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Samsara – Bloodlines

““Bloodlines” is an impressive debut from the Arizona act, as Samsara take elements that work from various bands in metalcore and blend them to make their own, solid release. From this EP alone, the band have grabbed my attention and I can only imagine that with hard work the band can improve and grow to be a real metalcore heavyweight over time.”

For the fans of: A Day to Remember, In Hearts Wake, The Ghost Inside, August Burns Red

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

Korn – The Serenity Of Suffering: Review

I remain underwhelmed on a whole by ‘The Serenity of Suffering’ considering the masterpieces Korn have produced in the past, but the signature heaviness hooks me in. There are moments that are designed to destroy arenas with huge pits, and it makes me want to see the chaos. Plus, the guest appearance by Taylor was awesome, could you imagine if that happened in 2005, though? A plus side is that while it doesn’t entice me as much, I can see the progression, to appeal to those who like an epic singalong, it will only make the quintet sound even bigger live than they already do.

For fans of: Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Godsmack

Read the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Halcyon Hope – Onward To Fracture Town: Review

This album reminds me of a time when I really liked emo and post-hardcore, it almost makes me feel nostalgic of the bands I once listened to on repeat. It’s well written, performed well and mixed brilliantly, it’s hard to fault this effort on a whole. The catchy emo vibe is a nice twist, even if it becomes somewhat repetitive six or so songs in. But Halcyon Hope has a way of hooking you back in towards the end.

For fans of Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, Motion City Soundtrack

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Brutal Youth – Sanguine

Brutal Youth showcases their ability to write songs that can create manic live atmospheres, as well as happy go lucky singalongs. The energy delivered within each song is infectious and after just a couple of listens this has become on of my favourite punk albums of the year. If you like any form of hardcore and skate punk, the variety of the influences that the Canadians unleash should have you hooked. More of this, please.

For fans of: (early) The Flatliners, The Unseen, Anti-Flag, Dropthis

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Brave Vultures – I’m Not Coming Back If You’re Not Here: Review

“The punk fan in me prefers the first and last tracks for their skate punk/pop punk nature, catchy vibes and all out fun atmosphere. But the rest of the tracks help showcase all of what Brave Vultures are about, there are some demons that needed to be unleashed and it’s not all fun and games, even if the influences are there. The Essex band can pull off joyful tones and emotional ones nicely, though I do hope for more of the punk-influenced material of future releases.”

For fans of: Taking Back Sunday, Say Anything, Dashboard Confessional

Read the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

High Rise – Left It For Everything: Review

“High Rise stands out by blending sub-genres that have yet to be experimented with on a larger scale. “Left It for Everything” is a well-produced compilation of songs that hook in various tastes in alternative music. It’s mildly ambitious, yet not entirely unique. The heavy material with big hooking choruses harks back to the formula that A Day to Remember popularised, yet the clean singing is less infectiously pop-punk and more in the line of alternative rock — meaning less of the sickly sweet taste in your mouth that pop-punk sometimes leaves.”

For The Fans Of: Beartooth, Architects, The Ghost Inside

Read the full review for Rockfreaks.net here

Stick To Your Guns – Better Ash Than Dust: Review

“‘Better Ash Than Dust’ is a collection of five tracks that set free all kind of passion and emotions that have been built up within the band. Anger seems to be key and Stick To Your Guns don’t bite their tongues lyrically when it comes to their political beliefs, though they never have done. It’s a great effort and I look forward to hearing more when the time comes.”

For fans of: The Ghost Inside, Your Demise, Parkway Drive

Read the full review for Broken Arrow Magazine here

Confessions of a Traitor – Illuminate: Review

“‘Illuminate’ is a solid release from the quintet. The word unique has been used to describe the band, but I don’t recognise it. I notice influences from countless bands in the genres of metalcore and metallic hardcore that have come before them. While She Sleeps and Parkway Drive as just two examples of similar bands that made their names from producing brutal breakdown with incredible melodies, and awesome anthemic choruses. Hopefully,Confessions of a Traitor can follow in similar footsteps. With this EP, they are certainly going in the right direction.”

For fans of: While She Sleeps, Parkway Drive, Bury Tomorrow Bring Me The Horizon (pre-2015)

Find the full review for Broken Arrow Magazine here

Xerosun – This Dark Rage: Review

“For an EP, ‘This Dark Rage’ feels more like an album, five songs in half hour is longer more than you might expect. This is not a bad thing and it certainly doesn’t overstay its welcome. While there is diversity within each song, the formula remains somewhat the same for each song. Kick some ass at the beginning and then wow us in the chorus, it becomes a bit predictable as each song get heavier and more melodic at the same time.”

For fans of: Arch Enemy, Children of Bodom, The Agonist

Read the full review for Broken Arrow Magazine here

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