Albums/EPs

ALBUM: Devil Sold His Soul – Blessed & Cursed

Release Date: July 12th, 2010
Label: Century Media
Website: www.devilsoldhissoul.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/devilsoldhissoul

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Fueled and fed on dualities and contrasts from start to finish, including the album’s title itself, ‘Blessed & Cursed’ is the second outing from ambient underground metal monsters Devil Sold His Soul. From getting your ears grinded into a beutiful submission to suspending you in a venomous frenzy of emotion and tranquility all at once, ‘Blessed & Cursed’ stands as a mighty competitor as one of the best records of 2010.

Those unfamiliar with the DSHS etiquette might be taken back at first by their uncommon approach to the metal scene. Their ambience is just as powerful as their distorted biting breakdowns, creating songs lasting almost double the normal length with each almost taking you on a journey. Journies almost like a whirlwind, throwing you at one side to a calming and peaceful serenity before slamming you to the completely other end of the spectrum. Devil Sold His Soul are one of the most refreshing British bands today.

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ALBUM: Out Of Sight – Where Do We Go From Here?

Release Date: July 5th, 2010
Label: Slam Dunk Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/outofsight

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Sugary bubbly pop-punk is the usual choice of genre during the summer, with their happy vibe on sometimes a little less happy lyrics making all for a good time in the sun with your friends. Sadly an overflow of these bands has been constant in recent years, and now individuality or at least quality needs to be on the forefront for survival. Out Of Sight don’t apply to the former of the two, but they do the latter.

‘Where Do We Go From Here?’ has been a long time coming full-length for the pop-punk four-piece, with their last release beforehand being their ‘Something Created By Belief’ EP in 2006. If time is what was needed to create this full-length though then it was more than worth it.

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ALBUM: KoRn – KoRn III: Remember Who You Are

Release Date: July 12th, 2010
Label: Roadrunner Records
Website: www.korn.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/korn

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Grandfathers and one of the very few survivors of the once thriving nu-metal scene breakout a few years ago, KoRn were slowly being lost in the ever expanding world of mainstream metal that they helped to fortify. With their past few records being quite a distance from their ruthless potential, KoRn have decided to take a few steps towards their roots and originating sound they fit oh so much better than their more experimental efforts as of late. ‘KoRn III: Remember Who You Are’ may be one of the most fitting album titles we see in 2010.

The teen angst driven lyrics are still a very important cog in the KoRn machine. Excerpts like “Why don’t you just leave me alone?”, “I’m such a stupid fuck, listening to my head and not my gut” and “All I do is give, am I wasting my time?” make it very clear that vocalist Jonathan Davis is far from low on demons to conquer. It’s what’s helped define his style as a lyricist, and in some ways stand the test of time that’s laid more than enough blows on the group. Angry music is what they’re good at.

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ALBUM: The Eyes Of A Traitor – Breathless

Release Date: July 12th, 2010
Label: Listenable Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theeyesofatraitor

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Now The Eyes Of A Traitor have a very hard job with what they do, having had the hype wagon firmly on their side after the release of the ‘By Sunset’ EP, to which they received herald from magazines around the world due to their young age. ‘A Clear Perception’ followed and so did the good reviews, and although they seemed to die down on the touring front they are still at the forefront of the underground UK metal scene just waiting to burst through the seams. Now they’ve come out with their second full-length ‘Breathless’, where they seem to have gone back to a very raw and commanding, not to mention competent sound.

Smashing your skulls in all the right places and still messing with your brain with intricate guitar tweaks, it has the stamp that TEOAT have used to gain such a reputation since their inception. Jack Delaney still has all the skills required of the frontman as he dominates track after track with his crisp and pentrating vocal style sure to leave you hanging on every word.

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SINGLE: B.o.B. – Airplanes

Release Date: August 9th, 2010
Label: Atlantic
Website: www.bobatl.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/bobatl

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B.o.B. pretty much sneak attacked our British airwaves out of nowhere in Spring 2010, with debut single ‘Nothin’ On You’. The young upcoming rapstar shot himselves into the charts, and a lot of other new chart debutants also had nothin’ on him.

