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July 2017

A Waffle About Spiderman: Homecoming

So it’s been a while since I last did a “Waffle” on a film, so why not return with Spiderman: Homecoming? I caught this lastnight, so it’s fresh in my head. I’m going to make this one spoiler free for a change.

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Emmure – Look At Yourself: Album Review

“What this album lacks is an anthem. There isn’t an “R2 Deepthroat” or “Solar Flare Homicide” that stands out above the rest. Apart from the attention-grabbing quips of nu-metal influences, a lot of this album blends into one and is just a strong reminder of the Emmure of old. People will still make the jokes of comparing the guitar tabs to binary code. I was hoping for something fresher, considering all the background changes leading up to the album but I can’t fault the band’s delivery of pure savagery and brutality; they do know how to unleash all kinds of hell. If nothing else, you can always count on Emmure to write songs designed to incite pit carnage. ”

For the fans of: The Acacia Strain, Bury Your Dead, King Conquer

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

First Blood – Rules: Album Review

“The album lacks diversity, but it’s creative within the realms of the hardcore genre. “Rules of Government”, for one, is a pure headbanger; a bit slower and heavier than most of the tracks but a real bruiser all the same. “Rules of Freedom”, on the other hand, is up-tempo and chaotic after about 50 seconds in and if any track craves for a circle pit, it’s this one. “Rules” is thus a decent listen which does its job in causing carnage, but it’s hardly groundbreaking and does get somewhat repetitive. Still, it’s great to see that First Blood has not lost its edge after all these years.”

For the fans of: Hatebreed, Terror, Lionheart

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

Throwing Stuff – Fit, Fine & Well: Album Review

“Most of “Fit, Fine & Well” is pretty samey, sound-wise at least. It’s raw, very low-fi, up-tempo and completely full of angst, like a more aggressive Revenge of the Psychotronic Man or a darker Pizza Tramp. The riff progression at the start of “Steve’s Job” even reminds me of the intro to Revenge track, “Rrose Sélavy (To Make A Toast To Life)”. Not so say of this is a bad thing, just don’t expect any real diversity or obviously different influences thrown into the mix. It’s a solid release that does exactly what it needs to create energy and deliver the right kind messages. ”

For The Fans Of: Revenge of the Psychotronic Man, Pizza Tramp, Gallows, Survival

Find the full review at Rockreaks.net here

 

Sorrow Plagues – Homecoming: Album Review

“While Lovejoy claims Sorrow Plagues and his influences lie within the realm of black metal, it’s not where I’d place “Homecoming”; the album is almost too beautiful to exist in a sub-genre normally considered to be incredibly dark. It’s not a release I can imagine myself listening to regularly; rather, it’s an album you want to stick on and drift off with. The only downfall is that I think the tracks are rather long and drag out a fair bit. Sometimes it works to have long songs if you have enough variety to keep the listener engaged, but while most of “Homecoming” is a pleasant listen, there is a lot of unnecessary repetition on each track. Even so, however, I cannot ignore how impressive the musicianship really is.”

For the fans of: Deafheaven, Alcest

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

 

And The Wasters – State of Repair: EP Review

“I find that the best track on the release is “Lion’s Share” and that it opens the EP with a bang, but the rest of it struggles to make the same impact. Not that they aren’t enjoyable, but it leaves the EP with a bit of an anti-climax in comparison after such a promising start. “State of Repair” features some decent musicianship and song-writing, I just hope the future material is just as bouncy as the opener. The production of the release is not as professionally sounding as a lot of ska releases I’ve heard recently, but the unpolished nature gives it a nice DIY vibe to it. Overall, it’s a good listen, but it hasn’t completely captivated me like Bolshy did earlier this year. The unique addition of folk in the mix helped, I’ve only heard Brighton band, Ratbag pull it off before, maybe it can be a growing trend.”

For The Fans Of: Streetlight Manifesto, Bolshy, Ratbag

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

The Five Hundred – The Veil: EP Review

“”The Veil” is a solid listen, it’s ridiculously heavy in places while the impressive musicianship balances it out from being a heavy album for heavy sake. The fiddly solos, the combination of hard hitting riffs, the impacting drum work and a frontman who can sing epically as well as show his ferocious side. These are great elements of a decent metal band, and this is a nice taster for a new album on the horizon.”

For The Fans Of: Heart of a Coward,Monuments, Betraying The Martyrs, Textures

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

Stone Sour – Hydrograd: Album Review

“There are comments that ‘Hydrograd’ is a backwards step for Stone Sour and that the album is one dimensional, far from it, it’s just appealing to more people by appeasing the older fans that prefer the heavier material while still staying strongly within reach of mainstream rock and metal. As weird as it feels to say, Jim Root isn’t missed on this album, Martucci does a grand job in filling his rather big boots and perhaps does a grander job. At times this album reaches a level of aggression that even the debut album didn’t meet. The formula of switching from heavy verse to soft or catchy chorus becomes a little repetetive, but thats the only true negativity I have about the album. Taylor stated that “Our only real idea was to make a kick-ass rock and roll album,”. I wouldn’t consider this a rock and roll album in the traditional sense, but it surely does the job in making you want to rock out.”

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

88 Fingers Louie – Thank You For Being A Friend: Album Review

“The album is a pretty formulaic combination of skate punk and melodic epi-fat punk that would be perfect for a skating game soundtrack. It’s a solid release and a fantastic return from 88 Fingers Louie who have unleashed some proper up-tempo hits to create real live energy.”

For fans of: Flying Frogs, Millencolin

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

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