Albums/EPs

ALBUM: Boltdown – Omnicide

Release Date: September 17th, 2007
Label: Hangman’s Joke Records
Website: www.boltdownmusic.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/boltdown

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Formed in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2006 by members of local bands to create a regional super-group, metal band Boltdown release debut album ‘Omnicide’ through Hangmans Joke Records (which they’ve recently departed from) which features 10 tracks of metal/thrash attacks. In previous bands the members have collectively toured with the likes of Lostprophets, Dry Kill Logic, and The Gathering to name but a few, which clearly tells us that these guys have the experience to give us the goods.

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EP: Bleached Wail – Stand Up Straight

Release Date: August 30th, 2007
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/bleachedwail

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Bleached Wail from Stoke/Manchester describe their sound on their MySpace page as ska/alternative/funk. Do they deliver what they say on the tin? They pretty much do. The vocal work doesn’t seem to be too far off from a younger version of The Offspring frontman Dexter Holland either, which can only be a good thing.

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ALBUM: blessthefall – His Last Walk

Release Date: August 20th, 2007
Label: Ferret Music
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/blessthefall

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Newcomers onto the metalcore scene blessthefall are from a city named after an invincible mythical creature, Pheonix. Consisting of Christian members, but don’t like to be labelled as a Christian metalcore band, debut full-length release by blessthefall‘His Last Walk’ – is one with a varying and refreshing taste to our normal dose from today’s ever popular alternative music scene.

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SINGLE: Against Me! – White People For Peace

Release Date: July 2nd, 2007
Label: Sire Records
Website: www.againstme.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/againstme

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Hardcore and political punk at its (almost) best. Catchy yet angry, like an addictive opinionated juggernaught, ‘White People For Peace’ is the newest single release from Against Me!. The band show they’ve taken inspiration and influences from various punk bands, including The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Anti-Flag, and perhaps even a little of Rise Against.

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ALBUM: The Confession – Requiem

Release Date: June 19th, 2007
Label: Science
Website: www.theconfessionmusic.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theconfession

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Upon putting on ‘Requiem’ you can clearly identify influences from bands such as Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest. With their songs combining harmonising guitar work, fast drum beats, and vocals ranging from high pitched harmony to low pitched grunts, The Confession sure show their talent in this offering right here.

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SINGLE: Cute Is What We Aim For – The Curse Of Curves

Release Date: April 30th, 2007
Label: Fueled By Ramen / Decaydance
Website: www.cuteiswhatweaimfor.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/cuteiswhatweaimfor

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Signed to Fueled By Ramen, you can already guess what sort of sound Cute Is What We Aim For produce. Home to Panic! At The Disco, Paramore and Cobra Starship, each band sounds somewhat similar and delivers a package of pop-punk with their own signature sound to make it their own. ‘The Curse Of Curves’ is no exception, but that doesn’t mean to say that this new single isn’t good.

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SINGLE: The Black Ghosts – Any Way You Choose To Give It

Release Date: April 2nd, 2007
Label: Southern Fried Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/blackghosts

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A name such as The Black Ghosts isn’t quite what you’d expect from a band that have a techno/indie sound, but what does that matter nowadays; their new single, ‘Any Way You Choose To Give It’, has a catchy hook and beat to it. More than just one surprise from this lot then.

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ALBUM: Bloc Party – A Weekend In The City

Release Date: February 5th, 2007
Label: Wichita
Website: www.blocparty.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/blocparty

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It’s been two years since the band’s last release, and now Bloc Party are back with their brand new album ‘A Weekend In The City’. What a wait it has been, but was it worth it? To put the answer to that question short and sweetly: yes.

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SINGLE: Alkaline Trio – Hell Yes

Release Date: January 22nd, 2007
Label: Vagrant
Website: www.alkalinetrio.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/alkalinetrio

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Just about to release a b-sides and rarities compilation, gothic punk stars Alkaline Trio release their new single ‘Hell Yes’. Always sure to provide us with that punk feel and hooky chorus melodies, you know whatever Alkaline Trio have to offer is something worthwhile.

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ALBUM: David R Black – Hearts And Stars

Release Date: October 10th, 2006
Label: Mighty Atom Records
Website: www.davidrblack.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/davidrblack

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A band needs to give it all they’ve got for their debut full-length release; sadly, if this is the best that David R Black have to offer, they really need to consider whether they should carry on or just stop. Their sound, to make it quick and simple, is repetitive, boring, and in terms of the vocal work somewhat droney too. It just doesn’t get the impact across that they need.

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