About WYWH

Reviews on the back of a postcard. Sent straight from the moshpit.
No agendas. No crap. Just postcard perfect reviews.
That’s our mission statement.

See there’s a lot of people writing about music these days. Thanks to the internet everyone’s a journalist now, and an editor, apparently. Makes it hard to know who to trust. And results in a load of boring, cliched, essays-cum-reviews. This isn’t Wikipedia. Tell us what you think of the music.

At Wish You Would Hear (WYWH) that’s all we do. If it doesn’t fit on the back of a postcard it’s not something you need to know. Whether new or old, we simply say “listen to this – it’s really good right”. Or not if that be the case. Either way you’re getting our honest opinion.

Want to send us something to review? Want to tell us something? Desperate for some human contact? Address your mail to: info [@] wishyouwouldhear.com


Kirsty ‘Kitty’ Birkett-Stubbs

Kirsty Birkett-StubbsOne of those writer types.

Most likely found in a mosh pit. Or maybe Bat Country.

*insert life story* graduated with first class degree in Creative Writing from the University of Derby, spent three years as profiles editor/staff writer for a B2B magazine publisher, did an 18-month stint arranging press coverage/guestlists for Metal-Rules.com – www.metal-rules.com, and The Independent Voice ezine – www.theindependentvoice.org. Still reviews for them.

Currently Press Officer at Name PR.

Email: kirsty [@] wishyouwouldhear.com

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Review portfolio

A full archive list of the various reviews and interviews I’ve scribbled for other publications:



3 Inches Of Blood – Long Live Heavy Metal (Metal-Rules.com)

4Arm – Submission For Liberty (Metal-Rules.com)

A Forest Of Stars – A Shadowplay For Yesterdays (Metal-Rules.com)

Above This – 7L7 (The Independent Voice)

Acid Drop – The Drop Zone (The Independent Voice)

Alpha Tiger – Beneath The Surface (Metal-Rules.com)

Antlered Man – Gifties 1&2 (Metal-Rules.com)

Anuryzm – Worm’s Eye View (Metal-Rules.com)

Aonia (The Independent Voice)

ASG – Blood Drive (Metal-Rules.com)

As Light Dies – Gea (The Independent Voice)

Avatar – Black Waltz (Metal-Rules.com)

Backdraft – This Heaven Goes To Eleven (Metal-Rules.com)

Baht – In My Veins (Metal-Rules.com)

Basanos – Cracking The Sledge (Metal-Rules.com)

Bear Driver – Wolves (single) (Never Enough Notes)

Behold! The Monolith – Architects Of The Void (The Independent Voice)

Bespoke Union (The Independent Voice)

Blackberry Smoke – The Whippoorwhill (Metal-Rules.com)

Black Country Communion – Afterglow (Metal-Rules.com)

Black Label Society – Catacombs Of The Black Vatican (The Independent Voice)

Blessed By a Broken Heart – Feel The Power (The Independent Voice)

Blodig Alvor – Mørkets Frembrudd (Metal-Rules.com)

Boar – Veneficae (Metal-Rules.com)

Bobaflex – Hell In My Heart (Metal-Rules.com)

Bong – We Are, We Were and We Will Have Been (The Independent Voice)

Breed 77 – The Evil Inside (Metal-Rules.com)

Brimstone Coven – S/T (The Independent Voice)

By The Patient – Gehenna (Metal-Rules.com)

Children Of Bodom – Halo of Blood (Metal-Rules.com)

Civil War – The Killer Angels (Metal-Rules.com)

Collision Process – S/T (The Independent Voice)

Conquer The Decade (The Independent Voice)

Crowbar – Symmetry In Black (Metal-Rules.com)

Day Of The Crow (The Independent Voice)

Dementia Senex – Heartworm EP (Metal-Rules.com)

Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud (Metal-Rules.com)

Dew-Scented – Icarus (Metal-Rules.com)

Doctor Smoke – The Witching Hour (The Independent Voice)

Doomed – Our Ruin Silhouette – (Metal-Rules.com)

Dream Theater – Octavarium (Metal-Rules.com)

Driver – Countdown (Metal-Rules.com)

Dropkick Murphys – Signed And Sealed In Blood (The Independent Voice)

Drowning Pool – Resilience (Metal_Rules.com)

Emmure – Slave To The Game (The Independent Voice)

Ensiferum – Unsung Heroes (Metal-Rules.com)

Everything Burns (The Independent Voice)

Evile – Skull (Metal-Rules.c0m)

Evil Scarecrow – Galactic Hunt (Metal-Rules.com)

