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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Wild Cat Strike – Hope & Ruin, Brighton – LIVE REVIEW

Brighton’s Wild Cat Strike have come a long way since the days of 8-minute-long instrumental tracks. Now armed with more succinct records the beautifully-noisy quartet took to the stage in their home town to tug on some heart strings. The very best bands in the world have endured an extensive development process, and Wild Cat Strike have done their fair share of growth. Formed in 2012, they have six years of gigging under their belts with slots at 2000 Trees[…]

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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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The Sherlocks – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth– LIVE REVIEW

Their short history reads like a definitive list of music industry successes but at the beginning of the month, The Sherlocks ticked another box on the bucket list – a sold out show at the Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth. The Sherlocks released their first single in 2014, played Reading and Leeds Festival in 2015, played SXSW Festival In 2016 and released their debut album, Live for the Moment, in 2017. It’s an undoubtedly impressive timeline of achievements. The South Yorkshire quartet[…]

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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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Black Veil Brides & Asking Alexandria – Brixton Academy, London – LIVE REVIEW

The only thing better than getting to see one of the most influential and remarkable metal bands in the world is getting to see two of them. As co-headliner tours go, you’d be hard pushed to find a better match up than Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides at London’s Brixton Academy. Both Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides have had long and eventful careers. Black Veil Brides emerged on to the scene covered in make-up and funding the entire[…]

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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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Steel Panther – Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith – LIVE REVIEW

Animal print spandex, neon guitars, bandanas everywhere and lots and lots of boobs. Steel Panther came back to London.   After spending the early 2000’s in various 80’s glam rock cover bands, Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxx and Stix Zadinia joined forces to form the almighty Steel Panther. The epitome of debauchery, their studio albums are a perfect parody of Glam Metal culture and the live shows are a fusion of classic heavy metal and the most uproariously offensive stand-up[…]

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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 – Brixton Electric, Brixton – LIVE REVIEW

Over the course of more than 15 years Fall Out Boy have established themselves as the arena-sized, festival headliner, musical royalty that they deserve to be. So when they announced a show at the 1,800 capacity Brixton Electric – carnage ensued. Many tears were shed once the ‘Sold Out’ sign was propped up in the browser window, and with good reason. It’s been a long time since London saw Fall Out Boy in this sort of setting and by the[…]

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