What an exciting time it was last year when word rapidly spread that Gallops were going to re-gallop. fter a hiatus of four years, the Wrexham band announced not only their valiant return to the stage, but that a new album would be on the cards.
Aiming For Enrike first burst into our hearts with their incredible Rohdos Garage live sessions last year. Armed with a modest arsenal of guitar, drums and herd of pedals, the Norwegian act were forging sounds that combined melodic pop-hooks, looped fusion grooves and the oddball sonic textures of Battles and Adebisi Shank.
Grindcore is a brilliant genre; in fact, just generally, aggressive-tech-metal can be a very rewarding style of music – there’s a furious, electrifying energy captured in the violence of the music, which can ultimately prove tangibly cathartic. However, it’s such that, most often, that same energy is pumped into the creation of darker, angrier music which, without wanting to criticise, is not what listeners seeking a fix of intense, aggressive music always want.
King Crimson has always been a band of impeccable timing. Throughout their career they have managed to know when to strike at the right time, such as landing an opening gig for the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park only a few months into being a band that launched their career or when reforming at the right time in 1981 to usher in a new wave of influences into polyrhythmic music that has influenced a generation of math rock bands.
For the past three years Tera Collective have been drip feeding us videos and posts regarding the release of a mysterious five song EP. We waited in patience due to our obvious excitement, why wouldn't we be excited? Occasionally we'd lay awake at night with their Facebook posts circling our heads.