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Matilda’s Scoundrels – As The Tide Turns: Album Review

““As the Tide Turns” is quite the jump up from the “Crowley’s Curse” single last year and their split release with fellow Hastings punks The Barracks. Usually, I’ve found Matilda’s Scoundrels to be better live than on record, and although they perhaps still are, this album does their song-writing and energy a lot more justice. For a while, I’ve been after recordings that match the high energy of “Pissheads Anthem” and “Folk Shit Up”, but instead we now have an album’s worth of songs that trump them completely and with plenty of sing-along hooks and segments to rock out to. “

For the fans of: The Lagan, Mick O’Toole, Roughneck Riot

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Grand Collapse – Along The Dew: Album Review

“Along The Dew” is a brilliant album, showcasing how good the DIY scene in UK punk is right now. The Welshmen can be proud of a release that does more than just create chaos like a lot of their peers, as musically its offers the hint of diversity needed to hook in more than just punk elitists. This is an album that shows Grand Collapse can fit perfectly into the punk scene with bands such as Pizza Tramp and Revenge of the Psychotronic Man. But at the same time, the Cardiff lads would also do phenomenally, touring with the likes of Bono, Broken Teeth and Knuckledust. My only regret is having waited so long to check this record out. “

For the fans of: Darko, Riggots, Throwing Stuff, Pizzatramp

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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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Synaptik -Justify & Reason: Album Review

As a whole, “Justify & Reason” is thus a solid release that combines multiple hooking factors, making it appeal to various tastes. The ferocious side is there for the true headbanger, the awesome vocal talent for the listener that loves to sing along, and the impeccable musicianship for those that like to swing an air-guitar and -drum. Production-wise, this is a massive step up from Synaptik’s debut album but the songwriting, too, is much more impressive. These various combining factors make “Justify & Reason” a lot more approachable than its predecessor.

For the fans of: Dream Theater, Mastodon, One Machine

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Riskee And The Ridicule – Blame Culture: Album Review

“Blame Culture” is a fun little surprise find and once I got past the initial “what the hell is this?” phase I found these songs quite enjoyable. The blend of styles is refreshing, though very niche in terms of who might like it. I can imagine some elitists will act negative towards this combination of rap-fronted punk and say “That’s not punk”. But it works as an alternative album. There is a strong British twang and attitude to it, much like TRC has with their laddish-hardcore stance. It just adds to the whole persona of the band and album. It’s one of the factors that makes the band stand out, other than the obvious mix of influences.

For The Fans Of: Slaves(UK), Wonk Unit, Popes of Chillitown, King Blues

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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.”

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Aversions Crown – Xenocide: Album Review

“This is not a diverse album, mind you; “Xenocide” is unapologetically an all-out deathcore record mixed with some modern metal influences. The mood stays ferocious and barely shifts from the tone that “Prismatic Abyss” sets. Individually these are impressive songs that do their job of creating a sense of dread and being sinister pieces of music.”

For the fans of: old-Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Thy Art Is Murder

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Suicide Silence – Suicide Silence: Album Review

Come into “Suicide Silence” with an open mind. Perhaps drop the pre-determined negativity on it too before listening because if you want to hate the album and pick holes, you will find things to pick holes at. This is a different side to Suicide Silence and I truly respect them for giving it a go and showing their talents are expansive. As a whole, I found it more enjoyable to listen to than the past two Suicide Silence albums because of the wider range of musicianship and influences. This is a sign of the growth of a band, not a sign of abandonment to fans.

 For The Fans Of: Korn, Deftones, Killswitch Engage
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WSTR Red, Green or Inbetween: Album review

For an album that borrows a lot from its peers, “Red, Green or Inbetween” comes across as a lot more enjoyable than most other albums like it. Maybe it’s a nostalgic reminder of listening to ROAM’s older material, but I think the raw honesty in the songwriting helps and the delivery of each track just adds to the emotion that floods the album.

For the fans of: Neck Deep, ROAM, New Found Glory

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