Reviews

UNDER REVIEW: Sum 41 – Order In Decline

ARTIST: SUM 41 TITLE: ORDER IN DECLINE LABEL: HOPELESS RECORDS RATING: 9/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE The key to keeping fresh as a pop-punk band beyond the 2000s is change. Developing, growing, maturing. Sometimes it can be surprising when...

UNDER REVIEW: Crown The Empire – Sudden Sky

ARTIST: CROWN THE EMPIRE TITLE: SUDDEN SKY LABEL: RISE RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON “What am I afraid of…the unknown?” begins the spoken word driven instrumental opener ‘X’, which is an entirely appropriate start for the record,...

UNDER REVIEW: Valis Ablaze – Render

ARTIST: VALIS ABLAZE TITLE: RENDER LABEL: LONG BRANCH RECORDS RATING: 9/10 WORDS: CARA MULLEN A conglomerate of juxtaposing sounds, Valis Ablaze have shown their might on the 10-track sophomore album ‘Render’. The follow up to 2018’s ‘Boundless’, the...

UNDER REVIEW: METZ – Automat

ARTIST: METZ TITLE: AUTOMAT LABEL: SUB POP RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Everyone’s favourite art-punk Canadians METZ are back with a new record that will leave your heart pounding, your ears bleeding and your eyes slightly damp...

UNDER REVIEW: Sunsleeper – You Can Miss Something & Not Want It Back

ARTIST: SUNSLEEPER TITLE: YOU CAN MISS SOMETHING & NOT WANT IT BACK LABEL: RUDE RECORDS RATING: 7.5/10 WORDS: JACK MOBLEY Sunsleeper have had a turbulent few years in the lead up to the release of their debut album,...

UNDER REVIEW: The Dollyrots – Daydream Explosion

ARTIST: THE DOLLYROTS TITLE: DAYDREAM EXPLOSION LABEL: WICKED COOL RECORDS RATING: 9/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE It’s been a fun and interesting ride for pop-punk duo The Dollyrots. Having to manage writing, recording, touring and parenting, it’s been an...

UNDER REVIEW: K. Flay – Solutions

ARTIST: K. FLAY TITLE: SOLUTIONS LABEL: NIGHT STREET / INTERSCOPE RECORDS RATING: 8.5/10 WORDS: JAMES HOLDER Balance. Balance is everything. At home, in life, in music. So, what do you do if you think your first couple of...

UNDER REVIEW: Drab Majesty – Modern Mirror

ARTIST: DRAB MAJESTY TITLE: MODERN MIRROR LABEL: DAIS RECORDS RATING: 4/10 WORDS: KARLEY MYALL Drab Majesty are the duo of Deb Demure and Mona D, the two that resemble a rather mannequin-esque figure with their chalk-white painted faces....

UNDER REVIEW: 3Teeth – METAWAR

ARTIST: 3TEETH TITLE: METAWAR LABEL: CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Third albums can be tricky but 3Teeth seem to have things in hand with their latest offering ‘METAWAR’. Released via Century Media Records, the album...

UNDER REVIEW: Decay – Modern Conversation

ARTIST: DECAY TITLE: MODERN CONVERSATION LABEL: FOX RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: JO COSGROVE The north end of the country is inarguably famous for bringing musical talent to the world’s attention - moving them from small-town shows to nationwide...

UNDER REVIEW: Horse Jumper Of Love – So Divine

ARTIST: HORSE JUMPER OF LOVE TITLE: SO DIVINE LABEL: RUN FOR COVER RATING: 9/10 WORDS: AMY ALBINSON On first listen, Boston-based Horse Jumper of Love might come across as light-hearted. The softness of a lightly plucked electric guitar...

UNDER REVIEW: Upon A Burning Body – Southern Hostility

ARTIST: UPON A BURNING BODY TITLE: SOUTHERN HOSTILITY LABEL: SEEK AND STRIKE RECORDS RATING: 8/10 WORDS: KARLEY MYALL The Texas metal band Upon A Burning Body recently released their ten-track album titled ‘Southern Hostility’ and metal heads, this...

UNDER REVIEW: Woes – Awful Truth

ARTIST: WOES TITLE: AWFUL TRUTH LABEL: UNFD RATING: 4/10 WORDS: JACK MOBLEY The world of UK pop-punk has become overly saturated in recent memory with the genre becoming increasingly diluted, losing the bite and edge that the likes...

UNDER REVIEW: Doll Skin – Love Is Dead And We Killed Her

ARTIST: DOLL SKIN TITLE: LOVE IS DEAD AND WE KILLED HER LABEL: HOPELESS RECORDS RATING: 6/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Arizona four-piece punk outfit Doll Skin grace us with their second full length album, the follow up to 2017’s...

UNDER REVIEW: Chase Atlantic – Phases

ARTIST: CHASE ATLANTIC TITLE: PHASES LABEL: BMG/WARNER BROS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: KARLEY MYALL Chase Atlantic are back with a brand-new album. Following the release of their self-titled debut in 2017 and an EP which dropped earlier this year...

UNDER REVIEW: (Hed) P.E. – Stampede

ARTIST: (HED) P.E. TITLE: STAMPEDE LABEL: PAVEMENT RATING: 7/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Genre bending underground legends (Hed) P.E. continue their impressively long career with eleventh studio album ‘Stampede’. If you haven’t got on board the (Hed) P.E. train...

UNDER REVIEW: Sidelines – Year Asleep // Sour Dreams

ARTIST: SIDELINES TITLE: YEAR ASLEEP // SOUR DREAMS LABEL: SELF-RELEASED RATING: 9/10 WORDS: BECTON SIMPSON Not to be confused with their Australian counterparts, Sidelines are a five piece band hailing from London and have just put out their...

UNDER REVIEW: Los Retros – Retrospect

ARTIST: LOS RETROS TITLE: RETROSPECT LABEL: STONES THROW RECORDS RATING: 7/10 WORDS: JAMES HOLDER A musician’s path is rarely the most well-trodden or most straightforward but that’s all part of the magic. Take Oxnard, California native Mauri Tapia....

UNDER REVIEW: Bokassa – Crimson Riders

ARTIST: BOKASSA TITLE: CRIMSON RIDERS LABEL: MVKA RATING: 8/10 WORDS: COLIN CAPP Hailed by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich as his “new favourite band” and currently embarking on a tour in support of the metal giants; Bokassa have burst into...

UNDER REVIEW: twentythreenineteen – XXIIIXIX

ARTIST: TWENTYTHREENINETEEN TITLE: XXIIIXIX LABEL: KNOW HOPE RECORDS RATING: 7.5/10 WORDS: CHRIS PRENATT It’s pretty hard to classify what exactly twentythreenineteen are. Sure, on the surface it sounds like pure vanilla indie, but the quintet add in more...