Albums/EPs

ALBUM: In Fear And Faith – Imperial

Release Date: June 15th, 2010
Label: Rise Records
Website: www.infaf.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/infearandfaith

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From the town of fictitious anchorman Ron Burgundy, San Diego, post-hardcore sextet In Fear And Faith follow up from their 2009 album ‘Your World On Fire’ and shed their pirate concepts for a much more mature sound. The evolution of the band is clear for all to see as the opening track ‘The Solitary Life’ shows the dual vocals of Cody Anderson and Scott Barnes mixing together perfectly to make an easy to digest and enjoy smoothie in audio form. Staying abrasively heavy as ever, the track was penned in honour of the painstaking decisions the bands have made to stay together over the years.

The album is blistering from start to finish with no holds barred from the band at all as they visit all sorts of areas of their personal life for inspiration. The lyrics are fraught with emotion and were no doubt written with blood and sweat and were no doubt performed equally in the same fashion. The tracks just keep coming and provide a taste to whet the appetite as they continue, making you delve further into the record with huge anticipation.

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EP: Throats – Throats

Release Date: February 1st, 2010
Label: Holy Roar
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/throatsofgold

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Throats‘ latest self-titled EP is a difficult beast to judge. It does so much right in terms of angry, raging noise making and apparent teeth ripping brutality yet there is something a miss at the heart of all the commotion. The windmilling elephant in the room is Converge‘s ‘No Heroes’, an album which was surely a massive influence on this 17 minute six-track bombshell. Along with the frantic screams, flesh stripping beats and howling guitar reliefs, the doom laden, overhanging darkness that fills every facet of this release marks the EP as a child of its father.

‘Wake’ does exactly what its title suggest, lurching the EP into action from its lumbering comatose. It’s a lumbering but hammer fisted opener that wrenches open its eyes in wait for what’s to come. ‘My Hands Are Cold’ is sadly probably not what its predecessor was expecting. It’s a functional 1:40 of pacey ragecore, but if a little generic and overdone. Thankfully ‘Fuck Life’ is just around the corner to stab itself through your inner ear and grab its place at the head of the highlight reel. It’s a galloping, double barrelled round of fury and flair straight to face. ‘Failgiver’ is all about the bleak, wailing release of the guitar lead chorus.

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EP: It Prevails – Findings

Release Date: May 25th, 2010
Label: Rain City Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/itprevails

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Hailing from Colorado, post-hardcore/metalcore 5-piece It Prevails have released a string of releases and have never managed to break out a great deal outside of US shores. Though new 3-track EP ‘Findings’ is far from a poor effort, it sadly doesn’t seem enough to change this much either.

Their sound drives much like the missing link between Ligeia‘s two full-length releases, mixing a forceful and formidable metalcore blast with an appropriate amount of melodicy in equal measures instead of pushing further on either element. It’s just not something that It Prevails have surpassed themselves in their previous releases.

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ALBUM: 3OH!3 – Streets Of Gold

Release Date: June 29th, 2010
Label: Photo Finish/Atlantic Records
Website: www.3oh3music.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/3oh3

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It’d be a lie to say that 3OH!3 are “good”, but that’s not their style at all. It’s fun, and being funny over musical talent is what they’re going for. These electro-pop/rap stars from Colorado have definitely become an overnight success since their releases of ‘Don’t Trust Me’ and Katy Perry assisting in ‘Starstrukk’ have put them as one of the hottest bands of 2009. These two college nerds with their humorous tongue in cheek lyrics and catchy pop instrumentation have made them a winning formula.

So to ‘Streets Of Gold’, we get pretty much the same style and deal that came with their previous album, but 50 minutes of it this time! (Well, 45 minutes, with 2 previously released singles being included too, but let’s not worry too much about that.) This album can almost be cleanly cut in 2, half of it is the humorous tongue-in-cheek songs, and half of it seems to be aimed at the 14 year old girls with massive crushes for the 3OH!3 boys. This also then makes the album half light-hearted fun and half of it simply cringe-worthy pop.

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ALBUM: MGMT – Congratulations

Release Date: April 13th, 2010
Label: Columbia
Website: www.whoismgmt.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/mgmt

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In general, people like money. Money contrary to popular belief, can likely buy you happiness. However, for some peculiar reason some people in the music industry hate money. They see money as a bad thing. That takes their credibility away from them apparently. Take MGMT for instance; they got pretty upset for some reason, that their second album ‘Oracular Spectacular’ spawned three pretty monstrous singles, which subsequently popped up in Hollywood films and the bits in Hollyoaks where they don’t speak and other such things where people are paid to find emotive yet commercially viable music to use. In fact the band took their ‘art’ so seriously that they sued THE PRESIDENT OF FRANCE when he used ‘Kids’ in campaign videos and the like without permission. And so, their response is ‘Congratulations’ which they initially didn’t want to release singles for, insisting (in NME where their outlandish pretentious cockishness likely fitted in quite well) that the album was a body of work.

