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EP REVIEW: Can’t Swim – Foreign Language

EP REVIEW: Can’t Swim – Foreign Language

There’s a vast number of things Can’t Swim are accomplished at, but if you absolutely had to single one out, it would be their seemingly effortless ability to add groove to every song they write. It’s not just melody, a hook or a catchy riff either, it’s a little bit of magic that takes it far beyond something that’s simply pleasing to listen to.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Gideon – Out Of Control

ALBUM REVIEW: Gideon – Out Of Control

Alabama hardcore quartet Gideon decide to party like its 1999, with a new album that goes for a paddle in the nu-metal end of the musical swimming pool. Does this new direction herald bigger things for the band?

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ALBUM REVIEW: Blink-182 – NINE

ALBUM REVIEW: Blink-182 – NINE

Pop-punk powerhouses Blink-182 balance high energy, hook-worthy sounds and deep, dark, mature tones on latest release ‘NINE’. The album sees Matt Skiba triumphantly return for a second run, serving up some serious vocal prowess, whilst Hoppus honestly deals with dark subject matters and Barker brings heap loads of heavy, percussive drive to NINE’s fifteen tracks.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Being As An Ocean – Proxy: An A.N.I.M.O Story

ALBUM REVIEW: Being As An Ocean – Proxy: An A.N.I.M.O Story

Being As An Ocean are back with their fifth studio album ‘Proxy: An A.N.I.M.O Story’ and are looking to get back on track, after the creative misstep of previous album ‘Waiting For The Morning To Come’.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Sleeping With Sirens – How It Feels To Be Lost

ALBUM REVIEW: Sleeping With Sirens – How It Feels To Be Lost

Ready and raring to return to their heavy roots, it seems Sleeping With Sirens have stamped in the face of an ambush of adversities. From the turmoil of a major label signing to tackling inner troubles, this was the fuel needed to fire up the birth of the band’s sixth studio album ‘How It Feels to Be Lost’. Their most daring endeavour to date, the Sumerian Records release sees Sirens striving to showcase relentless instrumentals, screamed vocals and a raging sense of honesty.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Necronautical – Apotheosis

ALBUM REVIEW: Necronautical – Apotheosis

The rising stars in UK black metal, Necronautical, have returned with their third full length, ‘Apotheosis’. Building on the strengths that caused their spike in underground popularity, the quartet have delivered a strong follow-up to 2016’s ‘The Endurance of Night’.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Tool – Fear Inoculum

ALBUM REVIEW: Tool – Fear Inoculum

It’s prog metal Christmas, as legends Tool return with their long awaited fifth studio album. Can it live up to their storied creative legacy?

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Murder Capital – When I Have Fears

ALBUM REVIEW: The Murder Capital – When I Have Fears

The Murder Capital achieve two vitally important things with ‘When I Have Fears’. The first is an undeniably accomplished debut album. The second is the ability to make a prominent punk record that invokes a strong sense of feeling, proving The Murder Capital have stepped into the spotlight with their best foot forward.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Press Club – Wasted Energy

ALBUM REVIEW: Press Club – Wasted Energy

Press Club took the UK by storm in April on a tour that included sold out shows and festival slots, can they keep pushing forward with their sophomore album ‘Wasted Energy’?

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ALBUM REVIEW: Pijn & Conjurer – Curse These Metal Hands

ALBUM REVIEW: Pijn & Conjurer – Curse These Metal Hands

Forming for a project at ArcTanGent in 2018, the members of Pijn & Conjurer have unleashed one of the best surprise releases of the year. Described by ArcTanGent organiser, James Scarlett, as “like Baroness playing Pink Floyd,” ‘Curse These Metal Hands’ combines driving riffs and gang vocals with moments of crushing power and peaceful reflection.

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