- KYS: 69
- User: 55
Skill-wise 'Instinct' is impressively crafted. Individually and on face-value this is a competent release. However, as a blanket statement 'Instinct' is not a progression nor an improvement on 'Allegiance' and unfortunately in this current state of heavy music anything less is going to be met with a mixed response.
- KYS: 83
- User: 89
Funeral For A Friend has been a freight-train of momentum since the release of their compilation record, Your History is Mine. From track one up until the poignant epilogue that concludes the titular track, Welcome Home Armageddon is a wrecking ball that will floor you with its variety, pacing and sheer emotion. I also must sent kudos to Rianne Rowlands who did a brilliant job on what is one of my all-time favourite cover arts.
Whilst it isn’t their best record to date, Welcome Home Armageddon is a welcome return to form for the band. If these great strides continue, and the Funeral freight-train keeps chugging on, the coming years may generate the group’s magnum opus; and what a record that would be.
- KYS: 79
- User: 63
Darker Handcraft is what one expects from a Trap Them release, the Boss HM-2 distortion pedal, manic drumming and McKenney’s in your face vocals although this time round with cleaner production. This release will do nothing but ensure Trap Them’s standing as one of the forerunners in the extreme metal genre.
- KYS: 85
- User: 70
Defeater have created a rock solid hardcore album with this release, and made big steps from their already impressive earlier releases. This is a band to watch, on their second album they have created an enduring piece of work, with amazing melodies, personal, affecting lyrics and a strong sense of passion and desperation running throughout. The acoustic side creates a point of difference and mixes surprisingly well with the heavier songs. If you like thinking man's melodic hardcore with a cohesive sound and concept, check out Defeater's latest work, you won't be disappointed.
- KYS: 90
- User: 57
This album is in my opinion Dance Gavin Dance's best work. I actually really disliked the band before listening to this album, finding them too random and scattered, but this album has changed my mind. It's focused, technically amazing, highly melodic and impeccably produced. Obviously Dance Gavin Dance's eclectic style is not going to appeal to everyone, but if you are a fan already I'm sure you'll find plenty here to enjoy, and I'd recommend everyone who enjoys a good post-hardcore record check this out, even if you aren't a fan of their previous work.
- KYS: 85
- User: 50
Visually entertaining and sonically precise, 'Live at the Aragon' shows that sometimes a straightforward approach is the best avenue. This CD/DVD is seventy plus minutes of considered and well-structured music. If you can't appreciate this, then it's your loss really.
- KYS: 75
- User: N/A
None of the songs crack the two minute mark making this record a quick affair, and those looking for any innovative Refused musical revelations will be very disappointed as that is not what AC4 are about. This is a straight up punk albumin the genres most simplistic form, and it is a hell of a lot of fun.
- KYS: 70
- User: N/A
The reasons for the pair's drastic genre change are only really known to them and really don't matter in the grand scheme of things as this record is good, and they seem better suited to this style. Heartsounds have released a solid debut and now have the tricky task of finding some band members and replicating this tight energy live.
- KYS: 15
- User: 62
Once you accept the pop route the band have opted for with this record it is clear that they are actually quite good at forming radio friendly puffs of music that teenage girls everywhere will lose their minds over. For those who were hoping for something more however, Forever The Sickest Kids are no longer potential creators of something worthwhile.
- KYS: 83
- User: N/A
It would’ve been great to hear a few more tracks on this record, but it’s sure to hold fans over until the band releases another new album later in the year, and is further proof that Man Overboard are one of the best bands in the genre at the moment. The record is worth picking up just for the title track, and is a worthy addition to the band’s ever-growing discography. Let’s hope 2011 is the year that the band finally makes it over here.