Holding Absence & Loathe – This is as One – ALBUM REVIEW

SharpTone Records labelmates Loathe and Holding Absence are both rising rapidly through the ranks of UK rock, so it makes sense that they’ve teamed up to release split EP This Is As One. Featuring six songs, This Is As One is comprised of three tracks from each band. Two of these are brand new, with the third being a live version of a previously released tune. First up, Loathe open the EP with White Hot. The song begins with frontman[…]

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Don Broco – Technology – ALBUM REVIEW

Don Broco deserve an award for the length of Technology’s lead time. The first single from the album, Everybody, was released back in July 2016. Over the course of the past 20 months the band have released five other singles from their third full-length, keeping fans sated as the highly anticipated release date approached. The singles show a startling amount of range, veering from guitar-driven Pretty (which has a frankly ridiculous amount of random sounds and effects, but somehow works[…]

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Dead! – The Golden Age of Not Even Trying – ALBUM REVIEW

After six years as a band, the time has finally come for Dead! to release their debut album. Throughout the years they’ve released multiple EPs, but fans have been crying out for a full-length for a while. If you’ve seen Dead! live at any point in the past two years, you’ll be familiar with a chunk of the songs which appear on The Golden Age of Not Even Trying. Enough, Enough, Enough, Up For Ran$om and You’re So Cheap have[…]

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Waterparks, Entertainment – ALBUM REVIEW

Debut album Double Dare catapulted Waterparks into the public consciousness, landing the Houston trio lucrative slots supporting bands including Sleeping With Sirens and All Time Low. Choosing to release their second full-length, Entertainment, less than eighteen months later is a brave move, but it’s one that pays off. Vocalist Awsten Knight’s autobiographical lyrics betray how much he’s had to deal with in the last year. Directly commenting on the band’s rise to fame in lead single Blonde, he admits, “I[…]

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Fall Out Boy, MANIA – ALBUM REVIEW

After seven albums, you’d think Fall Out Boy would have chosen a style and stuck with it, but MANIA proves that this is a band who don’t give a shit about what people expect from them. There’s no competition when it comes down to the best songs on the album, and those are Church and Wilson (Expensive Mistakes). The latter sounds most similar to Fall Out Boy’s older material, although the hackneyed lyric “I’ll stop wearing black when they make[…]

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Tonight Alive, Underworld – ALBUM REVIEW

2018 marks ten years since Tonight Alive formed, and they’re kicking off the celebrations with the release of fourth album Underworld. Their first album since being signed to Hopeless Records and parting ways with lead guitarist Whakaio Taahi, it’s also their strongest release to date: the product of a band who are taking their sound in an entirely new direction. Towards the end of opening track Book of Love it becomes apparent that this album is far heavier than anything[…]

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