Album Reviews

Stone Sour -Hydrograd

Review: Stone Sour -Hydrograd

Stone Sour’s highly anticipated sixth album Hydrograd is set for release this week (30th June). Being the band’s first album since the departure of guitarist, Jim Root, it was difficult to know what to expect. Opening track ‘YSIF’ instantly becomes comical with opening line “Hello you bastards”, before going into a heavy, instrumental opening to the album. The track is quite ...

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Contra - Deny Everything

Review: Contra – Deny Everything

Ohio-spawned Contra are a sludge-drenched doom four-piece who pack a groove-fuelled punch and, with the release of their new album, have proven they are hefty contenders within their field not to be messed with. Contra originally started life as a three-piece instrumental outfit comprising of guitarist Chris Chiera (Sofa King Killer), drummer Aaron Brittain (Rue), and Adam Horwatt (So Long Albatross) on a 4-string baritone guitar ...

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Sikth - The Future in Whose Eyes

Review: Sikth – The Future in Whose Eyes?

Sikth, the Hertfordshire sextet have returned from their 2008 hiatus with their first full-length since 2006’s Death of a Dead Day. To state new release The Future in Whose Eyes? is perhaps the most anticipated release of the year would be doing it a large degree of injustice. Since their hiatus the progressive metal/djent movement they are considered the godfathers of ...

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Wednesday 13 - Condolences

Review: Wednesday 13 – Condolences

Joseph Poole, aka Wednesday 13 has created a new album that is as far removed from his previous punk-rock work and comedic spin-off song covers as you can get. If you’re looking for ‘Morgue Than Words’, then you’ve come to the wrong place, but there are certainly ‘Bad Things’ here. This is a far darker and more sinister body of ...

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seafoam

Review: Kamikaze Girls – Seafoam

Kamikaze Girls’ debut record Seafoam is a real treat for those with patience. With a real genre mashing, combining shoe-gaze, grunge and punk-rock. You can guarantee that you won’t get your head around this album in one listen. But go back to it and after a while it starts to make sense. That seems to be what the band wants ...

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Steak – No God to Save

Review: Steak – No God to Save

Steak have been around a little while and done a great job of putting on some seriously good performances that can leave bands they’ve supported looking mediocre. Finally they’ve done some time in the studio and the release of their latest effort ‘No God to Save’ is due Friday. When it comes to awesome festivals like desertfest, they release a ...

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Papa Roach - Crooked Teeth

Review: Papa Roach – Crooked Teeth

It’s been two years since the last album was released by our teenage dark love, Papa Roach and this will be the band’s ninth studio album. So, what’s new? Let’s find out. I’ve said this before and I undoubtedly will again, but when a band releases a statement such as the following; “We really wanted to kind of venture back ...

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Bear 3

Review: Bear – ///

Hailing from Antwerp, Belgium, Bear are a wonderfully diverse four piece playing aggressive prog inspired metal with just enough djent to add low end excitement without becoming yet another Meshuggah clone. So, instant brownie points there. The album’s opener ‘Blackpool’, is far more enjoyable than visiting the British seaside town, and the production on it is about as grimy as ...

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Coltsblood - Ascending into Shimmering Darkness

Review: Coltsblood – Ascending into Shimmering Darkness

A thunderous rumble slowly fades in as Coltsblood’s latest offering announces its presence. The title track of the album is a lumbering work of disgustingly heavy doom metal that builds over a whopping thirteen minutes, slowly layering abrasive guitar effects and distorted bass chords so aggressive they border on being the human discovery of the theoretical brown note. The entire ...

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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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