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UNDER REVIEW: Black Futures – Never Not Nothing

  ARTIST: BLACK FUTURES TITLE: NEVER NOT NOTHING LABEL: MUSIC FOR NATIONS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Unusual duo Black Futures haven’t been along for that long but they’ve certainly managed to successfully create a lot of hype and...

UNDER REVIEW: Ceremony – In The Spirit World Now

  ARTIST: CEREMONY TITLE: IN THE SPIRIT WORLD NOW LABEL: RELAPSE RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: ROB KENT With their sixth full length Ceremony have returned with a record that takes us on a post punk journey. It's a collection...

UNDER REVIEW: In Search Of Solace – Enslaved To Tragedy

  ARTIST: IN SEARCH OF SOLACE TITLE: ENSLAVED TO TRAGEDY LABEL: SHARPTONE RECORDS RATING: 7.5/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE Minnesota rockers In Search of Solace are not here to conform to what they’re expected to sound like. Non-conformity isn’t new,...

UNDER REVIEW: The Faim – State Of Mind

  ARTIST: THE FAIM TITLE: STATE OF MIND LABEL: BMG RATING: 8/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON If you haven’t jumped on The Faim Train yet it’s not too late, and now might be a good time to get on board...

UNDER REVIEW: Microwave – Death Is A Warm Blanket

  ARTIST: MICROWAVE TITLE: DEATH IS A WARM BLANKET LABEL: PURE NOISE RECORDS RATING: 9/10 WORDS: JACK MOBLEY Microwave have always been a band that gave the impression they would be good but never great, that they would reach...

UNDER REVIEW: Tiny Moving Parts – breathe

  ARTIST: TINY MOVING PARTS TITLE: BREATHE LABEL: HOPELESS RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: JOE ARNOLD On 'breathe', Tiny Moving Parts maintain the trajectory established by their previous releases. Like on 'Celebrate' (2016) and 'Swell' (2018), the band aim for...

UNDER REVIEW: Pixies – Beneath The Eyrie

  ARTIST: PIXIES TITLE: BENEATH THE EYRIE LABEL: INFECTIOUS MUSIC RATING: 8/10 WORDS: COLIN CAPP Thirty-three years since their formation, Pixies have rightfully taken their place as rock legends. With their latest offering they seem to have accepted their...

UNDER REVIEW: Grande Royale – Take It Easy

  ARTIST: GRANDE ROYALE TITLE: TAKE IT EASY LABEL: THE SIGN RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: KARLEY MYALL Swedish four-piece band Grande Royale are releasing an 11-track album titled ‘Take It Easy'. They’ve been kicking up a storm during live...

UNDER REVIEW: Sleeping With Sirens – How It Feels To Be Lost

  ARTIST: SLEEPING WITH SIRENS TITLE: HOW IT FEELS TO BE LOST LABEL: SUMERIAN RECORDS RATING: 9/10 WORDS: KARLEY MYALL Now this is how you make a comeback. After a two-year hiatus - a wait that for some felt...

UNDER REVIEW: The Hostiles – Love And Lacerations

  ARTIST: THE HOSTILES TITLE: LOVE AND LACERATIONS LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 8/10 WORDS: KARLEY MYALL They’ve shared stages with bands such as Neville Staple, Zox, Beat Union, The King Blues, and Random Hand. Like any artist playing live is...

UNDER REVIEW: Death Cab For Cutie – The Blue EP

  ARTIST: DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE TITLE: THE BLUE EP LABEL: BIG SCARY MONSTERS RATING: 9/10 WORDS: RACHAEL DOWD The kings of sad indie rock are back with their brand new release, ‘The Blue EP’. Seattle-based group Death Cab...

UNDER REVIEW: Cassels – The Perfect Ending

ARTIST: CASSELS TITLE: THE PERFECT ENDING LABEL: BIG SCARY MONSTERS RATING: 9/10 WORDS: COLIN CAPP There aren’t many bands like Cassels. Brothers Jim and Loz Beck present a unique blend of social political poetry and math rock, an...

UNDER REVIEW: The Hold Steady – Thrashing Thru The Passion

ARTIST: THE HOLD STEADY TITLE: THRASHING THRU THE PASSION LABEL: FRENCHKISS RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE After many years, band line-up changes, and six unique records, it can be difficult to keep things fresh and new. But...

UNDER REVIEW: Chaos Reigns – A Horrific Accident

ARTIST: CHAOS REIGNS TITLE: A HORRIFIC ACCIDENT LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 8/10 WORDS: KARLEY MYALL Already becoming popular around London, Chaos Reigns have shared stages with bands such as Sharptooth, The Armed Incite and Cope and played at Downsurge...

UNDER REVIEW: Mallory Knox – Mallory Knox

ARTIST: MALLORY KNOX TITLE: MALLORY KNOX LABEL: A WOLF AT YOUR DOOR RATING: 8/10 WORDS: COLIN CAPP A self-titled album is a bold statement to make. It’s something that says, ‘this is who we are and what we...

UNDER REVIEW: Killswitch Engage – Atonement

ARTIST: KILLSWITCH ENGAGE TITLE: ATONEMENT LABEL: METAL BLADE RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: JAMES HOLDER People often say that great music comes out of great struggle. So maybe that is the key behind what will go down in history...

UNDER REVIEW: Cultdreams – Things That Hurt

ARTIST: CULTDREAMS TITLE: THINGS THAT HURT LABEL: BIG SCARY MONSTERS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: JACK MOBLEY Since their 2017 effort 'Seafoam', sad-low-fi-shoe-gaze-punk Cultdreams, (formerly known as Kamikaze Girls) have grown as musicians under their new banner. The new record...

UNDER REVIEW: Press Club – Wasted Energy

ARTIST: PRESS CLUB TITLE: WASTED ENERGY LABEL: HASSLE RECORDS RATING: 9/10 WORDS: JACK MOBLEY Australian emotional punks, Press Club have certainly burst onto the scene in the last two years. Their last album, 'Late Teens', was imbued with...

UNDER REVIEW: Night Riots – New State Of Mind

ARTIST: NIGHT RIOTS TITLE: NEW STATE OF MIND LABEL: SUMERIAN RECORDS RATING: 9/10 WORDS: SARA ASHTON Alternative US band Night Riots are back with their latest release ‘New State Of Mind’ which is packed full of surprises, punchy...

UNDER REVIEW: Acres – Lonely World

ARTIST: ACRES TITLE: LONELY WORLD LABEL: A WOLF AT YOUR DOOR RECORDS RATING: 9/10 WORDS: KEVIN FLINN Acres, like many bands, have had a long journey before seeing any deserved recognition. Between losing band members (including the original...