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UNDER REVIEW: ROAM – Great Heights & Nosedives

ARTIST: ROAM TITLE: GREAT HEIGHTS & NOSEDIVES LABEL: HOPELESS RECORDS RATING: 8/10 British pop-punk outfit ROAM deliver with sophomore album. What a couple of years it’s been for ROAM, an Eastbourne band who, according to guitarist Alex Adam, got...

UNDER REVIEW: Deaf Havana – All These Countless Nights (Reworked)

ARTIST: DEAF HAVANA TITLE: ALL THESE COUNTLESS NIGHTS (REWORKED) LABEL: SO RECORDINGS RATING: 7/10 When Deaf Havana say ‘reworked’, they really do mean reworked, and so the tracks you’ll find on their brand new release All These Countless...

UNDER REVIEW: Converge – The Dusk In Us

ARTIST: CONVERGE TITLE: THE DUSK IN US LABEL: EPITAPH RECORDS RATING: 8/10 Converge are one of the finest treasures in aggressive music. For nearly thirty years, this band have been delivering hardcore that’s as punishing, emotional and challenging...

UNDER REVIEW: Hollywood Undead – Five

ARTIST: HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD TITLE: FIVE LABEL: BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT RATING: 4/10 Hollywood Undead have always been tough to pin down. In the nine years since the release of their iconic debut Swan Songs, people have struggled to work...

UNDER REVIEW: Marilyn Manson – Heaven Upside Down

ARTIST: MARILYN MANSON TITLE: HEAVEN UPSIDE DOWN LABEL: LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS RATING: 8/10 Boy has it been a good year for the industrial music scene. Not only did Nine Inch Nails release their excellent Add Violence EP, but...

UNDER REVIEW: Slaughter Beach, Dog – Birdie

ARTIST: SLAUGHTER BEACH, DOG TITLE: BIRDIE LABEL: LAME-O RECORDS RATING: 8/10 With Modern Baseball on an indefinite hiatus Jake Ewald has had a lot of time to focus on his side project Slaughter Beach, Dog, releasing an EP...

UNDER REVIEW: Citizen – As You Please

ARTIST: CITIZEN TITLE: AS YOU PLEASE LABEL: RUN FOR COVER RECORDS RATING: 8/10 We’ve always found Citizen to be an interesting band.  They’ve never been one to sit on a sound for too long, as their first two...

UNDER REVIEW: PVRIS – All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell

ARTIST: PVRIS TITLE: ALL WE KNOW OF HEAVEN, ALL WE NEED OF HELL LABEL: RISE RECORDS RATING: 8/10 Few bands have seen such high expectations around their second album as PVRIS, whose excellent 2014 debut, White Noise, catapulted...

UNDER REVIEW: Comeback Kid – Outsider

ARTIST: COMEBACK KID TITLE: OUTSIDER LABEL: NUCLEAR BLAST RATING: 8/10 Whether you’re brand new to Comeback Kid or have been a fan since day one, no matter what record we’re talking, no matter which of the many incarnations...

UNDER REVIEW: SMIDLEY – SMIDLEY

ARTIST: SMIDLEY TITLE: SMIDLEY LABEL: TRIPLE CROWN RECORDS RATING: 7.5/10 Foxing vocalist, Conor Murphy has gone solo! In an attempt to push his boundaries as an artist, he’s separated himself from his melancholy previous outings, immersed into...

UNDER REVIEW: Sombulance – Lifer

ARTIST: SOMBULANCE TITLE: LIFER LABEL: LOCKJAW RECORDS RATING: 7/10 Portsmouth and Southsea skatepunkers Sombulance have recently released their first EP in seven years, Lifer. It’s a six-track, fast paced journey that gives little let up and offers great...

UNDER REVIEW: Dear Seattle – Dear Seattle EP

ARTIST: DEAR SEATTLE TITLE: DEAR SEATTLE RATING: 7/10 A solid first attempt from Aussie Alt-rockers, this self-titled debut is a cool blend of atmospheric guitars, serene vocals and lyrical depression. Opener 'The Things You Do' will make...

UNDER REVIEW: Maypine – In The Back of My Mind

ARTIST: MAYPINE TITLE: IN THE BACK OF MY MIND LABEL: DISCONNECT DISCONNECT RECORDS RATING: 3/10   I would love to describe this EP as a fresh, British take on pop-punk but in reality it is just another ten-a-penny quintet...

UNDER REVIEW: Neck Deep – The Peace and The Panic

ARTIST: NECK DEEP TITLE: THE PEACE AND THE PANIC LABEL: HOPELESS RECORDS RATING: 6/10 Wrexham pop-punkers misfire with extravagant third effort… Neck Deep have always been hailed as the forerunners of British pop-punk, a much sought after alternative to...

UNDER REVIEW – BRAND NEW: SCIENCE FICTION

ARTIST: BRAND NEW  TITLE: SCIENCE FICTION  LABEL: PROCRASTINATE MUSIC TRAITORS  RATING: 10/10  After eight years of waiting, many began to think that this was an album that was never going to happen, yet here it is, Brand New...

UNDER REVIEW – Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile To The Surface

ARTIST: MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA  TITLE: A BLACK MILE TO THE SURFACE  LABEL: LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS  RATING: 10/10  Just as we finalised our top records so far of 2017, the beautifully enigmatic Manchester Orchestra decided to release one of the most promising...

UNDER REVIEW – Milk Teeth – Be Nice

ARTIST: MILK TEETH  ALBUM: BE NICE  LABEL: ROADRUNNER RECORDS  RATING: 9/10  British based grunge party Milk Teeth are back with a new EP and a promise of a second one being released sometime later this year.  This EP...

UNDER REVIEW (LIVE): PVRIS – MANCHESTER ACADEMY – 06/04/2016

ARTIST: PVRIS | VENUE: MANCHESTER ACADEMY | 06/04/2016 SUPPORTS: ALVAREZ KINGS, K FLAY  PVRIS are just one of those bands that everyone seems to love, and how could you not embrace their synth laden, chorus catching,...

UNDER REVIEW: MUNCIE GIRLS – FROM CAPLAN TO BELSIZE

ARTIST: MUNCIE GIRLS  TITLE: FROM CAPLAN TO BELSIZE  RATING: 8/10  The latest instalment from Muncie Girls called From Caplan To Belsize immediately has a garage sounding production to it, made very evident by opening track Learn In...

UNDER REVIEW: HANDS LIKE HOUSES – DISSONANTS

ARTIST: HANDS LIKE HOUSES  TITLE: DISSONANTS  RATING: 6/10 Rise Records have many bands on their bill and Australian act Hands Like Houses are one of them. And their new record Dissonants proves that they’ve earned their place...