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UNDER REVIEW: Acres – Lonely World

ARTIST: ACRES TITLE: LONELY WORLD LABEL: A WOLF AT YOUR DOOR RECORDS RATING: 9/10 WORDS: KEVIN FLINN Acres, like many bands, have had a long journey before seeing any deserved recognition. Between losing band members (including the original...

UNDER REVIEW: Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind

ARTIST: SLIPKNOT TITLE: WE ARE NOT YOUR KIND LABEL: ROADRUNNER RECORDS RATING: 9/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON There's been a lot of talk surrounding this album and much anticipation amongst the Slipknot fan base on social media and YouTube...

UNDER REVIEW: The Regrettes – How Do You Love?

ARTIST: THE REGRETTES TITLE: HOW DO YOU LOVE? LABEL: WARNER RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE They’re one of the biggest punk bands to break out this year, and it’s time they show what the big fuss is...

UNDER REVIEW: Reclaimer – Grief Enslaved

ARTIST: RECLAIMER TITLE: GRIEF ENSLAVED LABEL: FAMINED RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: KARLEY MYALL If you’re a lover of hardcore music this one's for you! Lincoln based band Reclaimer have released their new six-track EP titled ‘Grief Enslaved’. The...

UNDER REVIEW: THECITYISOURS – Low

ARTIST: THECITYISOURS TITLE: LOW LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 9/10 WORDS: KARLEY MYALL THECITYISOURS is a five-piece band from London, making music they describe as melodic metalcore and they've just dropped their new eleven-track album titled ‘Low.’ Trust us, you’re...

UNDER REVIEW: Slaughter Beach, Dog – Safe And Also No Fear

ARTIST: SLAUGHTER BEACH, DOG TITLE: SAFE AND ALSO NO FEAR LABEL: BIG SCARY MONSTERS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: JACK MOBLEY What began as a solo project of Jake Ewald (of Modern Baseball fame) has grown into a fully fledged...

UNDER REVIEW: Northlane – Alien

ARTIST: NORTHLANE TITLE: ALIEN LABEL: UNFD RATING: 8/10 WORDS: SEAN HUBBARD Northlane moved away from the sci-fi themes of previous releases on new album ‘Alien’ – despite the confusing title, this album is actually about frontman Marcus Bridge’s...

UNDER REVIEW: Thy Art Is Murder – Human Target

ARTIST: THY ART IS MURDER TITLE: HUMAN TARGET LABEL: NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: KARLEY MYALL Ready, set, head bang! The Australian five-piece band, Thy Art Is Murder is back, with their new ten-track album titled ‘Human...

UNDER REVIEW: Standby – We Need More Mountains I

ARTIST: STANDBY TITLE: WE NEED MORE MOUNTAINS I LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 7/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE Every band aims for a certain sound, image, style - and it can be hard, so it's intriguing when a band describes their...

UNDER REVIEW: Flaw – Vol IV: Because The Brave

ARTIST: FLAW TITLE: VOL IV: BECAUSE THE BRAVE LABEL: PAVEMENT ENTERTAINMENT RATING: 4/10 WORDS: JAMES HOLDER Over the course of their two-decade run as a band FLAW have seen and done it all. And then they saw it...

UNDER REVIEW: Throes – In The Hands Of An Angry God

ARTIST: THROES TITLE: IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD LABEL: HOLY ROAR RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: AMY ALBINSON It’s been four years since Throes’ last release, 'To Dust', saw the band emerge from the ashes of previous...

UNDER REVIEW: Victory Lane – Barebones

ARTIST: VICTORY LANE TITLE: BAREBONES LABEL: STANDBY RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: COLIN CAPP Victory Lane have released their second EP of bouncy, catchy pop punk tunes and it is a bold statement, displaying the potential this band possess....

UNDER REVIEW: Strange Bones – Blitz Pt 1

ARTIST: STRANGE BONES TITLE: BLITZ PT 1 LABEL: RAW KINGDOM RATING: 7/10 WORDS: ADAM HOPKIN With the release of 'Blitz PT 1', Blackpool's Strange Bones created a torrent of uncompromising abrasiveness channeled with blistering energy. The punk (ish)...

UNDER REVIEW: Sanction – Broken In Refraction

ARTIST: SANCTION TITLE: BROKEN IN REFRACTION LABEL: PURE NOISE RECORDS RATING: 6/10 WORDS: JACK MOBLEY The hardcore and metal-core scene is draped in quality as of 2019 and Long Island outfit, Sanction have their hat firmly tossed  into...

UNDER REVIEW: Real Authority – True Motion

ARTIST: REAL AUTHORITY TITLE: TRUE MOTION LABEL: CHAPTER ONE RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: CORAL JADE DANIELS Real Authority are a London based quintet; playing face melting, riff heavy, punk music and on July 26th they’ll be releasing their...

UNDER REVIEW: Spider – Energy Gone Wrong

ARTIST: SPIDER TITLE: ENERGY GONE WRONG LABEL: CPYRT CNTRL RCRDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE Regrouping not too long ago, rock outfit Spider have decided to treat the world with a little present in the form of a...

UNDER REVIEW: Sum 41 – Order In Decline

ARTIST: SUM 41 TITLE: ORDER IN DECLINE LABEL: HOPELESS RECORDS RATING: 9/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE The key to keeping fresh as a pop-punk band beyond the 2000s is change. Developing, growing, maturing. Sometimes it can be surprising when...

UNDER REVIEW: Crown The Empire – Sudden Sky

ARTIST: CROWN THE EMPIRE TITLE: SUDDEN SKY LABEL: RISE RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON “What am I afraid of…the unknown?” begins the spoken word driven instrumental opener ‘X’, which is an entirely appropriate start for the record,...

UNDER REVIEW: Valis Ablaze – Render

ARTIST: VALIS ABLAZE TITLE: RENDER LABEL: LONG BRANCH RECORDS RATING: 9/10 WORDS: CARA MULLEN A conglomerate of juxtaposing sounds, Valis Ablaze have shown their might on the 10-track sophomore album ‘Render’. The follow up to 2018’s ‘Boundless’, the...

UNDER REVIEW: METZ – Automat

ARTIST: METZ TITLE: AUTOMAT LABEL: SUB POP RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Everyone’s favourite art-punk Canadians METZ are back with a new record that will leave your heart pounding, your ears bleeding and your eyes slightly damp...