out of the way now. This will be my most biased article on Rockhaq because this was always going to be an attack. The thing I hate the most about these shows isn’t how it gives people a free ride or how it’s killing the brain cells of about six million people weekly or that it all lines Simon Cowell’s pockets. It’s how they take a musician, an artist and turn them into some cult of personality freak show that the red banner papers can’t get enough of.
The first single from the upcoming self-titled album from Watford hardcore heavy weights is definitely a game changer. After the shock departure of lead singer Frank Carter who was widely considered to be the heart and soul of Gallows, fans were left surprised when the typically faceless band said “We are continuing without him.”
This is proper Enter Shikari! Back when I was 15, Enter Shikari were the very definition of emo culture. Blending screamed vocals, heavy distorted riffs, simplistic (if a little poor) drumming and synths, Enter Shikari literally blew the music scene apart.
The King Blues were a six piece punk outfit who blended elements of rap, folk, punk and ska to create some of the most inspiring music I’ve ever heard. I hope to get their new and final album and when I do I can go into the frankly disappointing, hypocritical reasons the band broke up but for now I’ll refrain.
Recently up and coming hardcore act Heights made a very strange u-turn in terms of their direction. After releasing two free singles in the shape of the These Street/Gold Coast split, things looked like they were on the up for the band until they made the surprise move to kick out their lead singer Thom Debaere. The fan base went into shock over the sudden decision especially after the release of the excellent split single.
Lower Than Atlantis are a four piece hardcore band from Watford – the home of other hardcore legends such as Your Demise and Gallows. Their third album Word Record is a perfect blend of punk rock, hardcore and indie rock which appeals to fans from all genres and explains the band’s popularity. They recently announced they would be playing Reading and Leeds which will only cement their popularity as a band that transcends expectations.
In a recent interview, many members of Architects spoke of their dismay and horror at how their previous album The Here And Now came out. In fact the band’s guitarist Tom Searle did one piece of press about the album and then refused to do any more as he disliked it that much.