Albums/EPs

ALBUM: Brokencyde – I’m Not A Fan… But The Kids Like It!

Release Date: June 16th, 2009
Label: Suburban Noise
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/brokencyde

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As a critic for this website I am obligated to write objectively about any piece of music I am asked to release, and yes, I intend to do that here. I am also obligated to talk a little about the release – so this is the second album by ‘crunkcore’ band Brokencyde, containing reworked versions of old ‘hits’ as well as a bunch of new material.

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ALBUM: Daniel Merriweather – Love & War

Release Date: June 1st, 2009
Label: Columbia
Website: www.danielmerriweather.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/danielmerriweather

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You know, I was more than ready to go on a cynical diatribe about this album. More than happy to. With British (popular in Britain, anyway) music being populated by mass marketed wimps with bittersweet lyrics and daytime radio-friendly acoustic guitars, I was more than happy to write-off Daniel Merriweather in the exact same way. You know the wink wink ‘hip-hop’ collaboration, the popular singles, the mostly fashionable haircut and faux-soul vocal. It’s all there for Mr. Cynical Critic to spit at before going back to salivating over late 80’s American indie rock three people outside of himself has heard of. I was this close… then I made the mistake of listening to it.

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ALBUM: The Blackout – The Best In Town

Release Date: May 25th, 2009
Label: Epitaph
Website: www.theblackout.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theblackout

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In 2007, Merthyr Tydfil mob The Blackout almost literally exploded onto the music scene. Debut full-length album ‘We Are The Dynamite!’ showed off everything the six-piece had to offer; the band’s ability to mix heavy guitars, clean vocals and screams went down well with kids everywhere (as well as making everybody wonder how the fuck Wales had so much musical talent popping up in recent years). The end result: the lads were able to venture out of those once restrictive Welsh Valleys and embark on numerous high-profile tours.

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SINGLE: Daniel Merriweather – Red

Release Date: May 18th, 2009
Label: Columbia
Website: www.danielmerriweather.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/danielmerriweather

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Daniel Merriweather follows up popular collaborations with the likes of Mark Ronson and Wiley as well as a top ten single of his own (‘Change’) with his latest snippet from the album ‘Love & War’, a dramatic tale of a breaking down relationship with a grander feel to accompany his slightly raspy vocal feel in ‘Red’.

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SINGLE: Ane Brun – The Puzzle

Release Date: May 18th, 2009
Label: Determine Records
Website: www.anebrun.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/anebrun

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Mainly subjected to a radio broadcasting a brimful of acts from either the UK or the US, it’s always refreshing to have acts from different parts of the world heard. It’s a shame that Ane Brun‘s recent single release ‘The Puzzle’ doesn’t set a good example for Norway and their popular music culture.

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SINGLE: Black Lips – I’ll Be With You

Release Date: May 18th, 2009
Label: Vice Music
Website: www.black-lips.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theblacklips

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There are millions of acts out there with silly names, one of which is Black Lips. But names aside, the name of a performer or band shouldn’t determine the quality of their music – in this case however though it does gauge the quality of their latest single ‘I’ll Be With You’. The dreary vocal work and intended old radio quality recording just backfires entirely on their intention to create a sense of nostalgia; clearly taking the fact that the 80’s and 90’s culture is becoming popular once more.

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ALBUM: Black President – Black President

Release Date: May 11th, 2009
Label: I Used To Fuck People Like You In Prison Records
Website: www.blackpresidentmusic.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/blackpresident

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What do you get if you take Christian Martucci of The Chelsea Smiles, Charlie Paulson of Goldfinger, Dave Raun of Lagwagon and Jason Christopher of New Dead Radio? Punk genius in the form of Black President – that’s what! I would love to say that their name is in support of newly elected US President Barack Obama, but the band insists it was “intended to be a middle finger to the redneck bush administration”. In true punk form, the quartet believes that the world is ugly, greedy and angry – so I must admit I did have a fixed idea in my head as to what their debut-album would sound like.

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ALBUM: Daath – The Concealers

Release Date: April 20th, 2009
Label: Century Media
Website: www.daathmusic.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/daath

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Daath follow up their self-released 2004 debut ‘Futility’ and their first release for Roadrunner Records, 2007’s ‘The Hinderers’ with their latest – ‘The Concealers’. From their start, the band have taken on a new singer, hit Ozzfest, teamed up with ex-Chimaira drummer Kevin Talley as well as playing support slots with fellows in guitar virtuosity Dragonforce. Couple all this with their name being taken from a concept in media stung school of Jewish thought, Kabbalah, and you have a potent combination. The band’s third record is a more guitar focused effort, but how will it stand up as an album?

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ALBUM: A Day To Remember – Homesick

Release Date: February 3rd, 2009
Label: Victory Records
Website: www.adtrrock.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/adaytoremember

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Having the weight on your shoulders of pulling out one of the most anticipated albums of 2009 is one hell of a burden to hold on a band’s shoulders, with it being releases right at the beginning of the year isn’t a big help either. A Day To Remember aren’t phased though, and with the turnout and their third full-length release ‘Homesick’, there’s no reason they should worry about the final turnout of the record at all.

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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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