- KYS: 80
- User: 78
Although, we have to remember that this is an EP of B-side, this is still a good collection of high quality songs, although I agree with the song decisions that was made to complete ‘Blue Sky Noise’ i do believe that if these songs were added on the end of the album it would just make it even greater. I guess that what they are doing with releasing ‘Appendage’. It is a great little add on to their already great major label debut.
- KYS: 82
- User: 70
A dark, twisted musical tale that is focused, driven and precise. ‘Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa’ more than makes up for any previous full-length indiscretions, restoring Cradle of Filth as a band with obvious charm and longevity.
- KYS: 85
- User: 77
Although big shoes to fill Brandon Bolmer has pulled it off, and is quite clearly a suitable replacement for Owens, and what about the rest of the band? They are still Chiodos and this is still most definitely a Chiodos album with its eerie keys, heavy fast drumming, edgy riffs and Bolmer's impressive new vocals this album is definitely an unexpected success. So much better then i had first given it credit for and it shows that Craig Owens was not the defining point of the band.
- KYS: 80
- User: 80
This is one of the better releases to come out of Adelaide recently and something you should probably check out so you know what everyone is talking about.
- KYS: 65
- User: 75
Contrive have taken a step forward with 'The Internal Dialogue,' and are moving outside of the metal handbook, a risk that this time, seems to have paid off.
- KYS: 65
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Crow have gone back to the classic pub rock type of song writing, which when combined with a simple and honest recording style, makes a record that will remind you what good music is all about.
- KYS: 90
- User: 86
Carpathian have matured immensely and “Wanderlust” is ultimately a highly respectable offering. This release marks another positive progression in this Aussie outfit’s sound, and hints at even better things to come. For somebody who has largely ignored this outfit for a while, coming back to hear “Wanderlust” was an absolute pleasure.
- KYS: 94
- User: 85
“Symptoms + Cures” is a great return for Comeback Kid, masterfully combining the emotion and infectious heaviness of previous efforts with a new found punk rock style. Having matured significantly both lyrically and musically, “Symptoms + Cures” truly consolidate CBK’s privileged position on the hardcore food chain.
- KYS: 69
- User: 88
Put down your fists, unclench your teeth - this is not the Ceremony record you expected. No powerviolence beats, no shredding power chords. This is not a hardcore/punk release, this is an old school punk record. And though Ceremony’s most recent LP, Rohnert Park showcases their punk roots and demonstrates they truly know what’s up within this genre, its matured style may deter the common fan and avid thrash enthusiast. If the raw and bland production doesn’t stray this from modern extreme music, then the monotonous repetition of down-tempo verses and one-dimensional riffs may very well do so. Whilst change is an essential part of everything, for Ceremony, change may have lost a loyal follower. Ultimately for past fans, Rohnert Park is undoubtedly the parting sea of their audience - dividing contemporary listeners of violent music from mature followers of old school ethics.
- KYS: 92
- User: 76
“Lock & Key” confirms Cruel Hand as one of the better contemporary American hardcore bands and shows that they’re worth every bit of the hype. They’ve progressed leaps and bounds since 2007’s “Without a Pulse”, unquestionably developing their own style with “Prying Eyes” which has only been reaffirmed by “Lock & Key”. Amongst many bands creating hardcore in a similar thrashy vein, Cruel Hand are particularly stand-out due to their undeniable energy both live and on record. This album is extremely solid start to finish, and is arguably the best hardcore album of 2010 thus far.