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UNDER REVIEW: Can’t Swim – Foreign Language

  ARTIST: CAN'T SWIM TITLE: FOREIGN LANGUAGE LABEL: PURE NOISE RECORDS RATING: 6.5/10 WORDS: ROB KENT New Jesery Rock outfit Can't Swim have returned with their input to 2019, following up last years full length with a six track EP....

UNDER REVIEW: Lagwagon – Railer

  ARTIST: LAGWAGON TITLE: RAILER LABEL: FAT WRECK RECORDS RATING: 7.5/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE The 90s brought out the best in California. Many world famous punk acts such as Green Day and The Offspring found their fame in this decade;...

UNDER REVIEW: The Devil Wears Prada – The Act

  ARTIST: THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA TITLE: THE ACT LABEL: SOLID STATE RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: JAMES HOLDER You’d be forgiven for thinking that after a near 15 years in the game The Devil Wears Prada would have plateaued and...

UNDER REVIEW: Waterparks – Fandom

  ARTIST: WATERPARKS TITLE: FANDOM LABEL: HOPELESS RECORDS RATING: 9.5/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE It's official: God's favourite boyband are back at it and it's... different. American alternative band Waterparks have spent 2019 teasing their new era, from frontman Awsten Knight's...

UNDER REVIEW: SIGHTS & SOUNDS – NO VIRTUE

ARTIST: SIGHTS & SOUNDS  TITLE: NO VIRTUE  LABEL: INDEPENDENT (UK & USA) | NO SLEEP (CANADA / USA) RATING: 9/10  There’s a lot to be said about the term ‘side project’ .  It’s a term that is often...

UNDER REVIEW: Gideon – Out Of Control

  ARTIST: GIDEON TITLE: OUT OF CONTROL LABEL: RUDE RECORDS/EQUAL VISION RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Originally starting out as a Christian metalcore band, Gideon, who hail from the deep South (Tuscaloosa, Alabama to be precise), aren’t what you...

UNDER REVIEW: City And Colour – A Pill For Loneliness

  ARTIST: CITY AND COLOUR TITLE: A PILL FOR LONELINESS LABEL: STILL RECORDS RATING: 7.5/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE Showing off more of his own personal talent away from Alexisonfire, Dallas Green has been working for over a decade on his...

UNDER REVIEW: Halfnoise – Natural Disguise

  ARTIST: HALFNOISE TITLE: NATURAL DISGUISE LABEL: LAB RECORDS RATING: 7.5/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE They say that by not not learning from history’s mistakes, one is doomed to repeat them. But if you learn enough from history, you can gather...

UNDER REVIEW: We Lost The Sea – Triumph & Disaster

  ARTIST: WE LOST THE SEA TITLE: TRIUMPH & DISASTER LABEL: HOLY ROAR RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: KARLEY MYALL Formed in 2007, Australian post-rock band We Lost The Sea have released their seven-track anthology titled ‘Triumph & Disaster’. After debut...

UNDER REVIEW: The Menzingers – Hello Exile

  ARTIST: THE MENZINGERS TITLE: HELLO EXILE LABEL: EPITAPH RATING: 8/10 WORDS: MATTHEW WILSON How do you follow up an instant classic? 'After The Party', The Menzinger’s 2017 record, was a defining moment for the Pittsburgh band, perfectly encapsulating the...

UNDER REVIEW: Issues – Beautiful Oblivion

  ARTIST: ISSUES TITLE: BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION LABEL: RISE RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE Bringing together catchy R&B beats with heavy guitar riffs and pop-adjacent vocals, it’s as if Issues made a genre of their own within the metal corner...

UNDER REVIEW: Kublai Khan – Absolute

  ARTIST: KUBLAI KHAN TITLE: ABSOLUTE LABEL: PURE NOISE RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: SEAN HUBBARD While Kublai Khan’s fourth full length release may lack the catchy lyrics of Nomad’s ‘Antpile’ – “Shit, son of a bitch!” – It is undoubtedly...

UNDER REVIEW: nothing,nowhere. x Travis Barker – Bloodlust

  ARTIST: NOTHING,NOWHERE. X TRAVIS BARKER TITLE: BLOODLUST LABEL: FUELED BY RAMEN RATING: 8/10 WORDS: JAMES HOLDER Nothing, nowhere. and Travis Barker might not have been the collaboration that you thought you needed, but ‘Bloodlust’ spectacularly demonstrates how very wrong...

UNDER REVIEW: Nervus – Tough Crowd

  ARTIST: NERVUS TITLE: TOUGH CROWD LABEL: BIG SCARY MONSTERS RATING: 9.5/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE There's a reason it's called, 'Tough Crowd' - it'll be hard to crack a joke with this record. Power-pop group Nervus have never taken their...

UNDER REVIEW: Hearken – Help Me, I’m Alive

  ARTIST: HEARKEN TITLE: HELP ME, I'M ALIVE LABEL: DON DON CREATIONS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: KEVIN FLINN Hearken is a band that takes cues from others, in sound and styling. Think Sonic Youth mixed with The Joy Formidable and a...

UNDER REVIEW: Like Giants – Sovereign

  ARTIST: LIKE GIANTS TITLE: SOVEREIGN LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 8/10 WORDS: KARLEY MYALL Formed in 2019, this four-piece band from the Midlands are releasing their new four-track EP titled ‘Sovereign’. Filled with infectious beats, giving off a real feel-good energy...

UNDER REVIEW: The Early November – Lilac

  ARTIST: THE EARLY NOVEMBER TITLE: LILAC LABEL: RISE RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE There's something rich to be found in the alternative scene in New Jersey, and it's always managed to bring some of the best acts to...

UNDER REVIEW: Wednesday 13 – Necrophaze

  ARTIST: WEDNESDAY 13 TITLE: NECROPHAZE LABEL: NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Wednesday 13, possibly best known as frontman of Murderdolls, has just released his brand eighth full length album under his solo moniker. ‘Necrophaze’ is “heavily...

UNDER REVIEW: SeeYouSpaceCowboy – The Correlation Between Entrance And Exit Wounds

  ARTIST: SEEYOUSPACECOWBOY TITLE: THE CORRELATION BETWEEN ENTRANCE AND EXIT WOUNDS LABEL: PURE NOISE RECORDS RATING: 8.5/10 WORDS: CHRIS PRENATT Eight months ago, California-based sasscore group SeeYouSpaceCowboy unleashed their heavy hitting compilation 'Songs For The Firing Squad'. The thirteen songs...

UNDER REVIEW: Renounced – Beauty Is A Destructive Angel

  ARTIST: RENOUNCED TITLE: BEAUTY IS A DESTRUCTIVE ANGEL LABEL: HOLY ROAR RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: JACK MOBLEY Bringing a much needed youthful slant to an ageing genre, Renounced have released their third album, and follow up to 2017’s 'Theories...