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The Dodos - Individ Album Review

The Dodos - Individ Album Review

You know that feeling when a special band comes along. The kind of band who do things a little bit differently and travel to places seldom travelled by other musicians. The Dodos are one such...

Review posted on 25th February 2015

Mark Lanegan - A Thousand Miles of Midnight Album Review

Mark Lanegan - A Thousand Miles of Midnight Album Review

Last year, Mark Lanegan released both the EP 'No Bells On Sunday' and the fantastic full length LP 'Phantom Radio'. 'Phantom Radio' especially garnered Lanegan his highest chart placing yet as well as heaps of...

Review posted on 17th February 2015

Beans On Toast - The Grand Scheme of Things Album Review

Beans On Toast - The Grand Scheme of Things Album Review

It might be cruel to suggest that Beans On Toast only has a record deal because he is mates with Frank Turner, but there is certainly weight to the accusation. Beans, or Jay to his...

Review posted on 11th February 2015

Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor Album Review

Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor Album Review

With a career spanning two decades containing run-ins with the law, the media, the church, common decency and millions of angry parents, it seems strange that nowadays Marilyn Manson's biggest enemy is himself. Since 'The...

Review posted on 4th February 2015

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear Album Review

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear Album Review

When Father John Misty announced that his second album under that name would be both a concept album and something of an unashamed open love letter to his wife, I felt a slight twinge of...

Review posted on 23rd January 2015

Reuben - Racecar Is Racecar Backwards (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) Album Review

Reuben - Racecar Is Racecar Backwards (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) Album Review

The early to mid-2000s was an impressive hot bed for British underground rock and hardcore bands of exceptional quality. If you wanted massive sing-a-long anthems you bought 'Ideas Above Our Station' by Hundred Reasons or...

Review posted on 13th January 2015

Mark Lanegan Band - Phantom Radio Album Review

Mark Lanegan Band - Phantom Radio Album Review

Mark Lanegan is the kind of musician whose talent inspires devotion and obsession in the many, many fans who follow him faithfully through his nomadic, prolific catalogue. You may know him from his solo material,...

Review posted on 3rd December 2014

Mineral - The Power of Falling and Endserenading Reissue Album Review

Mineral - The Power of Falling and Endserenading Reissue Album Review

Now just because until these reissues were announced I had never heard of a Mineral album being described as a 'classic', it does not necessarily mean it has never happened. What is true to say...

Review posted on 28th October 2014

Electric Wizard - Time To Die Album Review

Electric Wizard - Time To Die Album Review

To some, Electric Wizard are absolute legendary pioneers in the field of sludgy, down tempo doom metal. Having been plying their trade for over 20 years, on 'Time To Die', their eighth studio album, Electric...

Review posted on 9th October 2014

Various Artists - Xtra Mile High Club Volume 5: Smokin' (Signed Vs Unsigned) Album Review

Various Artists - Xtra Mile High Club Volume 5: Smokin' (Signed Vs Unsigned) Album Review

It is rare that we see record labels actually bother to put any effort at all into their compilations and samplers these days. Most of the time, labels will scrape together the bare minimum number...

Review posted on 29th September 2014

Zeus - Classic Zeus Album Review

Zeus - Classic Zeus Album Review

Since 2009, Toronto's Zeus have been grafting away at creating their own brand of melodic, retro-flavoured indie rock. On their previous two albums (2010's 'Say Us' and 2011's 'Busting Visions'), Zeus wore their influences on...

Review posted on 12th September 2014

Chevelle - La Gargola Album Review

Chevelle - La Gargola Album Review

Since 1995, Chevelle have been grafting away with their trademark post-grunge/hard rock sounds. Despite being a major concern in their motherland across the pond, Chevelle just aren't a band that we Brits get, often dismissing...

Review posted on 13th May 2014

Ages and Ages - Divisionary Album Review

Ages and Ages - Divisionary Album Review

Hailing from Portland, USA, Ages and Ages play a brand of acoustic-based pop music with elements of blues, folk and rock all rolled into an easily digestible package. On 'Divisionary', the group's second outing, Ages...

Review posted on 6th May 2014

Johnny Foreigner - You Can Do Better Album Review

Johnny Foreigner - You Can Do Better Album Review

Picking up where post-millennium post-hardcore bands like Hell Is For Heroes and Hundred Reasons left off, Johnny Foreigner have been making their own brand of fiery pop punk noise for almost a decade now. 'You...

Review posted on 11th April 2014

We Cut Corners - Think Nothing Album Review

We Cut Corners - Think Nothing Album Review

Over the past decade or so, the number of duos making the rounds appears to have skyrocketed. For a little while you just had The White Stripes. Then there was Death From Above 1979 and...

