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Medieval-folk inspired speed-metal band Turisas have a niche all of their own. Think Lordi but with horns and fur coats. Expect virtuoso violin solos in place of guitar, a pair of accordionists, costumes, swords and a whole lot of noise from the Finnish Viking. The band have previously toured with Cradle of Flith and Dragonforce.
On its Roadrunner Records debut, the Welsh quartet fuses dangerous thrash riffs to infectious and timeless choruses, which isn’t so easy to do in the metal sphere. Songs like Stay Down rise with anthemic hooks, while Psychoville converges its path of bruising melodies and unpredictable vocals. The United Kingdom has produced some of hard rock and heavy metal’s most beloved acts, and these four lads from Wales continue that tradition.
Hints of Metallica and Machine Head pulsate at the heart of Revoker’s debut, but there’s a distinct, fresh attitude leading the charge. Revoker collectively grew up in South Wales, and Mathias and Green have been playing together since they were 13-years-old.
“It’s the new old school. All of our influences are classic metal and hard rock bands, but we channel them into our own sound. Each song tells a story and has a beginning, middle, and end. That keeps things interesting.”
Banana Leaf Canteen 412-416 St John Street
Just like the branches in Hampstead & Battersea, cheap but lovely, quality filling food. More Indonesian stylee.
La Forchetta (specials from £6) 73 Upper Street
The owner claims "The best pizza bases on Upper Street"...see for yourself.
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