Reviews

UNDER REVIEW: Good Tiger – Redux

ARTIST: GOOD TIGER TITLE: REDUX LABEL: METAL BLADE RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE Releasing a set of such sound-altering remixes is not a common event in the alternative rock genre – mostly because the electronic collaboration with rock...

UNDER REVIEW: American Football – American Football LP3

ARTIST: AMERICAN FOOTBALL TITLE: AMERICAN FOOTBALL LP3 LABEL: BIG SCARY MONSTERS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: SARAH SHODIPE Which one of us isn’t a little bit tired of the nostalgia comeback band? While the idea of Busted, or The Jonas Brothers...

UNDER REVIEW: Roulette – Now!

ARTIST: ROULETTE TITLE: NOW! LABEL: BLACK LODGE RATING: 9/10 WORDS: SOPHIA WATSON With any debut album - a record filled with the passion and essence of the band as they attempt to prove themselves amongst the terrain of other...

UNDER REVIEW: Follower – Against The Ropes

ARTIST: FOLLOWER TITLE: AGAINST THE ROPES LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 6/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE Guildford’s own Follower are some of the newer kids on the block and have proven to be making their mark in the alt-rock genre with a...

UNDER REVIEW: Parting Gift – Ensom

ARTIST: PARTING GIFT TITLE: ENSOM LABEL: FEARLESS RECORDS RATING:  8/10 WORDS: VINCENT LI Having recently signed to Fearless Records, Parting Gift’s debut Ensom EP proves exactly why the Manchester outfit are truly one of the most exciting bands in...

UNDER REVIEW: While She Sleeps – So What?

ARTIST: WHILE SHE SLEEPS TITLE: SO WHAT? LABEL: SLEEPS BROTHERS RATING:  8/10 WORDS: ADAM HOPKIN Since dropping their epic debut 'The North Stands For Nothing' way back in 2010, While She Sleeps have topped an industry fuelled by deceit...

UNDER REVIEW: Tyr – Hel

ARTIST: TYR TITLE: HEL LABEL: METAL BLADE RECORDS RATING:  7/10 WORDS: JOE ARNOLD 'Hel' is the 8th studio album by Folk Metal band Týr. Drawing heavily from the Scandinavian folklore and history of their home country of the Faroe...

UNDER REVIEW: Angel Du$t – Pretty Buff

ARTIST: ANGEL DU$T TITLE: PRETTY BUFF LABEL: ROADRUNNER RECORDS RATING:  8/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Never been one to play by any kinds of rules, it’s not really a surprise that the latest album from super group Angel Du$t is...

UNDER REVIEW: Any Given Day – Overpower

ARTIST: ANY GIVEN DAY TITLE: OVERPOWER LABEL: ARISING EMPIRE RECORDS RATING: 5/10 WORDS: SARAH SHODIPE For a band on their third full-length release, you’d hope Any Given Day would have found some sort of sound to set them apart...

UNDER REVIEW: Buckcherry – Warpaint

ARTIST: BUCKCHERRY TITLE: WARPAINT LABEL: CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS RATING:  7/10 WORDS: CORAL DANIELS It has been 20 years since Buckcherry released their self-titled debut, so with that in mind, and front man Josh Todd’s chatter about modernising their sound,...

UNDER REVIEW: Just Friends – Nothing But Love

ARTIST: JUST FRIENDS TITLE: NOTHING BUT LOVE LABEL: PURE NOISE RECORDS RATING:  9/10 WORDS: CHRIS PRENATT Ok let's address something that no one wants to ever discuss: emo and pop-punk are very generic genres. Everyone wants to sound like...

UNDER REVIEW: Frame Of Mind – Irieshun

ARTIST: FRAME OF MIND TITLE: IRIESHUN LABEL: QUALITY CONTROL HQ RECORDS RATING:  7/10 WORDS: AMY ALBINSON British Hardcore is alive and thriving in the form of London four-piece Frame of Mind. Their debut record, released through UK hardcore label...

UNDER REVIEW: The Bouncing Souls – Crucial Moments

ARTIST: THE BOUNCING SOULS TITLE: CRUCIAL MOMENTS LABEL: RISE RECORDS RATING:  8/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON It’s hard to believe that The Bouncing Souls have been going for thirty years. Anyone who’s caught a glimpse of their live show will...

UNDER REVIEW: Holding Absence – Holding Absence

ARTIST: HOLDING ABSENCE TITLE: HOLDING ABSENCE LABEL: SHARPTONE RECORDS RATING:  8/10 WORDS: JACK MOBLEY A debut album can be daunting for any band especially when there is excitement around said release. Many questions can arise that the band have...

UNDER REVIEW: Youth Fountain – Letters To Our Former Selves

ARTIST: YOUTH FOUNTAIN TITLE: LETTERS TO OUR FORMER SELVES LABEL: PURE NOISE RECORDS RATING:  7/10 WORDS: SOPHIA WATSON Having signed to Pure Noise Records just last year, Canadian pop punk duo Youth Fountain are set to release their debut...

UNDER REVIEW: BUS – Never Decide

ARTIST: BUS TITLE: NEVER DECIDE LABEL: RIDINGEASY RECORDS RATING:  7/10 WORDS: SOPHIA WATSON Formed in 2011 Greek rockers BUS have released their second album 'Never Decide'. Having released material frequently, this album looks to be the record to establish...

UNDER REVIEW: Weezer – The Black Album

ARTIST: WEEZER TITLE: THE BLACK ALBUM LABEL: ATLANTIC RECORDS RATING:  7/10 WORDS: JOE ARNOLD Throughout their 25-year career, Weezer has often failed to please their fans. The abrasive 'Pinkerton' was initially reviled as a follow up to their debut,...

UNDER REVIEW: Masked Intruder – III

ARTIST: MASKED INTRUDER TITLE: III LABEL: PURE NOISE RECORDS RATING:  7/10 WORDS: JACK MOBLEY Masked Intruder are back with their third full-length album aptly named 'III' and if you are expecting an expansive, deep or layered record then maybe...

UNDER REVIEW: Nude Shoes – Suburban Ceremonies

ARTIST: NUDE SHOES TITLE: SUBURBAN CEREMONIES LABEL: KNOWHOPERECORDS RATING:  9/10  WORDS: CHRIS PRENATT Asbury Park, N.J., has been a breeding ground of incredible talent. Over the years the area has given the world amazing artists such as Bruce Springsteen,...

UNDER REVIEW: Laika – Going Nowhere

ARTIST: LAIKA TITLE: GOING NOWHERE LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING:  8/10  WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Defining themselves as 'alt-rock with emotional problems' is certainly one new way to avoid the term emo, but Bournemouth four-piece Laika have no need to dance around...