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Siberian Meat Grinder – Metal Bear Stomp

“Metal Bear Stomp” is thus a fun release with tracks that are more designed for the live experience than to sit and listen to at home. Each track has the intention to get your blood pumping, to get you rocking and losing your voice to the numerous shout-outs. The quality of the songwriting and the production has improved since the previous releases, as expected, and the album is heavier and more aggressive than past material, while it still remains incredibly hooking.

For the fans of: Municipal Waste, Suicidal Tendencies, Slayer

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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

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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

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

Justice For The Damned – Dragged Through The Dirt: Review

“The diverse structure of the album goes from the all-bruiser style of a song like “Beyond the Pale” to the masterful and thought-provoking musicianship heard in a song such as “It Will Always Be My Fault” which, while it has those crushing riffs, presents a mixture of shredding leads and rather beautiful solo melodies. Where I do struggle with this album is that the black metal side is quite overpowering and gets a bit tedious after a while. I love the all-out ferocity; the metallic hardcore elements truly win me over and there are moments that make me want to lose my shit. But the droning parts just go on a bit too long and essentially just don’t do it for me. I respect the fresh idea of trying something that I’m pretty sure hasn’t been done before, and I can imagine that this “twist” on hardcore and metal is actually going to be very popular. Personally, I’m just not ready to fully embrace it yet.”

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The Domestics – Cherry Blossom Life: Album Review

“The album itself is rather one dimensional; you hear the first track and you get a strong idea of what the rest of it is going to give you. You get the minor differences in the likes of “Death Trap”, which is more of a groover than a thrasher like “Frustration”, but the core values are very much the same throughout — a simple message of “let’s create carnage”. The flow of the album works solidly in that respect, and it’s a fun listen. I can imagine this lot are incredibly chaotic live and that blood, sweat and tears are all that’s left after one of their shows. However, if you’re after something a bit more creative or diverse than the relentless aggression dispensed here, you may end up disappointed. “

For the fans of: Revenge of the Psychotronic Man, Negative Approach, Casual

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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

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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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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

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