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UNDER REVIEW: Living With Lions – Island

ARTIST: LIVING WITH LIONS TITLE: ISLAND LABEL: REDFIELD RECORDS RATING: 6 /10  WORDS: SARAH SHODIPE Five years is a long time for any band to not release music. But the Canadian four-piece Living With Lions, their difficulties stand...

UNDER REVIEW: JOYCE MANOR – A MILLION DOLLARS TO KILL ME

ARTIST: JOYCE MANOR  TITLE: A MILLION DOLLARS TO KILL ME  LABEL: EPITAPH RECORDS RATING: 8/10  Joyce Manor have perfected the art of upbeat, emotionally introspective songs whilst coasting the line between being too sad for power-pop but...

UNDER REVIEW: THE STORY SO FAR – PROPER DOSE

ARTIST: THE STORY SO FAR TITLE: PROPER DOSE  LABEL: PURE NOISE RECORDS  RATING: 9/10  For fans of California outfit The Story So Far, this release has been a long time coming, with their self-titled third album, which...

STREAM NOW: LAST WILD LION’S EMOTIONAL DEBUT, THEY’RE NOT SECRETS ANYMORE

Raw emotion. Two words that perfectly describe one of the most exciting alternative rock bands to be coming out of Scotland at the moment. Last Wild Lion are a band that have defied the hardest...

UNDER REVIEW: THRICE – ‘PALMS’

Progressively Thrice is a band like no other.ARTIST: THRICE  TITLE: PALMS LABEL: EPITAPH RECORDS  RATING: 8/10 Thrice - "Palms" 8/10 Whenever Thrice gets brought up into conversation, you can't help but smile. The band who a few years...

Alkaline Trio ‘Is This Thing Cursed?’

Posted by Yasmin Words by Bec Simpson Nine albums in and we’ve reached what could essentially be a make or break point for Alkaline Trio with the release of ‘Is This Thing Cursed?’. The band have...

TRACK BY TRACK: HOMEBOUND EXPLAIN THE UPS AND DOWNS TO ‘MORE THAN ME THAN...

When it comes to the British rock circuit at the moment, there seems to be a lot thriving in the pop punk / alternative rock underbelly. For Surrey's HOMEBOUND this has meant releaisng one of the...

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...