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ALBUM REVIEW: Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

After a five year hiatus, Sheffield rockers Arctic Monkeys have catapulted themselves into outer space, years away from the locales that inspired their first tracks back in 2006. The band have cleverly pivoted through each era, from scrappy upstarts on their early records, desert dudes on ‘Humbug’, to ultimate rock gods on ‘AM’. Their sixth album, ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ is Arctic Monkeys like you’ve never heard them before, and is perhaps one of the most divisive albums of 2018 yet. Read More

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ALBUM REVIEW: Skindred – Big Tings

South Wales’ Skindred have been a steadily successful band in the UK and internationally for almost twenty years now. Their combination of classic, old school rock and roll with elements of reggae, rap, and other genres created their own unique ‘ragga metal’ style, which has drawn in many admirers. Their seventh full-length LP, ‘Big Tings’, sticks in with their ethos of delivering a whole host of genres, whilst also incorporating some newer sounds. Read More

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ALBUM REVIEW: Hawthorne Heights – Bad Frequencies

One of the founding fathers of the mainstream emo movement in the 2000s, Hawthorne Heights are back with their sixth album, ‘Bad Frequencies’, the band’s first full-length in five years. Newly signed to Pure Noise Records, the record is packed with summery rock anthems which is an amalgamation of everything they’ve been through since their formation seventeen years ago. Read More

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ALBUM REVIEW: Light The Torch – Revival

When a vocalist as accomplished as Howard Jones steps out of Killswitch Engage, and has been a part of some monumental albums such as ‘The End Of Heartache’, you have to wonder where could he go next? In steps his next project, Light The Torch (originally known as Devil You Know) with their first offering under this new name, ‘Revival’. Read More

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ALBUM REVIEW: Dearist – Sonder

Wolverhampton’s Dearist threatened to take the emo scene by storm back in 2015 with their highly regarded debut, ‘This House Has No Windows’. Having received a fair amount of praise for their first LP, expectations for future releases had that extra bit of pressure. Read More

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Word Alive – Violent Noise

Proving themselves over the years to easily be one of the strongest metalcore acts in the pack, it was in 2016’s ‘Dark Matter’ that Arizona’s The Word Alive truly flourished, and spread out their cocked feathers into honed maturity, and a nurtured and strengthened use of melody whilst not glossing over their aggressive roots. Read More

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EP REVIEW: The Fever 333 – Made An America

Maybe it’s largely down to the times that we live in; the social climate shifts, the political landscape and unrest, the apparent rise in global terrorism and corruption in establishments, but there seems to be the biggest rise and push of politically motivated and focused bands and acts that we’ve seen in years. Read More

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ALBUM REVIEW: Underoath – Erase Me

Back in 2013, Underoath left us after a few years of turmoil and turbulence – nothing being quite as quaking in the band’s history as the exit of drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie in 2010, who was the band’s final original member. Meanwhile, in the wake of his departure, internally or otherwise the band were at conflicting crossroads, and ultimately put things to bed with what appeared to be irreconcilable circumstances. Read More