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New Music Mondays: Amon Amarth, Soulfly and More!

You know what’s happening by now. Lots of new music from ten awesome bands. Lets check them out together down below!

Amon Amarth: The Great Heathen Army

Scandinavian Viking metallers return with their 12th studio album, and once again it’s awesome. However, the first thing I noticed was that the fantastic single ‘Put Your Back into the Oar’ that was released earlier this year did not make the album. An unfortunate omission as it’s a great track, but so are the others that made the album’s cut. It’s a concise nine tracks of great death metal. The opener sets the scene perfectly while the title track is simply awesome. However, tracks like ‘Heidrun’ and ‘Find a Way or Make One’ are definite highlights of the album. And of course, the collab between them and Saxon, aptly titled ‘Saxons and Vikings’, is as amazing as you’d expect it to be. While I do have to admit I did prefer the bands last two albums over this one, it’s still a great album I’ll be listening to a lot going forward!7.5/10

Soulfly: Totem

A band that I really should listen to more given how much I like Sepultura, Soulfly have now released a whopping 12 albums for me to catch up on. The groove/death metal band go hard right from the opening track, ‘Superstition’, and to little surprise also go hard through all ten tracks. It shares similar characteristics to the previous album in that both are a similar genre and draw on their culture for inspiration (though Max doesn’t do it as much here as he used to). However, I do think Amon Amarth did it slightly better. Soulfly definitely have the more aggressive edge to their sound, but I found the catchier element of AA funner and ultimately more enjoyable. I know I shouldn’t compare the two bands, and tracks like ‘Souring the Vile’ and ‘Ancestors’ are great, but it’s hard not to when both come out on the same day. Maybe it would translate better live for me! 6.5/10

The Interrupters: In the Wild

We don’t have enough ska on this site, or in the music scene in general any more, so I am so glad The Interrupters are flying the flag for the fourth wave of ska. The Distillers-inspired band have put out three of the best punk albums of the last decade in their short career, and look to continue their streak with this one. Starting out punky it soon goes full ska with the awesome ‘As We Live’ (anything with Tim Armstrong is awesome). The rather silly ‘Raised by Wolves’ gives way to the fantastic lead single, ‘In the Mirror’, and the album is off to a fantastic start.

My only issue with this album is how bloated it is. I love the band and genre as much as the next guy, but 14 tracks is a lot for a ska album. However, having said that, each song is amazing, so I don’t know how they’d have cut any as I wouldn’t be able to choose which to get rid of. The tracks are short enough too, the album is still less than 45-minutes long. I guess it’s just my easily distracted brain wanting slightly ore variety when listening to so many tracks at once. Still, every track on the album is awesome, especially ‘Love Never Dies’ featuring the criminally underrated Skints. Check this out, as it really is a fantastic album, and definitely continues their winning streak! 9/10

Dub War: Westgate Under Fire

Skindred mastermind Benji Webbe’s original band have been on and off active for the last eight years now, but their first new music release in 24 years is a pretty massive deal. The reggae punk-rock works just as well with the political subject matter that ‘Blackkk Man’ explores as it does the slightly lighter subject matter of Skindred’s lyrics. For anyone who isn’t as familiar with the band, it’s more closely related to Public Enemy, Suicidal Tendencies and even Wildhearts than the heavier riffs that Mikey Demus brings to Skindred. However, tracks like ‘Vibes in the Place’, ‘Mary Shelley’ and ‘Fun Done’ are all awesome. A good album and a great return from a band that should have gotten further the first time round! 7.5/10

Psycroptic: Divine Council

The death metal Aussies put out one hell of an eighth studio album last Friday. I cannot get over how fucking incredible the riffs are throughout the entire album, and just the guitars in general. Joe Haley is another criminally underrated guitarist, creating a dream album for those into the rhythm side of the instrument. Just check out ‘A Fool’s Errand’ to hear what I’m talking about. The rest of the band are fantastic too, the drummer working overtime throughout and all the different screams fitting the genre perfectly and being amazing. This is the sort of death metal that I love and holy crap, what an album. At just nine tracks and under f40 minutes, it’s also compact and concise awesomeness. Check this out, you won’t be disappointed! 8/.5/10

The Flatliners: New Ruin

The punk/almost post-hardcore band released their first album in half a decade last week. I wasn’t familiar with the band before writing this review and, honestly, I’m not sure how to feel about the album even after listening to it all. It wasn’t bad at all, it just felt like nothing really stood out to me. It reminds me of this year’s Static Dress album in that it’s a genre that I should LOVE, but for some reason it just doesn’t resonate with me the way I thought it would. However, the more indie-like chorus for ‘Rat King’ did have me singing along pretty quick and is definitely a highlight o the album. 6/10

Abbadon Incarnate: The Wretched Sermon

This at least wins the award for best album artwork of the week. It’s fuckin’ awesome. As for the music, it’s impressively fast death metal. Like, if thrash and death had a baby and then gave it speed. It’s a lot of fun. However, I did find myself loosing track of which song was wihich rather quickly, they all blended into one. Outside of the more up and down, longer ‘Isolation and Decay’ it was all rather samey. It was still a good listen and worth it for anyone who’s into the heavy stuff, but it’s exactly what you’d expect it to be. 6.5/10

StormbounD: December

Check out our full review of this awesome album, alongside it’s score, here.

Grave Bathers: Rock’n’Roll Fetish

The stoner/doom rock band’s debut gives us more riffs than 99.99% of other albums combined, so it feels. The band seem like the second coming of The Sword, something that the industry has needed ever since said band released High Country. ‘Ghost ‘Em All’ pens the album in spectacular fashion and perfectly encapsulates what the band is about and going for It’s amazing. The rest of the album is just as spectacular, too. Again though, and I feel like a broken record at this point, it’s a damn long album. 12 tracks spanning 81-minutes is a lot, even if given the genre it’s a little more forgivable than others. However, the sheer talent of the bands playing and songwriting on display means that even at the insane length of the tracks, it is still one hell of a great listen. No highlights again here, all the tracks are great. 9/10

Devil’s Paradise: Post Mortem

17 tracks for 80-minutes of music. What is it about this week and really long albums? It feels like the bands are cottoning on to how many albums I listen to to review a week and are taking the piss a bit now!

In all seriousness though, this was fantastic. Another great debut album (even if some of these tracks have been out nearly a decade already), making a whopping three in the same day! They remind me a lot of one of my favourite newer bands this year, South of Salem. I really hope this combo of Misfits style goth-punk and modern-day sleaze sticks around and continues to get bigger, because it’s a fantastic sub-genre. This does have a little more of a US radio rock edge to it too (think Burn Halo, Soil etc), especially on the slower tracks like ‘Ghost’. There’s also a handful of slower tracks that sound like Avenged Sevenfold when they they to sound like GNR. I love all of it, these ballads or the heavier, faster goth-sleaze tracks.

