You Me At Six – ‘VI’ (Album Review)

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Learning and growing from past mistakes has always been a running theme in rock music, and You Me At Six are clearly determined to follow that path on VI. Having felt they’d lost their way on last year’s Night People, and fully aware of how quickly the winds of fortune can change in the music business, YMAS decided to Read more…

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Posted on 01 October 2018

Beartooth – ‘Disease’ (Album Review)

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Working under the Beartooth banner, Caleb Shomo has always been up for a fight. His opponent comes cloaked in shadow, has no concrete physical form, and has claimed far too many victims. Its name is depression, the Disease referred to by Read more…

Posted on 18 September 2018

Black Peaks – ‘All That Divides’ (Album Review)

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Some bands are born special. I first came across Black Peaks (then known collectively as Shrine) back in 2014, within a year or so of their initial formation, and it was obvious even then that these guys would go on to achieve big things. Fast-forward past their Closer To The Sun EP, 2016’s beautifully batshit debut album Statues, massive amounts of touring, and more than a few Read more…

Posted on 16 September 2018

Good Charlotte – ‘Generation Rx’ (Album Review)

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After a decade of slogging away as one of the most hated pop-punk bands of all time, Good Charlotte went on hiatus and returned with 2016’s Youth Authority. It was a decent effort, and recognised as such, a promising sign of lessons learnt and extra miles run while sweating blood in the name of self-improvement. At their best, Good Charlotte stood up for the world’s downtrodden misfits – and that positive stance is likely why Read more…

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Posted on 13 September 2018

Thrice – ‘Palms’ (Album Review)

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Thrice have always thrived on diverse creative approaches. Their on-record history has already taken in a set of post-hardcore classics (The Artist In The Ambulance), experimental compositional sorcery (Vheissu), and the all-encompassing masterwork The Alchemy Index. Since the latter epic saw the light of day, Thrice have never quite managed to Read more…

Posted on 12 September 2018

We Were Promised Jetpacks – ‘The More I Sleep The Less I Dream’ (Album Review)

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Here in the UK, two underground festivals stand far above the rest. Every July, 2000 Trees hosts a wealth of alternative bands whose music collectively tends towards the more commercial end of the non-mainstream spectrum, while a month or so later, ArcTanGent ushers about 5,000 people into its grounds for three days of niche acts – especially those fond of Read more…

Posted on 10 September 2018

The Dirty Nil – ‘Master Volume’ (Album Review)

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In 2018, humility has increasingly become a core value embraced and emphasised by guitar-based bands. Cool, calm, and collected confidence reigns supreme over arrogance and obnoxiousness, while mature self-assurance gets prioritised over forceful attempts to prove one’s worth. The Dirty Nil refuse to conform to that particular trend – and while nonconformity is obviously one of rock and roll’s most fundamental values, and they’re far from the first set of rockers to Read more…


Posted on 08 September 2018

Vennart – ‘To Cure A Blizzard Upon A Plastic Sea’ (Album Review)

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Mike Vennart has a reputation for turning musical messes and chaos into moving, engrossing, living and breathing songs. With To Cure A Blizzard Upon A Plastic Sea, he’s at it once again. This album can be chalked up as another success, awarded the latest approving check mark on a list of long-playing releases that date back to his work with Oceansize and Read more…

Posted on 06 September 2018

EMPIRE – ‘Glue’ (Album Review)

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Discovering a band with tons of potential is always a rewarding experience – and EMPIRE (sometimes stylised as EMP!RE) are one such outfit. Over the past six years, these guys have been busy making a name for themselves in the British rock underground and, of course, putting in the work that led to this album’s creation. Glue is the sound of a band who remain a work in progress, albeit one that seems sure to grow into Read more…

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Posted on 04 September 2018

Arcane Roots – ‘Landslide’ (EP Review)

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Although I wrote an entire book about why good bands break up, I didn’t see these circumstances coming. From the sound of it, neither did anyone else. Only two weeks ago, Arcane Roots debuted their first ever experimental electronic set at ArcTanGent, false starts followed by a promising showcase during which Indigo stood head and shoulders above its peers.

“Just say the word, and I’ll go, if that’s what you’re saying…”

Nobody at ArcTanGent was prepared to Read more…

Posted on 02 September 2018