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Matilda’s Scoundrels – As The Tide Turns: Album Review

““As the Tide Turns” is quite the jump up from the “Crowley’s Curse” single last year and their split release with fellow Hastings punks The Barracks. Usually, I’ve found Matilda’s Scoundrels to be better live than on record, and although they perhaps still are, this album does their song-writing and energy a lot more justice. For a while, I’ve been after recordings that match the high energy of “Pissheads Anthem” and “Folk Shit Up”, but instead we now have an album’s worth of songs that trump them completely and with plenty of sing-along hooks and segments to rock out to. “

For the fans of: The Lagan, Mick O’Toole, Roughneck Riot

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Neck Deep – The Peace And The Panic

“This album feels a tad fresher compared to previous releases and even their peers, there is a fair level of diversity. From pulling in influences from old-school pop punk classics to the angst in easycore, then coming in with calming acoustic slow burners such as ‘Which You Were Here’ and the uplifting ’19 Seventy Sumthin’’. Tracks such as ‘Heavy Lies’ and ‘Where Do We Go When We Go’ are a much-needed return to the pop punk side of things and return to the Neck Deep I remember from previous releases.

I personally don’t think this album is better than ‘Life’s Not Out To Get You’, that was a very good album. However, the level of diversity keeps me interested in ‘The Peace And The Panic’ without it being too different to previous material, this is still very much a Neck Deep album and one that keeps pushing them to pop-punk greatness.”

For fans of Yellowcard, Simple Plan, Roam

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Wage War – Deadweight: Album Review

“Does this album differ from the debut? It doesn’t really. In fact ‘Deadweight’ picks up brilliantly where its predecessor left off. ‘Stitch’ was among one of the first songs written on the heels of ‘Blueprints’, perhaps just bringing more of the same with more aggression. The album delivers a fresher approach to metalcore, perhaps by being more “metal” than a lot of Wage War’s peers. This certainly helps them stand out from the mix. The teamwork between Bond and Quistad is seamlessly throughout and is a real hooking factor to the album along with the urgency in attitude from a song such as ‘Indestructible’. Wage War continues to be a real game changer for metalcore with yet another impressive release.”

For fans of: Architects, Slipknot, In Hearts Wake

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Makky’s Boomtown Diary parts 1 and 2

The Boomtown diary returns for a third year running, perhaps this time with more added drama than I would have liked, but that just gives me more to talk about. This was a weekend that had some downs but many ups to make up for it….

For a general sum up of my experience. I think out of the three years in attending Boomtown, this was the least enjoyable on a whole. But that’s not to say I had a bad time, I had a fantastic few days following the disastrous Thursday. I saw bands that I loved at their best, and I discovered yet more new acts. Even after the downer this has still been one of the funnest weekends I’ve had all year.

Find the full feature here


Grand Collapse – Along The Dew: Album Review

“Along The Dew” is a brilliant album, showcasing how good the DIY scene in UK punk is right now. The Welshmen can be proud of a release that does more than just create chaos like a lot of their peers, as musically its offers the hint of diversity needed to hook in more than just punk elitists. This is an album that shows Grand Collapse can fit perfectly into the punk scene with bands such as Pizza Tramp and Revenge of the Psychotronic Man. But at the same time, the Cardiff lads would also do phenomenally, touring with the likes of Bono, Broken Teeth and Knuckledust. My only regret is having waited so long to check this record out. “

For the fans of: Darko, Riggots, Throwing Stuff, Pizzatramp

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The Domestics – Cherry Blossom Life: Album Review

“The album itself is rather one dimensional; you hear the first track and you get a strong idea of what the rest of it is going to give you. You get the minor differences in the likes of “Death Trap”, which is more of a groover than a thrasher like “Frustration”, but the core values are very much the same throughout — a simple message of “let’s create carnage”. The flow of the album works solidly in that respect, and it’s a fun listen. I can imagine this lot are incredibly chaotic live and that blood, sweat and tears are all that’s left after one of their shows. However, if you’re after something a bit more creative or diverse than the relentless aggression dispensed here, you may end up disappointed. “

For the fans of: Revenge of the Psychotronic Man, Negative Approach, Casual

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It’s been ten years since August Burns Red released their album, ‘Messengers’, so to celebrate, the metalcore outfit are touring the album that is beloved by many of their older fans. Quite often the United Kindom misses out on these special occasion type shows, but I was stoked that we had the opportunity to witness the momentous occasion before they headed out to mainland Europe. Supporting August Burns Red on the UK leg of the tour was Exeter metalcore act Napoleon.

It was a truly epic performance, I just hope we get the same for ‘Constellations’ in a couple of years because that would be phenomenal.

Read the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

In This Moment – Ritual: Album Review

“‘Ritual’ is a more mature album, it lacks the ferocity from earlier albums, and perhaps the sexy element of the past couple of releases, but it pushes for a darker side of In This Moment. It’s quite the shift, but it feels like an improvement, aimed towards bigger crowds. There are outright catchy rock anthems such as ‘Half God Half Devil’ that will be perfect for metal clubs. This will only hook in a new group of music fan, though it might perhaps alienate those that like their music just raw and heavy, though a song like ‘Roots’ keeps that faith there.

A lot of this reminds me of the direction that Five Finger Death Punch attempted, In This Moment just does it better, incorporating various sub genres into the mix, from industrial to sultry blues rock. Brink and crew still have what it takes to keep things interesting and show some vigour while doing that.”

For fans of: Lacuna Coil, Marilyn Manson, Shinedown, Halestorm

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

King Leviathan – Paean Heretica: Album Review

“Until now, I’ve always preferred King Leviathan live to their studio work, “The Shrine” was really good and had a couple of awesome anthems, but they never quite matched the live energy that is incredibly appealing. “Paean Heretica”, however, is a massive improvement and incredibly alluring with how dark it gets, it’s an album that encapsulates the real King Leviathan aura. Production for this release is a lot crisper, without losing that raw atmosphere that metal sometimes needs. The songwriting feels a lot more ambitious, a real blend of beauty meets the beast, but it works so well and still feels strongly like a King Leviathan release. This is a fantastic debut from the Brighton lads, and far more of an interesting listen than originally expected.”

For The Fans Of: Wretched Soul, Sylosis

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