Author Archives: Stephen stanford

Freelance Journalist. Music reviewer. Quavers aficionado. Spent several years playing in bands and touring, and now enjoying discovering new music. Would achieve a lot more if it wasn`t for my Xbox.
Provoker - The Long Defeat

Review: Provoker – The Long Defeat

If I could describe The Long Defeat in one word it would be atmospheric. This debut five track EP from Provoker is good, very good, and perhaps that is down, in part, to a niggling notion throughout that, as good as it is through speakers and headphones, it very much needs to be seen live to be truly appreciated. And ...

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Johnossi Blood Jungle

Review: Johnossi – Blood Jungle

Johnossi, a seemingly unusual choice for a publication that specialises in rock and metal, but all the same the Swedish duo are renowned for their adaptability and their fifth studio album Blood Jungle is no different. Maintaining their unique framework of blending pop, rock and elements of dance Johnossi have continued to expand on that and, with Blood Jungle, create something ...

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In Flames - Battles

In Flames 2017 UK Tour

With the release of In Flames’ twelfth album Battles last month, In Flames announced a tour of the U.S, Canada and the U.K. After a haul around the States and Canada they come to the U.K in support of Avenged Sevenfold! The U.K leg of the tour starts in Scotland on the 10th of January and will work its way down ...

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In Flames - Battles

Review: In Flames – Battles

Considering that In Flames are a band that have been writing and producing music for 26 years you may be forgiven for wondering how they would keep from stagnating, yet on the verge of releasing their twelfth studio album Battles they are, yet again, showing they have the potential to produce something that is both exciting and engaging. Battles is that rare ...

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bullet for my valentine

Bullet For My Valentine release video for ‘Don’t Need You’

Bullet For My Valentine have marked their move to Search and Destroy/ Spinefarm Records with the release of their new single, and video for, ‘Don’t Need You’. Produced by Colin Richardson & Carl Bown, the track signals the bands intention to continue dominating a scene they’ve made their own. The new video, directed by Ville Jurrikkala (Nightwish, Michael Monroe), depicts ...

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Review: Norma Jean – Polar Similar

Norma Jean is a pretty unique band. There are very few bands that can produce something new over the course of seven albums, inventive and challenging every time. Polar Similar is no different. It certainly has that Norma Jean stamp on it; you can tell it’s them. Be it Cory Putman’s gravely vocals, or the twinge of Southern rock that ...

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Architects Announce UK tour

To celebrate and promote the release of ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’, British metalcore quintet Architects have announced a full U.K tour for November which is set to include their largest ever headline show at Brixton Academy. Tickets are due on general release on May 27 th (10am sale). The dates are: Fri 11 Nov – Birmingham, O2 Institute Sat 12 Nov ...

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ARCHITECTS - All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

Review: ARCHITECTS – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

These are uncertain times. A theme prevalent across Architects latest album, All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us. The seventh studio release makes a new stamp on a genre Architects were so instrumental in building. Bringing new levels of depth, heaviness and unsettling darkness to what many consider a stale genre. Everything about this album deserves your attention. A beautifully worked ...

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Motion City Soundtrack

Motion City Soundtrack – Panic Stations

Motion City Soundtrack return with their sixth studio album and in true form, they continue to maintain their stamp on the genre with the smart and passionate ‘Panic Stations’. Motion City Soundtrack have always been known for their unique song writing style and lyrical quirkiness, and while a lot of that is still present across this album, the follow up ...

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still remains

Review: Still Remains – Ceasing to Breath

Allow me to take you back – Imagine yourself aged 14, picking up a copy of ‘Of Love and Lunacy’ between your sweaty grabbers. With a sense of intrigue you press play. 50 minutes in and your mind (and your ear drums) have been blown! Almost 10 years later it is still an album I put up there as being ...

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