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Album: We Are The Ocean – Go Now And Live

April 28th, 2011

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We Are The Ocean
Go Now And Live
Hassle Records
25 April 2011

by Danny Montana

If you think We Are The Ocean aren’t Alexisonfire rip-off merchants then you must be unable to tell the difference between an English singing accent and a heavily affected North American one. By this, I mean you’re an idiot, so shut up.

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Album: Trap Them – Darker Handcraft

February 18th, 2011

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Trap Them
Darker Handcraft
Prosthetic Records
14 March 2011

by Danny Montana

It’s an explosion. It’s a big crunching mess. It’s a hasty cacophony. For your ears, it could a goddamned catastrophe. These might be some of the things that fly through your mind while you attempt to make sense of the blistering onslaught of hardcore/metal crossover that greets you during ‘Damage Prose’ – the opening track to Trap Them’s third album Darker Handcraft.

They are all reasonable thoughts because, thankfully, this record does not get any easier to listen to.

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Album: Times Of Grace – The Hymn of a Broken Man

February 8th, 2011

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Times Of Grace
The Hymn of a Broken Man
Roadrunner Records
17 January 2011

by Raziq Rauf

When Killswitch Engage catapulted themselves to the fore of the metalcore scene they’d helped create a decade ago, there was much promise. That pressure quickly told however, as vocalist/lyricist Jesse Leach left the band soon after their breakthrough, seminal 2002 album Alive or Just Breathing. Virtuoso guitarist (and then-drummer) Adam Dutkiewicz remained, but the inimitable synergy between the two has been missing from the rock scene ever since.

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Album: Every Time I Die – New Junk Aesthetic

October 13th, 2009

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Every Time I Die
New Junk Aesthetic
Epitaph Records
14 September 2009

by Danny Montana

Try talking about Every Time I Die without calling something, somewhere southern-fried (or a permutation thereof) is nigh on impossible. Indeed, talk about something, somewhere that is southern-fried (or a permutation thereof) and it is nigh on impossible not to at least think of either ETID. Or chicken. Obviously.

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Album: Evile – Infected Nations

September 22nd, 2009

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Evile
Infected Nations
Earache Records
21 September 2009

by Mark Eglinton

If this was a popularity contest I’d gleefully slap a “maximum rating” on this sucker and swagger off to The Crobar or somewhere proclaiming it to be the Neo-thrash equivalent of wheel reinvention. That would be lying though, and lying ‘aint my game, no sir.

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Album: Steadlür – Steadlür

May 26th, 2009

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Steadlür
Steadlür
Roadrunner Records
18 May 2009

by Ryan Williams

Kicking off with the sound of someone else’s motorcycle starting and a noodling riff stolen from the ‘80s leading into Sebastian Bach’s long-disowned son shouting some crap about screaming like a demon and crawling on the ceiling, Atlanta, Georgia’s Steadlür set the tone for their album perfectly.

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Album: The Ghost Of A Thousand – New Hopes, New Demonstrations

May 21st, 2009

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The Ghost Of A Thousand
New Hopes, New Demonstrations
Epitaph Records
01 June 2009

by Raziq Rauf

It’s difficult making a follow-up when your first album is universally lauded but people don’t call The Ghost Of A Thousand, “Brighton’s finest,” for no reason. They went into the writing and recording of New Hopes, New Demonstrations knowing exactly what they wanted and haven’t they done well.

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Album: Lay Down Rotten – Gospel Of The Wretched

May 21st, 2009

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Lay Down Rotten
Gospel Of The Wretched
Metal Blade Records
08 May 2009

by Sophia Murray

Lay Down Rotten have always certainly known how to bring the noise and they are still doing it with their latest effort – Gospel Of The Wretched. There are all the ingredients of what makes a fine album here. Just track after track of nothing but fierce, fast, furious, undiluted heavy metal.

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Album: Zao – Awake?

May 21st, 2009

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Zao
Awake?
Ferret Records
04 May 2009

by Chris Cope

In days of fickle audiences and record labels who are increasingly likely to hawk up and spit out bands, reaching the ten album milestone is a feat to be celebrated. Three cheers then for Zao, with the prolific American metallers releasing their tenth LP, Awake?.

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Album: The Boy Will Drown – Fetish

May 21st, 2009

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The Boy Will Drown
Fetish
Earache Records
18 May 2009

by Luke Morton

UK metal is growing stronger and heavier by the day with the current influx of new and more exciting bands being signed to some of the best metal labels today and The Boy Will Drown are no exception. Fetish is the debut album from the Norwich extreme metallers and takes the genre to a new level. Fusing aspects of death metal, tech and grindcore, this LP is sure to impress any metal fan.

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