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NEW NOISE JUSTINE JONES gives us the hot tips in our guest-hosted new music round-up!
HI’ve been listening to in season ey, what’s and up! the Here’s World what Cup preparation for festival kick-off! This stuff is guaranteed to get you through this summer’s sunshine (or, equally likely, the rain).
Savannah straight-edgers Vatican have just released Spawn Of All Pain Taken, which is a two-song promo they’ve put out ahead of their forthcoming debut album. I’ve been listening to it non-stop since they announced it, and I can’t wait to hear the full thing. The band blur the lines between ‘90s hardcore and ‘00s metalcore. If you’re a fan of devastating guitar chugs, monstrous breakdowns and bands like Martyr A.D. and Undying, this band will definitely be right up your street.
Hundred Year Old Man supported Employed To Serve when we played in Huddersfield recently, and they were awesome – they’re a force to be reckoned with. I’ve seen the vocalist, Simon Wright, in an awesome grindcore band called Evisorax, and he’s also the vocalist in Krokodil. The six-piece have just released their debut album, Breaching, which is eight songs of dark, brooding chaos, similar to the likes of Amenra and Neurosis, but with their own darkened twist. Although the album is very well produced, these guys are a mustsee live, as they do a great job of creating a claustrophobic atmosphere that really adds to their sound. They’ve been touring up and down the UK tirelessly, so there’s plenty of opportunity to head down to a show!
Brighton’s Orchards are a recent discovery for me after seeing them announced for Rolo Tomassi’s Brighton headline show at The Haunt (they always have the best supports). The band are on Big Scary Monsters, so I already knew they were going to be excellent. They recently released their single, Luv You 2, which is insanely catchy, and I can see myself humming it for the entire summer. Their Losers/lovers EP is coming out July 6 through BSM. For the small price of a festival lager, do the right thing and pick up a pre-order, then go to their release show on July 5 at Paper Dress Vintage in London.
I’ve been a huge fan of Secret Cutter since they released their self-titled debut album back in 2014. This grinding sludge trio from Pennsylvania will turn heads with their forthcoming second LP, Quantum Eraser. Their music is so heavy it will leave you feeling like an empty husk of a human shell after every listen (and yes, this is a good thing). If you’re desperately digging to try to find your abs at the gym, put this on a playlist with Hatebreed and you will almost certainly get yourself looking ultra-buff in no time. Heavy music is in a really exciting place right now, and this lot are one of the bands solidifying that.
Until next time – stay heavy, people!
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Orchards: Everything’s rosy for them Secret Cutter: All a bit of a blur Vatican: Not shot on location