Author: Matt Bolton

Top Shelf Tuesday: 20th Anniversary Edition Part 6 – Metal

Ending what has been a mammoth six part series of the 20th Annual Edition we will go out with an almighty bang with a load of iconic metal albums from 1997. Enjoy the nostalgia!   Electric Wizard: Come My Fanatics… Standout tracks: Return Trip, Doom-Mantia, Wizard in Black     Strapping Young Lad: City Standout tracks: All Hail the New Flesh, Oh My Fucking God, Detox         Helmet: Aftertaste Standout tracks: Pure, Renovation, Exactly What You Wanted   GWAR: Carnival of Chaos Standout tracks: Penguin Attack, Pre-Skool Prostitute, Hate Love Songs, Back to Iraq         Rollins Band: Come...

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Album Review: Live – “Mental Jewelry: 25th Anniversary Edition”

To think twenty-five years have passed since the debut full-length from Pennsylvania four-piece, Live landed on our shelves. Initially known as Public Affection, after releasing The Death of a Dictionary (1989) and the EP Divided Mind, Divided Planet (1990), a name change was on the cards and Jerry Harrison, best known as keyboardist/guitarist for The Talking Heads, produced Live’s debut EP, Four Songs (1991) Also that year Harrison produced what was to become Live’s iconic debut Mental Jewelry. Due to the time of recording and limitations for vinyl twelve songs were chosen with those extras tracks disappearing into the...

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Album review – Seekers and Finders by Gogol Bordello

After witnessing the energy and pure punk rock fury of Gogol Bordello ten years ago on the Henry Rollins show; as one of the guests performing ‘60 Revolutions,’ taken from Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike (2005); one jumped like a kangaroo pouncing on a station wagon to the name. How had the gypsy punks progressed over the years? Had the station wagon been totalled with the kangaroo coming out a winner on the other side or was the kangaroo now roadkill? The follow-up to Pura Vida Conspiracy (2013) sees the seventh studio release for the eccentric group of fine...

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Top Shelf Tuesday: 20th Anniversary Edition Part 5 – Alternative Rock/Metal

In our second last 20th Anniversary Edition we focus on albums which turned heads in 1997 in the alternative realm. Whether it be funk metal, rap metal or alternative rock, alternative music takes many forms. Feel the nostalgia as it hits like a ton of bricks with songs that will make you feel old and ask yourself has it really been twenty years? Faith No More: Album of the Year Standout Tracks: Last Cup of Sorrow, Naked in front of the Computer, Ashes to Ashes, Got that Feeling, Paths of Glory   Sevendust: Sevendust Standout Tracks: Black, My Ruin,...

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Frenzal Rhomb + Totally Unicorn + Scabz @ The Metro Theatre, Sydney, 5/8/17

When it rains it pours and that’s exactly what happened tonight at Sydney’s iconic Metro Theatre. As crowds seemed to move in all at once, empty walls would soon see sweaty backs. No one was going to leave dissatisfied as punters were in for one hell of a lineup. Starting off the all Sydney lineup with the female fronted Scabz, originally from Wollongong, now residing in good old Newtown; things didn’t take long to warm up with the crowd taken by the charm and stage presence of vocalist Shaz. It was good to see the respect given towards the...

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