Category Archives: Album Reviews

HOPESFALL- Arbiter

Hopesfall were one of the better bands to emerge from the mid-2000s post-hardcore gold rush. They possessed the requisite style and sound to ascend with the scene but always had something… more. Their grungy, shifting riffs were reminiscent of Hum or The Smashing Pumpkins rather than just another metal band and their abstract, Deftonsian lyrics seemed to look anywhere but […]

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SECRET CUTTER- Quantum Eraser

Holy Roar are on a hell of a roll in 2018. And not content with releasing new scene-stealing material by Svalbard, Møl, and Modern Rituals, alongside a potential album of the year by Rolo Tomassi, they’ve now ushered another Secret Cutter record into the world. Whether the world will accept it is another matter entirely- this is relentless, abrasive rage […]

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STOMACH- Monument

Stomach are suitably named. From their fuzzy, rumbling riffs to lyrics like “I’m trying out all of your old hobbies, reaching for something to hold on to”, this is music that punches at your gut. Like Brand New turned all the way up to 11 or a Ken Andrews project determined to drill into the dirt rather than soar into […]

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LIMBS- Father’s Son

“Who is LIMBS?” If you’re asking that question then you’re not alone. Hell, if their website address and social media handles are anything to go by, even the band themselves aren’t sure. With their ferocious debut album however, the Floridian five-piece have produced plenty of reasons to find out more. Opener ‘Fed’ sets a trap. It begins with a restrained […]

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ANTIGUO- Joy

Antiguo seem like nice guys. The Glasgow quartet’s first proper release might touch on loss, death, and decay but on the whole ‘Joy’ presents a warm and fuzzy version of post-hardcore. ‘Black Glitter’ has something of the Hot Water Music about it and frontman Bobby Simpson’s voice cracks at times but you’re much more likely to hear indie rock or […]

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SIGUR ROS- Route One

Two years ago the members of Sigur Ros hired a van and drove a 24-hour circuit of Iceland’s largest ring road, streaming the whole thing on YouTube while a pioneering piece of software used the component parts of one of their new songs to create a living, breathing, unique soundtrack. Now, if that sentence alone doesn’t pique your interest in […]

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CANCER BATS- The Spark That Moves

It seems increasingly unlikely that Cancer Bats will recapture the magic they snagged on ‘Hail Destroyer’. While they’ve not necessarily made a bad record since that landmark event and remain one of the most likeable bands in the business, the Toronto outfit have released a trio of increasingly ordinary albums to continually decreasing fanfare. ‘The Spark That Moves’, a surprise […]

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WILL HAVEN- Muerte

Will Haven have been as low as they can go. Since the late 90s the Sacramento outfit have mined a seam of thick, dark, downtuned metal that, despite the changing scenes around them, has remained untainted by outside influence and uniquely, instantly recognisably, their own. They peaked (or descended if you like) with 2001’s ‘Carpe Diem’, a titanic slab of […]

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SSANAHTES- Ssanahtes

Metal records often work best when they sound as if they’re being played live. The massive, monstrous, sprawling debut effort from Ssanahtes couldn’t do any better without the French five-piece knocking on your door and plugging into your living room. Opener ‘Kumaru’ sets the pace- over 10 minutes of doom-laden post-metal that fills every available space in the mix and […]

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