Armstrong Festival release stage times

If you’re looking for a full list of stage times for this years Armstrong Festival, look no further as we have the times for every band listed below!

Why don’t you also listen to Saturday’s headliner Revocation to help pass the time of reading too?

Friday, July 14
SET TIMES – BAND
11:00am – 11:25am – DALMERS REALM
11:35am – 12:00pm – SPORE
12:10pm – 12:35pm – THE AVULSION
12:45pm – 1:10pm – SEREPHIC NHILIST
1:20pm – 1:45pm – ARKENFIRE
1:55pm – 2:20pm – ATROUS LEVIATIAN
2:30pm – 2:55pm – OSSIFIC
3:05pm – 3:30pm – NOMAD
3:40pm – 4:05pm – ZUCKUSS
4:15pm – 4:40pm – APPOLYON
4:50pm – 5:15pm – EXPAIN
5:25pm – 5:50pm – DROP DEAD FRED
6:00pm – 6:30pm – WMD
6:40pm – 7:10pm – ANGELMAKER
7:20pm – 7:50pm – EXIT STRATEGY
8:00pm                 100 MAN SHOTGUN (Beer Event)
8:15pm – 8:50pm – ODINFIST
9:10pm – 9:55pm – XUL
10:15pm – 11:00pm – NINJASPY
11:20pm – 12:20am – GOLERS

Saturday, July 15
SET TIMES – BAND
11:00am – 11:25am – TRAIN BIGGER MONKEYS
11:35am – 12:00pm – DRAGSTRIP DEVILS
12:10pm – 12:35pm – GATEKEEPER
12:45pm – 1:10pm – GARDENER
1:20pm – 1:45pm – TALES OF THE TOMB
1:55pm – 2:20pm – CELL
2:30pm – 3:00pm – CITIZEN RAGE
3:10pm – 3:40pm – GLADIUS SKY
3:50pm – 4:20pm – SLAGDUSTER
4:30pm – 5:00pm – GALACTIC PEGASUS
5:10pm – 5:40pm – EYE OF HORUS
5:50pm – 6:25pm – DEAD QUIET
6:25pm – 6:50pm – TRASH WRESTLING
6:50pm – 7:30pm – TERRIFIER
7:30pm – 7:55pm – TRASH WRESTLING
7:55pm – 8:35pm – COCAINE MOUSTACHE
8:35pm – 9:00pm – TRASH WRESTLING EVENT
9:00pm – 9:45pm – PLANET EATER
10:10pm – 10:55pm – AGGRESSION
11:15pm – 12:15am – REVOCATION

The Charm The Fury – The Sick, Dumb & Happy [REVIEW]

Bringing the metalcore and post hardcore all the way from Amsterdam, The Charm The Fury are looking to make more of a headway with their latest album titled ‘The Sick, Dumb & Happy’ which is aiming to bring a lot more to their table in terms of their music style.

Opening up the record with ‘Down On The Ropes’ was a smart move with it bringing different types of metalcore pizzazz to the beginning of their new album. With the intro to the track going from circle pit madness into the bouncy single string riff back and forth before throwing you straight into the meat and bones of the song, it shows their versatility. Whilst the track itself can feel a bit boring in parts, the guitar solo seems to liven it up as it moves into ‘Echoes’. This track feels like a marching order with the riff style it seems to go for, but as the time goes on, it loses quite a bit of its appeal. The choruses showcase a really nice melodic side that they have with the lead melodies and the clean vocals. ‘Weaponized’ picks up the pace a bit more and blends the line between the modern hardcore sound and metal with the thrash-like nature throughout the entire track and its instrumentation. The band seems to hit more of a stride with this ground and pound song with the chorus elements being a striking addition to the track. When the start of ‘No End In Sight’ kicked in, you felt like you had jumped into The Amity Affliction’s ‘Open Letter’, but the album throws you into a loop with more fast paced moments with some eerie production laid underneath.

The album seems to push the sound a bit more with the next track being somewhat more laid back in its approach and sets a nice tone for the midpoint of the record, but where ‘Blood And Salt’ ends, the aggression grows more with ‘The Future Need Us Not’ brings an endless barrage of sound that  changes up what you’ve already heard from the band at this point in the record. ‘Silent War’ takes the tone down a bit more and is undoubtedly one of the most emotional songs on the record. Its acoustic tone and clean vocal presentation are so gripping that it makes up for the feeling of the first half of the record and sets you up for the tail end of the record. By the closing moments of the record, it picks up where it left off with the fast paced aggression with the instrumentation that comes through. The clean style of vocals throw you through a look and can be a bit disorientating at first but ‘Songs Of Obscenity’ pushes through and gives you something that sounds like Beartooth for the most part. The final track ‘Break And Dominate’ pushes that metalcore sound even further and closes the record on a strong note, giving it a feeling of bands such as Arch Enemy and The Agonist.

The band seems to find their place around the second half of the record, but that doesn’t mean that the first half was terrible by any stretch of the word. With a genre as overpopulated as this one is, The Charm The Fury do their best to make you remember their name. By the end of it you most certainly will, but there is a checkbox that is still waiting to be ticked.

[6/10]

Evocation – The Shadow Archetype [REVIEW]

Giving you a strong death metal album with influences of thrash and hardcore slowly weaving its way through the course, then Evocation are looking to sway you with something gritty, destructive and above all heavy with their latest album release ‘The Shadow Archetype’ and give you another strong album to add to their collection.

The album opener sets the tone as the crackling and dense sound of the guitar tone for ‘Into Ruins’ set you up powerfully into ‘Condemned To The Grave’ brings in a massive tone on the low end that grumbles through and heightens the bass even more with cuts through on the higher end a bit more. The vocals sound fresh and fit really well as the band plow through this tracks marching sound whilst the guitar lead does its best to not overshadow the rest of the playing. The next track quickens the pace with ‘Modus Operandi’ going with a fastened guitar style and it sounding reminiscent as to what At The Gates would do in their ‘Slaughter Of The Soul’ era which also seems to bring out the best in their abilities. The vocals start climbing the scale a little bit more and show of little bits of variation and heightens the enjoyability of the record.

As the record progresses further, the album continues the same aggressive themes that were continued at the beginning. ‘Survival Of The Sickest’ does a nice mixture of the two sides of the album with the guitar lead melodies making the track sound much more rounded, especially during the solo. The album definitely seems to come into its own more during the second half of the record with ‘The Coroner’ following suit with the guitar tremolo picking with the darker ending that seems to change key as well, enticing the listener. The album closer ‘Dark Day Sunrise’ brings the album to a really nice ending due to it not fully going balls to the wall, but providing that groove that makes things flow really nicely for the end of the record and have you wanting to come back for more.

With all eyes watching on you to see if your latest material with bands of their stature, many of the old school people will be pleased to see what this band have concocted with the five years of not releasing an album. They’ve pulled out something great and it’ll be exciting to see how the next few years treat these Swedish death metallers.

[8/10]

Bloodstock Festival announce four new bands for festival

If you’re looking for four great additions for the upcoming Bloodstock Festival then you might have it in this few gems. First on the list is German thrash metal band Kreator, followed by a UK festival exclusive by American gunslingers KING 810, Black metal enthusiasts in INQUISITION and rounded up by Australian nutters in King Parrot.

Check out the full lineup above and listen to one of the bands announced below!