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ALBUM: The Early November – ‘Imbue’

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The general public perception of ‘emo’ has shifted so far away from what the movement originally represented that it’s easy to forget the significance of many of the genre’s less brash, populist groups. Where subtlety and class have never been the strong points of the genre’s alleged mainstream standard bearers, they’re traits that The Early […]

ALBUM: In Hearts Wake – ‘Skydancer’

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Double albums are always a difficult product to swallow in one sitting, so doing a System of a Down and staggering their release is a crafty move it’s a surprise fewer acts haven’t cottoned on to. On face value it wasn’t even apparent that 2014’s ‘Earthwalker’ was going to be followed by a second part, […]

ALBUM: From First to Last – “Dead Trees”

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Whoever chose the name “From First to Last” for the so-monikered band likely never envisaged it would be a self-fulfilling prophecy. But after a gradual decline from the top of the post-emo-hardcore mountain into a muted 2010 hiatus, the latent band has risen in a new, rather intriguing incarnation. The recruitment of Periphery’s Spencer Sotelo […]

ALBUM: As It Is – “Never Happy, Ever After”

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It’s very easy to be cynical about hot British pop punk prospects As It Is. Fronted by American-born YouTube personality Patty Walters and plying heart bearing lyrics over power chord rock straight from the speakers of the summer of 2002, they’re an easy target for the authenticity police of the internet music community. Songs about […]

ALBUM: Dance Gavin Dance – ‘Instant Gratification’

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Judging what you’re going to get from a Dance Gavin Dance album has historically been made impossible by the group’s infamous revolving door approach to its personnel, let alone their distinctly muso take on post-hardcore. But ‘Instant Gratification’ is a new beast – the loss of rhythm guitarist Josh Benton aside it’s been recorded by […]

ALBUM: Kingsland Road – ‘We Are The Young’

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The real winners from among those who enter reality TV music competitions are often those that don’t come in first place. The UK X-Factor has various examples of this, the most obvious of course teen pop sensation One Direction. London four-piece Kingsland Road appears to want to replicate that success, although their exit from the […]

ALBUM: While She Sleeps – ‘Brainwashed’

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As pointless an exercise as “what if?” history is, it’s tempting to consider where While She Sleeps would be by now if their rocket to the top had not had its engines cut by the news that vocalist Loz Taylor required throat surgery. Their debut proper ‘This Is the Six’ had owned metalcore in 2012; […]

ALBUM: Sleeping With Sirens – ‘Madness’

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In the wake of an album as gingerly received as ‘Feel’ was, for Sleeping With Sirens to open the promotion of its successor with songs as comparatively raucous as “Kick Me” and “We Like It Loud” was a bold move. Where the 2013 album attempted to streamline the group’s rough edges and elevate them above […]

SINGLE: Hands Like Houses – “I Am”

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As maligned as much of Rise Records’ roster is by rock elitists, some bands seem to have come to command more respect than others. Hands Like Houses have never truly corresponded to the stereotypical sound the label largely exports, and so feel like the black sheep of the label in some respects. More mature and […]

EP: Architects – ‘Lost Forever // Lost Together B-Sides’

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After some years of confusion surrounding their future prospects, 2014 saw Architects back on top in a big way with the release of career-best album ‘Lost Forever // Lost Together’ and an ensuing world tour. Preparing to hit the road in their homeland for their biggest headline run to date, including a sold-out stop at […]