Foo Fighters – London Stadium, London – LIVE REVIEW

Throughout the past few months, the rumour mill has been ablaze with whispers that Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has been struggling. Could Dave Grohl’s voice be permanently damaged? publications have asked, a morbid curiosity causing fans to closely consider whether those roars at the end of The Pretender have been less powerful than normal. It wouldn’t be too surprising, as the band have been touring pretty much ceaselessly since their formation in 1994, playing sprawling sets that regularly clock[…]

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Blessthefall, Escape The Fate & Thirty Seconds To Mars – RAPID RECORD REVIEW

blessthefall – Hard Feelings: For fans of: Bring Me The Horizon, Waterparks Listen to: Sleepless in Phoenix, Welcome Home Hard Feelings is already a strong contender for Album of the Year. blessthefall’s sixth full-length shows the band trying new things, shamelessly weaving dubstep and dance rhythms amongst their famous breakdowns. And boy howdy, does it work well. Directly addressing their doubters on I’m Over Being Under(rated) with the vitriolic chant of “You’re not forgiven/And I’m not for giving up”, the[…]

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Turbowolf – The Free Life – ALBUM REVIEW

You’d be hard-pressed to find a band that sound like Turbowolf, because they have an individual sound and style that they’ve perfected. Sadly, that’s a problem with this album. Turbowolf may have perfected their sound, but there’s hardly any variety within it. The first half of The Free Life sounds like listening to the same song over and over again. Until Up & Atom every song is repetitive and interchangeable, frontman Chris Georgiadis nasally sliding from one note to the[…]

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Milestones – Red Lights – ALBUM REVIEW

Milestones sound like your favourite band. Exactly like them. Listening to Red Lights teleports you back to 2007. Mayday Parade are gearing up to release A Lesson in Romantics. Boys Like Girls are making waves with their self-titled debut album. Forever the Sickest Kids have just signed to a label. This album is being released ten years too late. If it was 2007, this would be a chart-topping release catapulting Milestones to arenas overnight, but Red Lights in 2018 fills[…]

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Senses Fail – If There Is Light, It Will Find You – ALBUM REVIEW

Senses Fail’s seventh album, If There Is Light, It Will Find You is their most commercially successful release since 2010’s The Fire. The reason why is obvious: the majority of the tracks are generic pop-punk, impossible to distinguish from the latest releases from The Story So Far, Trash Boat or Handguns. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Vocalist Buddy Nielsen and guitarist Gavin Caswell are the only members who appeared on 2015’s Pull the Thorns From Your Heart (although Caswell[…]

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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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