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Album: Balance And Composure – The Things We Think We’re Missing

September 11th, 2013

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Balance And Composure
The Things We Think We’re Missing
Hassle Records
09 September 2013

by Ollie Connors

When the term “stadium rock” is applied to something, it’s predominately in a pejorative sense. It’s a euphemism for blandness, palatability, fit for mass consumption. But stadium rock isn’t always M.O.R. triviality; Brand New headlined Wembley Arena in 2010, and sounded right at home in such a setting. The instant intimacy of the headliners filled the vast venue that night, and proved emotive post-hardcore could still bare its soul in such a characterless environment. With Brand New currently AWOL, a successor is required to take back “stadium rock” from synonymity with banality, and Balance And Composure may just be that band.

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Album: The James Cleaver Quintet – Mechanical Young

May 29th, 2013

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The James Cleaver Quintet
Mechanical Young
Hassle Records
17 June 2013

by Gavin Lloyd

Assuming the UK rock scene was the frozen aisle in your local supermarket (which I’m going to), the likes of You Me At Six and Lower Than Atlantis would be the pizzas, you know what you’re getting but still plenty of people of love them. While the likes of Yashin would be the horse-filled Findus ready meals, awful and while hardly household favourites are far more popular than they have any right to be. As The JCQ gear up to release their second album Mechanical Young, they find themselves being the musical equivalent of the beloved treat that is a tub of Neapolitan ice cream.

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Album: We Are The Ocean – Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow

September 27th, 2012

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We Are The Ocean
Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow
Hassle Records
17 September 2012

by David Keevill

We Are The Ocean aren’t strangers to change. 2011’s Go Now and Live saw the band playing with a sound that accentuated the band’s harsh but melodic core, most notably in reducing then-vocalist Dan Brown’s screams to fit a dynamic dual vocal interplay between himself and sweet-noted crooner Liam Cromby. This switch in direction made last year’s outing one of the more interesting releases to erupt out of the hardcore world. With the departure of Brown leaving Cromby as sole vocalist, WATO have retaliated from this incredibly tenuous position and have released a masterclass in versatility.

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Album: Cancer Bats – Dead Set On Living

April 30th, 2012

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Cancer Bats
Dead Set On Living
Hassle Records
16 April 2012

by Tom Dare

We quite like Cancer Bats (had you noticed?). In fact there aren’t many bands that quite so many of us agree are fucking brilliant. At their best (Hail Destroyer), they are in that “so exciting you’re in real danger of injuring yourself” bracket that precious few bands in any era have managed. So if Dead Set On Living is as good as we know they’re capable of, this could get frothy.

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Cancer Bats’ new video for ‘Sabotage’ gives us a raging hard-on

February 17th, 2010

Let’s just get straight down to business: the almighty Canuck quartet, Cancer Bats, have released a video to their actually-pretty-fucking-awesome cover of the Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage’. And in the the few minutes before some wise-ass makes a copy of it and uploads it onto YouTube, all you need to do to see it is spread the word via your Facebook or Twitter account.

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Album: Rolo Tomassi – Hysterics

July 18th, 2008

This is a WORLD EXCLUSIVE REVIEW of one of the most hotly anticipated debut record releases of 2008. Read all about Rolo Tomassi’s fantastic first full-length record, Hysterics, right here. It’s quite some journey.

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Rolo Tomassi
Hysterics
Hassle Records
22 September 2008

by Raziq Rauf

There once was a band from Sheffield who released an album in 1987 called Hysteria. That was Def Leppard. They went on to sell over 21 million copies of that record and the rest, as they say, is rock history. [Read more →]

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