‘Reviews’

Andrew McMahon – Live Review

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This weekend I went to the amazing Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds. The day was ace, awesome bands and it was so packed. I’ve been to Slam Dunk Festival every year (except one) since it started in 2006 and I’ve always ended the day on a big, loud, pop punk headliner. This year I went to see Andrew McMahon’s acoustic set on the Keep A Breast Stage and I’m so glad I did. It was so relaxed and such a nice end to an awesome day.

Issues – Black Diamonds

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At first when ‘Black Diamonds’ started with the intro I hoped they hadn’t just thought “oh, let’s add lots of techy samples and dance beats to give us a better sound” but then I realised they hadn’t when leading track ‘King Of Armarillo’ started with screaming from Michael Bohn followed by a bass ridden breakdown. I was really enjoying the breakdowns and beats in this song until my first theory was proven right when the bridge came in and sounded more like a Justin Timberlake song…

Shields – Kaleidoscope EP

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Kaleidoscope is the new EP from hotly tipped Newcastle alt-pop band Shields. The band have seen a huge amount of support recently in the run up to this release.

REVIEW – Devil Sold His Soul – Empire of Light

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So, a quiet Tuesday afternoon and the new DSHS album, Empire of Light lands in my inbox for review. Considering it is Banter Bank Holiday today (given we’ve not had a bank holiday off in years we made our own) I really shouldn’t be working today. However, having been really impressed by what  I’ve heard… Read More

Obey The Brave – ‘Young Blood’

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‘Young Blood’ is the debut album from Obey The Brave, released 28th August on Epitaph Records. The album includes breakdowns, catchy guitar riffs, gang chants and memorable choruses.

The Dark Knight Rises

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The Dark Knight Rises has been one of the most anticipated films of last year, and is the final instalment of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy. The film had a hard task following the release of Marvel Avengers which was released May 2012, but it has to be said, both films lived up to their massive expectation from the audience.

22 – Flux

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‘Flux’ is the debut album from 22, Norway’s self-proclaimed purveyors of ‘New Energy Musik’. From what I’ve heard, ‘New Energy Musik’ means mixing the mental time signature-shifts and instrumental work of Dillinger Escape Plan with a pop sensibility.

Invaders – Invaders EP

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Invaders’ self-titled debut EP is a mix of alternative rock with heavy electronic and industrial overtones, coming across as though The Cooper Temple Clause spent more time listening to early Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode, or like Idiot Pilot without the screaming.

Syd Arthur – On And On

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Syd Arthur are a psychedelic rock band hailing from Canterbury, Kent. Canterbury already has a rich history of producing legendary psychedelic progressive rock bands such as Soft Machine, Gong and Camel.

Late Night Fiction – Polar

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‘Polar’ is the second EP from Late Night Fiction. Consisting of five tracks worth of melodic post-hardcore, the band come across as somewhere in between early 2000s UK bands such as Hell Is For Heroes and Yourcodenameis:milo and American bands like Glassjaw and Thursday.