ALBUM REVIEW: Malevolence – Self Supremacy

Malevolence have only been around for a few years, yet have already made a massive impact on the metal/hardcore scene. Their 2013 release Reign Of Suffering saw them quickly become favourites and gave them the opportunity to play shows all around the world.
Three and a half years on, it’s less than a week till the release of their new album Self Supremacy. With it being announced back in March, fans all over the world have been counting down till May 19th to experience what the band have been cooking up.
Jumping straight into the album with the title track, ‘Self Supremacy’ it feels like it’s been ripped straight from their debut. The familiar tone of guitar and Malevolence’s unique drumming welcomes the fans back into the new album slowly, as well as heavily implementing Konan’s vocals which make more than an appearance in the release. This track paired with the equally batshit crazy ‘Trial By Fire’ creates an opening to an album that will go down as one of the heaviest in history.
After being taken on their first big European tour back in 2013 by Comeback Kid, Malevolence decided it would only be fair to ask Andrew to feature on ‘Severed Ties’. In an interview, drummer Charlie Thorpe said “We knew he’d come through with something sick, but he exceeded all expectations” and the combination of Andrew, Alex and Konan on one song is nothing short of an ingenious idea. The other track with a guest feature comes in the form of the second single ‘Wasted Breath’. This time featuring Kevin of The Merciless Concept – it seems a weird pairing but mixed with the melt-your-face off beatdown, it creates one of the heaviest songs on the album.

On every album there’s always a song that will be a hit live, and Malevolence have created that experience with “Body Count”. A delicate concoction of riffs, beatdowns and gang vocals will have the quietest of crowds getting rowdy. Breaking up the brutality is a little number called4AM on West Street’. A pure instrumental interlude with a sinister twist is sure to be the intro when the band tour the album later this month, finishing with a clip from the TV show The Wire it brings us into the next track. “Slave to Satisfaction” was the first single released and is easily one of the best tracks on the album. Konan is heavily involved and the vocals between the pair are malicious which pays off extremely well, and the Crowbar influences are very prominent throughout the track. The sludge-esque breakdown is one of the most rememberable pieces of the song, if not the whole album and will be stupidly heavy when played live.
The second half of the album is when Malevolence really come into full force, whether it’s the hard as fuck beatdown and ‘MLVLTD’ chant at the end of “Spineless” or the blast beat and punchy riffs filled “Outnumbered”. One song that really stood out in their previous release “Reign Of Suffering” was “Turn To Stone” due to the musical excellence that flowed throughout the 8 minutes and if you were expecting another track just like that, you won’t be disappointed – this time coming in the form of “True Colours”. Predominately Konan, it showcases everything that Malevolence are made of, and with the spine chilling riffs and stupendous drums by Thorpe complementing each other outstandingly it’s a standout across the bands discography, let alone this album.
Genre defining is not a term to be thrown around lightly, but this album is a true representation of what hardcore and metal can be when mixed together perfectly. They’ve matured immensely and the work put into this is evidently second to fucking none. Do not even try and compare “Reign of Suffering” and “Self Supremacy” as they’re both modern classics and with both albums to play with, Malevolence will put on a hell of a show when they tour in a couple of weeks. This album has been massively hyped in the underground scene and it easily exceeds any expectations you may have.

Malevolence embark on a three week long tour starting in a couple of weeks time bringing along No Zodiac and Revulsion to join the party. Pre-orders for the album can be found over on BDHW Records.

PVRIS release dates for autumn UK/EU tour

After the recent sold out tour which included two stunning performances at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, PVRIS are excited to announce a 22 date EU and UK tour this November for you to get your groove on to. You can listen to them below as well as view the dates!

2nd November Backstage Halle Munich

3rd November Dynamo Zurich

4th November Magazzini Generali Milan

6th November Flex Vienna

7th November Lucerna Music Bar Prague

8th November Huxleys Berlin

9th November Docks Hamburg

11th November Pumpehuset Copenhagen

12th November Fryhuset Stockholm

13th November Rockefeller Oslo

15th November Live Music Hall Cologne

16th November Den Atelier Luxembourg

17th November Tivoli Ronda Utrecht

18th November Elysee Montmartre Paris

19th November Trix Antwerp

22nd November o2 Academy Bristol

23rd November o2 Academy Birmingham

24th November The Academy Dublin

25th November Mandela Hall Belfast

27th November o2 Academy Glasgow

28th November Apollo Manchester

30th November o2 Brixton Academy London

Waterparks announce UK tour for September

Following their recent UK tour supporting All Time Low and ahead of their appearances at the Slam Dunk festivals later this month, Houston’s Waterparks have announced their first full UK headline tour for September.

