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Milk Teeth Be Nice

Milk Teeth

Be NIce

Roadrunner Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Ever since the release of the Smiling Politely EP back in 2013 Milk Teeth have been steadily building up a head of steam with a relentless touring schedule and a succession of releases, including their stunning 2016 debut full length Vile Child, and now everything seems to be falling into place for Milk Teeth, they have been steadily gaining media attention and following their tour earlier this year with Creeper and Energy they have signed to a new label and the band have now released their new EP, and Roadrunner Records debut, Be Nice.

Owning Your Okayness kicks off the Be Nice EP in classic Milk Teeth style, a big distorted riff that recalls the finest moments of Magnapop, The Muffs and Veruca Salt but with Milk Teeth‘s own enthusiasm and energy added to make this a perfect start to their first release for Roadrunner Records. Prism brings a more polished and anthemic feel that is carried by an undercurrent of fuzzed up bass before the driving Fight Skirt kicks things back into gear with a perfect song that encapsulates everything that I love about Milk Teeth. The final track, Hibernate, is a departure from Milk Teeth‘s usual frantic style, a dark stripped down and haunting number that makes the Be Nice EP a perfect showcase for one of the UK’s most promising bands.

I was fortunate enough to catch Milk Teeth earlier this year on their UK tour with Creeper, to say I was impressed by them live is an understatement as I promptly bought their superb Vile Child album the day after, now with the Be Nice EP they’ve bought an extra dimension to their sound without losing any of their immediacy. Be Nice indicates that Milk Teeth have stepped things up and proves that they are a band that sit comfortably amongst the best in the UK at the moment, the release of their new EP and the fact that they have the muscle of Roadrunner Records behind them indicates that if you can catch them live this summer you should, as I suspect that current run of headline of shows will be your last chance to catch them in an intimate venue.

The Be Nice EP can be ordered here

Milk Teeth Reveal Video For ‘Prism’ From ‘Be Nice’ EP

Milk Teeth Be NiceEverything is falling into place for Milk Teeth ahead of the July 28th release of their new EP and Roadrunner Records debut, Be Nice. Now Milk Teeth further build anticipation for the EP by sharing the video for the track Prism that combines unsettling and colourful imagery with an energised performance, the video neatly complements the track’s punchy mix of attitude, melody and aggression.

The Be Nice EP can be pre-ordered here

The video for Prism, and Milk Teeth‘s UK tour dates, can be viewed below Read More…

Milk Teeth Reveal Acoustc Video Of ‘Hibernate’

Milk Teeth Be NiceAs the July 28th release of their first Roadrunner Records EP, Be Nice, Milk Teeth present a change of pace with an acoustic performance of the EP’s closing track, Hibernate. The video captures an acoustic performance that is stripped of the band’s usual visceral rush of distortion and demonstrates the compelling songwriting that underpins Milk Teeth’s material. 

You can pre-order the Be Nice EP here

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Milk Teeth To Release New EP ‘Be Nice’ On July 28th

Milk Teeth Be NiceMilk Teeth have announced that they’ve signed with Roadrunner Records UK and the band’s first release for the label will be their brand new EP, Be Nice, which will be out on July 28th. Be Nice represents the first of two interlinked EPs, with the second to follow later this year, Milk Teeth have also announced details of a summer UK headline tour.

You can pre-order the Be Nice EP here

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Creeper March 2017 Tour

Creeper / Milk Teeth / Energy / Puppy

Academy 2, Manchester, UK

25th March 2017
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Creeper March 2017 crowdSpring has finally arrived in Manchester and as the more then welcome, and long overdue, sunshine arrives a patch of darkness descends upon Manchester in the shape of Creeper, tonight is the first date of their European tour that is in support of their debut album, Eternity, In Your Arms, that was released via Roadrunner Records just prior to the tour. Accompanying Creeper on the UK leg of their tour is an impressive bill of support acts in the shape of Milk Teeth, Energy and Puppy, tonight the Academy 2 is completely sold out, the crowd is noisy and vibrant and the turn out for the support acts, and the variety of t shirts on display, indicates that each band has bought along its own noisy and dedicated following.

Creeper March 2017 Puppy 2Fresh from signing to Spinefarm Records, London based trio Puppy occupy the early slot on the tour, they open proceedings with some doom laden tones that for me channel the spirit of the early recordings by Black Sabbath combined with kind of the pop hooks that the likes of Weezer deliver. Whilst the singers unique vocal style seemed to divide opinion amongst those around me, and their style may seem slightly at odds with the rest of tonight’s bill, their short set of poppy proto metal seems to warm the crowd up nicely and they appear to go down well with the majority of the sizeable crowd who have already made it into town for the early start to tonight’s show.

