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Napalm Death (w/ Raging Speedhorn, Crepitation) Lay Waste to Liverpool’s O2 Academy [Photos]

Grindcore icons Napalm Death lay waste to the O2 Academy in Liverpool with a career-spanning set. Check out the photo gallery and review here.

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Tonight we witness the ultimate display of heavy music as the grindcore institution that is Napalm Death rolls into Liverpool!

Opening up the show is Liverpool’s own produce Crepitation, the dictionary definition of which means the grating or cracking sensation which just about sums up the band perfectly. You want to listen to something that sounds so filthy you just stand there with a look on your face like you’ve bitten into something sour, then look no further than these muck merchants.

Crepitation put Bree cheese on the menu with some fantastic song names. Now I had to double-check the song names to see if it wasn’t a piss-take and I’m proud to report it was not. Onstage these guys were so chilled and happy to introduce each work of art in their wonderful, witty humour but, as soon as you heard those chimes and the band launched into their insane riffs, this slam beatdown was no laughing matter.

Following that slam explosion came the mighty Raging Speedhorn. A group that has been one of Britain’s finest heavy metal bands since 1998 and has supported some of the biggest metal acts in the world, they still rule the UK metal scene to this day. Having seen these guys so many times over the years, they never fail to disappoint and their Liverpool set was no different with their brutal metal whipping up constant circle pits full of fans young and old.

Being the first intimate show I’ve been to since COVID, seeing Raging Speedhorn made me realize how much I’d missed the sight of people out there getting pissed, having fun and making pits to their favourite bands. Playing a stack of tracks from the current album, Hard To Kill, along with a smattering of classics like “Fuck The Voodoo Man” and “Hate Song,” Raging Speedhorn is still a must-watch band for any fan of heavy metal.

Grindcore legends Napalm Death take to the stage and quite simply dominate. An act that has been going strong since the early ’80s when they arrived with their first album, Scum, they have come a long way since then. Producing some intense short music that hits you hard, this is a band full of pride and passion. Standing up to the bullshit Government, anyone against human rights, the arms trade and supporting women’s rights, Napalm Death is a group whose message is even more powerful than their music.

Napalm Death (w/ Raging Speedhorn, Crepitation) @ O2 Academy (Liverpool, UK) on March 19, 2022

With a career spanning nearly 40 years, Napalm Death has always stood out from the crowd with their aggressive attitude and political viewpoint. A band that has been an inspiration to many acts we see today, over the decades that have passed and tonight, Napalm Death still show us they mean business.

Powering through a set that contains over twenty songs spanning from Scum to their new album Resentment Is Always Seismic, new and veteran fans unite as one filled with joy and rage and, with the world in the state it is currently in, there is plenty to keep these extreme metal icons for many albums and tours to come.

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Frankie Flowers Releases Her Brand New Single “LUST”

Waterloo, Ontario, genre-bending alternative punk artist Frankie Flowers has released her brand new single “LUST.”

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Frankie Flowers, photo by Victoria McWwan (@vic_shmik)
Frankie Flowers, photo by Victoria McWwan (@vic_shmik)

Frankie Flowers is an emerging alternative artist from Waterloo, Ontario. She creates a genre-bending sound by merging her love for dark-wave and post-punk music, as well as combining elements from other genres. Frankie has a dark, psychedelic, and eclectic vibe that urges you to escape reality and experience the unknown.

Her aptly-titled new single “LUST” feels dark and desperate, with echo and reverb that drown out the verses, in contrast with the punchy chorus.

Commenting on the single, Frankie states:

“You can lust for anything. People, money, power; we’re all longing for something.”

Frankie Flowers “Lust” single artwork

Frankie Flowers “Lust” single artwork

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Cosmic Ninja Evolve Their Genre Bending Style on New EP ‘Filth’

Bristol rock ravers Cosmic Ninja evolve their genre-bending sound on their brand new EP ‘Filth,’ released earlier this month.