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ALBUM: The Audition – Great Danger

Release Date: March 16th, 2010
Label: Victory Records
Website: www.theauditionrocks.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theaudition

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‘Great Danger’ is the fourth album from this Chicago-based four-piece, and the third that they have released in the past three years. Keen? I think so.

Having never been a huge fan of The Audition, they may have just managed to change my opinion, and trust me, that’s not an easy thing to do. ‘Great Danger’, without a doubt, proves to be the bands strongest album to date, and despite appearing within a year of their ‘Self-Titled Album’, it surprisingly doesn’t sound rushed. Each song is cleverly crafted, Danny Stevens‘ voice is at its best and the band manage to belt out pop tune after radio-friendly pop tune.

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ALBUM: Parkway Drive – Deep Blue

Release Date: June 28th, 2010
Label: Epitaph
Website: www.parkwaydriverock.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/parkwaydrive

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A band that seem to have been around forever, Parkway Drive hit us with their third studio effort ‘Deep Blue’ a whole three years after ‘Horizons’, and having been heralded as one of the few bands in the metalcore genre who have their own sound it would seem crazy to change that, right? Having previously recorded with Adam D of Killswitch Engage fame, they chose this time to instead do so with Joe Barresi as they tried to reap the benefits of creating a sound more welcome to the live surroundings.

Upon the first listen of the album you can immediately notice the change in the production values, however I don’t see how this is a bad thing. Opening tracks ‘Samsara’, ‘Unrest’ and ‘Sleepwalkers’ are just as brutal (and I hate using that word) as anything from their back-catalogue, including ‘Boneyards’ and ‘Dead Man’s Chest’. Played through a good speaker system, it becomes clear that the production is nothing short of beautiful. It is same old Parkway Drive as Jeff Ling‘s and Luke Kilpatrick‘s intricate guitar string picking, punishing breakdowns and face melting solos create each song into a masterpiece, just as everyone expects with this band.

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ALBUM: The Ghost Inside – Returners

Release Date: June 8th, 2010
Label: Mediaskare
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theghostinside

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Internet hype is one thing, living up to it is another! One of the most anticipated metalcore albums of 2010 ‘Returners’ was always going to absolute slay in some minds or completely disappoint in others. It is safe to say that in my mind is almost definitely the former rather than the latter.

Having greatly enjoyed their first full-length ‘Fury And The Fallen Ones’, I can almost say with baited breath that there was no way this could let me down. With bone crushing breakdowns aplenty with melodic hooks smooth enough to make butter fall of a knife, there’s not one note where this album goes wrong.

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ALBUM: Sound Of Guns – What Came From Fire

Release Date: June 28th, 2010
Label: Distiller Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/soundofguns

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Hailing from Liverpool, alternative rockers Sound Of Guns have managed to collect and package their hard worked material into the 11-track debut album ‘What Came From Fire’; a solid original effort showing they deserve every bit of praise they are getting at the moment, with even big dogs like Zane Lowe helping to feed the buzz they’ve got.

Opener ‘Architects’ is a catchy well produced track that will make you want to sing-a-long and nod your head along to the beat, and sets a very high standard for what’s to follow. However, Sound Of Guns continue to thrill and excite. ‘Alcatraz’ and ‘Bullet In The Bloodstream’ repeat the same formula, and rely on catchy lyrics and sing-a-long choruses to keep attention strong. The use of strong power chords and catchy melodic vocals are melded together to create their original yet commercial sound and style.

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ALBUM: Pendulum – Immersion

Release Date: May 24th, 2010
Label: Warner Music
Website: www.pendulum.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/pendulum

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What the hell happened to Pendulum? Like really, what the fuck actually happened to them?! They switched from a duo DJ act, to a drum and bass band, to an overly generic, boring, and pathetic excuse for a band who for some odd reason are just someone who are customary and standard to enjoy.

Remember the now over-played tunes ‘Slam’, ‘Blood Sugar’ and ‘Tarantula’? Whether you liked them or not you’d be a fool to not agree that they were all much better than their currently biggest single ‘Propane Nightmares’ from 2008. Previous album ‘In Silico’ saw them taking a far more mainstream route which didn’t bode good for them at all – sales figures aside of course, and sadly they’ve just taken the cheese baton they picked up then to even further lengths.

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