Author Archives: Shaun Brown

Self-proclaimed sarcasm extraordinaire and lover of alternative music in all its forms. Prone to bouts of alcoholism and a sucker for 80's power ballads.
WSTR – Red, Green or Inbetween

Review: WSTR – Red, Green or Inbetween

Bandwagon jumping has long appeared preferable to trendsetting in the world of pop-punk, and with debut record Red, Green or Inbetween’ it appears that Liverpudlian quartet WSTR have very little desire to break the mould. Comparisons with Neck Deep have haunted this band since their inception and to be frank it’s clear to see why. The vocal tone of frontman Sammy ...

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Review: King 810 – La Petite Mort or a Conversation with God

When you think of America’s most desirable locations in which to take a well-deserved summer holiday, it’s rather unlikely that Flint, Michigan would be amongst the leading candidates. Often regarded as one of the most violent cities in the US, this breeding ground of unrest has given birth to a living, breathing, pissed-off powerhouse in the form of King 810. ...

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Cold Years - Death Chasers

Review: Cold Years – Death Chasers

Another day, another up and coming British band trying to elbow their way past the competition on a quest to rise to the upper echelons of the national rock scene. On this particular occasion we’re faced with an anthemic, punk-tinged, quintet going by the name of Cold Years. Hailing from Aberdeen and taking more than a couple of cues from ...

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Review: Marsh Dweller – The Weight Of Sunlight

Solo projects are by their very nature, terrifying prospects for us reviewers. For every wonderfully talented multi-instrumentalist there are a dozen egotistical, jack-of-all-trades master of none style musicians longing for admiration to feed their own sense of self importance. Thankfully Marsh Dweller, the brainchild of Pittsburgh native John Owen Kerr, comfortably falls into the first of these two categories. With ...

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Review: Beansidhe – Mónt

It feels rather strange to say that a band 17 years into their career could be on the verge of a breakthrough. Then again, Swiss metal merchants Beansidhe aren’t your average band. With a minimal output since their inception in 1999 coupled with a reluctance to perform live, what we have here is a group of musicians who have been ...

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Review: Fallen To Flux – Transitions

Fallen To Flux, the latest in a long line of hopeful up-and-comers from London’s burgeoning underground rock and metal scene, are an odd proposition. On the surface everything appears to be pretty cut and dry, with some ‘Straight Outta Slam Dunk’ pop-rock melding harmoniously alongside some distinctively early-noughties metal. Delve deeper into the bowels of the record, however, and you’ll ...

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Review: Barb Wire Dolls – Desperate

To say that the past year has been a mixed bag for the world of alternative music is a bit of an understatement. For all the fantastic new records and live performances that have overloaded our collective senses, we’ve witnessed the passing of some of the most influential and legendary figures the industry has ever produced. Perhaps the greatest of ...

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