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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

Hellions – Opera Oblivia: Album Review

“This is an album that will surprise a lot of people, unexpected styles mashed together, perhaps ones you didn’t think would be possible, but they fit in a manner you never knew you wanted. Come into “Opera Oblivia” with an open mind and be sucked into the wide range of emotions. Be ready to have fun, rap along but prepare to get deep and emotional too. Hellions really have outdone themselves with this release.”

For The Fans Of: Deez Nuts, Harm/Shelter, Confession

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

Counterparts at The Camden Underworld, London: Live Review

It’s not every day that the Camden Underworld sells out, but the chance to catch American hardcore favourites Expire play their last ever gig in the United Kingdom was bound to pack the venue out. Not only that but a stellar lineup featuring one of the UK’s most promising hardcore acts in Renounced, Knocked Loose, who were playing London for the first time, Somerset melodic hardcore outfit, Landscapes and Canada’s hottest hardcore act Counterpartsto close the night off, there was high expectations for this night from the start.

This was a show that was up there as one of the best I’ve seen all year, each set grabbed my attention. Renouncedcontinue to impress with each show, Knocked Loose proved to be a force to be reckoned with, Landscapes unleashed a emotion like no other, Expire were mind blowing and it’s a massive shame this was the last time we’ll get to see them. Counterparts being on two 10/10 shows of the year is no coincidence, both times they were a real highlight. Next time they come back to the UK, be there.

Read the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

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