Reviews from Monday 12 April 2021

Muttering – ‘Don’t Think About It’

“Songs For The End Of The World”. These are the first words you’re likely to read about London trio Muttering, should you happen to look them up online, so it seems only fitting that we continue the trend as we dive into their debut EP, ‘Don’t Think About It’.

Havelocke – ‘Arsonist’

Sheffield has a history of producing stellar rock and metal bands, and Havelocke are one of those bands looking to further the Steel City’s musical legacy with their second outing following 2019’s introductory EP, ‘This Is Havelocke’. Bordering on imitating early 2000’s post-hardcore and emo, its four tracks showed

Friday 09 April 2021

Evanescence – ‘The Bitter Truth’

Not many bands in rock have penned a career that inspired a generation while changing the musical landscape around them quite like Evanescence. From their multi million selling debut album, to bringing symphonic rock/metal to the mainstream, songstress Amy Lee has flown the alternative flag in front of everyone’s

Thursday 08 April 2021

Devil Sold His Soul – ‘Loss’

London’s ambient metalcore pioneers Devil Sold His Soul have been quiet for a very long time. Having released a couple of mouth-watering singles a few years ago, 2021 marks seven years since they released their ‘Belong ╪ Betray’ EP and an even lengthier fourteen years since their

Friday 26 March 2021

As Everything Unfolds – ‘WITHIN EACH LIES THE OTHER’

You run toward the cliffs, you dive, and for a moment you hang in the air before plunging into the cold, turbulent water. Welcome to the immersive, violent sound of As Everything Unfolds, post-hardcore at its best; rich, layered and catchy as hell. The tides have changed, and you’re

‘68 – ‘Give One Take One’

It’s been a long four years since ‘68 unleashed sophomore record ‘Two Parts Viper’ to critical acclaim. Since then, there’s been a clamouring as to what Josh Scogin and Nikko Yamada would create next – and so, launched in a chaotic world, is ‘Give One Take One’,

Thursday 25 March 2021

Gold Baby – ‘Rabbits’

Siân Alex arrived in London, after relocating from Nottingham, readily equipped with some songs and a band name, but no band. Self-confessedly “afraid of the internet”, Alex took to advertising via handmade posters on Denmark Street and in coffee shops, but in the end, albeit considerably less

Wednesday 24 March 2021

Death From Above 1979 – ‘Is 4 Lovers’

Death From Above (sometimes with a 1979, and sometimes not), despite their hiatus in between records, are entering their third decade of creating heavy hitting style of dance-punk, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Though the topics may change as drummer/vocalist Sebastien Grainger and bassist/synth jockey

Tuesday 23 March 2021

Citizen – ‘Life In Your Glass World’

One of the greatest joys of following the bands that arose from the emo revival of the late ’00s and early ’10s has been watching their progression above the echelons of the scene. From The Hotelier’s transformation into expansive, poetic naturalism on ‘Goodness’ to Foxing’s bombastic, and quite frankly

LIVE: Dead Poet Society – ‘-!-’ Album Launch

There is a light on the horizon. As vaccines continue to roll out, that first live gig back seems to edge closer day by day. For now though, artists must continue to adapt their approach when it comes to getting their product across to existing and prospective

Saturday 20 March 2021

Rivals – ‘Sad Looks Pretty On Me’

Sometimes bands really hit the nail on the head when they find a term to describe themselves in online bios, and Los Angeles quartet Rivals did exactly that with the words “dark pop”. Their 2018 debut album ‘Damned Soul’ refined their early sound into a slick blend of accessible,

Thursday 18 March 2021

ERRA – ‘ERRA’

Progressive metalcore titans ERRA are back with one of their most ambitious outings in tow. Following the huge success of their most recent albums, particularly 2016’s ‘Drift’, their brand new record introduces a version of the band that definitively represents everything they’ve been building since their formation. The

Wednesday 17 March 2021

LANDMVRKS – ‘Lost In The Waves’

After launching themselves into the eyes of the masses with their 2018 jaw-dropper ‘Fantasy’, LANDMVRKS are back with a brand new, even more substantial record. Their third full length record ‘Lost In The Waves’ sees them take their eclectic concoction of aggressive metal, adrenaline-fuelled hardcore and instantly addictive

Tuesday 16 March 2021

Death Blooms – ‘Fuck Everything’

Anger seems like an easy emotion to feel right now. Whether it’s the seemingly endless political mess, the so-called ‘culture war’, the constant and inescapable erosion of rights for minorities and the vulnerable, even just the crushing frustration that comes with our current restricted way of living – it’s

Friday 12 March 2021

Dollar Signs – ‘Hearts of Gold’

Since starting out as a folk-punk duo just over five years ago, North Carolina’s Dollar Signs have broadened their sound; embracing brass instrumentation, crossing over into other genres, and becoming a quintet in the process. Nevertheless, their mentality remains the same. They’re 9-to-5 creative punks with a tendency to

Thursday 11 March 2021

Pet Needs – ‘Fractured Party Music’

Opening an album by screaming “drinking real ale don’t make you a connoisseur” sets a reliable tone for Colchester four-piece Pet Needs’ debut LP. It takes mere seconds for the rumbling ball of chaotic energy that is ‘Fractured Party Music’ to explode in your face, and it’s

Pupil Slicer – ‘Mirrors’

It would be hard to find a more visceral name for a band than Pupil Slicer – just combining those words elicits shock, horror and revulsion. It’s quite the first impression.  But then Pupil Slicer are quite the band. They sound exactly how you want them

Tuesday 09 March 2021

Justin Courtney Pierre – ‘An Anthropologist On Mars’

For most, if not all, of us, 2020 didn’t go as planned, and Justin Courtney Pierre is no exception. Alongside reunion shows with Motion City Soundtrack pencilled in on both sides of the Atlantic, a second solo full-length was Pierre’s primary aim for the best part of the year.

Dead Poet Society – ‘-!-‘

Los Angeles four-piece Dead Poet Society formed when Jack Underkofler (guitar/vocals), Jack Collins (guitar), Will Goodroad (drums) and Dylan Brenner (bass) were studying music at college in Boston. With two EPs and a smattering of singles released between 2013 and now, it appears on paper that this

Saturday 06 March 2021

A Day To Remember – ‘You’re Welcome’

It’s been five long years since their last record, but now pop-punk metal crossover kings A Day To Remember are back with their brand new album ‘You’re Welcome’. A band that shot to prominence way back in 2007 with their pioneering genre hybrid, quickly becoming an alt-culture household

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