Grave Pleasures – ‘Dreamcrash’

Those of you familiar with the band that was Beastmilk, will know the greatness that is their 2013 album, ‘Climax’. The Finnish deathrock band received critical acclaim in its wake, and widespread attention across the music world. Unfortunately, they parted ways with their guitarist, Johan Snell, earlier this year. For some bands, losing a key […]

Crossfaith – ‘Xeno’

Ever since Judas Priest’s Unleashed In The East live album first showcased the country’s following of the genre, Japan has a long history of producing some of history’s less conventional metal acts. Comparatively normal by the country’s standards but by no means your ordinary band are Osaka dance/metal fusionists Crossfaith, now on their fourth album […]

City and Colour – ‘If I Should Go Before You’

With lead single ‘Woman’, City and Colour (the main project by Alexisonfire guitarist and vocalist Dallas Green) looked set to reinvent his style. The nine minute opus twisted around prog-guitars, with Green’s echoed vocals adding to an enticing and expansive soundscape. Upon its release earlier in the year, it provided a breath of fresh air […]

Sidewave – ‘Glass Giant’

2015 is the year of shoegaze. With legendary bands Ride and Hum playing reunion shows to seminal bands Failure and Swervedriver reuniting and releasing new albums to younger bands like Cloakroom and Creepoid releasing stellar albums, the genre known for its spacey and ambient form of rock is everywhere. And while this year that marks […]

EofE – ‘EofE’

EofE have been steadily developing a dedicated fan base for the last two years and have finally realised their self-titled debut album, ‘EofE’. Is it exciting? Perhaps not, but they are another reason why British rock is something that remains a popular and accessible genre. ‘Get Caught’ storms in as an addictive start to the […]

Tellison – ‘Hope Fading Nightly’

It’s been four years since the last Tellison album, ‘The Wages of Fear’. An album which in a just world would have sent them into the stratosphere (or at least its sonic equivalent, the Radio 1 ‘A’ playlist). Sadly, we live in a world where justice is nothing but an abstract concept and a French […]

itoldyouiwouldeatyou – ‘Don’t Cheer Up’

If you’ve spent any of your time at tiny gigs down local pubs in the South, you’ll have heard a lot of music like this: unmistakably English voices (none of those faux American accents), realist lyricism, and a combination of emo and math rock tendencies that result in charming, accessible pop songs. Each song on […]

Conflict North – ‘Treading Water’

Hailing from Hertfordshire and London, Conflict North are the latest group to tread the metalcore boards. Only a couple of months old, they’ve dived in head first and released an EP in the form of ‘Treading Water’. From the start, it’s evident that these guys want to make an impact. Some of their tracks, such […]

LIVE: ArcTanGent Festival 2015

This festival may stand in stark contrast to the rest of Punktastic’s summer coverage, but in our mind, it’s just as deserving of its place as the behemoths found elsewhere in this section. Legions of fans of math-rock and post-rock have descended on Bristol from far-flung places like continental Europe, the U.S. and even Sri […]

CHON – ‘Grow’

In the past seven years, Californian quintet CHON have blossomed from playing home shows to touring with acts such as Animals As Leaders and Circa Survive. They drew from their experience on the road to release their first EP, ‘Newborn Sun’, in 2013, followed by EP ‘Woohoo!’ the following year. They’ve finally released their debut […]

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