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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

 

Brutality Will Prevail – In Dark Places

“In terms of how this compares to the previous album, I feel tracks don’t stand out as much when you play the whole album. On “Suspension Of Consciousness” there was more variety in styles used; Hardcore, metal, stoner rock and even some shoegaze. On “In Dark Places” only the moshy two-step vibe mixed with relaxed heavy hooks is really pushed to the forefront. This is still a decent follow-up release, though. It’s an album full of tracks that will have you moving and banging your head. While the previous album showed more musical progression and talent, this one will appeal to the older fans who simply like their hardcore riffage. “

For The Fans Of: Breaking Point, Hang The Bastard, Code Orange, Coldburn

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

BONO! – No Escape: EP review

“Production wise this isn’t the strongest, but it works towards that DIY hardcore appeal. The gritty sound just adds to the gritty atmosphere the music unleashes. The only downside to the EP as a whole is that the best track is leading single, ‘No Escape’, and sadly it’s the shortest song out of the four at just over a minute long. I can’t tell a band how to write, but their “balls to the wall” sing along anthems with a punchy attitude is certainly their strongest point. I’d love more of that.”

For fans of Salt Wound, Belief System, Hardout, Adjust, Beer Money

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Body Count – Bloodlust: Album Review

“I think Body Count has released one of the most important albums of the year in terms of song topics. It’s not the first album to touch on them, after all in ‘Black Hoodie’ Ice-T claims he’s been rapping about police brutality for over 20 years. But, the world is in such dire straights that it still needs to hear these messages. Musically, ‘Bloodlust’ is solid. The influences from the likes of Slayer and Suicidal Tendencies stand out like a sore thumb, especially with a pretty decent ‘Raining Blood’ cover midway through the album. As a whole, the album features a simple formula to make a listener want to rock out that works in a way to keep you entertained because the lyrics are so profound. I have possibly found my favourite album of the year.

For fans of : Slayer, Public Enemy, Suicidal Tendencies, Rage Against The Machine

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Deez Nuts – Binge & Purgatory: Album Review

“This is the album that I think ‘Word Is Bond’ wanted to be, it’s a step up as a hardcore album. It takes us back to the roots of hardcore. ‘Word Is Bond’ was “In your face” and intense, ‘Binge & Purgatory’ takes a step back from being heavy for heavy sake and looks at the musicianship in a more calculated manner. In no way do I mean it’s technical, but the riffs and grooves, the two-step rhythms are more pleasing to the ear. It’s heavier yet more melodic, and in some ways that makes this a more appealing listen than the previous effort from the Aussies.”

For fans of: Your Demise, Stick To Your Guns, Lionheart,  Grove Street Families

Read the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Hellions – Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton: Live Review

“As headliners, Hellions did their job at stealing the show, though it helped that they had the crowd for it. It’s harsh to be overly negative to the support for not warming up the crowd sufficiently when barely anyone was there. But I don’t think they were the right bands for the lineup, as two melodic hardcore bands supporting a highly energetic band such as Hellions is an interesting booking, to say the least. Talent-wise, both opening acts were solid, showing some great technicality and passion, though, and given the right audience and less technical difficulties, both bands could put on some epic performances. Hellions, however, were the most entertaining I’ve seen them thus far.”

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

DEEZ NUTS/COMEBACK KID – O2 ISLINGTON ACADEMY, LONDON: Live Review

It was a fantastic show. There were plenty of great sets and real show highlights. Deez Nuts were fun like they always are live and I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of their new album. Comeback Kid were on fire judging from the reactions and Get The Shot impressed me a lot. For a first time in London, they came close to stealing the show. It’s just a shame that the ugly moments of the night are the real talking point.

Read the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Code Orange – Forever: Album Review

‘Forever’ is an album that breaks the boundaries of hardcore in a spectacular way. It’s weird because this album doesn’t quite meet my exact tastes in the genre, but I can appreciate the way it differs from the meat and potatoes mould of the genre. ‘Forever’ pulls in a variety of styles to appeal to different tastes and to just keep things interesting is a massive win for Code Orange. It’s a brutal release, but also very clever. it’s something the Pittsburgh lads were experimenting with on their 2014 release ‘I Am King’, only this time it appears that Code Orange have mastered this diverse style of hardcore.

For fans of: Oathbreaker, Harms Way, Brutality Will Prevail

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

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