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UNDER REVIEW: AS IT IS – THE GREAT DEPRESSION

ARTIST: AS IT IS  TITLE: THE GREAT DEPRESSION LABEL: FEARLESS RECORDS  RATING: 5/10  WORDS: MARK McCONVILLE Depression is a gruelling challenge to try and overcome, a strong beating heart is needed and a clean outlook is mandatory, but...

UNDER REVIEW: TROPHY EYES – THE AMERICAN DREAM

ARTIST: TROPHY EYES  TITLE: THE AMERICAN DREAM LABEL: HOPELESS RECORDS  RATING: 7/10  WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Despite actually being from Australia, Trophy Eyes have just released an album called ‘The American Dream’. A loose concept album telling stories of their personal experiences...

UNDER REVIEW – TRASH BOAT – CROWN SHYNESS

 ARTIST: TRASH BOAT TITLE: CROWN SHYNESS LABEL: HOPELESS RECORDS RATING: 7/10 It’s always tough to top an amazing debut album, but Trash Boat have managed it with ‘Crown Shyness’, continuing in their seemingly unstoppable onslaught...

UNDER REVIEW: DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE – THANK YOU FOR TODAY

ARTIST: DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE  TITLE: THANK YOU FOR TODAY  LABEL: ATLANTIC RECORDS  RATING: 9/10  Picture the scene – The suns setting, it’s summer, it’s still warm (which for the record is unusual for England), you’re in the...

UNDER REVIEW: CULTURE ABUSE – BAY DREAM

ARTIST: CULTURE ABUSE  TITLE: BAY DREAM  LABEL: EPITAPH RECORDS RATING: 10/10  Bursting onto our summer soundtrack in full technicolour, the Californian punk mob, better known as Culture Club, has been a name passed around the fire pits...

UNDER REVIEW: CHELSEA GRIN – ETERNAL NIGHTMARE

ARITST: CHELSEA GRIN  TITLE: ETERNAL NIGHTMARE  LABEL: RISE RECORDS RATING: 9/10 Your favourite deathcore band are back, with a brand new line up and a brand new album. That’s right, the mighty Chelsea Grin return, and we couldn’t...

UNDER REVIEW: HOOBASTANK – PUSH PULL

ARTIST: HOOBASTANK  TITLE: PUSH PULL LABEL: NAPALM RECORDS  RATING: 4/10 After selling ten million albums worldwide and putting out five studio albums, there must be a certain amount of pressure to remain at the top of one’s game,...

UNDER REVIEW: I, THE MAPMAKER – SEARCHING

ARTIST: I, THE MAPMAKER  TITLE: SEARCHING  RATING: 8/10    Continuously proving that the South of the UK is putting out some of the best metal around at the moment, melodic hardcore outfit I, The Mapmaker throw their debut...

UNDER REVIEW: WOES – SELF HELP

ARTIST: WOES  TITLE: SELF HELP  LABEL: UNFD RATING: 7/10  Masterfully produced by Neck Deep and WSTR legend Seb Barlow, the latest EP from Woes packs a punch and hints of a band leaping ahead of their game....

UNDER REVIEW: YOUTH MAN – FIVE SONGS

ARITST: YOUTH MAN  TITLE: FIVE SONGS  LABEL: ALCOPOP RECORDS  RATING: 8/10  For those yet to uncover the joys of Youth Man, they’re a two-piece noisy punk outfit from Birmingham who’ve been around in some form or other since...

UNDER REVIEW: BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE – GRAVITY

ARTIST: BULLE FOR MY VALENTINE TITLE: GRAVITY  LABEL: SPINEFARM RECORDS  RATING: 5/10  With Gravity, we see a solid yet inconsistent return for Bullet for my Valentine.  Bullet boot the door down with ’Leap of Faith’ - an expression of...

UNDER REVIEW: MAYDAY PARADE – SUNNYLAND

ARTIST: MAYDAY PARADE  TITLE: SUNNYLAND  LABEL: RISE RECORDS RATING: 9/10  Here in the UK we're being burnt to a crisp by a bliss amount of sunshine, marking the beginning of yet another 'impossible summer', and obviously, we...

UNDER REVIEW: FREAKOUTS – TV

ARTIST: FREAKOUTS  TITLE: TV  LABEL: D.I.Y  RATING: 8/10    “A band of new uselessness” Freakouts from Guildford declare in their bio; describing their music “kinda grungy kinda punky stuff”, and although the latter might be true, these boys are...

UNDER REVIEW: THE WONDER YEARS – SISTER CITIES

ARTIST: THE WONDER YEARS  TITLE: SISTER CITIES  LABEL: HOPELESS RECORDS  RATING: 10/10 Pop Punk is in a bad place at the moment. Gone are the days of Dookie and Ixnay on the Hombre in favour of saccharinely sweet,...

UNDER REVIEW: WILL HAVEN – MUERTE

ARTIST: WILL HAVEN TITLE: MUERTE  LABEL: MINUS HEAD RECORDS  RATING: 8/10 If you’re a sucker for the time when ‘metalcore’ wasn’t considered a dirty word, then you’re probably familiar with Will Haven. For those uninitiated, Will Haven was...

NEWS: THE FEVER 333 DROPS A SURPRISE EP AND THE WORLD GOES WILD

Let's face it, not only is Jason Aalon Butler one of the most eccentric frontmen of our generation. He's in your face, he's loud, and he's back and angrier than ever before. And that's why we...

UNDER REVIEW: CASEY – WHERE I GO WHEN I AM SLEEPING

ARTIST: CASEY  TITLE: WHERE I GO WHEN I SLEEP  LABEL: HASSLE RECORDS  RATING: 6/10  It’s been a while since the UK has had an inkling of an emotional post-hardcore band as raw as this. Having only formed in 2014,...

UNDER REVIEW: TWITCHING TONGUES – GAINING PURPOSE THROUGH PASSIONATE HATRED

ARTIST: TWITCHING TONGUES  TITLE: GAINING PURPOSE THROUGH PASSIONATE HATRED  LABEL: METALBLADE RECORDS  RATING: 8/10 Watching Twitching Tongues grow into the five headed beast they are today has been a ride of uncertainty and delight in equal measures. Let...

UNDER REVIEW: NERVUS – EVERYTHING DIES

ARTIST: NERVUS  TITLE: EVERYTHING DIES  LABEL: BIG SCARY MONSTERS  RATING: 9/10 Following on from their debut Permanent Rainbow in 2016, Watford’s own Nervus are now gracing us with their sophomore record Everything Dies. What started out as Em...

UNDER REVIEW: MOOSE BLOOD – I DON’T THINK I CAN DO THIS ANYMORE

ARTIST: MOOSE BLOOD  TITLE: I DON'T THINK I CAN DO THIS ANYMORE  LABEL: HOPELESS RECORDS  RATING: 8/10  Since their debut album ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time’ released in 2014 on No Sleep Records, Canterbury...