There are plenty of highlights from the album, a handful of which made our playlist. This is DEFINITELY worth checking out, these guys are gonna be huge. 9/10

And there we have it, an absolutely fantastic week for new music, a lot of it coming from the youngest bands on the list. Rock music is in an incredibly strong place right now with the next generation coming up, and I cannot wait to see where they all go from here!

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New Music Mondays: Whiskey Myres, Dance Gavin Dance and More!

You should know the dealio by now. New music from nine awesome bands. Let’s get straight to it!

Whiskey Myres: Tornillo

The southern rockers returned with their sixth album this last week. I was a HUGE fan of their last couple of albums so this one had a lot to live up to. I think Tornillo does just that. Tracks like ‘John Wayne’ and ‘Feet’s’ perfectly encapsulate what the band are about in terms of sound and style, and are hugely catchy and fun to boot. But, fun quick country or ballad, the band are such good songwriters that it’s all incredible and arena-filling without it being the modern day country cheese. This band deserve to be massive, and I really hope they start getting the love and praise they should over here now country is starting to take off big. A damn hard album to beat in this genre this year! 9/10

Beddy Rays: Self-Titled

The Aussie rockers put out a damn fun indie-drenched album on Friday. For a debut album too, it’s fantastic. The band have been putting out music for five years already, but putting out a full length release so consistent first time is always impressive. Tracks like ‘Week on Repeat’, ‘Sort it Out’ and ‘Sobercoaster’ are all excellent highlights. However, honestly if you are into the more indie side of rock, you’ll enjoy every track on the album. Good stuff! 8/10

Dance Gavin Dance: Jackpot Juicer

Controversy aside, this band has always been a collection of insanely talented musicians, and that is on full display again with this album. It’s an hour of post-Tool math post hardcore craziness, and I found myself loving it. Will Swan is a criminally underrated Guitarist and both Jon Mess and Tilian Pearson handle the duel vocals perfectly. The album also acts as a fitting tribute to longtime bassist Tim Feerick, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Tracks like ‘For the Jeers’ and ‘Cream of the Crop’ are fantastic, but yet again this whole album is great. 8.5/10

Check out more (kinda) math rock here.

Krisiun: Mortem Solis

Time for some Brazilian death metal. The band’s 12th studio album opens going hard and doesn’t let up once. It’s a brutal assault to the ears in the best way. If you are a fan of the heavy side of metal you’ll definitely get enjoyment out of this. Tracks like ‘Serpent Messiah’ and ‘Temple of the Abattoir’ are awe3some. The guitaring is a real highlight, Moyses Kolesne being another underrated player. However, the only negative I had was that nothing really stood out. It was all solid, but it just sounded like your typical straight-up death metal. That’s completely fine, but I’d love a bit of variety in it at times! 6.5/10

Funeral Chic: Roman Candle

The old-school biker sludge/hardcore metallers returned with their third studio album last week. Opening on the interesting, slower, great ‘Made in America’, the pace soon picks up with ‘Spit and Crawl’. The pace flits between the two styles throughout, sounding like anything from Metallica to Rob Zombie to Misfits. The whole album is awesome, every track being just as good as the last. I also love it when the band lean more and more into the sludgy edge the have, there being some great riffs and breakdowns here. My only ever so slight criticism is that the vocals could have been slightly higher in the mix. 7.5/10

Stick to Your Guns: Spectre

Hardcore punk and metalcore often go hand-in-hand, but I’ve not heard it done quite as masterfully was I have here. From the opening track you get a clear indication of the bands impressive signwriting skill, blending together anger and aggression with huge, anthemic choruses. They remind me of a heavier A Day to Remember, inspired by metal instead of pop punk. Everything from the clean and harsh vocals to the quick drums and guitars to the insane breakdowns, all of it was fantastic. It’s a modern heavy-lover’s dream while still having arena-filling earworms to get them plenty of new fans from the more mainstream audiences. I honestly can’t pick highlights from this, a lot of it made it onto the playlist. An album I’ll be listening to a lot over the coming weeks and months. 9/10

Bastions: Majestic Desolation

The first album released by the band in 11 years, The band make the most of showcasing their talent after so much time off. The band go HARD on this album, combining elements of black metal and hardcore together well. It’s not really my thing, and the tracks did all blend together a little when I listened to them, but I can definitely appreciate the talent and songwriting skill of the band. I’ll give it a 5/10, though I’m sure bigger fans of the genre would give it much higher!

Belphegor: The Devils

It’s blackened death metal. If you like the genre, like I am starting to, you’ll love this. It takes all the good parts from black metal but adds fun stuff too like riffs and good production. And this is a band very clearly near the top of the genre where songwriting is concerned. Tracks like ‘Damnation’ and ‘Kingdom of Cold Flesh’ are awesome and definite highlights! 6.5/10

Cats in Space: Kickstart the Sun

The AOR/power Prog rock space lovers are back with their fifth album. It’s pretty great if you like this sort of thing. Fantastic instrumentation, amazing vocals and harmonies and some good lyrics. I again cannot help but compare them to the awesome Night Ranger, and that is definitely a compliment. My only slight issue is that it does all seem a little similar. I was much more than happy to listen to the album all the way through, but the tracks blended together a little and I’d struggle to name them if it weren’t written in front of me. A different sound, feeling or timing would have been nice somewhere! Still, there is plenty to love from start to finish! 7.5/10

And there we have it, another surprisingly awesome week! As always keep up to date on all of our content from our Instagram here.

New Music Mondays: Jack White, Oceans of Slumber and More!

Welcome back to New Music Mondays, where we take you through all of the new releases in the rock and metal world once a week. This week is pretty heavy, so strap yourselves in and enjoy the ride!

Jack White: Entering Heaven Alive

The former White Stripes frontman’s second album of 2022, on first listen I have to say I preferred the previous one. It’s not a bad album by any stretch, but Fear of the Dawn was much more of a rock album, which I prefer over the folk pop-rock of this album. It felt to me like where the Beatles would have gone later in their careers, than what I was hoping for. There are definitely some highlights and epic moments. ‘All Along the Way’ is incredible and I think getting just a bit bigger or having a grander payoff may have put it up there with one of my favourite tracks of the year. Outside of that though, it all felt pretty steady and a little boring. 6/10

Oceans of Slumber: Starlight and Ash

All info I found online about this band called them a prog metal band. I heard very little metal here. This was a rock album. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s still a very good album. The opening track is somehow both chaotic and methodical and builds up beautifully for the ending crescendo. ‘The Lighthouse’ has a country/americana feel to it, but still being dark and heavy enough to fit in with the band. You’ll find both on our 2022 highlights Spotify playlist here.

