Albums/EPs

ALBUM: Incubus – 8

Release Date: April 21st 2017
Label: Island Records
Website: www.incubushq.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/incubus
Twitter: www.twitter.com/incubusband

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Californian nu-metal funk turned alt rockers Incubus have returned with ridiculously imaginatively titled eighth record ‘8’ that maintains their recent form of writing decent radio-friendly rock that, although is generally unimaginative by the band’s back catalogue standard, still has enough interest and great singles to warrant the release.

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ALBUM: Darkest Hour – Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora

Release Date: March 10th 2017
Label: Southern Lord Records
Website: www.officialdarkesthour.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/darkesthour
Twitter: www.twitter.com/darkesthourrock

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Now nine albums deep into their career, ‘Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora’ sees Washington based heavy metal veterans Darkest Hour take a strong and firm stab at fusing old material with new, and it’s resulted in a full-length that appeases in equal measure both their die-hards and potential new followers.

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ALBUM: Motionless In White – Graveyard Shift

Release Date: May 5th 2017
Label: Roadrunner Records
Website: www.motionlessinwhite.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/motionlessinwhite
Twitter: www.twitter.com/miwband

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Over their now over 10-year long career, Scranton’s Motionless In White have built themselves up to become one of the go-to gothic metalcore bands in the scene. Indeed, from the release of their 2010 debut full-length, ‘Creatures’, the five-piece have unashamedly been themselves every step of the way, wearing their influences on their sleeves as much as they were evidently trying to mark a space for themselves within the slew of other carbon copy metalcore bands in the scene.

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ALBUM: The One Hundred – Chaos + Bliss

Release Date: June 2nd 2017
Label: Spinefarm Records
Website: www.onehundredband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/theonehundredband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/onehundredband

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Over the years, the stigma around being a metal fan and liking other (and, for the most part, generally more mainstream) genres has gradually deteriorated, leaving a vapid space for genres to blend and flourish into one another, and thrive with this decline in elitism. Sometimes, as the whole idea of trial and error goes, some of these ideas flop and fail miserably (we’re looking at you, Brokencyde), but there are without a doubt a few gems to be found throughout the years. One of the UK’s more notable mish-mash talents in metal comes from The One Hundred.

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ALBUM: Volumes – Different Animals

Release Date: June 9th 2017
Label: Fearless Records
Website: www.volumesband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/volumesband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/volumesband

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Every three to four years, a particular sub-genre of metal makes a resurgence, and there’s no denying that metalcore has been becoming a more prominent figure in the music industry over the last few years with bands such as LA’s Volumes at the forefront.

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EP: Miss Vincent – Somewhere Else

Release Date: May 19th 2017
Label: Uncle M Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/missvincentband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/missvincentband

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‘Somewhere Else’ is the latest offering from Southampton based punk rockers, Miss Vincent, the follow-up return to 2015’s ‘Reasons Not To Sleep’. It’s a short but sweet affair, with each track bringing its far share of fast-pace and emotional content.

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ALBUM: Linkin Park – One More Light

Release Date: May 19th 2017
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Website: www.linkinpark.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/linkinpark
Twitter: www.twitter.com/linkinpark

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It’s safe to say that California’s Linkin Park have seen a rather aggressive campaign in the run up to the release of their seventh studio album, ‘One More Light’. The band have gone through a rather drastic change in sound, and vocalist Chester Bennington‘s message for fans of the previous material is “move the fuck on”, and that he’d “punch you in your fucking mouth” if you called the band sell-outs. Oh, and “You’re a fucking pussy”, too. Touchy. So, does he have the walk to back up all this talk?

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ALBUM: Free Throw – Bear Your Mind

Release Date: May 26th 2017
Label: Triple Crown Records
Website: www.freethrowband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/freethrowed
Twitter: www.twitter.com/freethrowemo

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In the last 5 years, there have been so many bands making emo music relevant again – Moose Blood, Modern Baseball, Sorority Noise, and Daisyhead, to name a few. What sets them apart from the rest is that the records they release are reminiscent of those released in 2007, when emo was at its peak but with a modern twist. Putting Free Throw in a category with bands with such calibre might seem like high praise, however, ‘Bear Your Mind’ is a record that can really stand up with the best of them.

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ALBUM: Create To Inspire – Sickness

Release Date: May 26th 2017
Label: Basick Records
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/createtoinspireuk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/createtoinspire

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Stop 2017 and give the award for the most cathartic album of the year to Create To Inspire. The band’s debut album, ‘Sickness’, is a meditation on depression, anxiety, and misfortune that throws unconstrained emotion against a wall of screeching guitars, and comes away with something that is both tantalisingly real and incredibly pessimistic. Let’s just say that you won’t be spinning this one at your wedding.

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ALBUM: Defences – With Might And Main

Release Date: May 26th 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.defencesofficial.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/defences
Twitter: www.twitter.com/defencesband

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In ‘With Might And Main’, Hertfordshire based alt-metal band Defences have made a well-rounded debut that shows thoughtfulness and a serious abundance of talent. For that we’re grateful, because it’s been a long process. Cherry Duesbury, the lead vocalist of the five-piece, attested to this earlier in the year, “This album is the product of years and years of hard work. It was tough, and there were times I wasn’t sure if it would ever be finished, but we did it, and I am so proud of the end result.”

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