SEPTEMBER
21: BRISTOL FLEECE
22: NOTTINGHAM RESCUE ROOMS
23: NEWCASTLE O2 ACADEMY 2
24: GLASGOW KING TUTS
26: LEEDS KEY CLUB
27: MANCHESTER ACADEMY 3
28: LONDON UNDERWORLD
29: BIRMINGHAM O2 ACADEMY 2
30: BRIGHTON THE HAUNT

Halflives announce UK tour for July

What has already been an enjoyable and incredible nine months for Italian quintet Halflives now takes a new step in the right direction as the Modena natives have announced their first UK headline tour! You can check out the dates below as well as what they sound like!

11th – Glasgow – Bloc
12th – Nottingham – The Maze
13th – Peterborough – Met Bar
14th – Bridgwater – Cobblestones
15th – Whitchurch – Percy’s

Mutation Announce New Album and Tour

The UK Noise band Mutation, fronted by Ginger Wildheart are coming off the back of two albums which were recieved with positive reviews and great fan reaction. Now the trio are coming back with their new record Mutation III: Dark Black, an album which is going to be tackling different issues that the band are  processing personally. Ginger Wildheart has spoken about the upcoming release and has said that album features ‘Anger, disgust in people, frustration at the collapse of human conscience and hatred of the gullible element that makes up society’. 

Alongside the announcement of this new record the band are set to venture out on a UK and Japan.  Check out the tour poster below.

The War On Drugs release new song ‘Thinking Of A Place’ + tour dates

It’s time to get excited, The War On Drugs return with the new song “Thinking of a Place” and the announcement of an autumn North American, European and UK tour. The single is the bands first new, original material since 2014’s Lost In The Dream and their debut for Atlantic Records. You can view all this information below!

Thu. Sep. 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Dell Music Center

Fri. Sep. 22 – New York, NY @ SummerStage in Central Park

Sat. Sep. 23 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Mon. Sep. 25 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte

Tue. Sep. 26 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle

Thu. Sep. 28 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory

Fri. Sep. 29 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall [Outside Lawn]

Sat. Sep. 30 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

Thu. Oct. 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre

Mon. Oct. 9 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre

Wed. Oct. 11 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Fri. Oct. 13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

Sat. Oct. 14 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

Wed. Oct. 18 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre

Thu. Oct. 19 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre

Fri. Oct. 20 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!

Sat. Oct. 21 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall

Wed. Nov. 1 – Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live

Fri. Nov. 3 – Cologne, DE @ E-Werk

Sat. Nov. 4 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National

Mon. Nov. 6 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan

Tue. Nov. 7 – Euralille, FR @ l’Aéronef

Thu. Nov. 9 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland

Sun. Nov. 12 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo Manchester

Tue. Nov. 14 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace

Fri. Nov. 17 – Zurich, CH @ X-tra

Sat. Nov. 18 – Milan, IT @ Fabrique

Mon. Nov. 20 – München, DE @ Muffathalle

Tue. Nov. 21 – Hamburg, DE @ Große Freiheit 36

Wed. Nov. 22 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom

Fri. Nov. 24 – Oslo, NO @ Spektrum

Sat. Nov. 25 – Copenhagen, DE @ Tap 1

Mon. Nov. 27 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet

Voivod announce UK/EU June tour

To promote their latest Mini-CD release entitled “Post Society”, Voivod have announced a next string of live-dates which will see the band playing festivals and club-shows in Europe throughout June. You can view the dates and listen to the group below!

08.06. Hamburg – Logo (Germany)
09.06. Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival (Sweden)
10.06. Rheine – Hypothalamus (Germany)
11.06. Goes – Podium ‘t Beest (The Netherlands)
12.06. Aalst – Cirque Mystic (Belgium)
13.06. Norwich – Waterfront (UK)
14.06. Glasgow – Audio (UK)
15.06. Newcastle – Riverside (UK)
16.06. Leeds – Temple Of Boom (UK)
17.06. Nottingham – The Dog House (UK)
18.06. London – Underworld (UK)
19.06. Essen – Turock (Germany)
20.06. Dresden – Scheune (Germany)
21.06. Tilburg – Little Devil (The Netherlands)

The Contortionist announce UK headline shows for May/June

US-proggers The Contortionist have announced a headline run of UK dates. The dates fall between the band’s tour with Grammy-award nominees Periphery and Italian prog-metallers Destrage, and their appearance at Download Festival 2017, playing Friday June 09.

31.05.17 – Chester, Live Rooms
01.06.17 – Tunbridge Wells, The Forum
02.06.17 – Coventry, Empire
03.06.17 – Cheltenham, Frog and Fiddle
04.06.17 – Glasgow, Cathouse
06.06.17 – Huddersfield, The Parish
07.06.17 – Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms

Vola release their August tour schedule

Mashing all of your favourite genres together in a big explosion, VOLA are planning to return to the UK this August to play two headline shows at Dingwalls in London as well as the Sanctuary in Basingstoke. Including that, the band will also be playing the illustrious ArcTanGent Festival alongside Explosions in the Sky, Tesseract, Converge, Sikth, Future of the Left and Heck.

Listen to the group below!