However, after five or six tracks the same plodding pace does get a little old for me. I very much get that it’s their style and it’s very good, but some variety would have been nice. Each track individually is awesome, but the album as a whole dragged for me a little. If you like it awesome, and I really wish I could, but I can’t give it any higher than a 7/10

Witchery: Nightside

The extreme Swedes are back with their eighth album. It’s everything you can expect an extreme metal album to be, fast, aggressive and full of dark, insane lyrics. It’s great. ‘Don’t Burn the Witch’ had some fun dynamics in with the emphasis on the bass. And a track called ‘Popecrusher’ should really speak for itself. The lyrics are so exretreme that it almost gets a little comical. I mean ‘A Forest of Burning Coffins’ is hard to take seriously. A lot of fun if you’re into the heavier side of music. 7/10

Karl Sanders: Saurian Apocalypse

An interesting one up now. Usually playing tech-death with Nile, Karl’s solo stuff is more on the folk side of the Egyptian/ambient style. It being his first album in 13 years and only third overall makes this an intriguing release. It was definitely intriguing, to put it lightly. I don’t often listen to this style and it wouldn’t really fall into the rock category, but it’s somehow still heavy. It’s not exactly something I would listen to often, but man can I appreciate the art and time it would have taken to write it. It really did take me on a journey, and I loved every second of it. Plus, the guitaring is INSANE. If you have the time, find this and check it out! 8/10

Palisades: Reaching Hypercritical

The alt-metal band are bringing back a lot of early-to-mid 2000s nostalgia for me, so if that is your scene stop what you are doing right now and check this out. Between Three Days Grace, Skillet, Linkin Park and Drowning Pool, it draws together a lot of sounds that I love. From the very first track to the last, this was all incredible. The singles have made it onto our playlist but honestly that doesn’t do enough justice to this album. Each track, album or single, is fantastic. I have nothing more to say, every track is a highlight, Check this out! 9/10

Ashenspire: Hostile Architecture

And now for some prog-doom. And I’m not going to lie, it went almost completely over my head. This was like a mess of a whole lot of sounds and vocals and strings with rather meh punk vocals over the top. Old Gwar is about the closest thing I can think of to compare it too, and I didn’t get that either. Don’t get me wrong though, I like the sentiment behind the concept of the album. It just doesn’t really sound good to me. I’m really sorry guys. Though I will admit the vocals sounded a little better when they were just spoken instead of shouted, I felt like I connected with the emotion more. but still, 3/10

Patient Sixty-Seven: Wishful Thinking

A fantastic album that I’ve already reviewed! Check it out here.

Hatriot: The Vale of Shadows

Zetro’s (the best Exodus frontman, fight me) between bands project, we have since had the last now two albums without him and instead have bassist Cody Souza on vocals too. While not quite as good, you can tell he’s trying to emulate the same style and does a decent enough job. The album itself is pretty base level thrash, being quick, awesome riffs, fast drumming and crazy solos. Thankfully the vocals don’t take as much of a backseat as some other thrash bands. All you have to do is check out the different screams in ‘The Hate Inside’ to hear some truly awesome vocals. This album had some awesome moments, with ‘Verminous and Vile’ and the title track both also being highlights. 7.5/10

Nicolas Cage Fighter: The Bones That Grew From Pain

The metallic hardcore band released their much anticipated debut album this past Friday. It’s another that goes to 10 immediately and stays there throughout. Opener ‘Grey Eye’ shows you exactly what the band are about and what you are in for, and it’s great. It’s definitely an album for the heavy fans again, like much of this week is. But if you are into that late 90s early 2000s heavy vibe, you’ll definitely love this. Ten tracks filled with aggression and anger that’ll definitely get your head banging! 7.5/10

Imperial Triumphant: Spirit of Ecstasy

A band that I never really ‘got’. I remember seeing the picture of them in the Sons of the Harpy masks everywhere a few years ago and ended up checking them out. It just sounded like heavy noise to me. I get that some people crave that originality and so the weirdness is appreciated, but I will happily hold up my hands and say give me a radio-rock chorus any day of the week. I like the brooding atmosphere created with some of the quieter moments, but otherwise it’s a little too heavy for me. 3.5/10

New Music Mondays: Deaf Havana, Senses Fail and More!

Some people are really going to love this week’s New Music Mondays. There is a lot of softer rock making it up, with just a couple of HEAVY bands thrown in towards the end. Honestly, it’s quite refreshing. I love metal, but having a more chilled out week this week is nice. Come relax with me as we check it out!

Deaf Havana: The Present is a Foreign Land

I was under the impression these were more rock than this. I knew the name from friends in childhood and thought they were either indie-pop-rock or more of a hardcore pop-punk band, but a lot of this was just Ed Sheeran with slightly more instruments. Or at a push slow British country anthems. It’s not bad, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not exactly alt rock like their Wiki suggests. Tracks like ’19dreams’ and ‘Going Clear’ were definite highlights and good ballads, but I feel like I already know what this band is about and don’t have much desire to check out much more. 6/10

Senses Fail: Hell is in Your Head

Like a modern adaptation of My Chemical Romance. The bands eighth release is a similar blend of heavy pop-punk and post-hardcore styles like their previous ones, but still feels at least interesting. It’s okay, but none of it quite stood out to me enough for me to latch onto and enjoy. It all sounded pretty similar too so I couldn’t even come up with some recommendations for highlight tracks. Check out the opener and if you like it, you’ll probably enjoy the whole album. However, for me, this gets a 5/10

Check out another pop-punk review here.

Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp: 18

Yes, Captain Jack Sparrow, conquerer of the mighty Amber Herd, made an album with rock music legend Jeff Beck. And I’ll tell you what, it’s fuckin’ weird. At least for the first half. Opening on an instrumental folk-rock track, it is then followed by a slightly-vocal-led industrial rock/metal track, which is then followed by a piano ballad and then a country/blues track. See, it’s wonderfully all over the place. Unfortunately it falls into soft rock pretty heavily after that and by 2/3s of the way through the album I’d kinda lost interest, but man if that first third wasn’t one hell of a fun roller coaster. Depp is clearly a big fan of Beck and wanted to incorporate More rock bands need to catch me off guard and keep me guessing, please! 7.5/10

Yours Truly: is this what i look like?

I’m struggling to work out whether to compare this more to old-school Paramore or modern pop acts like Olivia Rodrigo and GAYLE. It definitely has some old-school pop punk elements in there and feels a little heavier than the pop names I have mentioned, but also feels closest to Machine Gun Kelly’s recent bastardisation of the genre than anything else. I’m glad it’s a short album as I found myself getting bored of this after only the first three tracks, unfortunately. Not even You Me At Six could save my interest. It was good but incredibly samey after just a track or two. 4.5/10

Black Midi: Hellfire

This is weird. I don’t think I get it. The chaotic math/jazz/indie rock was at least one of the most interesting listens for me on this list so far, but that doesn’t quite equate to high quality. I preferred the faster, slightly heavier stuff like ‘Welcome to Hell’ and ‘The Race is About to Begin’ over the slower tracks. However, it is more in a Primus, Mr Bungle type of morbid curiosity. I appreciate what goes into writing them but I wouldn’t exactly listen to it on the regular. 6.5/10 just because it was one of the most interesting albums I’ve listened to in quite some time!

