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Goldinger – The Knife: Album Review

“The album is so infectious that there are several tracks that could stand out as anthems, there are plenty of sing-along segments in songs such as ‘Beacon’ and moments that make you want to dance around in the up tempo, brass heavy ‘Who’s Laughing Now’. Comparing this release to previous albums, it’s more memorable than 2008’s ‘Hello Destiny’ was, though musically next to nothing has changed. This is Goldfinger doing what they do best; writing chirpy hooks designed for an enjoyable live atmosphere, where you either lose your voice or end up with sore feet at the end of a show from dancing so much.”

For fans of: Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Zebrahead, Big D and the Kids Table

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here


24 Hour Punks – Why We Fight: EP Review

“This was a lot more angst-ridden than I was originally anticipating judging from the names involved, but in no way is it any less awesome, it’s a solid few tracks that makes me want to find out what this sounds like live. From the sounds of things, there is only a one-off night to catch 24 Hour Punks perform, a charity event (information here). Though in all honesty if this became a more regular thing, I’d be happy to hear more of what’s on offer from this great bunch of musicians.”

For fans of: The Filaments, The Distillers

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Trapped Under Ice – Heatwave: Album Review

“What’s different is that there are no real anthems, lacking the singalong hooks. The album is mostly ‘balls to the wall’ energy, the style of youth crew hardcore and almost rappy style vocals has gone. Trapped Under Ice has stripped back a lot of their elements, boasting standard beats and grooves topped off with outright aggression, and “Move” has some monstrous riffs. Yet Trapped Under Ice have pushed for a more progressive sound compared to what we are used to from them, adding some instrumental segments and brandishing more technical prowess on the guitar front, meaning we get countless solos; “Other Side” is a good example of this. It’s a solid comeback from the Baltimore lads, though not quite what I expect. Some say that “Heatwave” is boundary pushing for the genre, but I disagree, it just feels more traditional and a return to roots of hardcore if anything.”

For The Fans Of: Turnstile, Angel Dust, Cruel Hand, Backtrack, Down To Nothing

Find the full review at here

Silverstein – Dead Reflection: Album Review

“After being around so long, you would think that a band might have lost their edge, with Silverstein it’s far from it. The music is still an expression for them to explain their pain. They sound as strong as they did in the early 2000s, just with more talent and experience in utilising different moods. The dynamic is as regular as you’d expect from the Canadians, and perhaps at first you get that negative response of “this is just the same old Silverstein. But, the more you listen to the album, the more your view on how you say that sentence changes. This is the same old Silverstein in such a positive way, to the point of reminding me why I loved this band to begin with. From the outright aggressive side to the sombre and melodic, to the full on sing along catchiness, this album has it all in the realms of the genre, and even shows other genres how it’s done.”

For fans of: The Used, Senses Fail, Funeral For A Friend

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Miss May I – Shadows Inside: Album Review

“Six albums into a ten-year career, that’s a lot of churned out music and Miss May I don’t seem any bigger than they were five years ago. Though, with this latest release, it’s certainly one to take notice of the Ohio outfit again. Miss May I still has something to offer, and it’s clear that moving towards a straight up metal style is working more in their favour than leaning towards the constantly fluctuating metalcore scene. There are elements of both core and metal, but the shreds and fiddly little hooks are something that even Megadeth would be proud of. “

For The Fans Of: Darkest Hour, Bury Tomorrow, Texas In July

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Miozan – Surrender Denied: Review

“”Surrender Denied” is a nice introduction to Miozan for me and likely a whole new generation of hardcore fans; it just oozes the true spirit of the genre. The core sound stands out like a sore thumb compared to the likes of genre leaders Terror in terms of lacking real vicious intent like most modern hardcore bands, but at the same time, these pioneers of European hardcore still fit in right at home with the rest. They have not lost their hunger in the slightest and I can imagine their shows are just as chaotic now as they ever were. “

 For The Fans Of: Wisdom In Chains, All For Nothing, No Turning Back
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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 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 here

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