Albums/EPs

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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SINGLE: Tiny Dancers – Hannah, We Know

Release Date: May 28th, 2007
Label: Parlophone
Website: www.thetinydancers.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/tinydancers

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This new offering from Tiny Dancers is a piece of uplifting folk music with a slight pop twist which breaks all the regular conventions of both folk and pop music; confusing to say the least, but in a good way.

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ALBUM: There For Tomorrow – A Little Faster

Release Date: June 6th, 2009
Label: Hopeless Records
Website: www.therefortomorrow.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/therefortomorrow

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Five years is a long wait for a following album to be released, especially from a band that isn’t placed on a legendary pedestal or regarded as a messiah to the masses. ‘A Little Faster’ is the sophomore album of Florida pop-rock four-piece There For Tomorrow, and though it’s nothing blinding or life changing it’s got the makings of an album made of constant plays.

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ALBUM: Taking Back Sunday – New Again

Release Date: June 1st, 2009
Label: Warner Bros
Website: www.takingbacksunday.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/takingbacksunday

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New York rockers Taking Back Sunday are one of those bands that can do no wrong. The five-piece always produce immaculate albums, renowned for amazing live shows, and have a fanbase to make many acts green with envy. So it really came as no surprise that Adam Lazzara and co. would be just as impressive on their fourth full-length, ‘New Again’.

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ALBUM: Suicide Silence – No Time To Bleed

Release Date: June 29th, 2009
Label: Century Media
Website: www.suicidesilence.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/suicidesilence

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Fastly becoming a big name in the deathcore scene, Suicide Silence‘s sophomore album ‘No Time To Bleed’ aims to be a projectile for the 5-piece mob from appreciated to adored in the alternative music world. With a debut like ‘The Cleansing’, it’s going to be pretty hard for the boys to top themselves.

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ALBUM: Stuck Mojo – The Great Revival

Release Date: December 1st, 2008
Label: Napalm Records
Website: www.stuckmojo.us
MySpace: www.myspace.com/stockmojo

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Metal crossovers have been around for years. Infact, crossovers in any genres have been going almost aslong as original primary genres have been, and can work just as much as they end up with terrible results. Sadly, Stuck Mojo‘s ‘The Great Revival’ is just another one of those crossover releases that isn’t far from “awful” territory.

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SINGLE: StoneLeaf – Each Last Act

Release Date: October 2nd, 2006
Label: Still River Records
Website: www.stoneleaf.org
MySpace: www.myspace.com/stoneleaf

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‘Each Last Act’ is a rather odd single. The guitar work varies from basic power chords to riffs consisting of single notes, and the vocals are quiet and spooky. At times this comes of as annoying, and it’s a surprise to work out that they’re actually meant to sound like that. By the second minute a guitar solo rears its head, trying to bring a bit more edge into the song, but at the mosts parts it’s plain dull.

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ALBUM: Steel Panther – Feel The Steel

Release Date: June 9th, 2009
Label: Universal Records
Website: www.steelpantherrocks.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/steelpanther

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Spinal Tap + The Darkness x Cock References = ‘Feel The Steel’

I am prone to exaggeration, but with that in mind I have no hesitation in calling this the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Not necessarily in a bad way, but to prove my point, quickly Google the lyrics to lead single ‘Death To All But Metal’ and you’ll automatically agree with me. I’ll wait. Okay, so now we’re on the same page. While it may be incredibly stupid it is undoubtedly perversely entertaining. You also have to respect any band that can make a song titled ‘Asian Hooker’ with the lyric “Smells like sushi” sound epic.

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