It seems with ‘Airplanes’ he’s not just aiming for a one hit wonder, and instead soaring for stardom as much as possible. Ironically this catchy as hell single is just about making it into the starlight as much as possible, and with aid from Paramore‘s vixen Hayley Williams on forefront for the chorus hook, he’s definitely planned it out with precision.

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ALBUM: Emarosa – Emarosa

Release Date: June 29th, 2010
Label: Rise Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/emarosa

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Fastly becoming a big name on both US and UK shores, Emarosa and their self-titled record are only gonna speed this process up further, with its ten tracks of soft post-hardcore gold. From the sometimes over extended and stretched out offerings from debut full-length ‘Relativity’, this self-titled effort is much more refined with much of the fat cut from it.

‘A Toast To The Future Kids!’ is this album’s big opener, possessing a potential for a big hit live with a catchy punk vibe embedded within the pounding drums and gleefully invitiing guitar lines. As ever, vocalist Jonny Craig is the main focus on display throughout, hitting note for note perfectly and effortless top degree breath control at all times. ‘Live It. Love It. Lust It.’ and ‘Share The Sunshine Young Blood’ are the most convincing pieces of evidence for this, and show clearly how the band have progressed and improved since 2008’s ‘Relativity’.

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SINGLE: Paramore – Careful

Release Date: July 12th, 2010
Label: Fueled By Ramen
Website: www.paramore.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/paramore

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Things have been booming for Paramore since they dropped their third full-length ‘Brand New Eyes’. Tour after tour they’ve been keeping busy, and single after single they just keep getting more and more of the spotlight. Franklin’s pop-punk heroes new single ‘Careful’ is one of their strongest pieces to date, and is a great indication of how progression along the timeline has worked in their favour.

The album’s opener and fourth single lifted from it begins with a tumour like swell in volume before exploding into (what is within Paramore standards) a heavy frenzy of guitars before Hayley Williams‘ distinctive vocals come into play.

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SINGLE: 3OH!3 – My First Kiss

Release Date: July 4th, 2010
Label: Photo Finish Records
Website: www.3oh3music.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/3oh3

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Annoyingly catchy, 3OH!3‘s less serious than average approach to music has helped them grab the love of the mainstream music audience as easy as taking candy from a baby. Teamed up with other recent success starlet Ke$ha, new single ‘My First Kiss’ is more or less a rehashed replica of previous singles ‘Don’t Trust Me’ and ‘Starstrukk’.

As already mentioned, there’s no doubt that 3OH!3 have more than enough knowledge in making an insatiable prozac covered hook and song that gets a dancefloor moving and singing along. But it’s just
not worth the hype it’s getting, featuring all the clichés at their very worst.

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SINGLE: Orphan Boy – Pop Song

Release Date: July 19th, 2010
Label: Concrete Recordings
Website: www.orphan-boy.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/orphanboy

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Small names in the music world, Orphan Boy may well be on the winning formula to cracking through into a bit more success with the aptly titled ‘Pop Song’. A slice of indie rock that has a well needed fun and quirky side to it in the now suffocating genre Orphan Boy are residing within.

Almost like a tale, ‘Pop Song’ talks of the regular problems drawn to bands and artists who see an oppurtunity and jump at it without forseeing the consequences. Selling a song on, not getting the well deserved wonga from it, and in the end flopping.

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SINGLE: Millionaires – Stay The Night

Release Date: July 25th, 2010
Label: B-Unique Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/millionaires

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Often on the pedestal of abuse and ridicule, Millionaires have never been a respected model in the music industry. Their music created for controversy and fun through basic music creating software GarageBand, it’s hard to see how they’d gain much respect at all. But maybe that’s not what it’s all about for them. Maybe Millionaires just follow that familiar saying Cyndi Lauper once said, “girls just wanna have fun”.

‘Stay The Night’ is a recycle bin makeshift of almost every single pop song in the charts today. You’ve got your simple 4/4 synthetic beat intertwined with electro-pop fill, autotuned vocals, simple vocals suggesting sexual connotations and activities, and of course a catchy chorus hook. They know the basic forumla for pop success and flaunt it.

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