Albums/EPs

ALBUM: We Are The Ocean – Cutting Our Teeth

Release Date: February 1st, 2010
Label: Hassle Records
Website: www.wearetheocean.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/wearetheoceanuk

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Sounding like the UK’s answer to the latter day sounds of Alexisonfire, We Are The Ocean have gone some way to capture similar levels of intensity and scale to that of those famous Canadian stalwarts. The end result is ten brooding tracks of lush post-hardcore with the odd hard-nosed beatdown and a sprinkling of metalcore flavours, tamed and smoothed down by some slick production. The Dallas Green-esque vocal talents of vocalist Liam Cromby shines throughout with the throaty, raw screams of Dan Brown providing the George Pettit counterpoint to Cromby‘s dulcet tones. The interplay between vocalists creates an effective and powerful partnership that is a constant highlight across the album.

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ALBUM: The Used – Artwork

Release Date: August 31st, 2009
Label: Reprise Records
Website: www.theused.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theused

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‘Artwork’ is the fourth album for Utah 4-piece The Used, and is also probably one of their most important and long awaited, as it is their first record to feature new drummer Dan Whitesides. It’s also the first album the band have written that isn’t produced by John Feldmann, with the band instead deciding that Panic! At The Disco‘s producer Matt Squire would be more suitable to produce the different sound that the band wished for.

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ALBUM: Unearth – The March

Release Date: October 13th, 2008
Label: Metal Blade
Website: www.unearth.tv
MySpace: www.myspace.com/unearth

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There’s so many –core genres being generated out there that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to define the difference between each one, and in turn categorising a band’s musical style from it. Unearth from the US are quite simply straight-up metalcore, and with their latest 10-track record of blistering metalcore, they intend to march through the masses into a clearing to call their own.

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SINGLE: Underoath – Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear

Release Date: April 20th, 2009
Label: Tooth & Nail Records
Website: www.underoath777.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/underoath

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Thoroughly respected and releasing one great album after another, UnderØath aren’t ones to fall shy of the mark when it comes to single releases either. Coinciding with their Give It A Name Festival appearances, the Christian metalcore mob release ‘Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear’.

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SINGLE: Undercut – A Bit Of Education

Release Date: July 23rd, 2007
Label: Distiller Records
Website: www.undercutmusic.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/undercutmusic

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With inspirations coming from various places in this little number, mainly Pearl Jam in the vocal area, Undercut show that they’re not following the latest trends in favour of sticking to something a bit more mellow. Their guitars ranging from mellow to soft rock throughout means nothing becomes too unbearable, confused or frantic.

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ALBUM: Twin Atlantic – Vivarium

Release Date: September 14th, 2009
Label: Red Bull Records
Website: www.twinatlantic.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/twinatlantic

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Mini-album, massive results! Glaswegian four-piece Twin Atlantic have exploded into the alternative rock scene after finally breaking free from their emo shackles with ‘Vivarium’. After releasing their EP ‘A Guidance From Colour’ back in 2008 and gaining a rise of followers, the band’s debut record can only guarantee them even more. Touring with the likes of Biffy Clyro and Taking Back Sunday over the summer, the band’s sound has clearly been influenced by their touring comrades, but the power chord savvy sound remains solely intact.

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ALBUM: Trivium – The Crusade

Release Date: October 9th, 2006
Label: Roadrunner Records
Website: www.trivium.org
MySpace: www.myspace.com/trivium

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The third and perhaps most important chapter so far in the story of Trivium, ‘The Crusade’, now marks its place. If you previously liked Trivium purely for Matt Heafy‘s original vocal work then you may be disappointed; between finishing ‘Ascendancy’ and writing ‘The Crusade’, Matt has changed his vocals quite dramatically. Gone is his old shouting and yelling to be replaced with actual singing, not a million miles away from James Hetfield of Metallica.

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SINGLE: Travis – Closer

Release Date: April 23rd, 2007
Label: Independiente Music Ventures
Website: www.travisonline.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/travis

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Well known for their mass-appeal anthemic tracks (such as ‘Sing’ and ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’), Travis always have a lot to live up to when it comes to releasing singles, or any new material infact. ‘Closer’ is just one of those songs that has been put up to the test, and this time the band have failed.

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ALBUM: To-Mera – Transcendental

Release Date: September 11th, 2006
Label: Candlelight Records
Website: www.to-mera.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/tomeraband

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This isn’t bad for a debut release, and will no doubt be popular with fans of Nightwish, Within Temptation and Lacuna Coil. This is not just because they all have female lead singers, but also because of the gothic sound they all produce. It may only have 8 tracks, but lasting just under an hour this is no huge flaw – unless ofcourse you hate long songs or have little patience.

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SINGLE: Title Of Injustice – Left For Dead

Release Date: November 1st, 2008
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/titleofinjustice

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In recent years, it seems the younger upcoming generation at times can create music that at times can even surpass the quality of their veterans. Underground and obscure acts are of no exception to the rule, and Title Of Injustice step up to the plate on such a challenge.

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