Album Reviews

Review: Bloom – ‘Maybe In Another Life’

If Bloom aren’t already on your 2024 musical radar of bands to watch out for, then this is a gentle but firm warning that they no doubt soon will be. Originating from the other side of the world in Australia, Bloom are a melodic hardcore band that are already making …

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Review: Florence Black – ‘Bed Of Nails’

Originally due in December 2023, the sophomore album from Florence Black is finally here, and as frustrating as the extra wait must have been for the legions of fans that the trio from Merthyr Tydfil now command, spare a thought for the band because it must have been hell for …

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Review: The Survival Code – ‘Whispers of Woe’

If you struggle with multitasking, spare a thought for Gary McGuinness; the driving force behind London-based alt-rock outfit The Survival Code. One glance at the notes accompanying ‘Whispers of Woe’, The Survival Code’s third full-length album, points out that as well as starring in the role of singer/songwriter, McGuinness also …

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Review: South Of Salem – ‘Death Of The Party’

Bournemouth-based outfit South Of Salem are not hanging around on their sophomore album ‘Death Of The Party’. No settling in period, no breaking the listener in gently. When the needle drops (do check out the gorgeous splatter vinyl available) and the opening track ‘Vultures’ kicks in, it is as immediate, …

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Review: Hannah Wicklund – ‘The Prize’

“After years of fighting to get this record released, I cannot believe it is finally here. I am about to have the best sleep I’ve had in a long time…” – Hannah Wicklund, Facebook 12/01/24 Judging by the quality of the material found within ‘The Prize’, Nashville-based singer-songwriter/musician Hannah Wicklund is …

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Review: Casey – ‘How to Disappear’

When the Welsh post-hardcore outfit Casey announced that they were splitting up in December 2018, it came as a massive shock and felt like it truly came out of nowhere. In that same year, they released their harrowingly confessional sophomore album Where I Go When I Am Sleeping to critical …

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Review: RYUJIN – ‘RYUJIN’

With the birth of KENJI and the acceleration of a brand that infuses modern Asian culture with a British twist, the Western fascination with Japanese pop culture shows no signs of slowing down. Kawaii has always been around in some form and continues to be a go-to point for teens …

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Review: Exit Eden – ‘Femmes Fatales’

With almost 40 million combined YouTube views of the singles released from 2017’s debut album ‘Rhapsodies in Black’, the female vocal-led symphonic metal collaborative project known as Exit Eden was always going to record a follow-up. With numbers like 40,000,000 and the subsequent universal acclaim that each view brought, it …

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