Albums/EPs

ALBUM: Aversions Crown – Xenocide

Release Date: January 20th 2017
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/aversionscrown
Twitter: www.twitter.com/aversions_crown

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Depending upon your love of deathcore, Brisbane’s Aversions Crown will definitely have a release for you as a fan, and for those that have lost touch with Suicide Silence going down a well-documented and highly controversial more melodic path lately, this is an early release you should check out this year.

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ALBUM: Code Orange – Forever

Release Date: January 13th 2017
Label: Roadrunner Records
Website: www.codeorangetoth.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/codeorangekids
Twitter: www.twitter.com/codeorangekids

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Expanding their sound drastically for their third album and Roadrunner Record debut, Code Orange have shed the aura of just being that dangerous hardcore band and have gone into new avenues on their newest release, ‘Forever’.

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EP: Violet – Colours

Release Date: January 25th 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/violetmusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/weare_violet

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Back in November 2014, Derby post-hardcore boys Violet, with a heavy heart, devastated their constantly increasing fan base by announcing that they were unfortunately calling it a day. Now, over two years later and somewhat out of the blue, the majority of the band have come together and released a new EP, ‘Colours’.

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ALBUM: As Lions – Selfish Age

Release Date: January 20th 2017
Label: Better Noise/Eleven Seven Records
Website: www.aslionsband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/aslionsband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/aslionsband

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Last year, upon reviewing ‘Aftermath’, the debut 4-track EP from London’s As Lions, I questioned the wisdom of a new band coming out of the gates with something so apocalyptic and pessimistic. It seems now that the EP was meant to serve as a precursor to this debut album, ‘Selfish Age’. If it was meant to be a preview, it did it no justice.

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ALBUM: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Modern Ruin

Release Date: January 20th 2017
Label: International Death Cult
Website: www.andtherattlesnakes.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/frankcarterandtherattlesnakes
Twitter: www.twitter.com/therattlesnakes

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The resurgence of Frank Carter in hardcore music was arguably the most exciting and unexpected return in recent memory when ‘Blossom’ surprised us all with its hard hitting combination of honest emotion and devastating riffs back in 2015. The Rattlesnakes brought back all of the characteristics that we were used to expecting from the Hemel Hempstead frontman, but with ‘Modern Ruin’, although the lyrics are as dark and raw as the first record, the musical output has taken a rapid turn.

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ALBUM: The Menzingers – After The Party

Release Date: February 3rd 2017
Label: Epitaph Records
Website: www.themenzingers.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/themenzingers
Twitter: www.twitter.com/themenzingers

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I look forward to the opening tracks of The Menzinger‘s albums more than I look forward to pay day. From ‘On The Impossible Past’‘s ‘Good Things’ to ‘Rented World’‘s ‘I Don’t Want To Be An Asshole Anymore’, past curtain-raisers have been self-deprecating, punchy, and in total contrast to the songwriting and thematic conventions of the rest of the record.

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ALBUM: Dropkick Murphys – 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory

Release Date: January 6th 2017
Label: Born & Bred
Website: www.dropkickmurphys.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dropkickmurphys
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dropkickmurphys

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When you think Celtic Irish rockers, most think of either Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphys, both of which have found their fame through movie and video game soundtracks, as well as a dedicated fanbase. Now, both bands are true to their music and have released many a-record over many a-decade, like many a-band out there today in fact. But, listening to ’11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory’ separates the Dropkick Murphys from those who are equally, if not longer in the tooth.

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ALBUM: Saviour – Let Me Leave

Release Date: January 17th 2017
Label: UNFD
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/saviouraustralia
Twitter: www.twitter.com/saviourperth

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Australian hardcore outfit Saviour are back with their first album since their hiatus in 2013. ‘Let Me Leave’ is an impressive effort, tingling with dynamics that somehow both hit and miss the mark. The album marks a departure from the band’s sound, a work in-progress, and, while it isn’t perfect by any means, it’s a step in the right direction.

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ALBUM: Sepultura – Machine Messiah

Release Date: January 13th 2017
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Website: www.sepultura.com.br
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sepultura
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sepulturacombr

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Brazilian thrash artists Sepultura can be summarised by two distinct eras: one with Max Cavalera, and one without. While the Cavalera brothers are off touring the 20 year anniversary of seminal sixth record ‘Roots’, whilst the band (fronted by vocalist Derrick Green for the last 19 years) are set to release their 14th studio record, ‘Machine Messiah’.

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ALBUM: AFI – AFI (The Blood Album)

Release Date: January 20th 2017
Label: Concord Music Group
Website: www.afireinside.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/afireinside
Twitter: www.twitter.com/afi

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The transformation of AFI (short for A Fire Inside, if you didn’t know) from gritty, eccentric punk band to gothic rock arena fillers has been a huge success story for the underground scene. Although some have questioned some of the major label output since 2003’s platinum-selling ‘Sing The Sorrow’, the Californians have maintained their ambition and integrity through an astonishing two decade career that has led to their self-titled tenth full-length release, that will be referred to as ‘The Blood Album’.

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