Interpol: The Other Side of Make-Believe

Another slow rock band releasing a slow album. I nearly didn’t even include it in this list as it was pretty boring for me to listen through. However, I have covered similar bands before so felt like I had to at latest mention it. If you like music like Joy Division and Editors, I’m sure you’d also enjoy this. But it isn’t for me at all. I need my music with a little more umph and intrigue. It might be an okay background album but after a generally slow week this week, this didn’t help! 3.5/10

…And You Will Know us From the Trail of Dead: Bleed Here Now

The Texan alt-rock band put out their 11th studio album last week. It’s more R.E.M. inspired soft rock music, but at least feels like some of the more enjoyable in this style I have heard recently. The emotion felt from the vocals in the chorus of ‘Penny Candle’ won me over, and then came that riffing and soloing in ‘No Confidence’. FINALLY, SOME RIFFS THIS WEEK. Both tracks are definite highlights for me, as is the punk AF ‘Kill Everyone’. A good but far too long album (22 tracks across 75 minutes) that has some definitely high points. Heck, the prog masterpiece ‘Taken by the Hand’ is another HUGE highlight. 7/10

Hissing: Hypervirulence Architecture

The blackened death metal band suffer the same fate as a lot of its counterparts: terrible vocal production. Why do black metal bands believe it sounds good to record through a potato? There were some good riffs scattered through here and some dynamic songwriting, but not nailing the vocals always puts me off somewhat. An album for the heavy fans for sure, but it’s not really my sort of thing. 3.5/10

Deathbringer: IT

Death metal with some of the best riffs I’ve heard this year, Deathbringer bring it (yes, pun intended) on their long awaited sophomore album. The drummer deserves heaps of praise too for his insane work throughout the album and while I struggled to understand the vocals for the most part, they were fitting and pretty fun. ‘Per Aspera’ and the insane ‘A Place to Exist’ were personal highlights for me! 7/10

Rain City Drive: Self-Titled

Formerly Slaves, the band’s fifth album and first after the rebrand is fantastic. the experimental pop-rock sound is still relatively under-explored, especially in the mainstream, but these guys fly that flag very well. Tracks like the opener, pop-centric ‘Cutting it Close’ and the heavier ‘Ophelia’ but show off the band’s range on this album and provide some fantastic highlights. However, if you like the poppier, hook-oriented side of rock, you’ll LOVE this whole album, like I did. The most enjoyable album for me this week by quite a margin. 8/10

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New Music Mondays: Journey, Coldrain and much more!

Another week chocked full of amazing new music, from classic rock to metalcore and some heavy stuff too! Check it out down below!

Journey: Freedom

The Kings of AOR themselves return with their 16th studio album, after having the longest gap between releases in the band’s nearly half-centry career. It’s epic, fun and showcases major talent. So the usual really for Journey! Yes, it’s slow, and after a full nearly 75 minutes that can get a little much. But tracks like ‘Let it Rain’, ‘United We Stand’ and the opener definitely make it a good listen. For a band that have written one of my favourite tracks of all time (Separate Ways, what a bop) this is definitely something I love and will listen to a fair bit over the coming months. 7.5/10

Coldrain: Nonegative

The Japanese metalcore band put out their seventh studio album last week. They are a name I have been familiar with for a while but for some reason I have never really checked them out. That was a massive mistake. This was fucking awesome. From start to finish, this was a really solid metalcore album. It had plenty of heaviness and harsh vocals while also having a catchy, radio hook in almost every track. The first three tracks are metalcore brilliance while tracks like ‘Before I Go’ almost give off Linkin Park vibes with their slower, cleaner sound. There really isn’t a bad song on the album, and even the slightly cringy intro to ‘2020’ was made better once the track kicked in. Awesome stuff and I REALLY want to check out theband’s back catologue after this! 8.5/10

Blind Channel: Lifestyles of the Sick & Dangerous

The Finish Eurovision alumni put out their fourth studio album on Friday. When I first heard them on the show, I definitely enjoyed them. They were a breath of fresh air for the pop-heavy brand and I honestly thought they were better than the eventual winners. Unfortunately it’s the best track on the album by quite a margin. I completely understand that English won’t be their native langauge, but the lyrics are cringe. ‘Opinions’ is one of the worst rock tracks of the year and tracks like ‘Bad Idea’ and ‘Balboa’ giving it a run for its money. Whoever said on the band’s Wiki that the band are post-hardcore is having a great laugh, this is just various eras of Linkin Park rolled into one. Plus, it’s never good to hear how much fame gets to someone’s head. It’s definitely not for me, so I have to unfortunately give it a 3/10

Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters: Mythos, Confession, Tragedies and Love

The third album from the blues/hard rock frontwoman is maybe her best yet. From the very opening track you get a great example of her sound and talent, and it continues throughout. ‘Tonight I’m With You’ gives off awesome, early Halestorm vibes while ‘Undo Me’ is a fantastic stadium rock song. Another album that is straight through good songs, too, though I do have to say I think she does a better job with the heavier stuff over the ballads. 8/10

Check out last week’s NMM here

Viagra Boys: Cave World

Channelling their inner early punk vibe, Viagra Boys infuse it perfectly with new wave and indie with this album. While it’s not exactly my sort of thing, I can definitely hear the quality and appeal. The lyrics are the definite highlight, especially given that there isn’t a massive deal ‘to’ the instrumentation. ‘Troglodyte’ is the definite highlight for me, but ‘Punk Rock Loser’ and ‘ADD’ are also fun. 6.5/10

Vomit Forth: Seething Malevolence

Annnnd we’re onto the heavy stuff. A mixture of death metal and grindcore/beatdown but sadly with the production of a black metal album. Do I really need to say more? Y’all know I’m not going to like it, there isn’t enough melody or enough breakdowns. I struggled to get more than 4 tracks in, sorry guys. If you like it then awesome, but in my personal opinion it’s a 3/10

Amongst Liars: Self-Titled

I had no idea what to expect heading into this. Fuck was I impressed. It’s heavy indie/QOTSA sort of vibes, combining heavy, fuzzy riffs with infectiously catchy radio-rock. From opening track ‘Cut It’ the band had me hooked and I listened to the full album in one sitting. It’s not often I do that on this series, especially with a smaller band. The band even channel some Placebo influence in there at times, another band I’m a huge fan of! For a debut album this is off the charts impressive, and I cannot wait to hear what the band do from here! 8/10

