Any losses on bar tonight are easily made up in the droves of young fans who’ve parted ways for tickets to see what we can comfortably assume are their idols. It’s clear that this is a tour that has worked very, very well, merging You Me At Six and All Time Low - the crème de la crème from both sides of the Atlantic - in such a way that’s so commendable, it’s almost genius.
When you’re genuinely questioning whether or not a band are miming for the best part of 30 minutes, something’s either gone horrifically wrong or very, very right. Fortunately for dirt, it’s the latter. Tonight, the band play their debut - and sold out - show to celebrate the long-awaited release of EP Mirrors at London’s Islington Academy 2.
When you're involved in the music journalism community, you'll often get a tonne of requests asking to review what seems like every album under the sun. Within reason, this is fine; but when it's people you know, people you've essentially grown up with or that you see around every day, it's understandable that you're filled with something kind of resembling dread when faced with this panic-inducing request. Thankfully, with Pavilions, this isn't the case.
Tonight’s Enter Shikari show at the Hatfield Forum sold out in 30 minutes flat – at least that’s what we’re told by countless excitable fans dressed head-to-toe in their merch (literally) as we prepare to go inside. So, no pressure then guys… the fans are out in droves.
With the line for The Used well and truly snaking around the block hours before doors, it’s safe to say this is a band who have retained a certain level of relevance over the years.
Layne Staley is gone and this album is not Dirt. For some people that's enough to disregard this new album. If you can come to terms with this, have a listen to 'Black Gives Way to Blue', the fantastic new album from Alice In Chains.
Last Look At Eden was an album that raised many eyebrows as rumors spread of Europe’s return to the rock fray. But how does a band that almost defined an era with one song go on from there?
Megadeth's stock couldn't be higher right now. Recent releases have received favourable reviews and their line-up seems to have stabilised. They have a home at Mustaine's studio, "Vics garage", and once again they have Andy Sneap producing. Mustaine suggested this could be the best Megadeth album since 'Rust In Peace', so how does it stack up?
So tonights venue of choice, The Barfly in Camden, is unexpectedly quiet. After their storming performance at this summers Sonisphere Festival, Fact has gathered a strong following on these shores. The crowd is made up of eager Uk fans and numerous over excited Japanese fans - these guys are huge in their native Japan
'Slipknot' still provides staples for the blistering live Slipknot shows and introduced the energy, aggression and fuck you attitude that would go on to take the world by storm. The album still feels vibrant although what once seemed so groundbreaking now seems so familiar. But what makes the "special edition" special. The album is nicely packaged with expanded artwork, alternate mixes, demo versions and bonus tracks.