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The Sleeping - The Big Deep

The Sleeping - The Big Deep

11.11.2010 | c.l.a.i.r.e | 0 Comments

In my opinion The Sleeping have definitely produced a high quality album with ‘The Big Deep’ it flows fairly well with no boring or filler songs, the standout songs here are 'Dark Days', 'Beautiful Gloom' and 'Vibes...Don’t Run Away From Me;. This album shows of the talent of the band with its standout keys, heavy drumming and great guitar solos (especially in 'Black Waves'). A great combination of talented musicians has created a great forth album, it is evident that The Sleeping have definitely grown since their last offering.

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Your Demise - The Kids We Used To Be

Your Demise - The Kids We Used To Be

10.11.2010 | jem | 0 Comments

Through their latest release, ‘The Kids We Used To Be’ Your Demise have offered a few new colours to their heavy-hardcore palette in exploring the winding path they’ve taken to this stage. What these rising UK giants have produced is a fun, sometimes catchy and overall, energetic album which attests to the sound they have defined themselves throughout the world with. However, whilst progress is achieved in the melodic aspects of this heavy CD, little to nothing innovative is really done with this sound, a large flaw that most significantly lets this album down. I guess we can positively say that at least this one didn’t have dubstep.

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Alexisonfire - Dog's Blood

Alexisonfire - Dog's Blood

08.11.2010 | maxw | 0 Comments

These are the darkest, longest and heaviest songs that this band has ever put out. In a lot of ways this release signals a nod to Alexisonfire’s musical influences, consolidating their punk and hardcore roots with the beautiful melodies that have come to characterise their sound. It’s hard to see that this sort of sound will be the future direction of Alexisonfire or make it to a studio album, but it’s certainly a refreshing change, especially for those who weren’t too fussed with “Old Crows / Young Cardinals”.

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The Saddest Landscape - You Will Not Survive

The Saddest Landscape - You Will Not Survive

07.11.2010 | LukeC | 1 Comments

This record is by far the band's best work to date, and will certainly please the old fans whilst no doubt acquiring a few new ones. At only seven songs it does not overstay its welcome, and leaves you wanting more.

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My Catalyst - Once Jesters Now Kings

My Catalyst - Once Jesters Now Kings

07.11.2010 | LukeC | 2 Comments

For a debut, it is hard to pick anything that My Catalyst have done wrong so get yourself a copy of this record and see where it all started for what will probably be Australia's next big hardcore punk act.

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Bring Me The Horizon - There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It.  There Is A Heaven, Let's Keep It A Secret.

Bring Me The Horizon - There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let's Keep It A Secret.

06.11.2010 | jem | 4 Comments

Through their latest release, ‘There is a Hell…’, Bring Me The Horizon have drawn a new hand of royal cards in an attempt to further redefine the traits that define them. Carrying the torch of mainstream alternative music, if this band represents the qualities of modern metal then listeners can look forward to a future of electro-synth gimmicks, atmospheric chorus-like riffs and lengthened chord progressions. And whilst the melodic aspect - comprising a huge part of their new direction - is probably the most refreshing element of this album, for the latter part much of this release seems like a non-developed extension of their previous release; recycled, reused and monotonous. ‘There is a Hell…’ may be BMTH’s most musically matured release to date, but to live up to their status in pioneering modern metal, what’s needed is more consistency in innovation and less reprocessing of generic material.

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Escape The Fate - Escape The Fate

Escape The Fate - Escape The Fate

03.11.2010 | c.l.a.i.r.e | 5 Comments

Overall this album is a very average effort, possibly a contributing down fall to the album is that amount of confidence the band had in it, but even without that outspoken confidence the album most definitely is not an impressive one. It does disappoint me a little to write these words however, as I was a fan of Escape The Fate,(with the key word there being ‘was’), even though their sound had changed since former vocalist Ronnie Radke’s departure I still did have hope, however with this latest effort I’m afraid that hope is gone.

But for all of us who were fans of the original Escape the Fate sound, there is still hope...Ronnie Radke ends his jail term in December and I'm sure he has some good material lined up.

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Various Artists - America's Hardcore

Various Artists - America's Hardcore

01.11.2010 | maxw | 0 Comments

Triple B Records has truly put out a compilation to remember, featuring of the best tracks the various bands have ever put out. “America’s Hardcore” signals that this relatively young label is soon to join the hardcore big leagues alongside respected names like Deathwish, Malfunction, Revelation and Bridge Nine Records. For anybody who takes themself to be a fan of hardcore in 2010, get your hands on this release any way you can.

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Kylesa - Spiral Shadow

Kylesa - Spiral Shadow

30.10.2010 | jackp | 0 Comments

Drifting from psychedelic soundscapes one minute to thunderous progressive rock territory the next, Spiral Shadow is an enchanting aural journey to lose yourself in. Not content with settling into the groove of any particular scene, Kylesa have crafted their own blend of heavy rock by throwing a variety of influences into an already crowded melting pot of ideas. The result is an innovative mix that dips and weaves between their sludge metal roots and a newfound experimental and melodic edge.

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All That Remains - For We Are Many

All That Remains - For We Are Many

27.10.2010 | Kane_H | 0 Comments

All That Remains continue to strengthen their sound. Brief periods of repetition should not detract from what is otherwise a decent release. At the end of the day, it is another step forward and that ultimately should be the only prerequisite come every studio album.