Fall Against Fate – If Not For Ourselves (The Independent Voice)

Fallstaf – Bastard Sons Of A Pure Breed (Metal-Rules.com)

Flying Colors – S/T (Metal-Rules.com)

Fozzy – Sin And Bones (Metal-Rules.com)

God Forbid – Equilibrium (The Independent Voice)

Godsized (The Independent Voice)

Godsized – Time (Metal-Rules.com)

Grave Digger – Clash Of The Gods (Metal-Rules.com)

Gypsyhawk – Revelry & Resilience (Metal-Rules.com)

Harvest Bell – Wheel Of Foretaste (The Independent Voice)

Heresiarch – Wælwulf EP (Metal-Rules.com)

Hour Of 13 – 333 (Metal-Rules.com)

Huntress – Starbound Beast (Metal-Rules.com)

Idols Are Dead – Mean (Metal-Rules.com)

Incidium (The Independent Voice)

In Search Of Sun – The World Is Yours (The Independent Voice)

In Twilight’s Embrace – The Grim Muse (Metal-Rules.com)

Kaleidobolt – S/T (The Independent Voice)

Kamchatka – The Search Goes On (Metal-Rules.com)

Kyshera – Made In China (Metal-Rules.com)

Leather Pig (The Independent Voice)

Lord Dying – Summon The Faithless (Metal-Rules.com)

Lowside – S/T (Metal-Rules.com)

Lucks Lane – A Million Hours (The Independent Voice)

Machine Head – Machine F**king Head Live (Metal-Rules.com)

Majesty – Thunder Rider (Metal-Rules.com)

Malefice – Entities (Anniversary Edition) (Metal-Rules.com)

Malefice – V (Metal-Rules.com)

Matt Skiba and The Sekrets – Babylon (The Independent Voice)

Motorhead – The World Is Ours – Vol 2 – Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else (Metal-Rules.com)

Mount Salem – Endless (Metal-Rules.com)

My Dying Bride – The Barghest O’Whitby (Metal-Rules.com)

Napalm Death – Utilitarian (Metal-Rules.com)

Nephelium – Coils Of Entropy (The Independent Voice)

Nile – What Should Not Be Unearthed (The Independent Voice)

Ninjaspy – Pi Nature (The Independent Voice)

Nitroville – Can’t Stop What’s Coming’ (The Independent Voice)

Ohhms – Cold (The Independent Voice)

Opera Diabolicus – 1614 (Metal-Rules.com)

Overkill – The Killing Kind (Metal-Rules.com)

Periphery – Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal (The Independent Voice)

Pet The Preacher – The Cave and The Sunlight (Metal-Rules.com)

Peter Dolving – Thieves and Liars (Metal-Rules.com)

Phase Reverse – S/T (Metal-Rules.com)

Pony Pony Run Run – Walking On A Line (single) (Never Enough Notes)

Process – Through Acknowledgement Only (Metal-Rules.com)

Psython – Demo (The Independent Voice)

Rivals Sons – Head Down (Metal-Rules.com)

Screaming Eyes – Greed (The Independent Voice)

Scythian – Hubris In Excelsis (Metal-Rules.com)

Shrapnel (The Independent Voice)

Sister – Disguised Vultures (Metal-Rules.com)

Skewered – S/T (Metal-Rules.com)

Soen – Cognitive (Metal-Rules.com)

Soul Sacrifice – Carpe Mortem (Metal-Rules.com)

Spineshank – Anger, Denial, Acceptance (The Independent Voice)

Steak Number Eight – The Hutch (Metal-Rules.com)

Stone Magnum – From Time… To Eternity (Metal-Rules.com)

Stormbringer – MMXIII (Metal-Rules.com)

SuperCharger – Broken Hearts & Fallaparts (Metal-Rules.com)

Taproot – The Episodes (Metal-Rules.com)

Texas Hippie Coalition – Peacemaker (Metal-Rules.com)

Textures – Dualism (Metal-Rules.com)

The Faceless – Autotheism (Metal-Rules.com)

The Green River Burial – Blight (The Independent Voice)

The New Black – III: Cut Loose (Metal-Rules.com)

Tombstone Highway – Ruralizer (Metal-Rules.com)

Tribune – Elder Lore/The Dark Arts (Metal-Rules.com)

Truth Corroded – Upon The Warlords Crawl (Metal-Rules.com)

Truth Corroded – Worship The Bled (Metal-Rules.com)

Vanity Draws Blood (The Independent Voice)

