Albums/EPs

ALBUM: AFI – Crash Love

Release Date: September 29th, 2009
Label: Interscope
Website: www.afireinside.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/afi

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Yet another twist in the sound thrown at us today by AFI, the long time horror punk band have gone more alternative rock in the past few years. ‘Crash Love’ is no different, this album offers some fast bits mangled in with the slow bits, some heavy bits to mix in with the soft bits, and overall,is a decent album. Sounding more along the lines of Placebo these days rather than The Misfits it is hard to judge this album by simply comparing it to previous efforts.

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ALBUM: Baddies – Do The Job

Release Date: September 28th, 2009
Label: Medical Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/baddies

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After a busy touring schedule last year and securing a solid fanbase, Baddies will hope that their debut studio album ‘Do The Job’ will do exactly what it says on the cover.

Baddies spit, spew and hurl through the majority of the album trying to bring something new to the table, succeeding in songs such as ‘Open One Eye’ and ‘We Beat Our Chests’; carefully planned songs with catchy pop hooks over an indie arsenal of almost artful guitar playing and ferocious drumming.

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ALBUM: Brand New – Daisy

Release Date: September 22nd, 2009
Label: DGC/Interscope
Website: www.fightoffyourdemons.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/brandnew

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Every time Brand New release a new album, their style progresses a bit further down the road of experimental rock and conceptual themes. Their biggest change happened between the release of debut ‘Your Favourite Weapon’ and sophomore effort ‘Deja Entendu’, switching from emo tinged pop-punk to a more emo tinged indie rock. From that point each album has slowly but surely moved away from emo themed lyrics to the conceptual lyrics we see today.

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ALBUM: The Casino Brawl – Shades; Directions

Release Date: September 7th, 2009
Label: In At The Deep End Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thecasinobrawl

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‘Shades; Directions’ is the debut effort from northeast hardcore/metal quintet The Casino Brawl. The lads got together in 2006, and soon after forming shot to local success with their 2006 EP ‘Save Yourself From The Gates Of Hell’, and again with their second EP ‘Small Town Split’, both of which received rave reviews. Due to the success of their first two releases, it became important for the band to prove themselves once again through their debut album, ensuring themselves a firm and deserved place in the UK metal scene.

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ALBUM: Breathe Carolina – Hello Fascination

Release Date: August 18th, 2009
Label: Fearless Records
Website: www.breathecarolina.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/breathecarolina

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Breathe Carolina are one of those bands (if you can call the duo a band) that are hard to fit into just one category – their mix of pop, rock and electronica has seen them be defined as ‘crunk’, ‘crunkcore’, ‘screamo dance’ and a hell of a lot of other things. Strangely enough though, it’s that random combination of sounds that has gained them a pretty nifty fanbase that is growing each day. ‘Hello Fascination’, is the band’s sophomore album and is pretty much everything I expected it to be – screams, catchy choruses and dance music more apt for a night club.

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SINGLE: Bloc Party – One More Chance

Release Date: August 10th, 2009
Label: Wichita
Website: www.blocparty.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/blocparty

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So not quite ‘Helicopter’ or ‘Banquet’ or even ‘I Still Remember’, is it? Bloc Party‘s latest one-off non-album single offering begins with a bouncy piano loop refrain that wouldn’t be out of place in the early 90s, in pretty much every vocal house song made during that time. It is this refrain, meshing nicely with the usual rhythmic pulse that Bloc Party are well known to provide, that makes this such a good song.

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SINGLE: The Chemists – A Love Like No One Else

Release Date: July 27th, 2009
Label: Distiller Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thechemistsuk

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With only 728 friends on MySpace (at the time of writing) and 3 mediocre at best previous singles, we would have thought The Chemists was the sort of band that could only improve and come back with a very different new single.

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ALBUM: August Burns Red – Constellations

Release Date: July 14th, 2009
Label: Solid State Records
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/augustburnsred

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A lot of hopes were riding on ‘Constellations’ – the third instalment from the Pennsylvanian Christian metalcore quintet – as this was either going to be an album that proved they still have what it takes, or one that showed that they were gradually losing their grip on the genre they have pioneered for so long. Luckily for the five-piece the latter doesn’t even come into the equation, as on first listen the band are just as good as ever, if not better.

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ALBUM: Arsonists Get All The Girls – Portals

Release Date: July 14th, 2009
Label: Century Media
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/agatg

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Arsonists Get All The Girls are back on the scene with third full-length ‘Portals’, and show what they are capable of with the release of their best work to date. The Deathcore band from Santa Cruz, California have been through a heck of a lot in their four years together; tragically losing bassist Patrick Mason on the day after his 21st birthday and then vocalist Cameron Reed leaving after “receiving a message from God”, but they are still going strong with Jared Monette taking up vocal duties and Jaeson Bardoni picking up from Mason.

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ALBUM: Billy Talent – Billy Talent III

Release Date: July 13th, 2009
Label: Atlantic
Website: www.billytalent.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/billytalent

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Canadian rock band Billy Talent return after 3 long years with their eagerly anticipated third studio album, ‘Billy Talent III’ following up on the success of 2006’s ‘Billy Talent II’. When the band entered the studio, even they themselves must’ve been surprised by the well received praise and popularity of their previous album, which managed to reach the number one spot in Germany and Canada, and had also gone on to win a Juno award for ‘Best Rock Album of the Year’. So, surely the band would win our hearts over again this year?

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