Reviews from Tuesday 03 May 2016

Hatebreed – The Concrete Confessional

When Connecticut hardcore/metalcore titans Hatebreed announced their seventh studio album, the news was met by me with a smile and the warm, familiar thought of some new Hatebreed to drive around quite fast to. 2013’s ‘The Divinity Of Purpose’ did seem to me to be a flawed record –

Pity Sex – ‘White Hot Moon’

While change is often as good as a rest for some bands, there are others who find a sound that works for them and stick with. Two polar opposite examples could be Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. Both bands come from a similar scene, yet have a vastly different

Sunday 01 May 2016

Velcro Hooks – ‘Velcro Hooks’

The name Velcro Hooks couldn’t be more apt name for this four piece. Much like Velcro, their self-titled debut sticks to you almost instantly, and grabs you in right away. The Anglo-Canadians have found a perfect hybrid of chaos-infused noise, and strategically placed subtle hooks (no pun intended) Recorded and

Saturday 30 April 2016

Holy Pinto – ‘Congratulations’

Holy Pinto’s ‘Congratulations’ is a confident, assured, catchy debut from the Canterbury duo. Aymen Saleh’s shimmery guitar and smooth vocals compliment drummer Ryan Hurley’s strong drumming expertly. This album is the perfect soundtrack to warm summer days with the organ (particularly in ‘Elliot’ and ‘Hospital Room’) and trumpet (‘Matches’)

Friday 29 April 2016

Plebeian Grandstand – ‘False Highs, True Lows’

Throatruiner Records are fast becoming one of the most reliable labels in the world for putting out stellar, genre-defining hardcore and metal. Like Deathwish Inc, Southern Lord or Holy Roar, merely seeing the label’s logo on the back of an album is enough to instil confidence that the music

LIVE: PVRIS @ Great Hall, Cardiff

Almost a year ago to the day, PVRIS played their very first UK show at Cardiff’s Y Plas, supporting Lower Than Atlantis. Now, 12 months on, they’re back in Cardiff’s Student Union, headlining the Great Hall, the bigger of the two rooms. PVRIS’ ascent has been unbelievable. Since that

Omaha – ‘Young Hearts’

Recently, Leicester-based quintet Omaha have been turning heads and building up an incredible buzz. It started with their 2015 release ‘Chapters’ and has intensified during tours with Leopards and D At Sea, culminating in a huge following and plenty of hype. Now, they’re setting out to prove that they’re

Thursday 28 April 2016

PVRIS – ‘White Noise (Deluxe Version)’

More than half a year since the original, PVRIS  have re-released their debut album ‘White Noise’ as a deluxe version. Sounding even bigger and better than they already did, it’s hard to find faults with a band who are (definitely worth of a cliché and) destined for greatness. Fans are

Wednesday 27 April 2016

The Caulfield Cult – ‘Cult’

Singapore’s The Caulfield Cult, far from being just that band that gave inspiration to Bring Me The Horizon’s ‘That’s The Spirit’ logo, offer up their most accomplished sound to date on their third almost-eponymous full-length, ‘Cult’. Seemingly waving goodbye to their iconic umbrella, if the album-art is anything to

Britney – ‘Britn3y’

It’s been a long, arduous road of a career for Britney. From the scandalous naughty-schoolgirl music video for ‘…Baby One More Time’ to the infamous head-shaving meltdown of 2007, it’s stunning Ms Spears is still… Wait… No, sorry. That’s not right at all. Apologies. The Britney we’re actually here

Tuesday 26 April 2016

The Body / Full of Hell – ‘One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache’

Both The Body and Full Of Hell are no strangers to collaborative work. Rhode Island sludge metal duo, The Body, have teamed up with a number of artists including Thou, Krieg, and Braveyoung in the past. Blackened powerviolence band Full Of Hell released a stunning piece of art in

LIVE: Amon Amarth @ The Underworld

Greeted at the door by two huge men, fully clad in Viking armour, it was clear that the first show of Amon Amarth’s Jomsviking tour was going to be a good one. This was the first show of their 32 date tour to a sold out crowd at the

LIVE: Bring Me The Horizon @ Royal Albert Hall, London

Back in 2004 when a patchy mob of Sheffield youths dropped the divisive ‘This Is What The Edge Of Your Seat Was Made For’, few (in fact, we’d wager nobody) would have thought that twelve years later they’d be bringing the biggest mosh pits to London’s architectural ode to

Yndi Halda – ‘Under Summer’

A whole decade has passed since Kent post-rockers Yndi Halda unleashed the subtle beauty of ‘Enjoy Eternal Bliss’, a title that adequately reflected their dreamy expanse. Much has changed in those ten years, not least their adoption of vocals, yet fundamentally ‘Under Summer’ picks up where their debut left

Monday 25 April 2016

Purple – ‘Bodacious’

Purple are cool. Seriously cool. Single-handedly driving the Texas lo-fi scene and seeing praise from all corners of the globe, the release of their second album, ‘Bodacious’, is a big moment for more than the punk rock trio. After the heavily surf-rock influenced ‘(409)’, ‘Bodacious’ sees a small shift in

The Other Stars – ‘We Were Kids’

The Other Stars find themselves in good company. Their indie-emo style places them firmly among the Front Bottoms meets Modern Baseball cohort, both comparison points they are unlikely to shake with ‘We Were Kids’. Still, this is by no means a carbon copy. Drawing the story-telling expertise from the

Nada Surf – ‘You Know Who You Are’

There’s always been a feeling that Nada Surf should have been much bigger than they are really are. Perhaps they are your favourite band already, which would be understandable, because they know how to write a great song. Following their hit single ‘Popular’ in the late nineties, they celebrated

Sunday 24 April 2016

The Shapers – ‘Reckless Youth’

Hailing from Toulouse in the south of France, three piece band The Shapers are here with some solid pop-punk nostalgia in the form of their latest EP ‘Reckless Youth’ and are a fun example of the recent trend of continental punk bands gaining some UK traction (see, for example,

Saturday 23 April 2016

Maple Hill – ‘Headspace’

You do have to feel for a band trying to make their breakthrough. When it comes to pop-punk and some of the big hitters such as New Found Glory are still going strong and the likes of All Time Low are continuing to bounce back from mid-career stumbles, it

Thursday 21 April 2016

Fierce Morgan – ‘Misanthropy’

Sheffield quartet Fierce Morgan are that increasingly rare beast, a melodic punk rock band with something to say beyond “that guy/girl hurt my feelings”. Their latest EP, ‘Misanthropy’, sets a commentary on the socioeconomic impact of austerity on UK industry and the knock-on effects of that deprivation on the

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