Reviews

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...

UNDER REVIEW: Sombulance – Lifer

ARTIST: SOMBULANCE TITLE: LIFER LABEL: LOCKJAW RECORDS RATING: 7/10 Portsmouth and Southsea skatepunkers Sombulance have recently released their first EP in seven years, Lifer. It’s a six-track, fast paced journey that gives little let up and offers great...

UNDER REVIEW: Dear Seattle – Dear Seattle EP

ARTIST: DEAR SEATTLE TITLE: DEAR SEATTLE RATING: 7/10 A solid first attempt from Aussie Alt-rockers, this self-titled debut is a cool blend of atmospheric guitars, serene vocals and lyrical depression. Opener 'The Things You Do' will make...

UNDER REVIEW: Maypine – In The Back of My Mind

ARTIST: MAYPINE TITLE: IN THE BACK OF MY MIND LABEL: DISCONNECT DISCONNECT RECORDS RATING: 3/10   I would love to describe this EP as a fresh, British take on pop-punk but in reality it is just another ten-a-penny quintet...

UNDER REVIEW: Neck Deep – The Peace and The Panic

ARTIST: NECK DEEP TITLE: THE PEACE AND THE PANIC LABEL: HOPELESS RECORDS RATING: 6/10 Wrexham pop-punkers misfire with extravagant third effort… Neck Deep have always been hailed as the forerunners of British pop-punk, a much sought after alternative to...

UNDER REVIEW – BRAND NEW: SCIENCE FICTION

ARTIST: BRAND NEW  TITLE: SCIENCE FICTION  LABEL: PROCRASTINATE MUSIC TRAITORS  RATING: 10/10  After eight years of waiting, many began to think that this was an album that was never going to happen, yet here it is, Brand New...

UNDER REVIEW – Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile To The Surface

ARTIST: MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA  TITLE: A BLACK MILE TO THE SURFACE  LABEL: LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS  RATING: 10/10  Just as we finalised our top records so far of 2017, the beautifully enigmatic Manchester Orchestra decided to release one of the most promising...

UNDER REVIEW – Milk Teeth – Be Nice

ARTIST: MILK TEETH  ALBUM: BE NICE  LABEL: ROADRUNNER RECORDS  RATING: 9/10  British based grunge party Milk Teeth are back with a new EP and a promise of a second one being released sometime later this year.  This EP...

UNDER REVIEW (LIVE): PVRIS – MANCHESTER ACADEMY – 06/04/2016

ARTIST: PVRIS | VENUE: MANCHESTER ACADEMY | 06/04/2016 SUPPORTS: ALVAREZ KINGS, K FLAY  PVRIS are just one of those bands that everyone seems to love, and how could you not embrace their synth laden, chorus catching,...

UNDER REVIEW: MUNCIE GIRLS – FROM CAPLAN TO BELSIZE

ARTIST: MUNCIE GIRLS  TITLE: FROM CAPLAN TO BELSIZE  RATING: 8/10  The latest instalment from Muncie Girls called From Caplan To Belsize immediately has a garage sounding production to it, made very evident by opening track Learn In...

UNDER REVIEW: HANDS LIKE HOUSES – DISSONANTS

ARTIST: HANDS LIKE HOUSES  TITLE: DISSONANTS  RATING: 6/10 Rise Records have many bands on their bill and Australian act Hands Like Houses are one of them. And their new record Dissonants proves that they’ve earned their place...

UNDER REVIEW: MOVEMENTS – OUTGROWN THINGS

ARTIST: MOVEMENTS  TITLE: OUTGROWN THINGS  RATING: 8/10 Movements’ debut EP, Outgrown Things jumps out at you straight away, the less than quality vocal performance from frontman Patrick Miranda are saved by the quality of the lyrical content. By...