Category Archives: Album Reviews

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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SUNDRA- Crossings

You can just about make this out through the haze. A second record from the Wisconsin-based Sundra, ‘Crossings’ is well represented by its cover art and best-suited to sunny summer Sunday afternoon listening. ‘Whale Song’ features no whale song but vinyl crackles, dusty synths and long, languid guitar tones are all present and correct, ‘Chances’ layers subtle liquid bass under […]

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FOOTBALL, ETC.- Corner

As an avid American football fan (Go Pats!), I’ve always been fond of Football, Etc.’s neat line in sport-specific song titles. Much more than that though, they’re the friendliest dudes around and their sweet, earnest emo has improved with every new release. On ‘Corner’, the Texan trio have apparently changed games (Come on Fulham!), but their music maintains that special […]

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GAS- Narkopop

Nothing about this is ordinary. It’s rare for an ambient album to make this kind of impact, it’s not normal for something so abstract to connect so quickly, and I think it’s singularly unique for an artist to shut a project down for almost two decades, as Wolfgang Voigt had done with GAS, only to come back better than ever. […]

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SHIZUNE- CHEAT DEATH, LIVE DEAD!

Shizune go to work. Since forming in 2012, the Italian screamo mob have recorded, played, and DIY-made at a restless, remarkable pace, including releasing new music on average every six months. All in three different languages too. It’s not quantity over quality either, every release has been better than the last, and ‘CHEAT DEATH…’ (this thing definitely earns the all-caps) […]

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HE IS LEGEND- few

He Is Legend have always been the odd band out. Even in their earliest days they were too weird for metal, too soft for hardcore, and too heavy for the emo scene that gained mainstream traction and exploded around them. I’m sure it used to grate on the band, that they never quite fit in, never quite blew up, but […]

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