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The Days Ahead is a well rounded but short-lived EP. It thrives on its ability to be simple and stripped back while still sounding full and complete. Dual vocalists Bowley and de Torres prove that their vocals have the ability to stand at the forefront of their music, utilizing the simplest of instruments to carry them along. While there are moments of versatility, by the end of the EP the tracks seem to feel all too familiar. This is definitely an EP that will keep fans of the duo happy while also providing a small look into what The Scene Aesthetic can do, perfect for getting this duo the recognition they deserve and paving a path for another record.
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Pioneer proves that sometimes you need to step out on your own. It is evident that these are thirteen tracks The Maine needed to make, to get away from all the producers and label influences and make a record that is truly them, exactly as they are at this time of their lives. Whether this is the start of a new direction for the five piece, who were made popular by their cheeky, tongue in cheek, pop-rock tracks or if this is simply just a break to stretch their legs and try something new, only time will tell. Either way, The Maine has proved that they can pull it off. Pioneer is a simple yet successful redefinition for the band, and if they keep heading in this direction who knows what they might create.
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While This Time Next Year aren’t bringing anything new to the table with Drop Out Of Life, it is an album chock full of tried and true pop punk. Instead of concentrating on trying to reshape the genre, This Time Next Year have created an album full of fun, energetic tracks made up of catchy hooks and bouncy melodies that will slot in perfectly with the big players in the genre and make the perfect soundtrack for many summer road trips this year.
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I’m not sure whether it’s a case of third time lucky or whether Transit needed to impress the Rise Records executives, but “Listen & Forgive” is an A record. Far from over-hyped new band as they’re too often unfairly written off, Transit have delivered an exciting and relevant pop punk release with album number three. Having worked hard to make a name for themselves over five-odd years, it’s great to see their efforts paying off.
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There may have been some shaky years in between, but Requiem sees The Getaway Plan primed to reclaim their place at the forefront of Australian rock.
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If the attention The Bride is getting from their first full length is anything to go by, these boys are going to be around for quite some time. Combining down tuned mosh sections with frenzied lead guitars, explosive drums and blasting bass lines, President Rd is definitely a well overdue addition to the somewhat repetitive and predictable hardcore and metalcore scene.
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'Awake' may be over before the listener feels it even started but as far as five track, eight minute releases go this will leave a lasting impact. This isn't involved or detailed but it is nevertheless dynamic. Just take this one of face value.
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It is interesting to see the different interpretations of the hardcore sound from all over the world and a five way split hardcore CD is a great idea as it offers a variance that most records in the genre usually don’t. As for which of the five acts comes out as the finest, well, best not to say and maintain world hardcore peace.
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Tonight Alive has amped up their creativity with their debut album and proven why they deservedly wear the crown of the Australian pop punk scene. The album is varied and dynamic, and unleashes a wave of poignancy and emotionality that was merely hinted at with previous releases. Its array of consistently well-written, fast-paced pop punk songs balanced with slower, softer tracks keeps the album fresh and entertaining, propelled by exceptional production and the unquestionable proficiency of the band. On 'What Are You So Scared Of?', Tonight Alive sound ready to take over the world.
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“Big Kiss Goodnight” is everything you expect from a sophomore hardcore release. Confident songwriting, stylish production, big mosh parts and some minor musical evolution ensure that Trapped Under Ice’s latest offering will be one of the most (rightly) hyped albums of 2011.