Creeper March 2017 Energy 2The crowd at tonight’s show is distinctly youthful, something I will always take as a positive sign for the health of the UK’s punk scene, and the venue is almost packed to capacity by the time Boston’s Energy take to the stage for their debut appearance in the UK. They open with a slow burning instrumental that builds in intensity before their set kicks off in earnest, Energy are a band that certainly live up to their name, they deliver a welcome blast of melodic hardcore, that is a distinct contrast to Puppy‘s opening set, that brings a frantic hard edged shot of adrenalin and punk rock to tonight’s show. Energy‘s set carries a distinct horror punk undercurrent, especially with their most recent single, The Witching Hour, that is of course included in their all too short appearance tonight. Their set of hard edged punk hits the spot nicely and saw the first, but not the last, chaotic moshpit of the night and towards the climax of their set there was an enthusiastic outbreak of crowdsurfing. This is Energy‘s first visit to the UK, their powerful and impressive set of punk rock has undoubtedly won them a new set of converts on this side of the Atlantic, myself included amongst that number. 

Creeper March 2017 Milk TeethMilk Teeth continue the full tilt assault with a set of fuzzed up punk rock that adds another dimension to tonight’s bill. Their sound reminds of bands such as Verruca Salt, L7, The Muffs and Babes In Toyland, but for me it’s delivered with a sharper cutting edge, and of course a punkier sensibility. The intensity of their set builds up and delivers some pummelling punk rock that is of course exactly what the crowd wanted. This is Milk Teeth‘s first show of the year, and they’ve certainly hit the ground running as by the third song in their set the mosh pit is back in business and crowd surfers are keeping the security staff busy. Milk Teeth;s sound combines elements of grunge, alternative and of course good old fashioned punk rock to stunning effect, their all too brief set, that is largely culled from their superb 2016 album, Vile Child, produces a series of anthemic numbers that, like Energy‘s impressive set before them, has left me wanting to hear a lot more by both of tonight’s main support acts.

Creeper March 2017 1Following the superb set from Milk Teeth there is a lengthy gap Before Creeper make their eagerly awaited appearance, largely because the stage has undergone a transformation into what can only be described as Vegas Halloween chic, complete with illuminated neon tombstones. I last encountered Creeper supporting The Misfits in the academy basement in 2015, they’ve come a long way since I last saw them as their following seems to have grown considerably over the last few years, as their appearance draws nearer the venue sees a distinctly more gothic contingent added to the crowd in the already packed Academy 2. The lights drop and an raucous chant rings out, then the tombstones illuminate and then their set kicks in with their emotive horror tinged punk rock. This is a different band to the one I saw supporting New Jerseys finest, everything has changed and you get the distinct feeling that Creeper are destined for bigger things. Creeper channel rock, horror punk and emo influences to crowd pleasing effect, they have developed a loyal and energetic following and they play a set of the kind of material My Chemcial Romance used to deliver so well in their heyday.

Creeper March 2017 2Creeper play their set to the energetic and sweaty crowd that seem to know every word and chord throughout the first night of this hefty European tour, even if it is on a stage that looks as though it came straight off the set of a higher budget musical remake of Plan 9 From Outer Space. The spring weather finally arriving, tonight’s good natured crowd, the Academy 2‘s unobtrusive security and it’s efficient bar staff have combined to ensure that atmosphere at tonight’s show was perfect, add the four bands that made up tonight’s line up into the mix and you can see why tonight’s show was completely sold out. For me Milk Teeth and Energy stole the show tonight with their raw edged punk rock, but I suspect that I’ll be in the minority on this one judging by the crowds delirious reaction to a triumphant set by Creeper that saw my photographer for the night, Mike Maffia, almost buried under a hail of crowd-surfers and stage-divers at the start of Creeper‘s set.

