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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

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

 

Wage War – Deadweight: Album Review

“Does this album differ from the debut? It doesn’t really. In fact ‘Deadweight’ picks up brilliantly where its predecessor left off. ‘Stitch’ was among one of the first songs written on the heels of ‘Blueprints’, perhaps just bringing more of the same with more aggression. The album delivers a fresher approach to metalcore, perhaps by being more “metal” than a lot of Wage War’s peers. This certainly helps them stand out from the mix. The teamwork between Bond and Quistad is seamlessly throughout and is a real hooking factor to the album along with the urgency in attitude from a song such as ‘Indestructible’. Wage War continues to be a real game changer for metalcore with yet another impressive release.”

For fans of: Architects, Slipknot, In Hearts Wake

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

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

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 Rockfreaks.net here

Bleed Again – Momentum

The Worthing five-piece combines the brutality of death metal with the raw ferocity of metalcore, drawing a direct influence from the sound that flooded the New Wave of American Heavy Metal scene in the early 2000s. Think of the perfect mix of Chimaira, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage and Trivium. And, while the previous releases have shown glimpses of what Bleed Again can produce, “Momentum” surprises us all with how much the band has grown in just a couple of years.

I came into this album expecting good things, I never quite expected an album this good. While the main metalcore vibe is still the stand out feature on most of the release. Bleed Again have shown more depth with “Momentum”, showing newer influences by getting heavier and softer in their songwriting. With this album, the Worthing lads have revealed great potential on their debut release, leaving an album with the similar calibre to Bury Tomorrow’s earlier albums.

 For The Fans Of: Chimaira, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Trivium
Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

WHILE SHE SLEEPS – CONCORDE 2, BRIGHTON

Just days following the release of their third album, ‘You Are We’, Sheffield metallers, While She Sleeps headed to the south coast city of Brighton as part of their extensive tour around the UK. What made this occasion more special was that the iconic Concorde 2 was sold out weeks before the show. This was incredible, considering that two London shows were sold out on this tour, too.

The majority of the set was filled with new material and I felt that this was a downside to the show. The reactions from the crowd were great for each song, but for a set to be dominated by material from an album released a few day prior to the show felt like overkill. I certainly would have expected more than two songs from ‘This Is The Six’. Nevertheless, this was a fantastic performance from the Sheffield crew and they had a very rowdy crowd eating out of the palm of their hands. It was true showmanship and I can only expect the next time they play Brighton will be a bigger venue, such as The Dome.

Read the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

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