ALBUM REVIEW: ‘The Stage’ by Avenged Sevenfold 

Be honest, who expected this? Who expected that, just a couple of weeks after the release of its title track, Avenged Sevenfold would drop The Stage with just a day’s notice? To be fair, there was definitely something coming before the end of 2016 – Chris Jericho’s Instagram post about ‘Voltaic Oceans’ (the details of … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘The Stage’ by Avenged Sevenfold 

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Double Dare’ by Waterparks

Waterparks are currently on a mile-a-minute journey to superstardom, and it’s one that’s been built up to for a while to reach that exact eventuality. Their breakthrough EP Cluster earlier this year provided the earliest signs with its big-name alumni like Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden on production duties and Mikey Way of My Chemical Romance … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Double Dare’ by Waterparks

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘American Football’ (LP2) by American Football

 Anyone who knows their stuff about emo knows American Football. Formed by Mike Kinsella in 1997 (formerly a member of other highly regarded acts Cap’n Jazz and Joan Of Arc), the band’s self-titled album in 1999 is often considered one of the seminal albums of the genre’s history, whose influence would be mined / ripped … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘American Football’ (LP2) by American Football

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘The Serenity Of Suffering’ by Korn

Being a Korn fan these days is a lot like being a Weezer fan – you keep hoping for another album of greatness, only for those hopes to be dashed with the latest lacklustre full-length. While Korn’s latest material hasn’t been as egregious as a lot of Weezer’s late period work, the Bakersfield mob’s post-2010 … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘The Serenity Of Suffering’ by Korn

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Integrity Blues’ by Jimmy Eat World

It’s really no wonder that the influx of flash-in-the-pan successes leaves people so flustered. After all, it replaces genuine talent and intent of acts that consistently follow their own path with needless hype and trend-following. And for a band like Jimmy Eat World, a band whose entire career has been defined by their stoic nature … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Integrity Blues’ by Jimmy Eat World

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Real Life Trash Mag’ by Say Yes

As important as genre is frequently seen to be, the stigma it can have can be a weight that’s hard to maneuvre around. It leads to certain expectations for everything from sound to success that can be hard to recover from they’re not met. And probably where this is most prominent is within the flimsily … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Real Life Trash Mag’ by Say Yes

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Kingsdown Sundown’ by Will Varley

When it comes to most music scenes, it seems their rises and falls in terms of prominence is fairly well documented. Folk seems to break that pattern – away from the likes of Frank Turner, Laura Marling and Mumford And Sons, most of the genre’s modern success stories take place away from the spotlight. And … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Kingsdown Sundown’ by Will Varley

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Winter Wheat’ by John K Samson

In the music reviewing game, the viewing of certain albums as ‘critic-bait’ is one that can’t really be ignored anymore. It’s a term that denotes an album that’s received plenty of buzz either on a mainstream level or in the indie scene, but when they drop, the critical praise that comes gushing their way is … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Winter Wheat’ by John K Samson

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Lifelines’ by I Prevail

Picture the scene: there’s one song that’s absolutely inescapable. It’s impacting the upper reaches of charts across the world and is being downloaded in its droves, not to mention that it’s part of the meticulously timed comeback from one of the biggest artists on the planet. Now, picture this scene: you’re an upstart metalcore band … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Lifelines’ by I Prevail

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Maximalism’ by Amaranthe 

For the surprisingly vast number of symphonic and power metal bands that have earned themselves a slice of metal’s pie, it’s somewhat staggering that almost all of them are from mainland Europe. Then again, thinking about it, it makes a lot of sense. The continent has always embraced metal more wholeheartedly as an artform than … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Maximalism’ by Amaranthe