lilium-band-photoLiverpool alt-combo Lilium are to release their stunning new single ‘Disappear’ on Monday 28th November through Deathly Records / Ditto Music.

Expressing an intoxicating sound that tips its hat to everyone from Jeff Buckley, Pearl Jam and Muse to more progressive acts such as Yes and The Dear Hunter, Lilium’s music is powerfully melodic and moving, and has a relatable coherence that belies the complex and intricate craft used to create it, making it all the more unique and engulfing.

Having started life in the South West, and consisting of Samuel Dobbyn, Graeme Haywood, and siblings Andrew and Emma Heselton, the band’s success was capped with receiving the Cornish Guardian‘s What’s on Cornwall ‘Best Live Act’.

The pinning down of impressive supports with Young Kato, and with The 1975 at Boardmasters Festival has also greatly aided their progression.

More recently, the four-piece upped sticks and relocated to Merseyside, gathering more support slots with such outfits as Grumble Bee and Demob Happy.

Lilium have just been snapped up by emerging indie label Deathly Records, and are now poised to release their first single, ‘Disappear’, under the label later this month.

The track perfectly showcases the group’s charisma and diversity, as the single washes over you with a magnetising hook and thoughtful arrangements that keenly highlight the innovative crew’s classy song-writing ability.

Armed with an eye-catching animated video, further material, and widespread shows during the start of the year, Lilium are certainly ones to watch for 2017!











Emerging UK metalcore outfit From Rust continue their climb with the release of their new video ‘Whispers’.

The track is taken from the forthcoming debut EP ‘Lost Sense Of Life’, which arrives on Friday 25th November.

Somerset riff slingers From Rust were originally spawned in 2014 by long-time friends Jake Searle (vocals) and Camden Gibson (lead guitar) who wanted to create music that pulled apart the usual formulae of metalcore, yet remained true to their influences and beliefs.

After a prolonged search, the duo sought out kindred spirits – Tom Waters on rhythm guitar, bassist Sam Elswood, and Sam Kellaway on drums.

The quintet honed their sound for many months before hitting the live circuit at the end of 2015, where they soon snared a series of impressive support slots with bands such as Despite My Deepest Fear, Thrones, Values and Materia.

With an affection for the likes of Parkway Drive, Northlane, and All That Remains, the up-and-coming riff beasts continue to find their own characteristic voice in the alchemy of creating music.

By the start of this year, From Rust were ready to lay down tracks for their debut EP.

The band left the studio with a highly promising debut record complete with five engrossing tracks of premium metalcore, with one of the key highlights being the blistering ‘Whispers’, which you can see now at

Now with national shows in the pipeline and a video on the way, there’s much more to
come from this rising Brit metalcore crew.



RAGE CAVE – The Freebird, Newcastle-under-Lyme, 11/11/2016

SUPPORT: Filth, The Skirr, Lost Notes




The Staffordshire settlement of Newcastle-under-Lyme played host to fledging local rock trio Rage Cave, who were in town to promote their recently released self-titled debut EP.

In support, there were three other Potteries outfits who also look to have bright futures ahead of them.

Therefore, it was no surprise to hear that tickets had sold out prior to the gig.

Having supposed to commence proceedings at half past seven, a lengthy delay (caused by the late arrival of the sound technician) meant that things didn’t properly kick off until an hour and a half later.

However, immediately from the moment the first guitar string was plucked, courtesy of female-fronted alternative rockers Lost Notes, it was clear that it had been well worth the extended wait.

The intimacy of the venue enabled the bands to engage freely with the crowd, who quickly got into the swing of things, snapping up the free car stickers provided by indie rock ‘n’ rollers The Skirr and seeming to genuinely enjoy the high quality of music on offer.

Psychedelic rock four-piece Filth seemed to be just at home playing in the mosh-friendly environment as they were when I saw them at the more indie-oriented The Exchange in Hanley a few months back, and got just as enthusiastic a reception.


It was then finally time for Rage Cave to take to the stage, and they couldn’t have wished for a better debut headline set, playing with the confidence and energy of a group with many more years of experience, and no doubt enjoying a boost from the atmosphere, which was probably one of the most vibrant I had ever experienced at a gig.


I think that Rage Cave are a band to keep an eye out for in the future, if they can play sets like the one I witnessed, with the crowd singing along to the rallying vocals of frontman Max Jeffries, when they are barely out of school, then it will definitely be interesting to see what their gigs will be like when they all reach their mid twenties.









RAGE CAVE – ‘Rage Cave’ (4/5)



‘Rage Cave’ is the self-titled debut EP from the emerging Stoke-on-Trent rock trio.

This release has been eagerly anticipated by those who have seen their live sets, which have got stronger with each performance.