Telekinetic Yeti: Primordial

Another album that isn’t produced very well, the vocals being hard rto make out. It’s a shame too as I was enjoying the riffs and this particular brand of desert rock quite a lot! Instrumentally it’s like The Sword meets Masters of Reality and I am all for it, I just wish the vocals were turned up a tad or were a bit clearer. However, the vocals seem like a much lower priority than the riffs and drums, so I can hardly blame them. It almost feels like they want to be an instrumental band but know that comes with a ceiling when it comes to the mainstream, so have put whatever vocals they can to it. I still thoroughly enjoyed this and would definitely recommend checking it out for the insane songwriting alone. I just wish it had a big chorus or two. 6.5/10

Lord Elephant: Cosmic Awakening

Not too dissimilar to the previous band but this one is actually instrumental. I feel like a hypocrite as I actually felt myself wanting and missing vocals. It was okay but not quite as enjoyable as Yeti were with the sound. Still, there was some fun, dynamic songwriting in here and it is worth a listen if you like the more prog, psychedelic side of rock music. 5.5/10

The Machinist: All is Not Well

We finish off this week on more heavy. The industrial death metal band put out another angry, hate-filled album that grew on me a lot as it went through. Filled with crushing riffs and impressively brutal screams no matter the gender of the vocalist doing them, the albums is definitely for the fans of heavy. I struggled to pick a highlight because it’s not quite my sort of thing, but as with others on this list damn was it impressive. I feel like they’re a band I need to see live to really appreciate them properly. For now, I’ll give it a 6.5/10

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New Music Mondays: Dan Reed Network, Dir En Grey and More!

Not a massive week for new music this week but a handful of great bands none the less. From avant-garde to funk to new-wave, there is something for everyone, so join us in checking it all out!

Dan Reed Network: Let’s Hear it For the Kings

The funk rock band return with their third album since their 2013 reunion. Honestly, it’s my favourite they’ve done since their first stint. Opening on the fantastic ‘Pretty Karma’ and featuring such incredible tracks like ‘Starlight’ and the wonderfully Backstreet Boys-esque ‘Stumble’, the album is strong throughout. Dan gets better with age when it comes to a vocalist, songwriter and performer, and the rest of the band hold up their own perfectly, providing a funky, heavier Genesis of instrumentation that is infectiously enjoyable. I have to see this stuff live, I guess I’m seeing them with Reckless Love after all! 8/10

DIR EN GREY: PHALARIS

The Japanese heavy metal icons returned last week with their 11th studio album. Opening with the slow build and avant-garde-ness of ‘Schadenfreude’, the band continue along that trend by showcasing all walks of metal across their 11 tracks. Whether it’s the power ballad of the second track or the all-out assault of ‘Eddie’, there is something for everyone here. And I loved all of it. The band are fantastically talented at playing and songwriting, and definitely have a new fan in me! How have I never given them more of a chance before? 8.5/10

Hank Williams Jr: Rich White Honkey Blues

56 studio albums. Let that just sink in. That’s INSANE. And 18 of those are certified gold or higher in the US. I know he’s been going since the mid-60s, but that’s still fucking incredible. Still pumping music out at the ripe young age of 73, Jr still sounds fantastic. ‘Georgia Women’ is one hell of a great single and the title track and ‘I Like it When It’s Stormy’ are fantastic blues-drenched country-rock tracks. I cannot believe he is still releasing music of such high quality. 8/10

Tungsten: Bliss

Time for some epic power metal. Another genre I have gotten into a lot more thanks to this company, this had me headbanging throughout. It’s heavier than most power metal too, with the screams and blast beats being a fun inclusion. However, it still has some catchy, huge choruses and, I’m sure you’ve guessed it, an operatic female vocal for harmony purposes. Heck, single ‘March Along’ even has some industrial influences, which was surprising and awesome. And the epic conclusion, ‘Northern Lights’, is something that must be heard… so I left it below! Everyone likes power metal, if you don’t you’re lying, so check this album out! 7.5/10

Nova Twins: Supernova

I never got the Nova Twins. That doesn’t change with this release. It’s basically girl group pop with basic rock music and riffs behind it. If that’s your thing go right ahead. However, I’d prefer to listen to Girls Aloud or Spice Girls, at least the songs written for them to sing were good. Packed full of cringy lyrics and not fun rock music, it felt like a chore to listen to at times. I wanted to like it because it’s punk as fuck and II generally like rap and hip-hop and rock music inspired by it. However, it’s a no from me, sadly. 3.5/10

Consecration: Cinis

The blackened-death-doom metal band put out their forth album over the weekend. It’s dark, menacing and brutal, as well as growing on me more and more throughout. The prog elements they bring to it all are a lot of fun and really add an interesting and pretty original edge to their sound. They remind me of early Opeth. Good stuff, and well worth a listen if you like the heavy stuff. 7/10

Baby Strange: World Below

The first article on this site almost a year ago was our interview with this band. Therefore, it feels only fitting that we review this album. Honestly, I really like it. There’s a real revival of the classic, Pulp/Human League sound going on right now with the likes of these and Dead Writers, and I’m all for it. It’s hard to even pick a highlight track or two, as the whole album is a masterclass in this kind of genre brought into the modern day. The band deserve every amount of hype they are gaining these days and no matter what type of music you are into, check this out, you will find something to enjoy. 8.5/10

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Wicked Stone: Synergy

Straddling the line between hard rock and metalcore, Wicked Stone put out their difficult second album last week. I’ve seen them a couple of times now over the last half a decade since their debut, and to be brutally honest, I find myself getting it less and less. The band are a collection of clearly good musicians who like what they write (since this sounds very close to their last album) but it simply isn’t translating to me. Nothing on this album stands out to me or earworms me in the slightest, it sounds somehow generic but also not definitive enough in what genre it wants to be. The riffs are good, don’t get me wrong, I’m probably just being bitchy because there isn’t a big catchy chorus. Hopefully it grows on me because it’s everything I should like, but I just can’t seem to. 4/10

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New Music Mondays: Bleed From Within, Gwar and Much More!

A Huge week for new music this week. 12 new albums for us to check out, and a bunch of it is what I grew up on, metalcore! Don’t worry though, there’s some punk and southern and heavier stuff, too. Let’s dive in, shall we?

Bleed From Within: Shrine

Bleed From Within are Scottish. I hope I’m not the only one who’s mind has not been blown by that fact. As you can tell I’m not too familiar with this band aside knowing their general metalcore sound after checking them out when they were announced as BFMV’s support a couple of years ago. The great god Wikipedia tells me this is their sixth album, so I’m going to feel even more stupid if I love it and have waited this long to check them out…

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I love it. Damn. Opening heavy with ‘I Am Damnation’ and ‘Sovereign’, the band pack in huge riffs and amazing growls but combat them well with catchy, cleaner choruses. It’s a lot like early Parkway Drive or Architects, it’s great. ‘Levitate’ opens with slow build and a similar violin line to Machine Head’s ‘Now We Die’ before launching into disgusting post-nu-metal heaviness. The chorus is HUGE though and SO catchy. Oh, and the guitar solo is sick. I’ve not gushed over one track on NMM for a while so expect it to be track of the week this week on our Instagram! However, having said that, both ‘Flesh and Stone’ and ‘Stand Down’ are strong contenders, too. All the singles, and every track on this album really, is phenomenal. 9/10

GWAR: The New Dark Ages

Okay, confession time. I never quite got into Gwar. But, having said that, I never saw them live. I’ve heard how good of a show they put on and it would probably win me over, but on track they never did much for me.

