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My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

21.12.2010 | jem | 7 Comments

They say that with age comes great maturity. I’m not really sure what happened along the path of My Chemical Romance, but somewhere along the track the bike ran off course and veered into a cauldron of mass bewilderment and chaos. Maybe it was the hair dye, maybe it was the strangling jeans, or maybe they just rid their teenage apathy, but for the once emo-punk icons, ‘Danger Days: …’ has redefined their status as masters of the weird and ugly. You’ve been warned.

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Make Do And Mend / Touche Amore  - Smoke Signals and Hideaways / Hand Me Downs and Cobwebs

Make Do And Mend / Touche Amore - Smoke Signals and Hideaways / Hand Me Downs and Cobwebs

05.12.2010 | maxw | 2 Comments

This record is a fairly respectable effort from both Touché Amoré and Make Do And Mend. The main issue here is that this release lacks any cohesion. TA’s tracks aren’t the best that they’ve ever released, while MDAM offer two excellent punk anthems. Definitely worth checking out, but by comparison to “Searching For A Pulse...”, this release is a little disappointing.

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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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Madball - Empire

Madball - Empire

17.10.2010 | maxw | 3 Comments

“Empire” is the album that should be expected from Madball at this point in their career. While certainly not innovative or groundbreaking, this record if nothing else asserts the band’s continuing prevalence in the hardcore world and proves their unfaltering commitment to the scene after more than twenty years. This material unfortunately isn’t as great as past efforts, but is probably worth checking out nonetheless.

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Mystery Jets - Serotonin

Mystery Jets - Serotonin

08.10.2010 | LukeC | 0 Comments

The best thing about ‘Serotonin’ is that it is pop music perfected, by using stand out melodies supported by well balanced music which makes for a very enjoyable listen all the way through.

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Milestones - Growing Up Is Getting Old

Milestones - Growing Up Is Getting Old

27.09.2010 | maddo | 2 Comments

Milestones have produced a much catchier and mature release than last seen on their demo. “Growing Up Is Getting Old” proves that this band definitely has potential, and if they can back up this release with some solid touring, then there is no reason at all that this band can’t achieve something good.

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Man Overboard - Real Talk

Man Overboard - Real Talk

07.09.2010 | maddo | 5 Comments

I said in February that I doubt I was going to hear a better pop punk album released in 2010 than The Wonder Year’s “The Upsides”, but “Real Talk” has managed to steal that crown quite convincingly. This record is good enough to be a landmark album for the genre, one that will be considered as essential listening in the years to come. Expect to see the name Man Overboard popping up more frequently in the future. Real talk.

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Murderdolls - Women and Children Last

Murderdolls - Women and Children Last

01.09.2010 | Kane_H | 0 Comments

After eight years, the Murderdolls have risen from the grave (so to speak) and delivered an album that while lacking substance is more than made up for by its entertaining, sincere and provoking nature. There’s not much in the way of progression but when you’re a band like the Murderdolls there are more pressing priorities. Well worth a look in.

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Miles Away - Endless Roads

Miles Away - Endless Roads

28.08.2010 | maxw | 1 Comments

Miles Away have succeeded once again in producing a solid, highly listenable hardcore album. “Endless Roads” isn’t much of a progression from their earlier material but is nonetheless their finest stuff to date. There’s enough continuity with past efforts to make it familiar but equal parts of innovation to make it interesting. MA once again prove their ability to write uniquely unrelenting, emotional music, reaffirming their position at the zenith of this country’s hardcore scene.

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Maker - I-91

Maker - I-91

27.06.2010 | maddo | 1 Comments

“I-91” is four tracks of raw, honest hardcore influenced pop punk that is worthy of putting Maker up there with some of the bigger names in the genre. With such a large work ethic and tour schedule, the band’s forthcoming full length should be something promising to look out for.