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UNDER REVIEW: Portrayal Of Guilt – Let Pain Be Your Guide

ARTIST: PORTRAYAL OF GUILT TITLE: LET PAIN BE YOUR GUIDE LABEL: HOLY ROAR RATING: 8/10  WORDS: JOE ARNOLD 'Let Pain Be Your Guide' might be the strongest debut album of the year. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Portrayal Of Guilt...

UNDER REVIEW: Free Money – Free Money EP

ARTIST: FREE MONEY TITLE: FREE MONEY EP LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 9/10  WORDS: RACHAEL DOWD Crafting their sound within London’s underground indie circuit, Free Money’s self-titled EP infuses a variety of genre influences and elements, offering a breath of fresh...

UNDER REVIEW: Squarewave – Keep Your Legs Straight When You Hit The Water

ARTIST: SQUAREWAVE TITLE: KEEP YOUR LEGS STRAIGHT WHEN YOU HIT THE WATER LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 7/10  WORDS: JO COSGROVE One of the newest bands in the alternative scene, forming in the summer of 2017, Sheffield trio Squarewave have made...

UNDER REVIEW: Itoldyouiwouldeatyou – Oh Dearism

ARTIST: ITOLDYOUIWOULDEATYOU TITLE: OH DEARISM LABEL: ALCOPOP! RECORDS RATING: 7/10  WORDS: CHRIS PRENATT You ever find a band with such a weird name that you have to listen to them? In a world with such common name bands like State Champs, The...

UNDER REVIEW: Catch Fire – Karma Owes Me A Lifetime Of Happiness

ARTIST: CATCH FIRE TITLE: KARMA OWES ME A LIFETIME OF HAPPINESS LABEL: RUDE RECORDS RATING: 9/10  WORDS: JO COSGROVE Forming in 2015, Nottingham’s Catch Fire have gone through a journey of success leading to their debut studio album. Their...

UNDER REVIEW: Smashing Pumpkins – Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol 1

ARTIST: SMASHING PUMPKINS TITLE: SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN LABEL: NAPALM RATING: 8/10  WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Smashing Pumpkins shocked – and excited – their fanbase earlier this year by...

UNDER REVIEW: Muse – Simulation Theory

ARTIST: MUSE TITLE: SIMULATION THEORY LABEL: WARNER RATING: 8/10  WORDS: ZAK SLOMAN Having brought out seven albums over an almost 20-year period, Muse have become known as an outfit unafraid to take risks in regards to their sound, even...

UNDER REVIEW: Can’t Swim – This Too Won’t Pass

ARTIST: CAN'T SWIM TITLE: THIS TOO WON'T PASS LABEL: PURE NOISE RECORDS RATING: 9/10  WORDS: JACK MOBLEY Can’t Swim have come out of nowhere to become one of the most exciting, diverse and passionate alternative rock bands in the...

UNDER REVIEW: Memphis May Fire – Broken

ARTIST: MEMPHIS MAY FIRE TITLE: BROKEN LABEL: RISE RECORDS RATING: 5/10  WORDS: CERYN SARA Memphis May Fire return for our listening pleasure this Friday with the release of their sixth studio album, 'Broken', via Rise Records. The Dallas four...

UNDER REVIEW: OHHMS – Exist

ARTIST: OHHMS TITLE: EXIST LABEL: HOLY ROAR RATING: 6/10  WORDS: SARAH SHODIPE OHHMS debut album was released only 20 months ago, in 2017. Normally, following a release up that soon isn’t really a good omen. But nevertheless, the Kent...

UNDER REVIEW: All That Remains – Victim Of The New Disease

ARTIST: ALL THAT REMAINS TITLE: VICTIM OF THE NEW DISEASE LABEL: FEARLESS RATING: 7/10  WORDS: CERYN SARA It is safe to say that 2018 has been a year of real highs and lows for All That Remains. The Massachusetts...

UNDER REVIEW: Touche Amore – 10 Years, 1000 Shows: Live At The Regent Theater

ARTIST: TOUCHE AMORE TITLE: 10 YEARS, 1000 SHOWS: LIVE AT THE REGENT THEATER LABEL: EPITAPH RATING: 9/10  WORDS: ADAM HOPKIN Back in February Touché Amore (TA) pulled off a spectacular feat, managing to line up their 1000th show with...

UNDER REVIEW: Architects – Holy Hell

ARTIST: ARCHITECTS TITLE: HOLY HELL LABEL: EPITAPH RATING: 9/10  WORDS: HARRY HIGGINSON Architects’ 8th studio album, 'Holy Hell' is without a doubt the most important British metal album of this year. The band have made their name as one...

UNDER REVIEW: Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers – Bought To Rot

ARTIST: LAURA JANE GRACE & THE DEVOURING MOTHERS TITLE: BOUGHT TO ROT LABEL: BLOODSHOT RATING: 8/10  WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON When Laura Jane Grace first announced her new side project Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers, the response was...

UNDER REVIEW: SHVPES – Greater Than

ARTIST: SHVPES TITLE: GREATER THAN LABEL: SPINEFARM RATING: 7/10  WORDS: AMY ALBINSON SHVPES have left the expectation of being ‘just’ a metal band far behind them as they send their sophomore album ‘Greater Than’ out into the world. After...

UNDER REVIEW: Drug Church – Cheer

ARTIST: DRUG CHURCH TITLE: CHEER LABEL: PURE NOISE RATING: 9.5/10  WORDS: CHRIS PRENATT Drug Church are a fascinating band that never really get the respect or attention they deserve. The Albany, N.Y., group have been toiling around for years,...

UNDER REVIEW: Landmvrks – Fantasy

ARTIST: LANDMVRKS TITLE: FANTASY LABEL: ARISING EMPIRE RATING: 8/10  WORDS: KEVIN FLINN French metalcore band, Landmvrks, have had an eventful year. At the end of 2017, founding member Thomas Lebreton left the band while the remaining four bandmates signed...

UNDER REVIEW: Napoleon – Epiphany

ARTIST: NAPOLEON TITLE: EPIPHANY LABEL: BASICK RECORDS RATING: 7.5/10  WORDS: JACK MOBLEY Exeter based Napoleon are taking pigeonholes and smashing them into oblivion. Their music is a mind-bending blend of progressive-metalcore with elements of melodic-hardcore draped in math-based riffs...

UNDER REVIEW: Slow Blood – EP 1

ARTIST: SLOW BLOOD TITLE: EP 1 LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 8/10  WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Getting your first EP produced by Rob Jones of Idlewild is always a good start, and that’s exactly what Edinburgh based trio Slow Blood have done....

UNDER REVIEW: Rise Of The Northstar – The Legacy Of Shi

ARTIST: RISE OF THE NORTHSTAR TITLE: THE LEGACY OF SHI LABEL: NUCLEAR BLAST RATING: 7/10  WORDS: RACHAEL DOWD If there is one word to describe the sound Rise of The Northstar has unleashed with their new album, 'The Legacy...