Makky Still Likes To Waffle

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August 2016

Rough Hands – Let Me Win Your Hearts and Minds

Rough Hands have produced a very impressive debut album with no filler. The mixture of styles on ‘Let Me Win Your Hearts and Minds’ is refreshing and it shows maturity in songwriting. On top of that, the transition between each song is just as impressive; like putting puzzle pieces together, each track fits perfectly with the song before and after. The interludes are well placed and give the listener a much need break from listening to the same styles. Nothing outstays its welcome.

For fans of: Brutality Will Prevail, Last Witness, Bastions

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here


Talco – Silent Town: Review

Musically this is such a beautiful album. While not understanding the lyrics does hold me back from truly getting into the brain of Talco‘s songs, the brass is certainly the most hooking feature in the Italians songs. It shines above everything else and it’s so fun and enjoyable to listen to. While I’m not sure if I’d listen to this album the whole way through on a regular basis unless it’s for background music, each song is great in its own right. Not a single song lets the album down, so in a sense, there are no filler tracks on ‘Silent Town’.

For fans of: Ska-P, Streetlight Manifesto, Less Than Jake, Catch 22

Read the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Revenge of the Psychotronic Man – Colossal Velocity: Review

If you want to listen to loud British men enjoying themselves as they deliver angry yet simple punk songs and unload their opinions on how shit the establishment is, then “Colossal Velocity” is for you. What you see is what you get as soon as opening track “To be Frank” kicks in. While the album lacks diversity, it remains enjoyable without overstaying its welcome.

For The Fans Of: Trash Talk, NOFX, The Filaments

You can find the full review at here

Harm/Shelter – Paycheck: Review

“Paycheck” is a nice nod to some of my favourite hardcore artists, touching on the old school 90’s New York scene, and also on some slightly more modern adaptions that mix in hip-hop as well as metal. It’s a nice blend of fun and heavy, enjoyable and angry at the same time. The only real downfall is that the album is over too quickly at just 26 minutes, but I suppose that is just following the traditions of hardcore songs being short.

For The Fans Of: Deez Nuts, Warhound, Grove Street Families

You can find the full review at here


My Boomtown Diary parts 1 & 2

I went to Boomtown fair, the home of diversity when it comes to music. No other festival compares. From reggae and ska to drum n bass and trance. There is something for everyone. I spent a lot my time in the punk stages over the four days. Catching sets from the likes of Leftover Crack, Faintest Idea, The Filaments, Popes of Chillitown and countless others. Below are links to parts 1 and 2 of the festival review which I Did for Broken Arrow Magazine.

Part 1 – Thursday and Friday

Part 2 – Saturday and Sunday



The Decline – Are You Gonna Eat That (Reissue): Album Review

“If it wasn’t for the strong Aussie accent, you would easily mistake The Decline for another Californian punk band that would have been huge in the 90s. And there is no reason that this band can’t be big, Recently I’ve liked variety but The Decline have kept me entertained for the full half hour of this album. Keep note, this band is going places. I’m just gutted it’s taken me five years to hear this album.”

For fans of: NOFX, Pennywise, Lagwagon, MxPx

Read the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here 

Capsize – A Reintroduction: The Essence of All That Surrounds Me: Album Review

“The quartet unleashes a complete throwback to 2005 and the post-hardcore scene that thrived in that time, emulating genre favourites such as The Used and Underoath in the process. Almost as if it is a tribute to both bands. It’s hard to tell if this album is ten years too late, or if this can be a rebirth of a genre that started to fade in the late 00s. With the likes of Underoath making a comeback, Capsize would be perfect tour buddies with this release. “A Reintroduction…” would have been a massive hit when post-hardcore was at its peak, and any fans of that era should love this album.”

For The Fans Of: Underoath, The Used, Saosin

Find the full review at here

Eat Defeat – Time & Tide: EP Review

With this EP, Eat Defeat should be walking onto some pretty awesome tours in the foreseeable future; there is so much potential within the band that they should be performing with the elite – especially if they continue to write such enjoyable, positively charged songs. While these tracks don’t have the heaviness of easycore, the skate punk-element keeps the overly poppy side at bay against cheesiness. Eat Defeat pulls off that balance of angst and joyfulness phenomenally.

For The Fans Of: ROAM, Four Year Strong, New Found Glory

You can find the full review at here

Napoleon – Newborn Mind: Album Review

Four years has been a long time to wait for Napoleon fans but it seems like it was worth the wait. “Newborn Mind” is a vast improvement in production and songwriting from the Exeter lads. What the album does lack is a true anthem to really hook in new fans. But, if metalcore tradition is anything to go by, that will be on the cards for future material. For now, we can just appreciate the incredible musicianship that is currently in store for us.

For The Fans Of: While She Sleeps, Architects, Climates, Polar

Read the full review at here

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