Reviews

UNDER REVIEW: THE DANGEROUS SUMMER – THE DANGEROUS SUMMER

ARTIST: THE DANGEROUS SUMMER  TITLE: THE DANGEROUS SUMMER  LABEL: HOPELESS RECORDS  RATING: 8/10  Some bands get a tougher break than others, and for the Dangerous Summer, their break was just about as bad as you can get. With...

UNDER REVIEW – CANE HILL – TOO FAR GONE

ARTIST: CANE HILL  TITLE: TOO FAR GONE  LABEL: RISE RECORDS  RATING: 10/10  The press have forever wrongly labelled this band 'nu metal', which both the band and ourselves agree as lazy. After all vocalist Elijah Witt tells us,...

UNDER REVIEW: OF MICE AND MEN – DEFY

ARTIST: OF MICE AND MEN  TITLE: DEFY  LABEL: RISE RECORDS  RATING: 9/10 If there’s one thing Of Mice & Men hasn’t done since the departure of their former vocalist Austin Carlile, it’s lagging behind. ‘Defy’ is the first...

UNDER REVIEW: WATERPARKS – ENTERTAINMENT

ARTIST: WATERPARKS  TITLE: ENTERTAINMENT LABEL: EQUAL VISION  RATING: 3/10 Texas has always had an exciting musical output. From the likes of groove-metal Gods Pantera, to seminal post hardcore mob At the Drive-In, Texas' love affair with incredibly interesting...

UNDER REVIEW: MARMOZETS – KNOWING WHAT YOU KNOW NOW

ARTIST: MARMOZETS TITLE: KNOWING WHAT YOU KNOW NOW  RATING: 9/10  LABEL: ROADRUNNER  British rock music was in a rather strange place back in 2014. ‘Topman rock’ ruled the alternative world, with bands like You Me At Six and...

UNDER REVIEW: TINY MOVING PARTS – SWELL

ARTIST: TINY MOVING PARTS  TITLE: SWELL  RATING: 8/10  LABEL: TRIPLE CROWN RECORDS Minnesotan Emo-Revival trio Tiny Moving Parts have been picking up traction in a big way over the past couple of years. Touring with the likes of...

UNDER REVIEW – THE XCERTS : HOLD ONTO YOUR HEART

ARTIST: THE XCERTS TITLE: HOLD ON YOUR HEART RATING: 8/10 LABEL: RAYGUN Within the first few seconds of spinning this record we can already feel the dry throats, sweaty palms, and heart-wrenching chest pains...

UNDER REVIEW – FALL OUT BOY : MANIA

ARTIST: FALL OUT BOY TITLE: MANIA RATING: 4/10 LABEL: ISLAND RECORDS Over a decade ago a youthful Patrick Stump sang the cult club filler line, ‘sugar we’re going down…’, and fast forward through a genre-bending, complex,...

UNDER REVIEW: Movements – Feel Something

ARTIST: MOVEMENTS TITLE: FEEL SOMETHING LABEL: FEARLESS RECORDS RATING: 9/10 There have been some really emotional releases this year. From Sorority Noise to The Smith Street Band, Manchester Orchestra to Mount Eerie, the theme of music this year...

UNDER REVIEW: The Used – The Canyon

ARTIST: THE USED TITLE: THE CANYON LABEL: HOPELESS RECORDS RATING: 8/10 It should first be addressed that anyone looking for another slice of angsty emo brilliance from The Used will be sorely disappointed. The band’s first three albums...

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...