Bloodstock Open Air (BOA) 2021 is a go and is about two and half months out at 85 days until the fest. In addition to adding a stacked extra night on Wednesday, the fest has announced some additions. Replacing Dimmu Borgir, who have vowed to return in 2022, Cradle of Filth joins the madness. Hot on the heels of their stellar livestream even, this promises to be huge. For the Wednesday bill, joining the fest are Onslaught, Beholder, Ward XVI, as well as Raised By Owls, RAISED and Anakim, both move across to a Wednesday slot, from their previously announced Thursday.
Slipknot’s Knotfest.com has announced its own Pulse of the Maggots Fest, a free online festival sponsored by ESP Guitars and presented by MusiCares, Ernie Ball and Rock Against Racism. Hosted by Knotfest.com’s very own Beez, Ryan J Downey and special guests, Pulse of the Maggots Fest comprises 3 digital stages (the MusiCares stage, Rock Against Racism stage, and ESP stage) with performances from 20 of the most exciting up-and-coming artists. Friday 13th November 2020 @ 8pm UK/12pm PST. Pulse of the Maggots is Knotfest.com’s brand dedicated solely to spotlighting emerging acts that bring creativity, originality, and excitement to the growing aggressive music community, and whose namesake festival will stream on Knotfest.com. Links to the show and the merch for the event, with some of the proceeds going to the charities mentioned above.
Camden Rocks will spread through London next month as two-hundred bands will play across twenty venues from June 2nd on to kick odd the summer Maxïmo Park, Public Image Limited (PiL), Twin Atlantic, Sikth, Mallory Knox, Hacktivist, Pop Will Eat Itself, The Professionals and Crazytown are among the bands confirmed and many more bands to be announced still. Continue reading
Already featuring a massive lineup of bands, Download 2017 has added 20 more names to the roster with Devin Townsend Project, Code Orange, Max & Iggor Cavalera playing their ‘Return To Roots’ show, Sick Puppies, rapper Machine Gun Kelly, Sikth, Suicide Silence, Ty Bryant And the Shakedown, Krokodil and many more announced. Continue reading
Despite only having a handful of bands playing that style, Nu-Djent/Djent-hop may well be one of the most divisive genres in metal nowadays. Glaswegian five-piece Neshiima not only fall into that category, but have thrown in a grand concept into their latest release.
Self-released via GoFundMe, Beware of Gifts is the second release from the band –– following on from last year’s Distance EP. The mini-album’s concept centres around the Japanese myth of Urashima Taro; where a fisherman rescues a turtle, visits a dragon god under the sea, and time travels.
That sounds like a recipe for something pretty expansive/potentially pretentious, the concept doesn’t overpower the music, and really just makes for some nice artwork. Musically, Neshiima have their fingers in a lot of pies. Anyone familiar with the groove and grime of Devastator or Hacktivist will be in familiar ground, but the rapping is only one part. Liam Hasslewood does a decent job of showing off his vocal range, managing to combine harsh screams reminiscent of an early Corey Taylor and decent – if occasionally a little lacklustre – clean vocals all into one package.
If early Slipknot had a Djent-phase, they’d probably sound pretty similar to Neshiima; it’s aggressive, it’s melodic, with a twist of rapping that fans of UK grime music might enjoy. The Meshuggah-inspired palm mute riffs are an ever present; enjoyable but lacking variety – a problem with the entire Djent movement. The good tracks work very well; ‘Those Who Suffer’ is a good example of all the sporadic parts of their sounding coming together, ‘The Cycle’ packs a good heavy/light punch, while album closer ‘Play You Part’ is probably the highlight of the record.
But while clearly fans of the soaring melodic chorus, Beware of Gifts is guilty of being steadfastly mid-tempo most of the way through. While there is variety in both the vocals and the riffs on offer, nonetheless Neshiima never really get the blood pumping. ‘Above the Storm’ falls short, lead single ‘Become the Storm’ has the variety but lacks any real impact, while ‘So Easy’ passes by without leaving much of an impression.
Neshiima know how to do heavy, and have a talent for blending all the elements into one mixing pot, but the melodic elements often fall flat and aren’t memorable. But they have managed to put a spin on things and there really aren’t many bands who sound like them, so that should be applauded. Potentially ones for the future.
Hit The Deck Festival has confirmed its lineup for the 2015 edition, which is happening in Bristol (UK) on April 25, 2015 and Nottingham (UK) on April 26, 2015.
While She Sleeps
A Great Big Pile Of Leaves
As It Is
City Of Ships
Devil Sold His Soul
The Early November
Frnkiero AndThe Cellabration
Oceans Ate Alaska
Thomas Nicholas Band
When We Were Wolves
You Blew It!
Big 69 Festival Heavy Metal Pilgrimage has added Carcass as their headliner for the 2015 edition. The event is a two day event, happening January 17 and 18, 2015 at Richardson and Cruddas, Mumbai in India. Watch the trailer for the festival here.
The previously announced lineup already includes:
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