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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...

UNDER REVIEW: Pijn – Loss

ARTIST: PIJN TITLE: LOSS LABEL: HOLY ROAR RECORDS RATING: 8/10  WORDS: AMY ALBINSON In the short, staccato title of ‘Loss’ Manchester-based collective Pijn delve into the darkness of a raw and emotional hell. Their incisive debut, released 26th October...

UNDER REVIEW: Disturbed – Evolution

ARTIST: DISTURBED TITLE: EVOLUTION LABEL: REPRISE RATING: 7/10  WORDS: KAY HARTLEY Any heavy metal fan will be familiar with the legends that are Disturbed, and its hard not to be since they've been around since 1994 and have made...

UNDER REVIEW: Pixies – Come On Pilgrim…It’s Surfer Rosa

ARTIST: PIXIES TITLE: COME ON PILGRIM...IT'S SURFER ROSA LABEL: 4AD RATING: 9/10  WORDS: CHRIS PRENATT The year is 1988. Tim Burton's Beetlejuice landed in theaters, the Washington Redskins won Super Bowl XXII, and the soon-to-be beloved series Roseanne premiered on ABC. At this...

UNDER REVIEW: Nothing But Thieves – What Did You Think When You Made Me...

ARTIST: NOTHING BUT THIEVES TITLE: WHAT DID YOU THINK WHEN YOU MADE ME THIS WAY LABEL: RCA RECORDS RATING: 8 /10  WORDS: KEVIN FLINN Nothing But Thieves has had quite an eventful past few years. With their full length...

UNDER REVIEW: Our Hollow, Our Home – In Moment // In Memory

ARTIST: OUR HOLLOW, OUR HOME TITLE: IN MOMENT // IN MEMORY LABEL: //HOLLOW MUSIC RATING: 8 /10  WORDS: JACK MOBLEY Our Hollow, Our Home have been simmering under the surface for a few years now but in a saturated...

UNDER REVIEW: Hellions – Rue

ARTIST: HELLIONS TITLE: RUE LABEL: UNFD RATING: 5.5 /10  WORDS: HARRY HIGGINSON Hellions, the genre-bending hardcore mob hailing all the way from down under, have never really been ones to follow anyone else’s lead. Developing from a somewhat run...

UNDER REVIEW: Atreyu – In Our Wake

ARTIST: ATREYU TITLE: IN OUR WAKE LABEL: SPINEFARM RECORDS RATING: 7.5 /10  WORDS: KAY HARTLEY The 12th of October 2018 marks the release of the 7th studio album by metal core band Atreyu. 'In Our Wake' is also the second...

UNDER REVIEW: Basement – Beside Myself

ARTIST: BASEMENT TITLE: BESIDE MYSELF LABEL: FUELED BY RAMEN RATING: 8 /10  WORDS: MATT LUNN Ipswich's favourite sons have returned with their first release since 2016's "Promise Everything" which was embraced with positive reviews and propelled them to a higher...

UNDER REVIEW: Sylar – Seasons

ARTIST: SYLAR TITLE: SEASONS LABEL: HOPELESS RECORDS RATING: 9 /10  WORDS: CORAL DANIELS Is it commercially friendly? Yes. Will you be singing the words all day? Yep. Will it disappoint fans? Probably. As the name of the album suggests...

UNDER REVIEW: Hellogoodbye – S’Only Natural

ARTIST: HELLOGOODBYE TITLE: S'ONLY NATURAL LABEL: ALCOPOP! RECORDS RATING: 6 /10  WORDS: CHRIS PRENATT It’s been a while since the world has heard anything from Hellogoodbye, the beloved emo pop band that came into our music scene simply out...

UNDER REVIEW – twenty øne piløts – Trench

ARTIST: twenty øne piløts TITLE: TRENCH LABEL: ATLANTIC/FBR RATING: 7 /10  WORDS: SARAH SHODIPE For a band like twenty øne piløts, it’s easy to look in from the outside of what are all about and misunderstand or dismiss them....

UNDER REVIEW: You Me At Six – VI

ARTIST: YOU ME AT SIX TITLE: VI LABEL: UNDERDOG RECORDS RATING: 7 /10  WORDS: ADAM HOPKIN With a new album and a huge run of dates to celebrate 10 years since the release of their incredible debut effort "Take...