There were questions about whether they could translate the essence of this on to a record.

However, the good news is that they have comfortably succeeded.

Listening to the EP, it is clear the band specialise in a sound that seems to be heavily influenced by the works of such classic groups as Black Sabbath, but with a contemporary edge at the same time.

The hooky guitar solos of frontman Max Jeffries are the centrepiece, being heavy, progressive at times and infectious.

Coupled with the vocals, it results in some well put together compositions that linger in your mind for quite a while after listening.

On some of the tracks, they also show that they are certainly not afraid to experiment a little.

For example, ‘Stop, Go’ begins with a guitar riff being played at breakneck speed and the band chanting the title of the song, it’s rather punk-esque.

Credit must be given to them, as you can tell that they have put a lot of hard work and effort into making ‘Rage Cave’ a very solid debut, and based on this, it can be said that they can only get better from here.

TOP TRACK: ‘Devil’s Advocate’






WSTR (from l-r): Danny Swift (guitar), Sammy Clifford (vocals), Alex Tobijanski (bass), Kieren Alder (guitar)


Ever since its initial peak at the turn of the millennium, some have been theorising that pop punk is moribund.

However, the genre is still going strong and in the last few years, a new wave of bands, mainly based in the UK, have given it a new lease of life.

WSTR, from Liverpool, are one of the outfits at the forefront of this wave, with a highly successful EP, last year’s ‘SKRWD’ and numerous well-received festival sets under their belts.

With a rapidly growing following and an eagerly anticipated debut album coming out early next year, I caught up with them backstage before their headline gig in Hanley, which is part of their ‘The Inbetween Tour’.

How did the band get together initially?

SAMMY CLIFFORD (VOCALS): I moved to Liverpool, then our old drummer, he was friends with Swifty and Kieren, who went to uni up there and they jammed together before and stuff, messaged me, asking if I wanted to come and jam with their band.

He sent me a couple of old demos, which I put some vocals down on, and they liked them, so then we recorded ‘Graveyard Shift’ and shot a video for that, and it all went from there.

How did the name WSTR come about?

SAMMY: We wanted something that was punky, edgy and ‘fuck you’-ish.

We’re all just lads, aren’t we? What’s the word that people understand that aren’t us?

DANNY SWIFT (GUITAR): That aren’t us? What do you mean?

SAMMY: We’re gypos, aren’t we? Not really doing much.

DANNY: Yeah, just wasters. It sounds so cringy.

SAMMY: But it sounded like a good fit for us.

Which bands/artists influence you?

SAMMY: Too many to name.

They seem to be mostly older bands, I say old, like New Found Glory, Sum 41, Blink-182, so yeah, mainly the older stuff.

What is the inspiration for the band’s lyrics?

SAMMY: Just all stuff that happens to me, how I’m feeling, all different things, it depends on where I am at the time and what’s been going on.

It’s not just about me, it’s also the situation with our friends and stuff, life experiences and that.

Your new single ‘Footprints’ came out recently. How has the reaction been to it so far?

SAMMY: Yeah, it’s been really good, hasn’t it?

KIEREN ALDER (GUITAR): It’s been going down really well on this tour.

SAMMY: We were quite confident that it would be a step up from our EP, so we’re happy.

Your debut full-length album ‘Red, Green or Inbetween’ will be coming out early next year. What can we expect from it?

SAMMY: Basically us, but bigger and better.

That’s literally it, some more well thought out songs, that’s my opinion.

What about you guys?

DANNY: There’s more structure to it, definitely.

How has the recording process been?

DANNY: An absolute fucking nightmare!

SAMMY: It was going great, we did pre-production with our friend Seb, and we were booked in with another producer, which we were going to track with and they were going to mix it, but then, we didn’t, and got an offer from a respected producer, I’m not going to name any names, so we went with them, they gave us a good price, but didn’t like it, so we got another friend of ours, who’s also a respected name, to help us out.

They pushed us to the front of the queue and mixed it for us, but it wasn’t the sound we wanted, so we decided to go back to Seb.

All that messing around that we didn’t really need to do.

Stoke-on-Trent is just one of the places you’re going to on your nationwide tour. How is the experience of touring for the band?

DANNY: Rowdy, really rowdy.

KIEREN: It’s great, we’re able to go all around the country, meet loads of new people, make loads of new friends every day.

They’ve been really good to us, some of them have even put us up in their homes for the night.

DANNY: We all have a good laugh as well.

It must be exhausting for you at times though, mustn’t it?

SAMMY: Yeah, it can be tiring.

DANNY: We’ve had a few days off here and there on this tour.

It sounds weird, but I think we could have done without them and just carried on, because when you’re on tour and you get a day off, you get used to just lounging around.