So, imagine my surprise when I found myself really enjoying them on this album. I definitely don’t want to speak ill of anyone no longer with us, but clearly my issue lay with Dave Brockie’s vocals. Sawborg Destructo and Blothar do a better job with the vocals and make it all feel much more polished. Don’t worry, it still has the silliness of Green Jelly, filled with plenty of immature lyrics, but it’s a little groovier and less thrash-punk, which also helped my enjoyment. Tracks like the opener and ‘Berserker Mode’ are great both musically and lyrically, and they’ve made me want to check out more of the bands back catalogue now to see if I’ve been wrong all along! 7/10

Crobot: Feel This

Everyones (at least in terms of bands wanting to tour with them) favourite upcoming hard/groove rock band, Crobot put out album number four last week. I got into them hard when their last album, 2019’s Motherbrain, was released, so have been excited for this for a while.

Bursting right in with ‘Electrified’, the band hit hard with energy and purpose, and keep that feeling going through much of the album. The infectious grooves and vocals in this track, ‘Better Times’ and ‘Livin’ On the Streets’ are awesome. However, it’s the slower tracks that are the real highlight here. ‘Set you Free’ is a powerful, beautiful ballad while the wonderfully (early) Shinedown-esque ‘Golden’ is another massive highlight of the album. They build on the foundations of Motherbrain amazingly and somehow top it. It’s a shame they aren’t over here more often because the NWOCR scene would snap them up in a heartbeat! 9/10

Drive-By Truckers: Welcome 2 Club XIII

My ocd hates that title. However, I like the album! It’s like darker, heavier Lou Reed, but also adds some country, southern and blues to the punk. Tracks like the title one and ‘Every Single Storied Flameout’ were fun, uptempo tracks while the opener and ‘Shake and Pine’ were more atmospheric, slower ones. Both sides had a lot of upside to them and make for a damn well-rounded album. It’s chilled out and another one I’d happily put on on a long drive or in the background to relax to. 6.5/10

Memphis May Fire: Remade In Misery

The Texan metalcore band go hard on their seventh album. Tracks like the opener, ‘Somebody’ and ‘Death Inside’ are all great. But, they picked a bad week to finally release the album. Yes, I know between the nine (too many) singles that the fans have heard almost the entire album already, but Bleed From Within showed them up a fair bit this week, in my opinion. Having said that, though, the two previously unheard tracks are okay too. Shame the slow one closes the album. I can’t wait for that trend to end. 7/10

Thornhill: Heroine

More metalcore (I told you it was a big week for it), this time from Australia. These guys take a different approach to the sub-genre, immediately catching my interest more than MMF. It feels more atmospheric, more like Monuments or Grey Haven than BFMV. ‘The Hellfire Club’ is a great opener and really sets the tone for the rest of the album. Tracks like ‘Leather Wings’ and ‘Casanova’ were also highlights of a good album. With their sound and their talent, I assumed the band had been together a fair bit longer than 2016. They have a big future if they keep putting stuff out of this quality. 7/10

Artificial Brain: Self-Titled

A heavy death metal band with such low growls that I could barely even tell if they were there half the time. Either the mix is terrible or the vocals are pointless. Either way in all fairness, the mix is bad. It sounds like the whole band have used the Spinal Tap/Death Magnetic technique of just turn everything up to 11, making it an incomprehensible wall of sound. The band have three albums out and all sound like this. I think it’s time to get a new mixer, boys. Especially since the actual musicianship is fine. 3/10

Sergeant Thunderhoof: This Sceptred Veil

The darkest thing to ever come out of Somerset, the groove/doom rock band put out their third (or fifth (can two songs count as an album if long enough? Spotify says yes…) album last week. The band sound like a mixture of The Sword, Queens of the Stone Age, Tool and Red Fang. It’s pretty awesome. Also the proggier element to it is great, a few of the tracks going 8+ minutes and really drawing you into the band’s world. I can’t even pick a highlight as this definitely seems like the sort of album you listen to all the way through. 7/10

Out of Service: The Ground Beneath Me

More dark, moody music, this time from the US. A heavier indie/alt-rock band, the album sets a perfect tone and, much like the previous one on this list, prompts a full listen to truly experience it. It’s again hard to pick singular highlights due to this, but the lead single ‘A Moment Trapped in Time’ featuring the awesome Emery is great, as is the more pop-punk ‘The Fall’. The album channels so many different styles and influences, it’s a pleasure to listen through just to hear them all. The band have a new fan in me and I shall definitely be checking out their previous two albums! 7/10

Somnus Throne: Nemesis Lately

An album that I cannot help but compare to the Thunderwolf one due to their similar styles, Somnus feel like they are having slightly more fun with it. Plus the band seem to lean even heavier into the prog side of the sub-genre, the album only being six tracks but clocking in at a whopping 42-minutes. The band are even more like The Sword, awesome, ch0nky riffs included, and I love it. ‘Lacque Bones’ and ‘Rubber Tramp’ are particular highlights, even if they are very similar tracks. 7.5/10

Defiatory: Apokalyps

We don’t get nearly enough thrash through this site, so I’m so pumped whenever I get to cover some. My inner thrash-head comes out, like the kid from Metal Lords. This album was good. It’s actually pretty hard to do thrash wrong if you’re good musicians, which these guys definitely are. Tracks like ‘Only War’ and ‘Belligerent and Hostile’ are some of the best new thrash tracks I’ve heard in a while. It’s a good album from start to finish, and another band that have a new fan in me! 7.5/10

Pardon my French, but quelle putain de semaine fantastique pour la musique rock. Metalcore owned the week with three awesome releases, but country hard rock and stoner rock was represented really well too. There are a couple of albums that will be up there for album of the year come December, I’m sure!

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New Music Mondays: Malevolence, Static Dress and More!

Sorry for all you rock lovers, but this week’s new music is all about the metal. There is a rock band tucked away in here, but outside of that this week is for the heavy fans!

Malevolence: Malicious Intent

A band that have a massive buzz about them this year, just coming off a huge arena tour supporting Architects. So, safe to say the hype for this album, including with me, is pretty high.

