Albums/EPs

ALBUM: Architects – Hollow Crown

Release Date: January 26th, 2009
Label: Century Media
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/architectsuk

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It’s annoying when a band you love and enjoy don’t get even half as much attention or praise for their work as other bands do who don’t even put as much effort in. Architects are one such band that have in recent years been scraping their way to the surface of the scene, and with latest full-length release ‘Hollow Crown’ that could all be a thing of the past.

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SINGLE: The Chemists – Radio Booth

Release Date: December 1st, 2008
Label: Distiller Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thechemistsuk

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Dipping into sounds similar to that of Pearl Jam and The Cribs combined with the likes of Kaiser Cheifs and Foals, the very unknown but quickly to be approaching the radar act The Chemists are ones to watch out for in the near future.

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SINGLE: Broken Records – Lies

Release Date: November 3rd, 2008
Label: Distiller Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/brokenrecordsedinburgh

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Broken Records isn’t a name you’d expect a band to adopt, but you also wouldn’t expect a band to consist of as many members as it does either – seven in total. ‘Lies’ is therefore a labour of work from a – in some respects – original band.

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ALBUM: Born From Pain – Survival

Release Date: October 31st, 2008
Label: Metal Blade
Website: www.bornfrompain.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/bornfrompain

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Judging from the album front cover, you wouldn’t be mistaken to think you would be faced with some kind of grind metal, but upon first listen of ‘Survival’, it is a complete shock to be faced with straight up hardcore laden with double bass tappings and straining vocals. ‘Zeitergeist’ is by far the highlight of the album and how it is only track eight is nothing short of a surprise; if anything it should be much higher on the track listing. If you are a fan of hardcore, almost very Your Demise-esque then this is definitely for you as many comparisons could be drawn.

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ALBUM: Anberlin – New Surrender

Release Date: October 13th, 2008
Label: Universal Republic
Website: www.anberlin.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/anberlin

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After releasing so many albums on a smaller label, many would claim a band who then moved onto a major label to become instant sell-outs, and in instances such as Eighteen Visions this can lead to a band’s untimely demise. Anberlin are another one of such bands to sign to a major label after an indie one, and as expected they’ve received the ‘sell-out’ comments, but just because a band has signed to a major label doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll instantly become piss poor commercial artists, but instead a band with a now wider musical playing field to work with.

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ALBUM: Bring Me The Horizon – Suicide Season

Release Date: September 29th, 2008
Label: Visible Noise
Website: www.bringmethehorizon.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/bmth

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Bring Me The Horizon have been through a lot of shit since they had any hint of spotlight upon them, especially after the alleged incident in Nottingham with frontman Oliver Sykes hit the media. What’s more, their debut full-length ‘Count Your Blessings’ received a lot of negative comments compared to their EP release ‘This Is What The Edge Of Your Seat Was Made For’. But now it’s reached October 2008, and with their latest effort ‘Suicide Season’, a lot of the haters can scrap what they’ve said about the band in past and start the slate anew.

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ALBUM: Austrian Death Machine – Total Brutal

Release Date: July 28th, 2008
Label: Metal Blade
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/austriandeathmachine

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Have you ever wondered what a thrash metal band would sound like if their frontman was none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger? Well, Austrian Death Machine is exactly what it would sound like, and ‘Total Brutal’ is a collection of 17 different tracks, most with titles referring to one of the actor’s films in some way or another, creating a musical experience that doesn’t come by every day.

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SINGLE: Avenged Sevenfold – Dear God

Release Date: July 27th, 2008
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Website: www.avengedsevenfold.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/avengedsevenfold

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Heavy metal music is what Avenged Sevenfold have always been known to create, but ‘Dear God’ on the other hand isn’t something you’d quite expect from this band at all, especially if you went back a few years to when they released their first album.

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ALBUM: The Banner – Frailty

Release Date: June 10th, 2008
Label: Ferret Music
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thebanner

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A band with a name such as The Banner isn’t one that you’d usually expect to be full of aggression and hate fueled music that speak of violence, or come across in a violent way. One look at the song titles in the album tracklisting will change that perception, such as ‘Welcome Fuckers’, ‘Funerals’, and ‘Ratflesh’ are just a few, and you can anticipate the mood of this record before even placing it into your stereo.

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ALBUM: 36 Crazyfists – The Tide And Its Takers

Release Date: May 27th, 2008
Label: Ferret Music
Website: www.36crazyfists.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/36crazyfists

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One of the more respected and influencial bands on the alternative music market, 36 Crazyfists have always been one to produce a metal sound that sounds aggressive and angry as much as it sounds beautiful and melodic. With their fourth major album release ‘The Tide And Its Takers’, the Alaskan four-piece have simply taken it a step further, proving that they’re not losing their respected position any time in the forseeable future.

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