It’s good technically, but it makes me feel more shit.

SAMMY: Yeah, one day you’re in tour mode, the next you’re not.

KIEREN: We all love touring anyway, even if it does involve a lot of waiting around.

Have there been any hairy moments on stage?

DANNY: Yeah, all the time, don’t we?

KIEREN: I seem to fall over a lot, I’ve hurt my ankle a few times.

DANNY: Yeah, I hurt my ankle really badly when we were on tour with Neck Deep.

SAMMY: This stuff happens, like someone getting hurt in the crowd and shit.

DANNY: It really stinks when something like that happens, dunnit?

SAMMY: It’s rare though, with any band, that a show will go 100% smoothly.

DANNY: I don’t think that happens ever.

What is the band’s long-term aim?

SAMMY: We’ve got no idea to be honest, we’ll just see how the album does and go from there, and I think we would all like to play in as many countries as possible.

We don’t really have a set target as such, we don’t go “We want to be at this point at this certain time.”

We just take everything as it comes.










Evocative alt-rock artist Kate Pavli and her band Finding Kate have revealed their new single ‘Forever’ – .

The track has already picked up extensive radio airplay on Kerrang! Radio’s Fresh Blood show and is taken from Kate’s debut album ‘If I Fall’, out Friday 18th November.

Finding Kate is the creation of Kate Pavli. With a Greco-Australian origin and childhood background in theatre, Kate possesses a fresh approach, individual flare and the vocal dexterity to reach the high tiers of the rock world.

Backed by Nanneq (guitar), Chris (keyboards), Byron (bass) and Josh (drums), their live shows are a gripping proposition with powerful drum beats, bone-crushing bass grooves and webbed guitar lines, all underpinned by Kate’s compelling and emotive vocals.

No stranger to the stage and recording, Kate released her debut EP ‘Inside Out’ to a barrage of support, amassing a cult following in the UK and also helping to garner an established fan-base in Cyprus.

Kate has since gone on to rack up impressive performances at many London venues, and deliver a series of profile appearances at a number of Cypriot festivals.

Kate’s debut EP displayed true potential and received unflagging enthusiasm, giving way to her desire to dig even deeper and hit even harder for the follow-up.

She aimed for her next release to rival the first, drawing a definitive line in the sand; and it certainly hits the mark.

True to form, Finding Kate’s debut album entitled ‘If I Fall’ is packed with a flood of anthemic cuts laced with dark undertones that will engulf and engage.

The new single ‘Forever’ has already widely graced the radio airwaves, lapping up independent radio spins and prominent plays on Kerrang! Radio’s K! Nights.

The single has been famed for its cutting dynamics and contagious chorus, and the accompanying video is pure eye candy, and is sure to pick up extensive TV plays and online support.

With the album launch on the horizon and further UK shows in the pipeline, there seems to be nothing stopping Kate’s rise.













Highly rated Swindon based pop-punks As The Sun Sleeps unveil their brand new EP ‘As Good As Gold’, which arrives in stores on Friday 20th January 2017.

Although the origins of the band hail back to 2013 when vocalist and bassist Joe Beck formed an alliance with drummer Tom Shrimpton, the outfit didn’t truly solidify until the end of the following year when the duo sought out guitarists James Broadbank and Tom “Trees” Rees.

By the dawn of 2015, the four-piece released their video and single for ‘Nostalgia’, before turning their attention to their live act, ensuring to hone their infectious mix of pop-punk tunes within a high-energy stage performance.

In January, As The Sun Sleeps dropped their 3-track EP ‘Never Stars’, and their new single and video ‘Digging Deep’ ( was subsequently aired on Scuzz TV.

In support of the release, the melodic punks hit the road with friends Junior. The tour was a great success and helped the crew cultivate a solid fan-base, as well as backing from Rock Sound, who featured the band in their Radar section of the magazine.

Adding more rungs to the ladder, the band set loose a wacky sci-fi music video for ‘Lifelines’ ( before heading back to the studio to complete work on their latest EP.

‘As Good As Gold’ is released next January and it’s a joy for the senses.

From the infectious tones and contagious refrain of their new single ‘Beering’, (which will enjoy an exclusive video premiere next month and can be heard right now at, to the feel-good uplifting guile of ‘Florida’, you just can’t help but be drawn to this group.

‘Forever Sick’ continues to reaffirm the pop-punks’ pedigree, as does the undeniably catchy ‘What Matters Most’. To finish things off, the band deliver the alluring ‘Nothing But Net’, and by this point you will surely be hooked.

With two videos to be lifted from the EP and a tour planned for the end of next January, 2017 could very well be the punkers breakout year.