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ALBUM REVIEW: Morrissey ‘ Low In High School ‘

Since his last album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business in 2014, Morrissey has been without a record label, has toured endlessly, been rumoured to be seriously ill and has allegedly made some dubious comments to the media. Now on November 17th the results of that three year hiatus are released in the form of a new album Low At High School, a classic Morrissey record as good as… Keep Reading

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REVIEW: Shed Seven’s First Album In Sixteen Years Has Been Worth The Wait

The York five-piece unleash their first album since 2001’s Truth Be Told to much anticipation, but does it manage to meet those high expectations? When reviewing the thunderous ‘Room In My House’, which was the first new material to be heard from the band, I said that the track had enough freshness, swagger and energy to set the bar extremely high for their forthcoming fifth album. That bar was indeed… Keep Reading

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Ed Blaney’s Urban Nature feat. Mark E. Smith

For an album that is basically twenty years in the making, you’d be forgiven for expecting there to be a lot riding on it. After many abandoned efforts and other projects, including writing with Mark E Smith for The Fall, and an interesting Smith & Blaney album, Ed Blaney has finally pulled it off, creating a record that features several members of 90s Salford band Trigger Happy, Mark E Smith… Keep Reading

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REVIEW: Knuckle Puck Release ‘Shapeshifter’

It’s been two long years since the Illinois pop-punk group Knuckle Puck released their debut album Copacetic. But now, after the long anticipated wait, their second album Shapeshifter is finally on shelves everywhere. The beginning of the album is the calm before the storm, as ‘Nervous Passenger’ is a short but sweet opening. With vocalist Joe Taylor’s distinct voice ringing out above the more tranquil backing of the band. The… Keep Reading

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Review: Enter Shikari ‘The Spark’

Enter Shikari are a band that have made a phenomenal name for themselves, and with good reason. With their vocalised view on the world, and their punchy riffs, Shikari have gone from playing tiny pub venues to headlining London’s Alexandria Palace. It’s no wonder that their most recent album The Spark has been a very much anticipated wait. Although Shikari have taken a more melodic approach to the new album,… Keep Reading

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We’re all in this together, Walter Trout

We’re all in this together is the latest offering from legendary blues guitarist Walter Trout. The album is due out Friday September 1st and features 14 tracks, thirteen of which Walter Trout wrote, the only one which wasn’t was The Sky is Crying, a song he’d played alongside Warren Haynes at a recent Jazz festival. Warren Haynes isn’t the only guest on this album, it is littered with many big… Keep Reading

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Track By Track Review: Matilda’s Scoundrels’ Debut Album ‘As The Tide Turns’

Hastings band release their debut album and its full of Rum and protest! I’m currently sitting on a train to Brighton and listening to the album for the first time.  I can picture being on a pirate ship full of shanty singing scoundrels who are more like Robin Hood of the sea rather than robbing the good on land.   The 6 piece play standard guitars, bass and drums with… Keep Reading

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Starsailor Make A Triumphant Return With Their Fifth Studio Album – 5*

After only a single listen it’s evident that All This Life is vastly superior than its predecessor, 2009’s All The Plans, which does contain some brilliant songs, but overall was a conflicted, sombre and at times lazy album. The band have clearly had a booster injection or two since then, and the result is a collection of eleven songs that have a welcome mixture of styles. The album opens with… Keep Reading

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Blink 182 return with California … again

Hang on, I hear you ask, didn’t they release this album last year? Well, yes, they did, yet at the same time, no, they didn’t. While 2016’s California could be regarded as something of a misguided missile, this deluxe edition is a more focused piece. For better or worse, the vast majority of the songs here still have that distinctive Blink sound, yet they manage to contain a freshness that… Keep Reading

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Papa Roach – is this their last resort?

The American rockers are about to unleash their ninth studio album on the world, entitled Crooked Teeth. There was once a time when these former giants meant something – seriously – helping to spread the wings of that horribly coined music genre known as Nu-metal. The album opens with ‘Break The Fall’, which I have to say, is one of the stronger offerings on the album. Lead singer Jacoby Shaddix… Keep Reading

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Westworld re-release review

Westworld was recently re-introduced to the wider masses in a new format, packaged together nicely over a much grander scale this time around. I’ll forgive you if you thought I was referring to the recent TV series Westworld, but it couldn’t possibly be any further from the truth. Westworld is a post-punk belter of an album from Theatre Of Hate. The album, which was produced by Mick Jones of The… Keep Reading

The Greasy Slicks 'Manipulator'
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Album Review: The Greasy Slicks

Many young bands manage to put on powerful and engaging live shows in front of small but loyal fan bases, yet when it comes to recording and releasing that first batch of songs, this is the real litmus test to show ones quality and metal. The Greasy Slicks can be proud of their melody-rich mature sounds which, despite their youthful appearance, packs an abundance of experience and energy into the… Keep Reading

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Andy Bennett Thinkin’ Drinkin’ Singin’

Andy Bennett releases his first solo album, Thinkin’ Drinkin’ Singin’, since his decision to leave Ocean Colour Scene behind in 2015, consisting of a collection of ten new songs with glorious threads of The Beatles throughout. ‘Hole in the Road’ opens up the album, which is an infectious, tantalising ballad-like slice of musical and lyrical poetry. It basks in warmth and sincerity, while the strings add an idyllic fullness. If… Keep Reading

Metallica Hardwire To Self-Destruct
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ALBUM REVIEW: Metallica ‘Hardwire To Self-Destruct’

Making my way up to London, Mayfair for the secret album playback I was feeling a mixture of feelings. Would their new album take me back to the good old days or would they be carrying on from post Metallica’s black album which, hands up is where my love for Metallica was lost. The atmosphere of the room was on edge as many writers, reviewers and long-time fans took their… Keep Reading

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ALBUM REVIEW: Peter Doherty ‘Hamburg Demonstrations’

Worth the wait: Peter Doherty returns with his new release “Hamburg Demonstrations” Some things are worth waiting for, and this certainly rings true for Peter Doherty’s new album, his first solo release since 2009’s Grace/Wasteland. First announced on September 27th, the new album was recorded, mixed and produced by Johann Scheerer at Clouds Hill Recordings in Hamburg, Germany. In light of Doherty’s tumultuous past, his fans have by no means had an… Keep Reading

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ALBUM REVIEW: Slaves ‘Take Control’

Kent-duo Slaves unleash their second album, ‘Take Control’, but is it up to scratch? Following up a Mercury-nominated début album is never going to be an easy task, especially with a lot of people already doubting the band’s capabilities, labelling them as fake, repetitive and having nothing left to offer. That’s not entirely accurate. The best way to open up a new album and blow away any lingering doubt is… Keep Reading

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Album review: The Cadillac Three “Bury Me In My Boots”

Southern Rock from Nashville – smooth and gnarly sounding album This is not a country record like you know it. This is a gnarly and smoothed down southern rock album, that reminds me of Slash’ Snakepit in a drunken bourbon pit after the lights go out. Plus: Jeff Buckley, anyone? Recorded at Sound Emporium and Blackbird studios in Nashville, Tennessee, this is an atypical country/southern rock band, that sounds a… Keep Reading

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Holy Esque – “At Hope’s Ravine” Album Review

Holy Esque – “At Hope’s Ravine” If you take equal parts of The Cure and Kings Of Leon, and make the last half up from genuine originality, you get Holy Esque. This indie/alternative quartet formed in Glasgow in 2011 by East Kilbride homebred Keir Reid (keyboards) and Pat Hynes (vocals), they were joined by Ralph McClure for the drums, and Hugo McGinley for the guitars. East Kilbride is also known… Keep Reading

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