Creeper March 2017 Energy 3Creeper‘s official website can be found here

Milk Teeth‘s Facebook page is here and their Bandcamp page is here

Energy‘s Bandcamp can be found here and their Facebook presence is here

Puppy can be found on Facebook here

Live photography by Mike Maffia

You can click on any of Mike’s photos to view a slide show of the images

Creeper Reveal Video For ‘Misery’ And Confirm EU Tour Dates

Creeper March 2017 TourReleased last Friday, Creeper’s debut album, Eternity, In Your Arms, has been met with widespread critical acclaim, with many praising their unique combination of potent punk rock fury, flamboyant theatrics and ambitious storytelling. Now the band present the conclusion of their Eternity, In Your Arms video trilogy by unveiling its final chapter with a new film for the key album track Misery.

Eternity, In Your Arms can be ordered via Creeper‘s website here

The video for Eternity, and Creeper‘s tour dates, can be viewed below Read More…

Creeper Announce Lineup Changes, New EP

Creeper 2016Southampton, UK goth-punk outfit Creeper have announced a couple of lineup changes; Oliver Burdett has replaced Sina Nemati on guitar and live keyboardist Hannah Greenwood is now a full-time member. The 6 piece have also announced a new EP titled The Stranger which is due to drop on February 19th via Roadrunner Records.

The band are supporting Neck Deep on their upcoming UK tour, check out the full list of dates below.

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Video: The Devil Wear’s Prada – War

Devil Wears PradaLong running hardcore act The Devil Wears Prada has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “War” which appeared on their latest record, 8.18, and was released earlier this year via Roadrunner Records.

Watch the video below.

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Sixx AM - This Is Gonna Hurt

Sixx AM

This Is Gonna Hurt

Roadrunner Records
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Rating: 2/5

 
 

 

 

Sixx: A.M., the current project of Motley Crue guitarist Nikki Sixx, wouldn’t get a second look if it wasn’t for their spotlight pedigree.  Their sophomore album, This Is Gonna Hurt, feels like nothing more than a stab at immediate relevancy and sure-fire radio play.  Chalk full of tunes that sound as if Sixx could have written them in his sleep – the disc is a snooze for anyone that’s turned the dial over the past twenty years and tuned into Nickleback or anything produced under Butch Walker.  This Is Gonna Hurt feels most like a band repackaging a lifetime of clichés for an audience that knows nothing new.

To compound matters, Nikki doesn’t really seem to know what form he want the project to take, making for a jumbled mess or an identity crisis.  For instance, opener and title track “This Is Gonna Hurt” along with follow-up “Lies Of The Beautiful People” seem to want to be token balls-to-the-wall rock tracks circa Motley Crue, but then moments later “Mare You With Me Now” transforms into some sort of castrated soft-rock ballad with very little conviction.  The worst offender, “Sure Feels Right,” mimics the personalized nature of one of Walkers solo efforts, only the vague lyrical content fails to attract empathy, causing his reasonable emotive voice to fall flat.  Compounding maters, the predictable violin only serves to strengthen my belief that most of this album was born in the producer’s booth.  Then there are songs like “Live Forever” that takes a nod from newer acts like Modest Mouse, which would actually turns out pretty well for the band if it didn’t feel so out of place on the record.

The album ends with the incredibly clichéd piano ballad “Skin.”  “When they start to judge you, show them your true colours, and do unto others, as you’d have done to you, just rise above this, kill them with your kindness” croons a mellow Sixx.  It’s a line that’s tough to take seriously considering that Sixx: A.M. certainly doesn’t feel like a genuine expression itself.  I’ll concede that Nikki and his crew can play their instruments as well as their lineage implies, but each note just feels so calculated and commercial that they never reach the energy or attitude of Sixx’s past successes.

Video: Billy Talent ‘Show Me The Way’

Billy TalentCanadian alternative rockers Billy Talent have released a video for their track Show Me the Way online. It features on their latest full length, Dead Silence which is due for release on September 7th via Warner Music/Roadrunner Records.

You can check out the video here.

Scar The Martyr Announce Debut Record / Tour

Scar The MartyrJoey Jordison’s (Slipknot, Murderdolls) new band Scar The Martyr have announced their self titled debut record will land on October 1st via Roadrunner Records. The album was produced by Rhys Fulber (Rob Zombie, Fear Factory) and featured Jordison on rhythm guitar, bass and drums, Henry Derek on vocals, Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails) on keyboards, with Jed Simon (Strapping Young Lad) and Kris Norris (Darkest Hour) providing additional guitar work.