Venomous Maximus – Beg Upon The Light (Metal-Rules.com)

Victor Griffin’s In-Graved – S/T (Metal-Rules.com)

Voivod – Target Earth (Metal-Rules.com)

Volume IV – Long In The Tooth (Metal-Rules.com)

Vreid – Welcome Farewell (Metal-Rules.com)

Waking Theo (The Independent Voice)

Wednesday 13 – The Dixie Dead (The Independent Voice)

Whitechapel – S/T (Metal-Rules.com)

White Trash Circus (The Independent Voice)

Winter In Eden – Echoes Of Betrayal (Metal-Rules.com)

Wretched – Son Of Perdition (Metal-Rules.com)

XII Boar – Split Tongue, Cloven Hoof (Metal-Rules.com)

ZZ Top “A Tribute From Friends” (Metal-Rules.com)



Airbourne – The Forum, London (Metal-Rules.com)

Black Stone Cherry – Koko, London (Metal-Rules.com)

Cancer Bats/While She Sleeps – The Forum, London (Metal-Rules.com)

Chimaira – The Waterfront, Norwich (The Independent Voice)

Clutch – The Forum, London (Metal-Rules.com)

Corrosion Of Conformity – The Electric Ballroom, London (Metal-Rules.com)

Crowbar – The Garage, London (Metal-Rules.com)

Dream Theater – Wembley Arena, London (Metal-Rules.com)

Grand Magus – The Underworld, London (The Independent Voice)

King 810 – O2 Islington Academy, London (Metal-Rules.com)

Misfits – O2 Islington Academy, London (The Independent Voice)

Overkill – O2 Islington Academy, London (Metal-Rules.com)

Protest The Hero – Electric Ballroom, London (Metal-Rules.com)

Red Fang – Electric Ballroom, London (Metal-Rules.com)

Sister – Upstairs at The Garage, London (Metal-Rules.com)

Sylosis – The Arts Centre, Norwich (The Independent Voice)

Volbeat – Roundhouse, London (Metal-Rules.com)

Within Temptation – Wembley Arena, London (Metal-Rules.com)



A Forest Of Stars (Metal-Rules.com)

Above This (The Independent Voice)

Ahab (Metal-Rules.com)

Akarusa Yami (Metal-Rules.com)

Arthemis (Metal-Rules.com)

Atomic Blast (Metal-Rules.com)

Avatar (Metal-Rules.com)

Baht (Metal-Rules.com)

Blodig Alvor (Metal-Rules.com)

Bobaflex (Metal-Rules.com)

Burzum (Metal-Rules.com)

Collision Process (The Independent Voice)

Delain (Metal-Rules.com)

Devilish Presley (The Independent Voice)

Diecast (The Independent Voice)

Eliminator (Metal-Rules.com)

Enthroned (Metal-Rules.com)

Fleshgod Apocalypse (Metal-Rules.com)

God Forbid (The Independent Voice)

Gorath (Metal-Rules.com)

Hordak (The Independent Voice)

Hellyeah (Metal-Rules.com)

Hour of 13 (Metal-Rules.com)

Katatonia (Metal-Rules.com)

King Lizard (The Independent Voice)

Korpiklaani (Metal-Rules.com)

Kyshera (Metal-Rules.com)

Liberteer (Metal-Rules.com)

Lillian Axe (Metal-Rules.com)

Lynchmada (Metal-Rules.com)

Mithras (Metal-Rules.com)

Nitroville (The Independent Voice)

Obscene Extreme Festival (Metal-Rules.com)

Overkill (Metal-Rules.com)

Paradise Lost (Metal-Rules.com)

Periphery (The Independent Voice)

Periphery (The Independent Voice)

Pestilential Shadows (Metal-Rules.com)

Peter Dolving (Metal-Rules.com)

Process (Metal-Rules.com)

Riotgod (Metal-Rules.com)

RSJ (The Independent Voice)

Saturnian Mist (Metal-Rules.com)

Sister (Metal-Rules.com)

Sylosis (The Independent Voice)

Titans Eve (Metal-Rules.com)

Tribune (The Independent Voice)

Truth Corroded (Metal-Rules.com)

Viza (The Independent Voice)

Vreid (Metal-Rules.com)

Wretched (Metal-Rules.com)



Hellfest 2015 (Metal-Rules.com)

Hellfest 2014 (Metal-Rules.com)

Hellfest 2013 (Metal-Rules.com)

Hellfest 2012 (Metal-Rules.com)



The Idol Dead: Los Angeles Vs Northern England (The Independent Voice)

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