Safe to say, their new music doesn’t disappoint. Whether it’s the crushing heaviness of the opener or ‘Karma’ or the melody of ‘On Broken Glass’ there is a surprising amount of range for the hardcore punk/beatdown metal band. Heck, ‘Higher Place’ is practically a FFDP (but good)-esque ballad, and not only is it excellent but fits the album perfectly. My only slight gripe is that ‘Salvation’ features one of the best names in metal today, Matt Heafy, but uses him incredibly sparingly. At least, vocally they do. Still, the track and album as a whole are very good. 8.5/10

Static Dress: Rogue Carpet Disaster

Another British hardcore punk band with a new album, it must have been the week for it! A band that I had never actually heard of, Static Dress also put out a pretty decent album! Opening with a heavy bang with ‘Fleahouse’ and ‘Sweet.’, the band also show their versatility on ‘Attempt 8’ and ‘Such.a.shame’. While not quite as good as their heavier brothers above, it’s still a fun album that I’ll find myself listening to a fair bit over the next few weeks. 7/10

Weird Nightmare: Self-Titled

The pop-rock/punk band are the new project of Metz guitarist Alex Edkins. The debut album is a fun, upbeat album that is a breath of fresh air this week, let me tell you. Having this on on the drive home from Call of the Wild festival, it faded into the background in the best way, a good album to just sit and chill out to. Tracks like ‘Sunday Driver’ and ‘Oh No’ are particular highlights. 6/10

Cave In: Heavy Pendulum

The American rock band seem to have confused either me or Wikipedia, or quite possibly both. Wiki has the band down as rock, metalcore and post hardcore, yet I wouldn’t say what I heard here was any of that. This new music feels closer to sludge/doom/stoner metal than anything else. But then again, I haven’t heard their previous stuff, so this may be a bit of a departure of their sound!

Whatever the case, it’s a good album! The band are all clearly very competent players and are fantastic, interesting songwriters. However, 14 tracks may have been a little much. I like this style of music, but I personally got a bit bored during the second half as it was a lot of the same. Highlights include ‘Blood Spiller’ and the epic ‘Nightmare Eyes’. 7/10

Septicflesh: Modern Primitive

The Greek death metal band put out their 11th album last week. I’ve seen the name floating about a lot before and assumed they’d not be my sort of thing, but this was actually great. The melodic and symphonic elements contrast perfectly with the death parts and makes for a fun, interesting listen. Tracks like ‘Hierophant’ and ‘Coming Storm’ are perfect examples of what I’m on about, and are both definite highlights of the album! Straight up good symphonic death metal music ! 8/10

Geezer: Stoned Blues Machine

The stoner/blues metal band are hard to find much information on, given that Google immediately brings up Geezer Butler at every chance instead. As a result, I am going into this album relatively blind. Thanks to Spotify at least, i can see that this is the bands fourth studio album.

The album is fun, packed full of great, groovy riffs and some surprisingly big, catchy choruses. The three pre-release tracks are of course the highlights, the band doing a good job picking the singles. However, the whole album is damn enjoyable if you like this sort of style. It’s not too dissimilar to the Cave In album, just a little lighter and more accessible. 7.5/10

INFLUENCE: Conspiracy

A band that I am rather familiar with due to covering their first album at my old place, I have been a fan of INFLUENCE for a while. Because of this, of course I shall be listening to the new album and giving it a more in depth review, so you’ll have to keep an eye out for that later in the week if you’re interested! Just as a little spoiler though… it’s good!

Assumption: Hadean Tides

What to say about this album that isn’t going to make me come across like a dick. I don’t know if it was my speakers, but the mix wasn’t great at all. I struggled to hear the vocals much throughout while the bass drums and lead guitar were about the loudest things on the album. What they were doing sounded good, as much as I’m not too into the style, but it was hard to get past the odd mix. Maybe this is exactly how they wanted it and it’s just me not ‘getting’ it, but it was a weird choice. Because of that, I can’t give it much higher than a 4.5/10

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New Music Mondays: Bowling For Soup, Dorothy and More!

After Shinedown also delayed their album thanks to vinyl printing issues, I officially give up saying what is coming out the week later. However, even with that loss, we still have nine great bands who have released new music last week. Check them out below!

Bowling for Soup: Pop Drunk Snot Bread

Everyone’s favourite pop-punk band are back with their follow-up to their 2016 album, Drunk Dynasty. In that time they have suffered their only major line-up change, with long-time friend and tech of the band Rob Felicetti now on full time bas duties. It hasn’t effected the band’s sound or song-writing too much though, as this new music proves!

A lot of people seem to drop off around the time of Great Burrito Extortion Case which is a real shame as the subsequent two albums are up there with their early ones for me. Their last couple weren’t quite as strong, but Pop Drunk feels like the band have gained back some of their confidence and energy again. Whether it’s the fantastic singles ‘I Wanna Be Brad Pitt’ and ‘Getting Old Sucks’ or hilarious, catchy album tracks like ‘The Letter 3’, there’s a lot to love about this album. Even the slower, more emotional ballad ‘The Best we Can’ is great. The only real dud is ‘Alexa Bliss’. I get what they were going for, the attitude and heaviness of a wrestling entrance song for the riff, but it didn’t fit with the rest of the track, or with Jaret’s voice. Still, the strongest album the band have done in a decade and one that should keep them right at the top of the pop-punk world. 8/10

Dorothy: Gifts From the Holy Ghost

The queen of US pop-rock returns with her first album in over four years. As usual her blend of blues-rock swagger and huge, stadium-filling choruses is fantastic. More than ever with this album her and the band remind me of a modern day G’n’R, just with a folky twang. ‘Rest in Peace’ is one of the best tracks I’ve heard so far this year, while tracks like the opener and ‘Made to Die’ are also awesome. But, then again, the whole album is great, there isn’t a noticeable bad track. So, fingers crossed this album finally catapults her at the top of the game, where the she belongs! 8.5/10

Northlane: Obsidian

This has always been the darker, more industrial side of metalcore that I just don’t get. It reminds me a lot of Silent Planet or Bad Omens, dark and gritty but not really what I would associate with metalcore, it lacked the riffs and angst that the likes of Killswitch and BFMV have/had. Tracks like ‘Echo Chamber’ and ‘Plenty’, the lighter ones, are okay. However when they go heavy it just sounds like a sluddgy mess of down-tuned guitars and meh vocvals, losing all personality and feeling. Also, you can hear that Spiritbox is already having on the scene, given that ‘Carbonized”s intro reminds me a lot of ‘Holy Roller’. Nothing on this album stood out to me at all and there is much better metalcore out there. 3/10

Jason Aldean: GEORGIA

A lot of this is slow emo-country. I know a lot of people like this sort of style, heck, the lead single from the album already has 12M+ on Spotify alone. However, I find it hard to get into a while album like this. It simply sounds dull, like he didn’t have fun recording it. For all the crap bands like Florida Georgia Line get for their bro-country tracks, I’d take them having a laugh and joking about tractors over this any day. Not a bad album at all, but a slow, sad, slog to listen to in one sitting. 4/10

