Eighteen months. That’s like purgatory for a music fan and it’s where I’ve been for EIGHTEEN MONTHS since Blink-182 cancelled their original July tour so they could finish their most recent album Neighbourhoods to its best standard. Was it worth pushing the tour back for the album? No. Was the tour worth the wait? YES.
Team Rockhaq believes in rewarding the top students in our community with pre-release music, concert tickets and interview opportunities with bands they would love to speak to. We call these Rockhaq Missions. Avid hardcore fan Sam Brookes was given the opportunity to interview one of his favourite acts, rising metal stars Bury Tomorrow. Here are the results of his phone interview with frontman Daniel Winter Bates, which strangely complements our Jubilee celebrations this week.
Architects are a technical metalcore quintet from Brighton, who exploded onto the scene back in early 2009 with their third album Hollow Crown. Along with Bring Me the Horizon, Architects are responsible for the growth of the Metalcore scene in the UK, a scene that is flooded with american bands. As mentioned previously Hollow Crown is a technical metalcore album (from here on out we’ll just say tech).
Never mind the Jubilee, here’s the Sex Pistols! The legendary punk pioneers released this single to coincide with Queen Elizabeth II silver jubilee in 1977 and now this review will go live on the Queen’s diamond jubilee thirty five years later. God Save The Queen is a satirical, raw song about power in 1970’s Britain and the reverence shown to the Queen. It caused a major scandal with printing presses refusing to print it, the BBC banning it and the organisation who monitor chart sales lying to keep it from topping the UK charts.
This. This is the Blink-182 that I know and love. Post-Enema of the State the band were well known and had enjoyed massive radio play of their single All The Small Things, a track all the non-Blink-182 fans will know (and all the Blink-182 fans will hate purely for the amount of times it’s been overplayed). Take off Your Pants and Jacket is their fourth full length album and last pure Blink-182 album before they turn emo in their self-titled release and before they changed their sound completely on Neighbourhoods.
Tyler the Creator is one of the most loved and hated rap artists in the world right now. His darker lyric content, strange behavior in public and unique backing beats seem to divide as much as gather fans. The rap collective he belongs to OFGWKTA (Odd Future Golf Wang Kill The All) continue to help him divide that opinion with their music.
Before I start, Goblin is not your typical rap album. There’s no stereotypical guns, girls and diamonds in these lyrics. It’s about suicide, abandonment issues and dealing with internal rage.
Viva la TGOAT. Unfortunately this band broke up last year just as they were on the edge of massive success and hardcore domination. The Ghost of a Thousand were a five piece hardcore band from Brighton. Their first album This Is Where the Fight Begins had massive potential but got buried under the hype for Your Demise’s Ignorance Never Dies and Gallows Orchestra of Wolves.
As of the 24th of May I’m 20. 20! My teens are officially dead and as music is a big part of my life and has been for the past decade (someone kill me). I thought I’d mourn with a review of the first album I ever bought and is still to this day one of my guilty pleasures. I will forever think of my youth when I listen to this album and it instantly conjures memories of portable CD players and summer holidays from when I was 12.
Continuing the trend of reviewing the current and my all time favourites, The Kids We Used To Be definitely comes under the category of all time favourite. A brilliant party hardcore album that I listen to as a summer anthem and a winter killer. I’ll never outgrow this album as it basically defines my character.
If you could get in to a time machine and go back to 2006, then once you get there go to Luton Airport and head over to the HMV there, you would find a fifteen year old me standing on the precipice of making one of the most important decisions I would make in terms of my friends, lifestyle, tattoos and music taste. On one side System Of A Down’s Steal this Album, an album my friends were encouraging me to buy and would have represented me following their music taste, something I’d been doing for the past year or so.