Category Archives: Album Reviews

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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FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES- Modern Ruin

Frank Carter’s first foray into Rattlesnake country produced some captivating fury. Despite its name, ‘Blossom’ was a bloodthirsty rager, a signal flare, an uncompromising sign that Carter might just have rediscovered the passion for punk rock that his rollercoaster experience with Gallows apparently drained away. It was bloody good to hear him roar once more. ‘Modern Ruin’ is not the […]

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PIXIES- Head Carrier

It’s unfair to weigh this band, the Pixies of today, against the Pixies of legend. Unfair, but almost irresistible. A short, sharp shock ensemble that made jolie laide punk rock designed to get under your skin, for a few volatile years around the turn of the 80s, Pixies were essential listening. Three decades later they’re older, greyer, missing one creative […]

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LOOK, ORION!- Stages

There are times when this, the second EP from Swedish quintet Look, Orion!, points truly skywards, post-rock without a hint of sluggishness or schmaltz, a soundtrack to the stars. And then there are times when it simply struggles to lift off, any jet fuel force undone by staid riffs and too many pretty notes without real power. So if ‘Contours’, […]

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EVERY TIME I DIE- Low Teens

This might never have happened. Since 2014’s stellar ‘From Parts Unknown’ the line up and lives of Every Time I Die have been overturned. The band are used to upheaval of course, they’ve barely gone two years without changing at least one member, but real life kicked their door in with dumb, ugly force at the end of last year. […]

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