Review posted on 19th March 2014

College Radio Day Volume 2 Album Review

College Radio Day Volume 2 Album Review

On their 1985 minor hit 'Left of the Dial', The Replacements sang their ode to college radio, America's best solution to showcasing all the most interesting up and coming bands to all the coolest people....

Review posted on 4th February 2014

That F***ing Tank - A Document of the Last Set Album Review

That F***ing Tank - A Document of the Last Set Album Review

That F***ing Tank are a British instrumental noise rock duo, working along a similar vein as American counterparts such as Lightning Bolt. Granted, dropping vocals completely from the mix can limit a band's commercial appeal,...

Review posted on 23rd January 2014

Stephen Malkmus - Wig Out at Jagbags Album Review

Stephen Malkmus - Wig Out at Jagbags Album Review

Although it seems inappropriate to use a word like 'legend' to describe a man who has been actively dismissive of any mainstream acceptance for over 20 years now, there is a strong case to be...

Review posted on 9th January 2014

Hejira - Prayer Before Birth Album Review

Hejira - Prayer Before Birth Album Review

When the name of a band is a reference to either a Joni Mitchell album or the Arabic word for journey, you would be forgiven for thinking Hejira are a painfully serious, dour and pretentious...

Review posted on 23rd December 2013

Antlered Man - This Devil Is Them Album Review

Antlered Man - This Devil Is Them Album Review

On their debut offering, London's Antlered Man showcased the prog-influenced sounds of a mental breakdown which took in influences as diverse as The Cardiacs and System of a Down. In places, this was an awkward...

Review posted on 10th December 2013

Three Blind Wolves - Sing Hallelujah for the Old Machine Album Review

Three Blind Wolves - Sing Hallelujah for the Old Machine Album Review

Three Blind Wolves are the sort of band who eat genre boundaries for breakfast. Although they hail from Scotland, you would barely notice it on their debut album 'Sing Hallelujah for the Old Machine' which...

Review posted on 21st October 2013

Filligar - Hexagon Album Review

Filligar - Hexagon Album Review

The artwork for Filligar's new album 'Hexagon' features a fairly futuristic looking white cube sitting in a computer generated desert. The music that Filligar create is, it's fair to say, almost completely at odds with...

Review posted on 25th September 2013

Jon Gomm - Bodega, Nottingham 16th September 2013 Live Review

Jon Gomm - Bodega, Nottingham 16th September 2013 Live Review

Every once in a while, a musician comes along with that knockout combination of startling musicianship coupled with bags of stage presence and charisma that pool together to create an absolute force to be reckoned...

Review posted on 19th September 2013

Deaf Havana - Old Souls Album Review

Deaf Havana - Old Souls Album Review

It has been a few years now since Deaf Havana made their debut with a rip roaring, scuzzed-up hardcore punk sound taking cues from bands like Gallows and Refused. Their second album saw a line-up...

Review posted on 19th August 2013

Dawes - Stories Don't End Album Review

Dawes - Stories Don't End Album Review

They may have a name which can cause unutterably tedious confusion ("who are you listening to?" "Dawes." "The Doors?" etc.), but over the course of their two previous albums, Los Angeles' Dawes have carved out...

Review posted on 8th August 2013

Icky Blossoms - Icky Blossoms Album Review

Icky Blossoms - Icky Blossoms Album Review

David Andrew Sitek has in recent years started staking his claim to becoming a modern day genius. As well as his work with TV On The Radio, in 2011 he breathed some much needed life...

Review posted on 31st July 2013

The New Mendicants - Australia 2013 EP Review

The New Mendicants - Australia 2013 EP Review

When a member of a band goes on to form another band or side project with a different group of musicians, often all the reviews and media attention focuses more or less exclusively on that...

Review posted on 22nd July 2013

Houndmouth - From The Hills Album Review

Houndmouth - From The Hills Album Review

Houndmouth are from Indiana, USA, and you would have to be deaf or at least not pay the slightest bit of attention to their debut album From the Hills below the City not to notice...

Review posted on 19th July 2013

Dinosaur Pile-Up - Nature Nurture Album Review

Dinosaur Pile-Up - Nature Nurture Album Review

Upon seeing the video for Dinosaur Pile-Up's latest single Derail, it was clear that Matt Bigland's gang from Leeds were going to be making an obvious lunge towards the mainstream. The video itself has high...

Review posted on 2nd July 2013

Various artists - Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake Album Review

Various artists - Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake Album Review

As well as being the name of a Nick Drake song and a best of compilation album, Way to Blue was a touring ensemble of folk musicians recreating the songs of Nick Drake. This album...

Review posted on 25th June 2013

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