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Enslaved - RIITIIR

Enslaved - RIITIIR

02.10.2012 | mblack | 0 Comments

'RIITIIR' is a powerful, emotionally dynamic album, but is not without its flaws. The main issue is a lack of identity as a result of too many misguided tangents. Labyrinthine song structures confuse the listener, and instead of a smooth journey through constantly morphing sonic landscapes, we get the highest highs giving way abruptly to the lowest lows.

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Ensiferum - Unsung Heroes

Ensiferum - Unsung Heroes

19.09.2012 | Kane_H | 0 Comments

‘Unsung Heroes’ is unintentionally over the top. It’s ludicrous, but in a very positive way. That makes sense, right? The themes may be grandiose, but the music is controlled and flowing.

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Expire - Pendulum Swings

Expire - Pendulum Swings

04.06.2012 | maxw | 0 Comments

“Pendulum Swings” is an extremely enjoyable record for both those who like their hardcore fast and angry, as well as those who like it on the tough and heavy side. No frills production is in keeping with their first two EPs, which is definitely a good thing. Expire don’t present anything hugely original but hey, who does in hardcore in 2012? All up a pretty refreshing dose of high intensity hardcore nonetheless.

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Enter Shikari - A Flash Flood of Colour

Enter Shikari - A Flash Flood of Colour

18.03.2012 | lucyvalentine | 7 Comments

For such a politically-fuelled album, A Flash Flood of Colour truly is a lot of fun. For a mess of aggression and dirty electronica, the tracks come out sounding remarkably clean and cohesive, with perfectly created balance and flow. Whilst I was previously on the fence about Enter Shikari, this album puts me firmly on the side of ‘massive fan’. Lyrically and musically, A Flash Flood of Colour is a damn impressive release in every respect, and Enter Shikari are a truly unique band in a sea of throwaway hardcore.

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Every Time I Die - Ex Lives

Every Time I Die - Ex Lives

15.02.2012 | Kane_H | 6 Comments

If you can't appreciate anything 'Ex Lives' offers then it's your loss, the savvy musical listeners pity you. The full-length takes a cross-section of the entire ETID catalogue dating right back to 2003, and perhaps even 2001, and condenses it all into 14 neat tracks. 'Ex Lives' is littered and coated with such superb delivery it's almost striking. And that claim comes after putting the subjective fan-boy persona aside. Neutrally speaking, 'Ex Lives' is enjoyable. Critically speaking this album is well-rounded. And from a fan perspective, 'Ex Lives' is an absolute rager. 2012 has an early contender.