ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Home Of The Strange’ by Young The Giant

Themes of identity and politics are slowly creeping into the music of 2016 yet nowhere is it more surprising to hear than in Young The Giant’s new album. The old adage is that you write what you know and that’s certainly what they seem to finally be doing, exploring their immigrant roots to melodies influenced … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Home Of The Strange’ by Young The Giant

EP REVIEW: ‘Hold My Heart’ by Breathe In The Silence

Compared to the past couple of years, Wales hasn’t been the same sort of force lately as it once was. Sure, bands like Skindred and Bullet For My Valentine are still doing the rounds, but with the number of bands who have met an untimely end in recent times – see The Blackout, Kids In … More EP REVIEW: ‘Hold My Heart’ by Breathe In The Silence

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Vacancy’ by Bayside

Bayside are practically old-timers in emo, having released seven albums since 2004. And while a new breed has overtaken the genre, they’ve proven themselves as one of the more consistent bands in the game. It doesn’t seem like they’ll be slowing down any time soon, either – singer Anthony Raneri certainly hasn’t had a shortage … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Vacancy’ by Bayside

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Spring Forever’ by Columbus 

Australia has garnered some sort of reputation concerning its recent musical output. Apart from the obvious exceptions, a fair percentage of new, Antipodian acts tend to fall into the same line of beatdown-sodden moshcore that prioritises heft over actual musical dimension. What’s more, these acts all seem to be held in the same musical corral … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Spring Forever’ by Columbus 

EP REVIEW: ‘Brand New Moves’ by Hey Violet

As divisive as 5 Seconds Of Summer are (and that’s understating it by dramatic proportions), it’s only really because they got their big break touring with One Direction. If they had gotten to where they are now through grassroots promotion and natural growth, no one would’ve batted an eyelid. It seems strange then, that the … More EP REVIEW: ‘Brand New Moves’ by Hey Violet

EP REVIEW: ‘Let’s Pretend It’s Summer’ by Black Surf

You wouldn’t know it from their sound, but Black Surf stand as a paragon of what modern technology can achieve when making music. The band’s initial demos were swapped over FaceTime and Dropbox between Leeds and Sydney, which would eventually become their debut EP Let’s Pretend It’s Summer. But for such a thoroughly 21st Century … More EP REVIEW: ‘Let’s Pretend It’s Summer’ by Black Surf

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘This Could Be Heartbreak’ by The Amity Affliction 

One of the main reasons people don’t like metalcore is because it isn’t ‘heavy’, a statement usually followed by the rattling off of acts like Asking Alexandria and Bring Me The Horizon (bands who, at their heaviest, have more to them than the majority of the scene). One band that never gets brought up, however, … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘This Could Be Heartbreak’ by The Amity Affliction