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- User: 40
It would be no surprise if ‘An omen’ is favoured over How To Destroy Angels debut self titled EP as it features both sounds and styles that Reznor fans will know and love while also pushing the musical boundaries of the group even further once again. This is a good taste of what will no doubt be an excellent full length next year.
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- User: 70
What can really be said? This is straight up pop-punk. The recording sounds great, the songs are well written, catchy and relatively interesting, but for crying out loud, this sounds exactly like New Found Glory in every single way. If you can get past that, you will enjoy this record.
- KYS: 70
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Another pop-punk record. Granted one that features some fine song-writing points and super catchy melodies, but really, a pop-punk record that doesn't at least feature these two things is not worth talking about. Handguns are on the level, providing quality pop-punk which serves its purpose.
- KYS: 78
- User: 80
Considered pace, enough variety and a determined delivery ensures Hand of Mercy’s ‘Last Lights’ achieves its purpose. It does pander to pre-existing musical blueprints, but its impact still feels genuine.
- KYS: 80
- User: 83
House Vs Hurricane have stepped out of that angst, almost juvenile period of musical infancy where bands just focus on making their sound as abrasive and heavy as possible; without any care for substance. Instead, now, they have seemingly taken a deep breath, thought things over and carefully constructed 11 songs that continue to strengthen the band's appeal. In the most neutral, objective and dispassionate way possible, 'Crooked Teeth' is just a simple and engaging affair. Why try to overcomplicate things further?
- KYS: 55
- User: 55
If this EP was a b-side to the second track, New Winter, I'd appreciate it, commend it, even. But it's not. It is the second in a trilogy. New Winter is a stellar track, and I would like to draw attention to this before I make my closing comments. For a band that has traditionally been based on a mix of aggression and hooks, this EP somehow manages to lack both. The vocal track is unimpressive, the mastering and production are downright shameful for a band that has scored a #7 on the Billboard Charts. The band do not at all play to their strong points, and whilst it's not terrible, it's just plain... average. From these guys, we can rightly expect better. Mercifully, the band seems to realise that New Winter is the high point of the EP, and they've released a lyric video of it. With any hope, they'll use the exposure and cash gained from the one standout song to not butcher their next release.
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- User: 88
There are some moments in the thirteen song effort that seem a little bland, or just repetitive at times, but on the whole, 'Exister' is a fantastic comeback record for Hot Water Music, which offers the style we know and love, combined with some new little surprises to help renew everyone's interest.
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- User: 45
Compared to their past efforts, this is one of High On Fire's most brutal records, and one that represents the band's live sound extremely well. Its complex plot line sounds far more magical when explained by the band than the lyrics get across, but really, you are coming hear to have your head torn off by the guitars more than anything else and they will do exactly that.
- KYS: 86
- User: 10
'Invicta' is hit and miss, with the good moments being really good and the bad moments leaving you scratching your head. The use of two producers and the cut and paste feel of the record hints that Hit The Lights may not really have known what the wanted from this album. The huge leap in song writing abilities however says that once they find a direction, they will be damn near unstoppable.
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- User: 66
Drawing inspiration from experimental bands such as Circa Survive, The Receiving End of Sirens and Thrice, Hands Like Houses have created something unique which finds a middle-ground between the Panic! At The Disco and Chiodos in terms of quality and creativity. Having earned themselves an extensive international following through touring relentlessly without an official release, Ground Dweller became one of the most anticipated albums of 2012 and it lives up to the hype. With Sabet’s electronic composition, haunting melodies and variety of sounds that fit and flow – unlike some “synth-core” garbage that gets produced these days – Ground Dweller proves that keyboards and programming have a place in modern alternative music without sounding forced and cheesy. Matty Parkitny’s aggressive drumming and the rhythm section of Alexander Pearson (guitar) and Joel Tyrrell (bass) firmly hold together the exuberant lead-lines of Cooper and set a platform for Woodley to shine. Ground Dweller is a perfect example of a band breaking the mould of the heavy and post-hardcore genres ridden with cliché today, while at the same time making a statement on the current quality of Australian music. An early frontrunner for the best debut release this year.