Category Archives: Album Reviews

THRICE- Major/Minor

Thrice are alone. Not lost but individual, genreless and content. ‘Major/Minor’ marks not only a fresh peak of the creative curve the band have been on for the last decade or so but a new beginning. It’s so good we might as well call it a clean slate for a band born again. Oh, calm down dears, Thrice still write […]

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HUNDREDTH- Let Go

Close, but no cigar. Oh, ‘Let Go’ is awesome, really it is, but it never threatens to top Hundredth’s stunning debut. It’s not that the ingredients are all that different from before- the South Carolina outfit still use shifting rhythms, technical riffs and positive lyrical messages to get their melodic hardcore point across- but this is a record that feels […]

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WILL HAVEN- Voir Dire

This is no grand return. But only because Will Haven never really went away. Sure, it’s been over a decade since the high-water mark of ‘Carpe Diem’, and Grady Avenell is back after skipping singing duties on 07s ‘The Hierophant’, but the core of the band never split, always wrote and played together, and musically, not much has changed since […]

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BRAVEYOUNG- We Are Lonely Animals

Shhh… quiet down. No, quieter than that. Quieter still. Yeah, there you go. That’s the volume you have to listen to ‘We Are Lonely Animals’ at. That’s not to say this is a record with no power- there’s actually an unstoppable, titanic might behind this thing -but there’s no screaming voices, shrieking guitars or pounding drums to point you in […]

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INCUBUS- If Not Now, When?

This is a pointless record. It should be no surprise to hear that it’s polar opposites to the band’s early work (anyone still pining for that probably needs a new hobby) but what is unexpected is how far removed it is from even ‘Morning View’ or last album ‘Light Grenades’. Ok, so it’s not a complete shock, the band already […]

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MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD- Do Not Resuscitate

‘Do Not Resuscitate’ is really really good. Better than any other album you’ll read about today, this year even, and deserving of much more attention than it’s getting. And it’s all down to attitude. That doesn’t mean anger, passion and pure rage, although there is plenty of that here, but something different, something more. Like Poison the Well or perhaps […]

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EMMURE- Speaker of the Dead

Haters gonna hate. But album number four from New York outfit Emmure is excellent. Where previous effort ‘Felony’ felt ragged and unfinished, this thing is crisp, clear and kills it from big bang opener ‘Children Of Cybertron’ to the impossibly heavy final assault of ‘Word Of Intulo’. Fans of breakdowns rejoice, the pile-up of riffs in ‘Dogs Get Put Down’ […]

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COMEBACK KID- Symptoms + Cures

Seeing Comeback Kid live and in flesh is key. Oh, they’ve been good on record before, great maybe, but they’ve never been able to capture the unrestrained energy of their show on disc. At least, that is, until now. Album number four see, finds the Canadian five-piece on their finest form yet. And from the firebreathing first track to the […]

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TERA MELOS- Patagonian Rats

Tera Melos have changed. But that shouldn’t be a surprise. Tera Melos hate ‘the same’. And ‘normal’ and ‘safe’ and ‘simple’ too. So while the Californian combo have kept the instrumental math-rock backbone from their early efforts, they’ve added loads more fuzzy layers, blissy melodies and smooth hooks to the mix for album number two. Oh and vocals too. Yeah, […]

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SKUNK ANANSIE- Wonderlustre

What’s the difference between growing up and getting old? Well, one usually means development, maturity, confidence and clarity. And the other means teeth falling out and eyes glazing over. Perhaps, if you’re lucky, the latter comes with a little grumpy belligerence but most of the time it means going soft, going off the boil, and fading away. Just ask Skunk […]

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