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August Burns Red – Phantom Anthem: Review

“August Burns Red seems to have a pattern with each album where they are dropping the catchy metalcore anthems such as ‘Meddler’ or ‘Empire’ more and more, there is a lack of sing-along segments that truly stand out. Even the “core” influences don’t truly show anymore; this is far more of a “metal” atmosphere to ‘Phantom Anthem’ than there has on any previous release. In that pattern, the musicianship just feels as if it improves with every album, each instrument just pricks your ears in the best way, from the shreds to the beautiful slow burner moments. August Burns Red have unveiled instrumental versions of the previous couple of albums and I can honestly say I cannot wait to hear those versions of these songs. I have a feeling this release may create a divide though, from those that want a release of all-out bruisers like an album such as ‘Messengers’, to those that appreciate the intricacies.”

For fans of Parkway Drive, Miss May I, In Hearts Wake

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

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Skies In Motion – Life Lessons: Review

“For the first time in a while, for a band that sounds just like other bands in a select subgenre, I’m not bored with the lack of variety and I want to listen to more. For that alone I commend the Derby lads, I’m really impressed with this debut; it’s one of the finest from an emerging UK act I’ve heard in years. I’d love to see them on tours with the likes of August Burns Red, Parkway Drive and While She Sleeps in the future.”

For fans of While She Sleeps, August Burns Red, In Hearts Wake

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Conveyer – No Future: Review

“Stepping up and using a producer takes nothing away from the sound that Conveyer has crafted from previous releases. All it has done is give the band a slightly polished and more professional sound, removing none of the rawness that suits their songwriting so well. This is a ruthless album which takes no prisoners, with each track unloading heaps of passion. What lets the album down, however, is that while there is variety, it’s still quite the blur when you listen to the album in one go. Tracks can fly by and you just don’t notice, yet when heard individually, the tracks are nearly always solid.”

For the fans of: Comeback Kid, Being As An Ocean, Underoath, Reign Supreme

Find the full review at rockfreaks.net here

Ghouls – Run: Review

“Run” is a solid release, full of catchy anthems and impressive musicianship, and the album is a lot more melodic instead of hard-hitting like previous releases. There is a focus on appealing to a greater audience for sure and I think that perhaps we did see this coming, as quite a few of these songs could have easily gone on “Great Expectations, Pt.2”. But the lack of shit-kicking grooves like on “London’s Burning” is rather disappointing to the ska-core fan in me. Still, I can’t deny that I’m impressed with how Ghouls have evolved and created some truly epic songs à la “Disavowal” that deserve radio-play. “

For the fans of: Yellowcard, Neck Deep, Millie Manders

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

Stray From The Path – Only Death Is Real: Review

“This an album that stunned me, I have always expected political stance from the New York outfit, but this is a band that is on a warpath and they want everyone to know. The passion in the vocals has so much fire; the lyrics are so violent, it reminds me of ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ by Eminem, there is just so much hatred in this album. Musically I still love the nod to Rage Against The Machine, the riff work is so close Tom Morello‘s style it’s uncanny. Stray From The Path has unveiled one of my favourite albums of the year I think, without a doubt the most pissed off.”

For fans of Rage Against The Machine, Knocked Loose, Stick To Your Guns, Architects

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Just Say Nay – Shit Out Of Luck: Review

““Shit Out of Luck” is definitely one of my favourite finds of the year. The songwriting is just joyful, but what lowers my rating is perhaps the quality of the EP in terms of production. While I love the raw nature of it, there is a real basement show vibe to this thing and you can tell that this is a band in the early stages of their career, and not quite matching the polished sound of many of their peers just yet. At the same time, however, it sounds just as great as the early works of Skaciety and Lead Shot Hazard. Plus, if you compare it to the releases from Six.Point.Five and Battleska Galactica from the mid-2000s, both of those albums were still great and their production wasn’t anywhere near as good as this.

For the fans of: Skaciety, Lead Shot Hazard, Call Me Malcolm

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

Deference – False Awakening: Review

“‘False Awakening’ is for those that like something heavy and beautiful at the same time, along with technical prowess. Having also checked out ‘XXXVII’, the previous EP, I think the most recent addition from Deference isn’t quite as brutal, that the Southampton lads definitely have pushed for a more adventurous approach, letting the musicianship shine instead creating an EP worth of all out pit starters.”

For fans of Architects, In Hearts Wake, Northlane

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Dream Awake – Don’t Hold Your Breath: Review

“What lets this EP down is that nothing truly makes each song distinctive, apart from maybe the guest appearances. Every song is heavy and melodic, to the point I can’t tell them apart. The melodies, guitar tones and vocals get rather generic, along with the breakdowns and shouting. The formula is there in delivering the right points in metalcore, but there just aren’t many moments that really grab my attention. I think there needs to be a bit more variety in the songwriting to make them stand out against their peers, along with a form of unique selling point.”

For fans of: In Hearts Wake, Faultlines, Napoleon

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

 

Comeback Kid – Outsider: Review

I’ve been a big fan of Comeback Kid for years, with my preference usually edging towards former vocalist Scott Wade because of the masterpiece that was ‘Wake The Dead’. However, this is my favourite album from the Canadian’s since that release, it’s the best release with Andrew Neufeld on and I think the frontman is truly in his element on this album. He shows he can still deliver some of the fire that’s always been there, while unveiling his emotional side and desire to have some fun. ‘Outsider’ for me is a brilliant album and is going into my top 10 for 2017, it’s a fantastic release.

For fans of Stick To Your Guns, Terror, Trapped Under Ice, Turnstile

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

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