Albums/EPs

EP: Spiritbox – Spiritbox

Release Date: October 27th 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/spiritboxofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/spiritboxband

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Stepping down from their position in quirky and arguably avant-garde metalcore outfit iwrestledabearonce, who notably toned down on their obscurities and refined themselves with 2015’s ‘Hail Mary’, vocalist Courtney LaPlante and guitarist Mike Stringer have got themselves hitched in more ways than one, in both a marriage and unveiling their own project together: Spiritbox.

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EP: Cursed Earth – Cycles Of Grief, Volume II: Decay

Release Date: September 22nd 2017
Label: UNFD
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cursedearthwa
Twitter: www.twitter.com/cursedperth

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Continuing on with their dread ridden ‘Cycles Of Grief’ series, Australian heavy hitters Cursed Earth have returned with the second instalment, ‘Volume II: Decay’, following-up on the debut helping ‘Volume I: Growth’, which the band put out back in August (you can read our review of that here).

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EP: End – From The Unforgiving Arms Of God

Release Date: September 8th 2017
Label: Good Fight Music
Website: None available
Facebook: www.facebook.com/listentoend
Twitter: None available

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You may be asking yourself, “Who are End?” Well, End are a stupidly heavy supergroup. Vocals are covered by Brendan Murphy (Counterparts), guitars are taken up by Will Putney (Fit For An Autopsy) and Greg Thomas (Misery Signals), bass duties are provided by Jay Pepito (Reign Supreme), and completed with drums from Andrew McEnaney (Structures). Not a bad line-up, eh?

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ALBUM: The Darkness – Pinewood Smile

Release Date: October 6th 2017
Label: Cooking Vinyl
Website: www.thedarknesslive.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thedarknessofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thedarkness

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If you’re anything like me, you won’t have properly listened to The Darkness (save for accidentally turning into a Christmas countdown show) since their debut ‘Permission To Land’ first skyrocketed up the charts in 2003, and brought us such memorable TV moments as a man in a chicken suit on Top Of The Pops, or that same man in a music video having a bath on prime-time TV.

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ALBUM: I The Mighty – Where The Mind Wants To Go / Where You Let It Go

Release Date: October 20th 2017
Label: Equal Vision Records
Website: www.ithemighty.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ithemighty
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ithemighty

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Progressive rock, for many people, conjures up images of dreary 12-minute introductions on pretentious concept albums that your bearded friend who drinks imported Pabst Blue Ribbon pretends to understand. If this is how you feel about the genre, then California’s I The Mighty are certainly an interesting prospect.

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ALBUM: Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life

Release Date: September 29th 2017
Label: Dirty Hit Records
Website: www.wolfalice.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wolfalicemusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/wolfalicemusic

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London’s Wolf Alice have been making a name for themselves since forming in 2010. Originally set out as an acoustic duo consisting of Ellie Rowsell (vocals/guitar) and Joff Oddie (guitar), the pair eventually decided to add electronic elements to their sound, and soon became a four-piece. After a couple of line-up changes, Theo Ellis and Joel Amey were recruited on bass and drums respectively.

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ALBUM: Thousand Below – The Love You Let Too Close

Release Date: October 6th 2017
Label: Rise Records
Website: www.thousandbelow.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thousandbelow
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thousandbelow

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As debut albums go, Thousand Below‘s really packs a punch. What is most impressive about this record is that it fits in with the ever-growing, popular genre that is post-hardcore, yet it still feels fresh, enticing, and fun. For a band that only formed a year ago, to create an album like ‘The Love You Let Too Close’ is really quite brilliant.

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ALBUM: Jamie Lenman – Devolver

Release Date: October 27th 2017
Label: Big Scary Monsters
Website: www.jamielenman.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jamielenman
Twitter: www.twitter.com/jamielenman

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To put it bluntly, and to cut to the chase straight out of the gate, there are seldom singer/songwriters and artists out there who can with ease, finesse, and great aplomb pull out pretty much any genre, sound, or style quite like Jamie Lenman.

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ALBUM: Citizen – As You Please

Release Date: October 6th 2017
Label: Run For Cover Records
Website: www.citizentheband.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/citizentheband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/citizenmi

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In what has only been a short career, Ohio’s Citizen have released two solid albums and acquired a big fan base in only a matter of years. It could be argued that bands such as themselves and Basement were once perhaps placed in a somewhat ’emo’ category à la Brand New. However, ‘As You Please’ sees the band move on from this idea. The record sees the band perfectly blend what was good from their previous records – 2013’s ‘Youth’ and 2015’s ‘Everybody Is Going To Heaven’ – with a touch of experimentation, to make what is their best album so far.

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ALBUM: Makeout – The Good Life

Release Date: September 29th 2017
Label: Rise Records
Website: www.makeoutofficial.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/makeoutofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/makeoutofficial

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Young pop-punk bands (with a stronger emphasis towards pop) have been cropping up more and more in recent years, with 5 Seconds Of Summer breaking out of Australia and subsequently taking over the globe after touring with One Direction, and As It Is steadily climbing the ladder.

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