- KYS: 70
- User: 75
The 'Love' project has been executed slowly but efficiently and is the type of thing that many artists wish they could pull off as well as AvA have. The records, which make more sense in conjunction with the images of the film, actually stand alone quite well, which is a challenge that all movie inspired records face. AvA seem to have settled into a place which puts ego aside and as a result the solid rock music this band are capable of is able to shine through.
- KYS: 50
- User: 21
The hardest things about metal and hardcore bands making remix records is that their fan base will probably not appreciate, or even want to listen to, the electronic dance versions of the original songs. Whilst 'Stepped Up and Scratched' features some good production, it is not cohesive or clever enough to make this a memorable moment in the Asking Alexandria catalogue.
- KYS: 76
- User: 82
Not quite ready to proclaim this as a definitive release but something tells me Aversions Crown are going to be a permanent fixture playing alongside many similar international bands when they venture to Australia in the months (and most likely years) ahead. 'Servitude' is certainly one of the better up and coming releases of 2011.
- KYS: 78
- User: 100
'Weightless' is again sonic and aural proof that instrumental albums can be interesting, engaging and innovative. The full-length does not get repetitive or concern itself with pompous musical traits. Something tells me 'Weightless' is going to motivate a few aspiring musicians to spend a bit more time in the practice room.
- KYS: 70
- User: 72
No Sanctuary is a solid record from a band that might have headed into their major label debut without enormous expectations. Instead of simply borrowing, repeating and fitting into the stereotypical created by the pop punk genre, A Loss For Words are proving they aren’t afraid to mix it up from time to time. While there are no songs that totally hit it out of the ballpark, No Sanctuary is definitely a complete album featuring 12 tracks that will keep you coming back again and again.
- KYS: 67
- User: 60
'Decas' is essentially intended and dually designed for pre-existing fans. It is more symbolic than it is engaging. What 'Decas' provides is worthy recognition of a band that continues to survive in an often cruel scene. There's some decent bits to pick out from here but not much else.
- KYS: 75
- User: 90
Apart From This have followed up their debut EP release with ‘Another Day, Another Fight’, a four-track showcase of the rough, emo-influenced brand of pop punk that the band has to offer to the Australian scene. In a genre littered with tacky commercialism, the band’s raw honesty is a refreshing change of pace, conveying a sound that is hard-edged and intense without compromising their fun, hook-laden melodic sensibilities.
- KYS: 75
- User: 70
With a line-up boasting the names of Koller and Baker, you pretty much know the music is going to be of a high and often entertaining standard. 'God is War' is an adequate debut that doesn't try to be anything overly grand. Just an honest representation. Should be well-received for what's presented rather than immediately given a pass mark purely because of the individual reputations.
- KYS: 77
- User: 62
All Shall Perish's respectable image remains in tact after 'This is Where it Ends' plays out. It's bound by clear direction and more than adequate musical proficiency. Studio album number four is a heavy dose of contemporary bay area metal, however it probably equals predecessor 'Awaken the Dreamers' instead of bettering it.
- KYS: 85
- User: 60
Whilst this is a great little collection of alternate, stripped down versions of Alkaline Trio favourites, which translate very well into a softer format, it will probably be more enjoyed by existing fans of the band who are familiar with the original versions of the songs.