Albums/EPs

ALBUM: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Modern Ruin

frankcarterandtherattlesnakes-modernruin

Release Date: January 20th 2017
Label: International Death Cult
Website: www.andtherattlesnakes.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/frankcarterandtherattlesnakes
Twitter: www.twitter.com/therattlesnakes

Rating:

The resurgence of Frank Carter in hardcore music was arguably the most exciting and unexpected return in recent memory when ‘Blossom’ surprised us all with its hard hitting combination of honest emotion and devastating riffs back in 2015. The Rattlesnakes brought back all of the characteristics that we were used to expecting from the Hemel Hempstead frontman, but with ‘Modern Ruin’, although the lyrics are as dark and raw as the first record, the musical output has taken a rapid turn.

Read More

ALBUM: The Menzingers – After The Party

themenzingers-aftertheparty

Release Date: February 3rd 2017
Label: Epitaph Records
Website: www.themenzingers.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/themenzingers
Twitter: www.twitter.com/themenzingers

Rating:

I look forward to the opening tracks of The Menzinger‘s albums more than I look forward to pay day. From ‘On The Impossible Past’‘s ‘Good Things’ to ‘Rented World’‘s ‘I Don’t Want To Be An Asshole Anymore’, past curtain-raisers have been self-deprecating, punchy, and in total contrast to the songwriting and thematic conventions of the rest of the record.

Read More

ALBUM: Dropkick Murphys – 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory

dropkick-murphys-11-short-stories-of-pain-glory

Release Date: January 6th 2017
Label: Born & Bred
Website: www.dropkickmurphys.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dropkickmurphys
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dropkickmurphys

Rating:

When you think Celtic Irish rockers, most think of either Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphys, both of which have found their fame through movie and video game soundtracks, as well as a dedicated fanbase. Now, both bands are true to their music and have released many a-record over many a-decade, like many a-band out there today in fact. But, listening to ’11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory’ separates the Dropkick Murphys from those who are equally, if not longer in the tooth.

Read More

ALBUM: Saviour – Let Me Leave

saviour-letmeleave

Release Date: January 17th 2017
Label: UNFD
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/saviouraustralia
Twitter: www.twitter.com/saviourperth

Rating:

Australian hardcore outfit Saviour are back with their first album since their hiatus in 2013. ‘Let Me Leave’ is an impressive effort, tingling with dynamics that somehow both hit and miss the mark. The album marks a departure from the band’s sound, a work in-progress, and, while it isn’t perfect by any means, it’s a step in the right direction.

Read More

ALBUM: Sepultura – Machine Messiah

sepultura-machinemessiah

Release Date: January 13th 2017
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Website: www.sepultura.com.br
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sepultura
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sepulturacombr

Rating:

Brazilian thrash artists Sepultura can be summarised by two distinct eras: one with Max Cavalera, and one without. While the Cavalera brothers are off touring the 20 year anniversary of seminal sixth record ‘Roots’, whilst the band (fronted by vocalist Derrick Green for the last 19 years) are set to release their 14th studio record, ‘Machine Messiah’.

Read More

ALBUM: AFI – AFI (The Blood Album)

afi-afithebloodalbum

Release Date: January 20th 2017
Label: Concord Music Group
Website: www.afireinside.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/afireinside
Twitter: www.twitter.com/afi

Rating:

The transformation of AFI (short for A Fire Inside, if you didn’t know) from gritty, eccentric punk band to gothic rock arena fillers has been a huge success story for the underground scene. Although some have questioned some of the major label output since 2003’s platinum-selling ‘Sing The Sorrow’, the Californians have maintained their ambition and integrity through an astonishing two decade career that has led to their self-titled tenth full-length release, that will be referred to as ‘The Blood Album’.

Read More

ALBUM: Pain Of Salvation – In The Passing Light Of Day

painofsalvation-inthepassinglightofday

Release Date: January 13th 2017
Label: InsideOut Records
Website: www.painofsalvation.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/painofsalvation
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thebestofpain

Rating:

Pain Of Salvation are a Swedish progressive rock band that have existed for well over 30 years (they were known as Reality between 1984-1991), formed by vocalist and guitarist Daniel Gildenlöw at the tender age of just eleven years old. Although it took the band 13 years to release their first studio record, ‘Entropia’, they’ve consistently released new music every few years, culminating in their tenth album, ‘In The Passing Light Of Day’.

Read More

ALBUM: Deaf Havana – All These Countless Nights

deafhavana-allthesecountlessnights

Release Date: January 27th 2017
Label: SO Recordings
Website: www.deafhavanaofficial.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/deafhavana
Twitter: www.twitter.com/deafhavana

Rating:

Deaf Havana have been through a steadily constant amount of change to get to where they are today. They’ve had a fluctuating number of band members, and have found themselves straddling music genres until the success of 2013 release, ‘Old Souls’, provided some much needed stability to the quintet. This record returned them to the forefront of the music scene, albeit in a more mainstream manner.

Read More

ALBUM: Kreator – Gods Of Violence

kreator-godsofviolence

Release Date: January 27th 2017
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Website: www.kreator-terrorzone.de
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kreatorofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/kreator

Rating:

Coming from the German thrash metal scene of bands such as Destruction, Sodom, and Tankard, and being a band since 1982, it’s little surprise to what the new Kreator album would be – big, powerful, and heavy thrash metal. Thankfully, ‘Gods Of Violence’ doesn’t disappoint.

Read More

EP: From Inside – The New Era

frominside-thenewera

Release Date: January 13th 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.frominside.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/frominsideuk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/frominsideuk

Rating:

Metalcore. Love it or hate it, it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. One of the latest bands to release their debut EP into this ever expanding genre is Liverpool five-piece From Inside, and their introduction is ‘The New Era’.

Read More

Search

Video of The Week

latest reviews

latest interviews

sponsors