Reviews

UNDER REVIEW: Modern Rituals – Yearning

ARTIST: MODERN RITUALS TITLE: YEARNING LABEL: HOLY ROAR RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: SARAH SHODIPE It was only June of last year – that’s ten months ago – that Modern Rituals released their debut album ‘The Light That Leaks...

UNDER REVIEW: Devil’s Gun – Sing For The Chaos

ARTIST: DEVIL'S GUN TITLE: SING FOR THE CHAOS LABEL: BLACK LODGE RATING: 6/10 WORDS: SOPHIA WATSON Swedish heavy metal band Devil’s Gun release new album ‘Sing For The Chaos’, a record that incorporates a classic heavy metal sound...

UNDER REVIEW: Märvel – Guilty Pleasures

ARTIST: MÄRVEL TITLE: GUILTY PLEASURES LABEL: THE SIGN RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE Guilty pleasures are one of the most common concepts when it comes to one’s music tastes. Most music fans would proudly shout out their...

UNDER REVIEW: The Well Runs Red – Alone We Wither

ARTIST: THE WELL RUNS RED TITLE: ALONE WE WITHER LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 8/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON The mysterious and somewhat secretive Bristol based artist The Well Runs Red attracted attention with singles ‘The Well’ and ‘Nothing New’ last...

UNDER REVIEW: Knocked Loose – Mistakes Like Fractures

ARTIST: KNOCKED LOOSE TITLE: MISTAKES LIKE FRACTURES LABEL: PURE NOISE RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: JACK MOBLEY Surprise! Knocked Loose have released a three track EP to get you salivating at the prospect of their upcoming full length, due...

UNDER REVIEW: I Prevail – Trauma

ARTIST: I PREVAIL TITLE: TRAUMA LABEL: FEARLESS RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE Rising to recognition with an oh so different cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’, Michigan metalcore specialists I Prevail have managed to build such a...

UNDER REVIEW: JAWS – The Ceiling

ARTIST: JAWS TITLE: THE CEILING LABEL: RATTLEPOP RATING: 6.5/10 WORDS: JACK MOBLEY ‘Dream-pop’ is an interesting sub genre that Birmingham trio, JAWS have labelled themselves but it does give you a good indication of what you can expect...

UNDER REVIEW: Heavy Feather – Debris & Rubble

ARTIST: HEAVY FEATHER TITLE: DEBRIS & RUBBLE LABEL: THE SIGN RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: SOPHIA WATSON Seventies rock meant male vocals, sweet guitars and, let’s be honest, lots of drugs. In 2019 when the sounds of the flower...

UNDER REVIEW: PUP – Morbid Stuff

ARTIST: PUP TITLE: MORBID STUFF LABEL: RISE RECORDS/LITTLE DIPPER RATING: 8/10 WORDS: CHRIS PRENATT Prior to the release of their sophomore album The Dream Is Over in 2016, PUP vocalist Stefan Babcock was told by his doctor that...

UNDER REVIEW: C Duncan – Health

ARTIST: C DUNCAN TITLE: HEALTH LABEL: FATCAT RECORDS RATING: 9/10 WORDS: KEVIN FLINN What do you get when you cross a classical music upbringing with an indie twist? If your answer was “confused”, you wouldn’t be to blame....

UNDER REVIEW: High Rise – Endeavours

ARTIST: HIGH RISE TITLE: ENDEAVOURS LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 7/10 WORDS: JOE ARNOLD 'Endeavours', the third EP by London-based Metalcore band High Rise, is a very well-crafted experience. Clocking in at a lean twenty minutes, neither the album as a...

UNDER REVIEW: Whitechapel – The Valley

ARTIST: WHITECHAPEL TITLE: THE VALLEY LABEL: METAL BLADE RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE The metal genre thrives on the villainous undertones of the artists’ lives: secret shames and guilty consciences, and the lowest feelings a human being...

UNDER REVIEW: QUEASY – Queasy

ARTIST: QUEASY TITLE: QUEASY LABEL: SELF RELEASED RATING: 7/10 WORDS: CERYN SARA QUEASY, Manchester’s very own funk/rock four piece, are set to release their highly anticipated self-titled EP on March 29th 2019. The buzz surrounding their recent recordings, and...

UNDER REVIEW: Free Throw – What’s Past Is Prologue

ARTIST: FREE THROW TITLE: WHAT'S PAST IS PROLOGUE LABEL: TRIPLE CROWN RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: SOPHIA WATSON Suggested by the unflinchingly punchy title, Free Throw’s new album, ‘What’s Past is Prologue’, promises to be an honest narrative of the...

UNDER REVIEW: Priest – Obey

ARTIST: PRIEST TITLE: OBEY LABEL: LÖVELY RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE There is no denying that electronic tastes and samples in alternative music is at a high in recent years. It’s a style that is seemingly impossible to...

UNDER REVIEW: Fallujah – Undying Light

ARTIST: FALLUJAH TITLE: UNDYING LIGHT LABEL: NUCLEAR BLAST RATING: 7/10 WORDS: ADAM HOPKIN Since forming in 2007, Californian prog metal outfit Fallujah have carved out their own niche amongst the extreme community, cultivating respect through the release of three...

UNDER REVIEW: Sleep In. – The Stars On Your Ceiling

ARTIST: SLEEP IN. TITLE: THE STARS ON YOUR CEILING LABEL: KNOW HOPE RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: RACHAEL DOWD New Jersey alternative band Sleep In. are back with their sophomore LP, ‘The Stars On Your Ceiling’, their first release with...

UNDER REVIEW: La Dispute – Panorama

ARTIST: LA DISPUTE TITLE: PANORAMA LABEL: EPITAPH RATING: 9/10 WORDS: ADAM HOPKIN Flicking through family scrapbooks, old holiday videos or even strolling through museum exhibits, the recollections these evoke may be hazy, but security can be found in the...

UNDER REVIEW: Gutter Knife – Boots On The Ground

ARTIST: GUTTER KNIFE TITLE: BOOTS ON THE GROUND LABEL: QUALITY CONTROL HQ RECORDS RATING: 9/10 WORDS: EMMA MURPHY Through the image on the grainy album cover of Boots On The Ground one can’t make out much about the bands...

UNDER REVIEW: Problem Daughter – Grow Up Trash

ARTIST: PROBLEM DAUGHTER TITLE: GROW UP TRASH LABEL: WIRETAP RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: GAVIN BROWN Salt Lake City’s Problem Daughter have a knack for belting out trashy punk anthems and the band have been plying their wares for the...