Trivium’s ninth, (yes, really) album finds itself in a very interesting position. 'The Sin and The Sentence' was well received, and was accompanied with a monstrous touring cycle backed up by the likes of Code Orange, Power Trip and Venom Prison including an utterly triumphant Brixton Academy show. The question is this: will 'What The Dead Men Say' keep the momentum moving forward rather than careering backwards?
When The Used lit the scene on fire with their self-titled debut album back in 2002, they quickly established themselves as heavyweights. Two years later, 'In Love and Death' followed, catapulting them even further into rockstardom - but more important than the platinum records, high profile tours and hordes of fans, was the sound. What they brought to the table was frenetic, unhinged and dirty in the best way. Bert McCracken’s way with words and knack for manipulation through his emotional and vocal range wrapped listeners around his finger and after years of creative experimentation and many albums, he’s roping us in for another ride with eighth album, 'Heartwork'.
Many bands are trying their hand at creating pop-punk music, and Project Revise have thrown their effort into the mix with the release of their latest EP 'Songs From The Shed'. The five-track EP follows the well-rehearsed formula, but does it score top marks?
The fact that producer Shooter Jennings – son of country music legend Waylon Jennings - gets as much, if not more, attention than Jake Smith for his involvement in The White Buffalo’s sixth full length album, 'On the Widow’s Walk', is a real shame. The album, while not perfect, is an enjoyable slice of Americana that deserves repeated listens and features a couple of tracks that will become live staples.
By revisiting sounds from their back catalogue and fusing them together with novel motifs and soundscapes, Enter Shikari have managed to piece together an album that is ambitious, eclectic, and quintessential Shikari: 'Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible'.
'HUMAN. :II: NATURE.' might prove to be the Finns’ most progressive release to date - it definitely is the most symphonic. To some, the discrepancy between the two “Human” and “Nature” parts may seem like a let down or a disappointment, while to others it may be just what they had been waiting for from Nightwish.
Lockdown latest: day ??? Heads are struggling to be kept above water, lethargy has set in and we stare at the clock, only to watch the minutes move backwards. Someone needs to come along and give us a shot in the arm. Step forward, Strange Bones. Foreseeing the collective lethargy, they've written a followup to 2019's EP, 'Blitz Part 1', and given us 'Blitz Part 2'. Nominative determinism is in full force on this EP, as 'Blitz Part 2's sonic blueprint can only be described as "the blitz".
Just over two years since the release of their critically acclaimed eighth studio album 'Phantom Anthem', August Burns Red are back with their latest release ‘Guardians’ and it appears that they have a bit in their teeth and a fire in their stomachs.
Banishing the panda costumes and burning renegade jerseys alike, 'Wake Up, Sunshine' sees All Time Low look back briefly to their adolescent selves living out their teenage dream, before welcoming a wholesome, newfound sense of belonging in the here and now. It’s this refreshed and rediscovered attitude that has added to the glistening, youthful glow of one of the band’s best record in recent years.
With the backing of Plasterer Records/Wonk Unit’s Alex Johnson, Aerial Salad have found a new sense of relentless purpose and their sophmore album, 'Dirt Mall', could be the making or breaking of their rise towards the DIY glass ceiling.