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Cosmic Ninja, photo by Pacific Curd Photography
Cosmic Ninja, photo by Pacific Curd Photography

Cosmic Ninja has been taking the UK by storm over the last few years with their eclectic sound and raucous live show. The band has just released their most accomplished and exciting work in their new EP, Filth.

Their energetic appeal, disregard for genre conventions, and punk ethos have made the band stand out in a deeply creative scene. Filth is packed full of tracks that feel distinctive and
packed full of unique character while embedded with Cosmic Ninja DNA.

Recorded with John Mitchell (Enter Shikari, Architects) at Outhouse Studios in Reading, the EP bursts with energy and intensity throughout, melding impassioned political lyrics with dizzying electronics and huge riffs. From the angst-filled raps to the soaring, memorable choruses, the diversity and guile shown on the new EP are staggering, and with their sights set on themes like the political status quo, injustice, equality, and mental health, their message feels clearer and more important than ever.

A track that exemplifies the feel of the EP is “Stone Cold,” a track as dynamic and unpredictable as anything you’ll hear this year. Euphoric synths compliment a sound that skitters from groovy to melodic to spiky before reaching its apex with a colossal metal breakdown. Everything about the track feels laser-focused and precise, embodying everything that Cosmic Ninja is.

Filth is blessed with an abundance of similar highlights and moments of awe-inspiring creativity throughout. The powerful, socially conscious messaging that adorns these tracks feels vital and relevant, and the conviction in the dual vocals makes for a release that feels as authentic and pure as it does all-encompassing.

Cosmic Ninja ‘Filth’ EP album artwork

Cosmic Ninja ‘Filth’ EP album artwork

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Bayside Announces ‘There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive’ Due April 5th

Esteemed punk act Bayside is thrilled to announce their forthcoming album ‘There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive.’

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Bayside, photo by Will Buckley
Bayside, photo by Will Buckley

Esteemed punk act Bayside is thrilled to announce their forthcoming album, There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive. The highly anticipated record serves as a follow-up to their dynamic 2019 release, Interrobang, and features tracks from the previously released The Red and The Blue EPs as well as six brand new songs. These new songs see the band continue to captivate with a mix of introspective storytelling and a powerful blend of punk, rock, and metal. There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive is set to leave an indelible mark on the music scene, solidifying Bayside’s position as one of the most influential bands of their generation.

Fans can stream Bayside’s haunting new single “The Devils” and can pre-save/pre-order There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive, out digitally on April 5th and physically on May 10th.

On the new single, frontman Anthony Raneri shares:

“We just wanted to write a ripper that keeps you on your toes. The chant was a melody that I kept humming to myself when I was walking my dogs. I put some words to it and we were going to use it as a bridge. We loved it so much we thought the song had to start that way.”

Fans can hear new music live for the first time on Bayside’s forthcoming North American headline tour. The Worse Things Than Being Alive tour, kicking off on April 3rd in Pittsburgh, features support from Finch, Armor For Sleep, and Winona Fighter.

Raneri adds:

“We’re so excited to be touring with a couple of real pioneers in this genre. It’s been close to 20 years since we played a show with either band. So excited to finally run it back.”

Additional stops on The Worse Things Than Being Alive tour include Baltimore, Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, New York, and more. Tickets, including VIP packages, are on sale now at: www.baysidebayside.com.

Bayside ‘There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive’ album artwork

Bayside ‘There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive’ album artwork

Tour Dates:

April 3 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre
April 4 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
April 5 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
April 6 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
April 7 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl
April 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Heaven)
April 10 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
April 12 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
April 13 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
April 14 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
April 16 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
April 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
April 19 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
April 20 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
April 21 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
April 23 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
April 24 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
April 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Union Events Center
April 27 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
April 29 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 30 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
May 1 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
May 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall +
May 4 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 +
May 5 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner +

+ – Indicates no Winona Fighter

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