Category Archives: Album Reviews

GLASSJAW- Material Control

I get it. At one point, in the unsettled territory between the twin peaks of nu-metal and metalcore, Glassjaw meant everything. In a flurry of activity they released two scene-defining records, even though it wasn’t clear what scene they were in, and no one else looked or sounded or performed quite like them. And then they disappeared, leaving only myth […]

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NO OMEGA- Culture

No Omega go to work. Since 2012 the Stockholm quartet have been relentlessly touring, writing and recording music. ‘Culture’, though, is the best they’ve ever sounded. It’s tough to say that the band’s sound has been crystallised because there’s nothing bright or shiny or easy to look at here but everything they do best has been brought into relentless, fearsome […]

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CONVERGE- The Dusk in Us

It feels like Converge can do no wrong. Since 2001 and the release of ‘Jane Doe’ the hardcore pioneers have been on an untouchable run of form. Their ferocity, focus, and ability to slightly alter their course to incorporate new elements without comprising quality- here noise rock, woozy ambience, and whisper it, melody- have all become legendary. One thing they […]

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HAMMOCK- Mysterium

Hammock are consistent. Since 2005 the Nashville duo have released ten albums, a handful of EPs, and a movie soundtrack. But they’ve never been consistently great. ‘Mysterium’ though, excellent throughout, instantly ranks as one of the best, most blissful things they’ve ever done. Maybe blissful is not the right word- this is a record born from the death of a […]

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CANVAS- Worry

Life is tough and only getting tougher. That’s the message on ‘Worry’, the debut album from Bedfordshire five-piece, Canvas. And the music they use to soundtrack their tales of woe, anxiety, and fear is fire-breathing hardcore heartily mixed with sky-scraping post-rock. It’s something that has been done before of course but, from the almost-orchestral choruses of ‘Medicate Me’ to the […]

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MARILYN MANSON- Heaven Upside Down

Marilyn Manson stumbles. If you’ve caught the news coming out of Mr Warner’s comeback tour recently you’ll already know that. But more dangerous than too-high heels or falling stage props are the blunders in Manson’s back catalogue. He has undoubtedly proven himself capable of greatness but for every ‘Antichrist Superstar’ there’s been a ‘The High End of the Low’, for […]

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GRAVE PLEASURES- Motherblood

Ever wondered what sort of metal band Elvis might have formed? No, me neither. But what about the sound of a goth Morrissey, or the Misfits if they weren’t such… misfits? Well these questions and many more are answered by ‘Motherblood’, the second album from Scandanavian something-of-a-supergroup Grave Pleasures. Vocalist Mat McNerney and bassist Valtteri Arino from the defunct Beastmilk […]

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36 CRAZYFISTS- Lanterns

Just in case anyone felt like 36 Crazyfists, almost 25 years and now seven full-lengths into their career, could no longer make an impact, they open ‘Lanterns’ with one of the best, most whip-crack riffs they’ve ever written. After that the quality ebbs and flows, just as it has done on every one of the Alaskan-born outfit’s albums since the […]

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ENDON- Through the Mirror

To say that ‘Through the Mirror’, the second record from Japanese experimental collective Endon, is a challenge is something of an understatement. This a group that use self-hatred and homemade machines to create what they have referred to as “catastrophic noise metal” and perform it live with legendary intensity. You simply aren’t prepared for this. There’s not a second to […]

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