ALBUM REVIEW: ‘in•ter a•li•a’ by At The Drive In

You could write a novel with the number of talking points in At The Drive In’s history. There’s always frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s vocal distaste for moshing at their shows, or their now-infamous performance on Later… With Jools Holland which showed a band on the very precipice of implosion, but arguably the thing with the most … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘in•ter a•li•a’ by At The Drive In

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘United States Of Horror’ by Ho99o9

There’s a phrase that’s been bandied around for a while that rappers are the new rockstars, and looking at the current state of both scenes in question, it’s difficult to really refute such claims. Compared to the safe, whitebread hole that mainstream rock has dug itself into for way too long, there’s hip-hop to be … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘United States Of Horror’ by Ho99o9

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art?’ by Black Lips

The reputation of the Black Lips largely rests upon their chaotic, unpredictable live shows, inspired by those of infamous hardcore artist GG Allin at a time when the band had yet learned to play their own instruments. So far, the band have yet to release an album to oust the looming shadow of those early … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art?’ by Black Lips

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Make The Best Of It’ by Have Mercy

This could very well be Have Mercy’s last album. It’s a shock that even this ended up seeing the light of day, really, given how 2016 saw three of the four members leaving, with the name now essentially being a stage name for vocalist / guitarist Brian Swindle. Now flanked by a new team of … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Make The Best Of It’ by Have Mercy

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘8’ by Incubus

If Incubus should have learned anything by now, it’s that you can’t please everyone, and considering the hard shifts in styles they’ve taken over the last twenty years, it’s bound to have sunk in. They started with nu-metal and funk-metal on their 1997 breakthrough S.C.I.E.N.C.E before taking the shift into more alternative, melodic sounds, perhaps … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘8’ by Incubus

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Minimum R&B’ by The Dirty Nil 

So it looks like The Dirty Nil might be becoming successful. When their debut Higher Power was released last year, a snotty, snarky piece of garage-punk excellence, few would’ve thought that things would blossom beyond that, and that the band would be another gem consigned to the underground and ignored by everyone else. Yet winning … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Minimum R&B’ by The Dirty Nil 

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Somewhere Between’ by Alvarez Kings

With the ubiquity of acts like The 1975 and Twenty One Pilots (particularly amongst the rock media who, once upon a time, would never have touched them with a barge pole), it’s quite the surprise that imitators haven’t begun to crop up sooner. After all, with the success and extensive fanbases those bands have accumulated, … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Somewhere Between’ by Alvarez Kings

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘You Are We’ by While She Sleeps

Where some bands have undeservedly found success, While She Sleeps have unfairly been left behind. And the worst part is that actuality was easy to predict after 2015’s sophomore effort Brainwashed, an album marred by delays thanks to frontman Loz Taylor’s throat surgery, and one that, for some reason, just didn’t seem to connect as … More ALBUM REVIEW: ‘You Are We’ by While She Sleeps