ALBUM REVIEW: ‘All Bright Electric’ by Feeder

You don’t really go into a Feeder album expecting much. In their nearly twenty-five years as a band, the Welsh trio have accumulated some indie staples under their belt (the successes of Buck Rogers and Just A Day speak for themselves), but as has been the case with most acts prevalent in the UK’s late-’90s … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘All Bright Electric’ by Feeder

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Haven’t Been Myself’ by Too Close To Touch

Gut-wrenching lyrics aren’t something Too Close To Touch tend to shy away from, especially considering the source material they’ve had to work with. On last year’s debut full-length Nerve Endings, they laid bare struggles with mental health issues, and combining that with a more pop-tinged take on the typical post-hardcore sound, earned plenty of ‘hotly-tipped’ … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Haven’t Been Myself’ by Too Close To Touch

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Children Of Chrome’ by Void Of Vision

There isn’t a easy way to start a review like this, and that isn’t because of any sort of moral dilemma or controversy. It’s because, when writing about metalcore, pretty much every single combination of words has already been used, be it for the good, the bad or the nondescript. You have to wonder sometimes … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Children Of Chrome’ by Void Of Vision

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘The Black Parade / Living With Ghosts’ by My Chemical Romance

So here we are, ten years on from the release of My Chemical Romance’s seminal penultimate effort The Black Parade, an album that, in all honesty, is worth celebrating. It was the album that, back in 2006, tore the rock paradigm open with brazen theatricality, a sense for operatic grandiosity that had remained unparalleled since … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘The Black Parade / Living With Ghosts’ by My Chemical Romance

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Broken Lines’ by Giraffe Tongue Orchestra 

When it comes to that oh so divisive term ‘supergroup’, the majority of bands branded with such a title seem to take umbrage at it, and from an outside perspective, there’s a logical explanation why. It’s because it’s such a loaded term, presuming that this new project that’s often formed for no other reason than … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Broken Lines’ by Giraffe Tongue Orchestra 

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings’ by Beach Slang

For as often as their name is bandied around the various scenes in which they make headway, there are few bands that inhabit the same musical biome as Beach Slang. Sure, there’s no shortage of ragged punk bands or fuzzy, washed-out emo acts, but when it comes to the slight segment at the centre of … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings’ by Beach Slang

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Low Teens’ by Every Time I Die

Every Time I Die have definitely settled into some sort of groove now, but it’s one that really works for them. Every couple of years, they’ll put out an album, tour it, reap the usually monumental successes and repeat the whole thing once again. No one really expects another classic at this point (though 2012’s … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Low Teens’ by Every Time I Die

EP REVIEW: ‘Better Ash Than Dust’ by Stick To Your Guns

It’s rare these days to see a band’s career trajectory go the way that Stick To Your Guns’ has. Even though members have come and gone from the Orange County outfit since their formation in 2003 (frontman Jesse Barnett is the only original member left), there have been no major public upsets or turbulence, and … More EP REVIEW: ‘Better Ash Than Dust’ by Stick To Your Guns

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Love Is Not Enough’ by Casey

You probably won’t be able to tell from listening to them, but Casey may have actually done the impossible – they’ve actually sparked a civil, humane discussion through the medium of YouTube comments. Scroll through the comments on the official audio for their track Ceremony, a track where frontman Tom Weaver pours his heart out … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Love Is Not Enough’ by Casey

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Stage Four’ by Touché Amoré 

There’s a saying that great art is born from great pain, and there isn’t much greater pain to be experienced than that of Touché Amoré frontman Jeremy Bolm. In late 2013, Bolm received news that his mother had been diagnosed with Stage Four cancer, after beating the disease nearly twenty years earlier. Almost a year … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Stage Four’ by Touché Amoré