Duality in music is something that's often difficult to pull off subtly; Fuzzystar, the Edinburgh-based alternative rock project of Andy Thomson manages this by not attempting any grand, genre-defining combination of styles on their debut album, Telegraphing, but by simply infecting the project's sound with various influences and conveying differing emotional states.
Over the last 15 years, Atlantan progressive metal band Mastodon have released some of the most important heavy music albums of the 21st century. They've been a band beloved in all factions of metal fandom, a gateway for some, and always an innovator. Does their latest album, 'Emperor Of Sand' live up to their previous efforts? Here's what we thought...
Having been making waves in their native Sweden and across Europe over the last three years, Gothenburg's OAK have returned with their follow-up to their 2014 self-titled record.
It's always heartening to hear new music that's completely original, a blend of existing styles put together beautifully in a way that doesn't sound quite like any of them. Brighton's Earth Moves, on their debut LP 'The Truth in Our Bodies', have done just that.
Dublin's Fangclub have been making a name for themselves recently, being covered by the mainstream rock press, played on Radio 1, and soon, supporting chart-botherers Twin Atlantic for the Ireland/UK leg of their European tour, which includes three nights in Glasgow's Barrowlands. This tour leg commences just under a month after the release of their sophomore EP, Coma Happy.
You might be forgiven for thinking with such a ridiculous name, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard were some kind of parody band, or pedallers of bog-standard doom metal. You'd be mistaken: on their sophomore album, Y Proffwyd Dwyll, MWWB have taken the doom metal format and shaken it up, incorporating airy vocals, keyboards and psychedelic rock influences.
The Classic Grand is absolutely packed this Sunday evening, with Royal Republic's small but dedicated fanbase turning up in spades. The venue's 500 person capacity is pushed to its limit, there barely being space for anyone to move by the time Dinosaur Pile-Up have started.
Jonathan Greenwood's recording project The Doublecross takes the basic mould of Hot Water Music's upbeat melodic punk and adds a bit of radio-friendly sheen to it. Keep Bleeding is an album that succeeds in spite of itself, and is shamelessly enjoyable as a collection of fun, if commercial, rock songs.
The Fall of Troy triumphantly return to Glasgow for the first time since reuniting (although they played Edinburgh last year), armed with a new album's worth of material. Playing at the Cathouse, they are supported by melodic hardcore outfit Terrible Love, and emo group Tiny Moving Parts.
An Endless Sporadic are an instrumental prog rock group who achieved modest success in 2008 with the release of their Ameliorate EP, with tracks Impulse and Anything being featured in various Guitar Hero games. This release, Magic Machine, is something of a surprise, as it comes seven years after the band fading into obscurity following the release of their self-titled debut full-length in 2009.