Reviews

UNDER REVIEW: Breathe Atlantis – Soulmade

ARTIST: BREATHE ATLANTIS TITLE: SOULMADE LABEL: ARISING EMPIRE RATING: 7/10  WORDS: CERYN SARA Alt-rockers, Breathe Atlantis, are back and better than ever with their new album, 'Soulmade', out January 25th 2019. As their previous album, 'Futurestories', has already demonstrated,...

UNDER REVIEW: Honest Eyes – Bridges Burned, Lessons Learned

ARTIST: HONEST EYES TITLE: BRIDGES BURNED LESSONS LEARNED LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 7/10  WORDS: JO COSGROVE Coming up from their northern base in Manchester, pop-punk group Honest Eyes are still brand new yet making their mark in the industry. An...

UNDER REVIEW: Papa Roach – Who Do You Trust?

ARTIST: PAPA ROACH TITLE: WHO DO YOU TRUST? LABEL: ELEVEN SEVEN RATING: 5/10  WORDS: JACK MOBLEY It’s fair to say that alternative rock and nu-metal outfit, Papa Roach are legends in the scene. With a back catalogue that sets...

UNDER REVIEW: Homelands – Hail

ARTIST: HOMELANDS TITLE: HAIL LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 6/10  WORDS: JOE ARNOLD ‘Hail’ is the second EP by Norfolk-based Metalcore band Homelands. Considering the fact that this release comes only six months after the band’s debut, it is surprising how...

UNDER REVIEW: Road Mutant – Back To The Green Zone

ARTIST: ROAD MUTANT TITLE: BACK TO THE GREEN ZONE LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 6/10  WORDS: HARRY HIGGINSON Road Mutant are some of the freshest blood in the UK’s Hardcore scene, having played their first ever show in late august at...

UNDER REVIEW: Palisades – Erase The Pain

ARTIST: PALISADES TITLE: ERASE THE PAIN LABEL: RISE RECORDS RATING: 6/10  WORDS: CHRIS PRENATT You've probably noticed that a lot of bands in the metalcore and post-hardcore genres are making the switch to rock. Bands like Memphis May Fire,...

UNDER REVIEW: Reel Big Fish – Life Sucks…Let’s Dance

ARTIST: REEL BIG FISH TITLE: LIFE SUCKS...LET'S DANCE LABEL: ROCK RIDGE MUSIC RATING: 7/10  WORDS: HARRY HIGGINSON Reel Big Fish are one of those bands that seem to have been around forever. One of the original crop of ska-punk...

UNDER REVIEW: All Ears Avow – Skin And Bones

ARTIST: ALL EARS AVOW TITLE: SKIN AND BONES LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 8/10  WORDS: JO COSGROVE Coming together just over five years ago in 2013, Wiltshire rock group All Ears Avow continue to be a band that live and breathe...

UNDER REVIEW: Of Our Design – Utopia

ARTIST: OF OUR DESIGN TITLE: UTOPIA LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 7/10  WORDS: ZAK SLOMAN With their 2015 debut EP, ‘Fleshbank’, Essex five-piece Of Our Design showed that they were unafraid to blend the contrasting musical styles of metalcore and electronica,...

UNDER REVIEW: Catalysis – Catalysis

ARTIST: CATALYSIS TITLE: CATALYSIS LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 7/10  WORDS: JO COSGROVE Forming near the end of 2016, Dundee metal band Catalysis have already proven to have the determination it takes to succeed in the music scene. Since releasing their...

UNDER REVIEW: Burning Vow – Burning Vow

ARTIST: BURNING VOW TITLE: BURNING VOW LABEL: HOLY ROAR RECORDS RATING: 8/10  WORDS: KEVIN FLINN Burning Vow is a callback to a previous era. Where nostalgia is the name of the game in almost every aspect of life these...

UNDER REVIEW: AFI – The Missing Man

ARTIST: AFI TITLE: THE MISSING MAN LABEL: EX NOCTEM NACIMUR RATING: 7/10  WORDS: JO COSGROVE First forming in 1991 and going through a variety of style switches over their time together, AFI were always a staple in the 2000s...

UNDER REVIEW: Portrayal Of Guilt – Let Pain Be Your Guide

ARTIST: PORTRAYAL OF GUILT TITLE: LET PAIN BE YOUR GUIDE LABEL: HOLY ROAR RATING: 8/10  WORDS: JOE ARNOLD 'Let Pain Be Your Guide' might be the strongest debut album of the year. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Portrayal Of Guilt...

UNDER REVIEW: Free Money – Free Money EP

ARTIST: FREE MONEY TITLE: FREE MONEY EP LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 9/10  WORDS: RACHAEL DOWD Crafting their sound within London’s underground indie circuit, Free Money’s self-titled EP infuses a variety of genre influences and elements, offering a breath of fresh...

UNDER REVIEW: Squarewave – Keep Your Legs Straight When You Hit The Water

ARTIST: SQUAREWAVE TITLE: KEEP YOUR LEGS STRAIGHT WHEN YOU HIT THE WATER LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 7/10  WORDS: JO COSGROVE One of the newest bands in the alternative scene, forming in the summer of 2017, Sheffield trio Squarewave have made...

UNDER REVIEW: Itoldyouiwouldeatyou – Oh Dearism

ARTIST: ITOLDYOUIWOULDEATYOU TITLE: OH DEARISM LABEL: ALCOPOP! RECORDS RATING: 7/10  WORDS: CHRIS PRENATT You ever find a band with such a weird name that you have to listen to them? In a world with such common name bands like State Champs, The...

UNDER REVIEW: Catch Fire – Karma Owes Me A Lifetime Of Happiness

ARTIST: CATCH FIRE TITLE: KARMA OWES ME A LIFETIME OF HAPPINESS LABEL: RUDE RECORDS RATING: 9/10  WORDS: JO COSGROVE Forming in 2015, Nottingham’s Catch Fire have gone through a journey of success leading to their debut studio album. Their...

UNDER REVIEW: Smashing Pumpkins – Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol 1

ARTIST: SMASHING PUMPKINS TITLE: SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN LABEL: NAPALM RATING: 8/10  WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Smashing Pumpkins shocked – and excited – their fanbase earlier this year by...

UNDER REVIEW: Muse – Simulation Theory

ARTIST: MUSE TITLE: SIMULATION THEORY LABEL: WARNER RATING: 8/10  WORDS: ZAK SLOMAN Having brought out seven albums over an almost 20-year period, Muse have become known as an outfit unafraid to take risks in regards to their sound, even...

UNDER REVIEW: Can’t Swim – This Too Won’t Pass

ARTIST: CAN'T SWIM TITLE: THIS TOO WON'T PASS LABEL: PURE NOISE RECORDS RATING: 9/10  WORDS: JACK MOBLEY Can’t Swim have come out of nowhere to become one of the most exciting, diverse and passionate alternative rock bands in the...