Category Archives: Album Reviews

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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NORMA JEAN – Meridional

Norma Jean are always at their best unleashing impulsive primal screams, not concept-heavy brain-busting bluster. That doesn’t have to mean relentless rabid dog rage (although there is some of that here), just that the band’s noisy metal really works when you can feel them thinking on their feet, not thinking every riff or lyric to death. ‘Meridionial’, despite the title […]

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THE ACACIA STRAIN – Wormwood

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. These are words The Acacia Strain live by. Sure, they might have improved their chops, paid for better production, and somehow got more pissed off over the years but this is essentially the same black-hearted, bloody-knuckled misanthropic metalcore the Massachusetts mob were writing a decade ago. That’s not a slight though. Where most […]

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