Full tour dates (with Danzig & Huntress):

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Dragonforce - Inhuman Rampage

Dragonforce

Inhuman Rampage

Roadrunner Records
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Rating: 2/5

 
 

 

 

Not being a huge fan of power metal, I heard Dragonforce for the first time with no preconceived thoughts of what they would sound like. It was really a fluke that I stumbled across their music video for their single “Through the Fire and Flames“, but after watching the clip once through I was stunned by the skill level of guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman. The track starts off with a spanish style opening riff and quickly jumps into hyper mode as the rest of the band kick in furiously and fast. The song continues along at the same hyper pace with over the top guitar solo’s, 80’s hair band vocals, thrashing drums, vibrant keys and solid bass lines before breaking down into a full blown guitar duel. Herman and Sam battle it out shredding through hot licks at lightning speed in the middle of a song and somehow they make it work.

While I was intrigued enough to warrant a purchase, I was totally disappointed when I was able to sit down with the full album. The first track, which is the aforementioned single, was extended on the album version and clocking in at just over 7 minutes the song started to get old before it was even over. The rest of the album follows through identically and as amazing as the guitar playing is, there’s only so much you can take before it all sounds repetitive track after track. Credit definitely must be given where its deserved and the guitar playing is quality, but the song writing really lacks in diversity and creativity. The shredding of the guitars take centre stage as the focus of each track and the songs all seem to be written around the insane guitar solo’s. While neat at first, this causes the songs suffer as a whole as the melody and the vocals always take a back seat to the guitar work. Dave Mackintosh pounds away on the drums just as fast as anything Herman or Sam can play on guitar, but his drumming never really strays from the one beat that he has perfected so well. This one beat leads us to song after song of the exact same drum pattern with only minor variations and again it starts to get really dull early on in the album.

As a whole Inhuman Rampage isn’t a very good album, vocally ZP Theart does his job and fits the sound of the band while singing themes of fantasy. Vadim Pruzhanov adds a slight bit of change and an extra dimension with his work on the keyboards but really everything is second to the shred of the guitar. While there is a softer ballad (Trail of Broken Hearts)Inhuman Rampage sounds much of the same throughout the album and doesn’t have enough diversity in its song structures to have any real lasting appeal. Go HERE, watch the music video until your bored of it and give this album a miss.

Alexisonfire Announce New EP Details

AlexisonfireAlexisonfire has announced details regarding their followup to 2009’s Old Crows/Young Cardinals.  The release will take the form of an EP titled Dog’s Blood, and has a street date of November 2, 2010 via Dine Alone Records (Canada)/Vagrant (US)/Roadrunner (Japan, Europe).

The album features four tracks that co-vocalist Dallas Green has been quoted saying “They’re completely different-sounding songs and would probably never make it onto a full-length record.”  Co-produced by Alexisonfire and Jon Drew (F*cked Up, Tokyo Police Club, Quest For Fire, Arkells) the EP features three vocal tracks and one instrumental.  None of these tracks have even been performed live.

Dog’s Blood will have a run limited to 2000 vinyl records available in three different colours.  Different colours will be available at different vendors: one colour will be sold through the labels, one colour via the band’s official online store , and one colour will be sold on tour as merchandise.  Check out the track listing below.

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Underoath – Illuminator

UnderoathTampa, FL metalcore act Underoath has released their first full track from their upcoming seventh studio album, Ø (Disambiguation), due out November 9, 2010 via Tooth And Nail (US) and Roadrunner Records (International).  The track is titled “Illuminator” and is tracked at number four on the album.  Ø (Disambiguation) is the band’s first official work with new bandmate and ex-Norma Jean drummer Daniel Davison.

The full track can be heard here.

Underoath Signs To Roadrunner UK

UnderoathFormer Tooth & Nail Records group Underoath has announced that they have just signed to Roadrunner Records.  The new label will give them greater exposure in Europe for the release of their forthcoming album Disambiguation, which is currently slated for a November 9, 2010 release.

The band recently launched a pre-order here.

Madina Lake

Madina Lake

Matthew Leone

Roadrunner Records
By on January 29th, 2009 at The Garrick - Winnipeg, Manitoba

 

 

I recently had the chance to sit down with Matthew Leone from the band Madina Lake when they played here in Winnipeg. I usually always get kind of nervous when I am going to interview someone since you’re never sure what you’re going to get; but this one was one of the best ones to date. I have never met a more grounded down to earth guy than Matthew. He was very open to every type of question from his stint of fame on Fear Factor to being very candid on his relationship with his brother. Watch out for the new album, it’s going to kick you in the groin and laugh in your face. Read More…