Author: Loyd Harp

Married with 3 kids and living in southern England. I'm a youth worker by career, and a music lover at heart. Metal, punk, hardcore, indie rock, free jazz, folk, classic country all have a place in my collection.

November 11, 2018

Proven Existence signs to Bearded Dragon

Black metal band Proven Existence have just issued the following press statement:

The new black metal project Proven Existence has inked a deal with the up and coming label, The Bearded Dragon Productions. Proven Existence released their track, “No Light, No Compassion”, and immediately received feedback. Continued →

November 2, 2018

October 28, 2018

October 25, 2018

Mellowdramatic Wallflowers make all releases available

90s quirky alternative band Mellowdramatic Wallflowers have recently made all their releases available for free download here. The Oklahoma-based band remained independent throughout their existence, but released four full-length albums during their time. The band reluctantly changed their name to Admiral Twin (inspired by a historic Tulsa movie theater) to avoid confusion when the similarly-named mainstream rock band The Wallflowers gained in popularity. Continued →

October 21, 2018

REVIEW : Ascending King - Funeral of the Species

Ascending King is a one-man extreme metal project from Texas. Stylistically it’s a straight-up 50/50 mix of raw black metal and funeral doom. What’s strange about that mix is just how incredibly well it works here. Slower tempos overall and crushing heaviness reminiscent of sludge without the leftfield tendencies of that subgenre, but with occasional mid-paced blastbeats? Continued →

October 18, 2018

REVIEW : Lo Tom - Lo Tom

This is a fun record, that’s really easy to listen to. It’s not really ground-breaking, just straight-forward indie rock with really warm guitar tones. While there’s not a lot of distinction between the guitar and bass, for some reason that’s not a bad thing, it just adds to the simplicity. Continued →

October 8, 2018

September 23, 2018

September 9, 2018

REVIEW : Outrage AD - New Blood

Having initially formed in 1992 as simply Outrage, the band released 2 independent releases by 1995 when they sadly broke up. Reuniting as the newly-christened Outrage AD in 2013, the band quickly began work on New Blood. On this debut the Canadian band apportion some classic thrash metal, with touches of crossover and groove metal. Continued →

July 19, 2018

March 18, 2018

REVIEW : Stavesacre - MCMXCV

First things first. Have you heard there’s a new Stavesacre album out? Yeah? I bet you’re wondering who played on it? This is the classic 5-member line-up:
Mark Salomon – vocals
Sam West – drums
Dirk Lemmenes- Bass
Ryan Dennee – guitar
Jeff Bellew – guitar

Besides the Against the Silence EP in 2009, this line-up hasn’t made a record together since Speakeasy. Continued →

February 13, 2018

REVIEW : Blank Books - EP1

The Sprinkle brothers are back! If you don’t know who that is, then stop reading. Go and find Poor Old Lu, The World Inside, Aaron Sprinkle, Paloma, Fair . . . I could go on but I’m using up valuable reviewing space (and I didn’t even mention the production credits)! Continued →

February 9, 2018

January 23, 2018

REVIEW : Katharos - Stay My Captain/Warrior (single)

Katharos is yet another project from Fire (Elgibbor, Fire Thrown, Nuclear Blaze) on vocals and guitars, this time with help from drummer Taberah.  There is also some collaboration from former Frost Like Ashes members Sebat and Azahel for live dates.

This recording is a single and ‘b-side’ and what we have here is no-frills, raw black metal.  Continued →

January 16, 2018

REVIEW : The Beckoning - The Desolation of War

Canadian progressive death metallers The Beckoning have been making noise since 2010.  This release combines two earlier demos—Desolate (2014) and War (2012) into one remastered full-length.  Truly progressive, this 4-song clocks in at over 29 minutes, making it either a very long EP, or a full-length with only 4 songs, depending on one’s perspective. Continued →

January 15, 2018

REVIEW : coopertheband - Kingdoms

The press release labelled this as “Indie Folk Rock.”  And while that is mildly accurate, it certainly doesn’t tell you all you need to know.  Full disclosure: I’m a bit of 90s slacker kind of guy.  So indie rock to me means loud guitars, dissonant riffs, punk attitude and band photos that make it look like the members are made up of blind golfers.  Continued →

January 10, 2018

New Kekal song for free download!

Experimental metal band Kekal have just released a new song for free download here

Announcement of the track came via the band’s website:

“Deeper Underground, Kekal’s upcoming 11th full-length album, follows pretty much the same release process as with the latest album “Multilateral” (2015), with majority of tracks to be released individually as they are ready, before the album release date in 2018.

As of October 2017, five tracks are now available for digital download or streaming, fully-produced and mastered. You can purchase and download them individually from Bandcamp in either lossless audio (FLAC, ALAC) or high-bitrate mp3, or free download mp3 either from ReverbNation or by extracting the audio from YouTube, or just stream online from SoundCloud or ReverbNation.

Follow the link here to get to their bandcamp page. The page has all the links needed to download, stream, and to watch the music video.”

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January 9, 2018

REVIEW : TIMŌRĀTUS - Reverentia

While this band hails from Louisville, I would have sworn they were from eastern Europe somewhere.  That’s a good thing.  Reverentia is yet another quality post-metal release I’ve come across recently.  But whereas the mysterious band God revel in djent rhythms and instrumental anthems to connect the listener to God, TIMŌRĀTUS takes a different approach altogether.  Continued →

December 16, 2017

REVIEW : God - God II: Jesus Christ - The Origin, The Life, Death & Resurrection Of Jesus Christ

This mysterious band has been making music since 2016.  Their website states, “GOD will challenge you to consider your life, death through the power of music.”  While I am in contact with the band members, repeated requests for information regarding the member(s) have been unsuccessful—even to the point of denying my request to know which country the band is from. Continued →