Author Archives: Stuart Iversen

With a Masters in Journalism and a love of all things heavy, I am basically spending my life trying to find work to fund my music habit, the more the two overlap the better.
Converge - The Dusk In Us

Review: Converge – The Dusk In Us

Trying to capture the power of Converge in mere words is a tough task. They are a million different things, and nearly every single one of them is challenging and complex. They’re extreme and yet beautiful. Heavy and yet light. And while many of their peers struggle to deal with old age they have nailed their evolution. They’re adapting to ...

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The Black Dahlia Murder - Nightbringers

Review: The Black Dahlia Murder – Nightbringers

The Black Dahlia Murder have long been one of heavy metal’s underappreciated gems. For over fifteen years they have consistently released album after album of punishing and yet melodic death metal that has rarely veered away from being fantastic. Yet, they never quite seem to get the credit they deserve. They are almost too good, and because of that, there’s ...

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Brand New - Science Fiction

Review: Brand New – Science Fiction

Eight years ago Brand New released Daisy into a world that – compared to now – seemed like a pretty calm place. Since then everything has gone a little bit insane, but Brand New have stayed quiet. There has been the occasional tour, but as for new music? Nothing. That is until now. A year after they announced that 2018 ...

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The Bronx - V

Review: The Bronx – V

When The Bronx released their first album in 2003, it was an unhinged slab of genius. Five albums later and few punk bands can lay claim to being half as consistent as this one. Even when they piss off for a few years to make Mariachi music they are brilliant, and a new album from them is like comfort food ...

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Teenage Bottlerocket - Stealing The Covers

Review: Teenage Bottlerocket – Stealing The Covers

Stealing The Covers is a covers album with a difference. Rather than picking songs then they are never going to better, Teenage Bottlerocket have gone back through their career and grabbed tracks from the countless bands they’ve toured with and which your standard fan probably hasn’t even heard of. It leads to a weird situation where you could put this ...

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Best Ex - Ice Cream Anti Social

Review: Best Ex – Ice Cream Anti Social

Formerly known as Candy Hearts, Best Ex is the new project from Mariel Loveland. Except it’s not really a new project but more of a spiritual re-branding as they’ll continue to play Candy Hearts material. Whatever you call it, they’ve dropped their first EP, Ice Cream Anti Social, which sees them move away from bubblegum pop punk and into straight up pop ...

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Malevolence - Self Supremacy

Review: Malevolence – Self Supremacy

Take a hardcore band, lock them in a room with Pantera’s discography (apart from that Kiss inspired stuff at the beginning that we don’t talk about) and then shoot them full of sludge. Hey presto, you’ve got Malevolence. And if that doesn’t sound good to you then quite frankly you don’t deserve it. If for some reason you do still ...

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The Dirty Nil - Minimum RB

Review: The Dirty Nil – Minimum R&B

Following the success of their debut album, Higher Power, The Dirty Nil have dipped into their back catalogue to bring new fans a taste of what they were doing before. Minimum R&B takes one new track, a collection of 7 inches, plus the EP Smite and bundles them up into one big batch of alternative rock goodness. The question has ...

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Hellbound Hearts - Film Noir

Review: Hellbound Hearts – Film Noir

Everyone loves a chorus. There are few things better than a song which builds perfectly to that huge moment when everyone comes in together and screams the words back at the band. It’s music at its very best. It doesn’t matter whether it’s pop, rock or R’n’B, a good one makes everything better. However, it is possible to have too much ...

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Taco Hell - Retainer

EP Review: Taco Hell – Retainer

The idea that music has to be perfect is a plague on rock and roll. Over-produced and over-played albums have seen the genre lose its sense of freedom and in 2017 a lot of bands don’t even sound like bands. Instead, they are a selection of perfectly formed pieces slotted together. The flat pack furniture of the musical world. All ...

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