Much like many Holy Roar luminaries We'll Die Smiling are difficult to categorise. Heavy blast disorientating artistic chaotic riff melodies. Far too brutal for BSM and too arty/indie weird for Thirty Days Of Night. This makes perfect sense if you are a fan of Maths, run,WALK!, Rolo Tomassi, Chariots or Phoenix Bodies. Or pretty much Holy Roar.
At this point it would perhaps be entirely fair to consider Will Haven to possess legendary status. Forming in 1995 and releasing such classic album as ‘El Diablo’, ‘WHVN’ and ‘Carpe Diem’, not to mention having shared the stage with the likes of Coalesce, Vision of Disorder, Neurosis, Slipknot, Earth Crisis, Dillinger Escape Plan and Deftones, Will Haven really have done it all. Or so it would have seemed….. Now returning with ‘Voir Dire’, their first album in 10 years with Grady Avenell on vocals, Will Haven have taken a darker, deeper, hell-tuned direction. Building upon the bands sonic history, this is by far the biggest, most ominous, riff-laden Will Haven album to date. The album also marks the debut of Chris Fehn (Slipknot) within the bands ranks on bass.
Young Legionnaire was started by Gordon Moakes (Bloc Party) and Paul Mullen (The Automatic/ ex Yourcodenameis:Milo) after meeting when YCNI:Milo were sourcing bands for their ‘Print Is Dead’ collaborations project. The idea being that bands would go up to the YCNI:Milo studio in Newcastle and spend no longer than one day writing and recording a song for the record. The track they did was called 'Wait A Minute'and the process was a really inspiring experience, sowing the seed of an idea for them to work together again. Two years later, the result is Young Legionnaire. With a common love of riffs/noise, it seems only natural that after paving the indie/electro wave for Gordon, and Paul honing his pop sensibilities in The Automatic, they would both enjoy a chance to rock out at ultra-volume. The band is completed by drummer William Bowerman (Brontide/ex-Iwasacubscout/La Roux)
Having beavered away for a couple of years on their local midlands scene, these self-proclaimed 'baby-faced as-sass-ins' have recently taken things up a notch with plaudits from The Klaxons amongst other luminaries. If The Rapture had been hardcore kids in their youth they may have produced something as musically thrilling as Mirror! Mirror!