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USA NAILS- Character Stop

USA Nails are wound impossibly tight. The London-based band specialise in high-speed, high-tension blasts of fuck-you punk-rock, and have operated with feverish, dedicated intensity since their inception. That means there’s little room between their buzzsaw riffs and relentless rhythms to take a breath- they were once described as “a speeding train that won’t stop”. And there’s little room in their […]

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DEFTONES- Ohms

It’s easy to see this, the ninth Deftones album, as a reflection of the eighth Deftones album. I loved ‘Gore’ but the Californian outfit’s 2016 effort was met with a decidedly lukewarm reception. The consensus seemed to be that while it was atmospheric, it wasn’t exactly dynamic, and while it wasn’t bad, it fell short of the band’s lofty standards. […]

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CLOUDKICKER- Solitude

There was no alarm. There was no announcement. Ben Sharp didn’t really tell anyone that he was putting his solo project on pause. But in 2015 he released the placid ‘Woum’, perhaps the least compelling entry in Cloudkicker’s unique back catalogue, and then, silence. Years of silence. The Ohio native had been so prolific before then, writing and recording a […]

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NARROW HEAD- 12th House Rock

Narrow Head’s debut album, ‘Satisfaction’, was a brilliant, bright, exciting effort that twisted 90s grunge and shoegaze references into something contemporary and cool. ‘12th House Rock’ is… not that. From the opening squall of ‘Yer Song’ it feels like a cloud has come over the Texas outfit. They employ much of the same sonic ingredients as before, but their songs have […]

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THREESTEPSTOTHEOCEAN- Del fuoco

Threestepstotheocean might have a typical post-rock kind of name, but they certainly don’t have a typical kind of sound. Since 2006, the Italian instrumental outfit have been gradually distorting the genre template to include elements of americana, sludge, almost black metal, and more. On this, their fifth full-length, they’ve diversified further still. A ton of fuzz and a few hulking […]

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EASY PREY- Relentless Struggle

Easy Prey’s last album was angry. Now, little has happened in the intervening years to provide anyone much solace, but somehow the Texas quartet’s new record sounds even more intense. There’s shrill feedback and a furious, falling-apart kind of riffing here, a frankly ridiculous bass rumble, and a frontman who sounds like he’s literally screaming for help, or for change, […]

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POISONOUS BIRDS- We Can Never Not Be All of Us

Over the past few years, Bristol-based outfit Poisonous Birds have proven relentlessly restless- expanding their already experimental sound to incorporate more electronic elements, commissioning remixes, creating their own artwork, curating live shows, and even starting a record label. Hell, this isn’t even their first release of the year, having already turned out a collaborative EP with the frontperson of Black […]

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ONLY SIBLING- Get Well Soon

Only Sibling might be on to something here. The New York outfit dub themselves “loser rock” and write songs about frustration, failure, and fears of everything just falling apart, but on ‘Get Well Soon’ there is always hope.  That means the best moments on this, the four-piece’s debut full-length, come when they temper millennial terror and their most downbeat tendencies […]

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SPICE- Spice

For an album apparently inspired by various states of human suffering, the self-titled debut effort from California collective, Spice, sure is a lot of fun. Yes, there are fidgety punk rock rhythms here and no shortage of anxiety on the lyric sheet, but there are driving drums, catchy riffing, and a satisfying kitchen-sink approach too. So it is that opener […]

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