Albums/EPs

ALBUM: Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms

Release Date: March 24th 2017
Label: Roadrunner Records
Website: www.creepercult.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/creepercult
Twitter: www.twitter.com/creepercultuk

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Creeper are a band who have been floating around the periphery of mainstream music for a year or so now. The sextet punk rockers from Southampton may have only been a band for three years, but they’ve gained themselves a rather large and dedicated following. With mainstream BBC Radio 1 airplay and being background music for the whole Busted arena tour last year, it’s a huge accomplishment for a band with only three EPs to their name.

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ALBUM: Our Hollow, Our Home – Hartsick

Release Date: March 3rd 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.ourhollowourhome.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ourhollowourhome
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ohohofficialuk

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‘Hartsick’ is the debut album by Southampton based melodic metalcore outfit, Our Hollow, Our Home, a band who only formed a few short years ago back in 201. However, despite this, the band have managed to have garnered quite a following, thanks to a relentless touring schedule and their 2015 EP, ‘// Redefine’.

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ALBUM: Loathe – The Cold Sun

Release Date: April 14th 2017
Label: SharpTone Records
Website: www.loatheasone.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/loatheasone
Twitter: www.twitter.com/loatheasone

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It’s strange how enigmatic things can leave us so curious to scratch and claw away until we get the full picture. Skulking and creeping out of a pretty dark crevice with a sight of utter blight, Loathe‘s mystery is the name of their game, and this lack of identity or an embodiment to cling onto is one of the main points that allows the heavy hitting newcomers to reel subjects into their atramentous world.

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EP: Man With A Mission – Dead End In Tokyo

Release Date: January 27th 2017
Label: Epic Records
Website: www.mwamjapan.info
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mwamjapan
Twitter: www.twitter.com/mwamofficial

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Man With A Mission are a Japanese band who combine upbeat dance/pop with a harder rock edge. Their newest EP, ‘Dead End In Tokyo’ could be summed up in one word: catchy. The EP is relatively short, only spanning three tracks (well, four if you include the remix). This would normally be a good thing, however, with MWAM‘s infectiously good blend of the poppy and more rock sound, this is something that the listener will crave more of.

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ALBUM: Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand

Release Date: March 31st 2017
Label: Reprise Records
Website: www.mastodonrocks.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mastodon
Twitter: www.twitter.com/mastodonmusic

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Atlanta’s Mastodon unveil ‘Emperor Of Sand’; a technical, stormy mix of doomy metal and rock, with melodic singing and a good dose of grooviness added to the mix too. It’s an interesting concoction. The band have found themselves at a crossroad with fans as of late, with more mainstream-esque records being too tame and ‘safe’ for some. Yet, ‘Emperor Of Sand’ has a brilliant tone both musically and lyrically, and sees the band find their innovative streak once again.

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ALBUM: Northlane – Mesmer

Release Date: March 24th 2017
Label: UNFD
Website: www.northlaneband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/northlane
Twitter: www.twitter.com/northlane

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Almost completely out of the blue, Australia’s Northlane drop ‘Mesmer’, a clear exhibition of how modern metalcore should sound. The record plays out really well, with a medley of different music styles being brought together to make a harmonious blend of music that really backs up the lyrical content of the album.

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ALBUM: Danko Jones – Wild Cat

Release Date: March 3rd 2017
Label: Bad Taste Records
Website: www.dankojones.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dankojones
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dankojones

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For a band to be putting out their eighth studio album, they must be doing something right. The Canadian trio Danko Jones are back once again with ‘Wild Cat’, another 11 tracks to add to an already impressive catalogue. The band have built-up a deserved reputation of delivering live since forming over 20 years ago, and they also bring that same driving force to this new record.

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EP: Sertraline – Guilty

Release Date: March 3rd 2017
Label: Unsigned
Website: www.wearesertraline.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wearesertraline
Twitter: www.twitter.com/wearesertraline

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It’s safe to say that Stoke-on-Trent’s Sertraline have been pretty busy in the two years between their brand new EP ‘Guilty’ and their previous effort, ‘Bury The Ghosts’. The metal quintet has been playing shows and small festivals across the country assembling a fan base. Their live show must be impressive to help them gather the traction that they have, because ‘Guilty’ is unfortunately less than impressive.

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ALBUM: First Blood – Rules

Release Date: February 10th 2017
Label: Pure Noise Records
Website: www.firstbloodrules.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/firstbloodrules
Twitter: www.twitter.com/firstbloodrules

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California hardcore band First Blood follow-up their previous two albums (‘Killafornia’ and ‘Silence Is Betrayal’) with ‘Rules’; 12 brand new tracks that have the word “Rules” in the title of each song. Formed in 2002, they’re not quiet in coming forward, having made a big impact and supporting more established acts from the start. Their successful start is partly due the experience of the band members’ previous bands. This new offering is powerful, aggressive and downright angry, as if an army sergeant had set up a gig for your first day of training.

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ALBUM: Mallory Knox – Wired

Release Date: March 10th 2017
Label: RCA
Website: www.malloryknox.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/malloryknoxuk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/malloryknoxband

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British alternative rockers Mallory Knox are back with their new album, ‘Wired’. Stuffed with pop sensibilities, the album is a hook-a-minute affair which flirts frantically from genre to genre, never really settling on a sound. The record commendably wears it heart on its sleeve, but curiously lacks emotional bite; any intrigue drawn out by the diverse songwriting has been whitewashed instead with an obsessive fixation on hitting big choruses out of the park (which, to be fair, they do with no difficulty).

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