In this Review Round-Up, Annisokay and Samurai Pizza Cats respectively hit heavy and fall short in metalcore; Guilt Trip deliver a strong metallic hardcore debut; and Rocket Pengwin establishes some decent contemporary pop-punk.
In this Review Round-Up, there’s a wave of solid stuff across the genre spectrum from Starbenders, Sydney Sprague and Values Here, unfortunately disturbed by a less-than-stellar outing from The Wytches.
A long-awaited shake-up from Ash is finally here, though their collection of alt-rock-adjacent swerves rings nowhere near as confidently successful as they’d likely want it to.
As another example of inimitable summer vibes through the medium of ridiculously fun funk-rock and pop-rock, Just Friends knock it out of the park once again.
Now incorporating a bigger palette infused with folk-punk and electronic elements, Spanish Love Songs’ vignettes of modern ennui continue to soar and cut in equal measure.
With a debut full-length finally here, Hot Milk’s status as one of modern alt-rock’s highest risers is more indisputable than ever.
Movements’ new album yields some harsh shifts to augment their emo with indie and pop-rock tones, succeeding in individual pieces but struggling profusely to come together as a whole.
In this Review Round-Up, HANABIE shine as the newest stars of Japanese metal, joined by a pair of strong new releases from Bad Luck. and Move BHC. As for the return of The View…even that isn’t too bad!
As December Falls’ new album finds them still trucking along, and also refining their pop-rock into some of their most encouraging moments yet.
In the process of reinvention and redefinition yet again, PVRIS instead fall into the worst impulses of 2010s alt-pop with very rare success in rectifying them.