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets: Night Gnomes

Firstly, what a name. Secondly, of course they are psych-rock. But, coming from someone who isn’t particularly a fan of the genre, they are good psych-rock. Heavier tracks like ‘Lava Lamp Pisco’ and ‘Acid Dent’ contrast well against the almost post-brit-pop sounds of ‘Dread & Butter’ and the title track. It has a heavy Kasabian vibe to it and, much like them, manages to keep you on your toes throughout the album. Not something I will listen to a lot, but I can definitely appreciate quality when I hear it! 7/10

Ocean Grove: Up in the Air Forever

I don’t know why I had in my head that these guys were pop-punk. I was wrong. This is the most 90s thing I have ever heard come out of a band started this millennium. Wiki defining them as nu-metal doesn’t give them enough credit. There are definite elements of Korn and Limp Bizkit but also some tracks reminded me of Soundgarden, Cane Hill and even Kaiser Chiefs. There is a lot to love about this album, and the blend of all the different styles is really interesting. I struggled to even pick highlights, as it was all pretty good. Check this out! 7.5/10

Stone Broken: REVELATION

The Walsall band have been around for a while now (I should know, I played with them back in the day) but really broke big a few years ago when they hit the states. People have finally started to realise the band sound a fair bit like Nickelback but for the most part the band have gotten ahead of the curve as most of this album doesn’t have that same sound. I have to admit, I think I prefer their older sound. I can’t believe I’m complaining about a band getting heavier, but this reminds me more of Skillet than anything else, and there is enough ‘butt-rock’ in the world still right now (as much as I also love that genre and band).

‘Stronger’ is the best track on the album and it’s more Nicklelback than Nickelback these days. ‘Me Without You’ is also a great ballad. But the opening few tracks, while good in their own right, just don’t do much for me. I’m struggling a lot on what to score this as I know it’ll grow on me more and more throughout the year… 6.5/107/10? You pick!

Bob Vylan: Bob Vylan Presents the Price of Life

I’m going to struggle with this one. Do I ‘get’ it? I have no idea, honestly. It’s drum and bass/house music with some guitars included. Primordial have gone nuts over it so I guess it’s rock music? The music itself is fine, tolerable albeit basic. I’m on the fence with the lyrics. Some of it is very well founded, anti-establishment and some good feeling behind it. But then there’s Spongebob references and some pretty bad rhymes. Tracks like ‘Pretty Songs’ and ‘He Sold Guns’ are the best of a confusing album. I just don’t think I like the modern style of ‘rapping’, it doesn’t have the same effect on me that Eminem or NWA had. I really hope it grows on me, much like The Skints did, but right now this isn’t good to me. 3.5/10

Extinction In Progress: Shades of Pale

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New Music Mondays: Monuments, Cancer Bats and More!

So, after the delay of the new Fozzy album to May 6th, there isn’t a massive amount of new music for us to cover this week. However, there is still enough good stuff released that we are excited about, so join us in checking it all out below!

Monuments: In Stasis

The British prog metal band returned with their fourth album this week, continuing their impressive, underrated discography. From the opening note to the closing one this is a perfect example of how to do modern prog metal right. It obviously gives off heavy Periphery vibes, but I actually found myself enjoying this more than any of their stuff, I have to admit. Also four of the tracks feature awesome guest appearances, with the best being from Doom-master Mick Gordon himself. It’s a heavy, catchy album full of crazy riffs, heavy screams and catchy choruses, and I loved every minute. 8.5/10

Cancer Bats: Psychic Jailbreak

A band who seemed to be poised to be the next big things when I was first getting into the scene properly, Cancer Bats have sadly dropped off a fair amount in recent years, with me not even knowing this was being released until the time of writing! However, I’m still a big fan of Hail Destroyer and Bears, Mayors…, so I’m excited to check this out!

The first thing I noticed is that Liam sounds a fair bit different to what he used to. I had to Google to make sure it was still him. It sounds more like Rob Zombie. Doing his scream for nearly 20 years would be almost impossible, though, so I get why he changed it. It honestly makes them sound like a completely different band, and I was struggling to get into it because of it. Tracks like the title one and ‘Crocodiles’ were good, but it’s not like they have anything on ‘Hail Destroyer’ or ‘Sleep This Away’. Not bad overall, but completely different to what I was expecting. 6/10

Kurt Vile: (Watch My Moves)

The former War on Drugs guitarist released his whopping 9th studio album in only 14 years on Friday. I have to admit, a lot of it is a little too slow and Lou Reed for me. Don’t get me wrong, some of the tracks aren’t bad and I don’t mind the soft rock/indie/country style of it. But it’s an hour and a quarter of the same thing over and over. It’s good background music for sure, but I got five tracks in before I started getting pretty bored. 3/10

Alunah: Strange Machine

Brummy stoner rockers released their new album last Friday. I have to say, it’s an awful lot of fun. Reminding me of a female-fronted The Sword, of course with a healthy dose of Sabbath mixed in for good measure, it’s a sound there isn’t enough of these days. Tracks like the title one, ‘The Earth Spins’ and ‘Fade Into Fantasy’ are all excellent and show off the bands range well. I can’t complain at all about this album, 42-minutes of awesome rock music. Check it out! 8/10

Greyhaven: This Bright and Beautiful World

A band that I have heard the name of but unfortunately not had the chance to check out until this point. I definitely regret that after hearing this album. From the heavy opening track through slower tracks like ‘All Candy’ through to the epic conclusion with ‘Ornaments From the Well’, it’s a journey through and through. And I always find myself admiring bands that can do the whole prog thing while keeping the tracks under 5-minutes. This won’t be for everyone as it is definitely heavy, but it reminds me a bit of the Zeal & Ardor album in its experimentation and blend of styles. These guys should be massive if their other stuff is this good, and they have a new fan in me! 8/10

Nazareth: Surviving The Law

The 24th (wow!) studio album from the Scottish rock band is pretty damn good. Over half a century after their debut album the band return with a surprising amount of energy and motivation. ‘Strange Days’ sounds like a NWOCR anthem that easily could have come from the likes of Dead Daisies or Inglorious. ‘Runaway’ is also a massive highlight of the album for me. For a band that I really only knew the slower, ballady stuff of their early days from, they really impressed me here. A fun album that I’d love to hear live! 8/10

Darkher: The Buried Storm

I didn’t quite get this. It was an entire album of build-up, but the crescendo never came. The folk-doom sound overall was awesome, but it never dropping into anything really hurt it. It felt like that point in a movie when you have just reached the end of the second act and it feels all is lost before the big character evolution happens. Like it is definitely a good thing to be compared to cinematic soundtracks, but if it doesn’t go anywhere it’s not going to work. It’s 40+ minutes of piano, (admittedly beautiful) operatic vocals and slow guitars and drums if they ever come in at all. 2/10

Analepsy: Quiescence

Great instrumentation, terrible vocals. I never understood the appeal off a voice that sounded like it had been recorded through a muddy puddle, and it unfortunately didn’t change with this album. I’m becoming quite the fan of death metal through this company, but I just couldn’t get past the voice. Controversial opinion I imagine, but it reminds me of Cannibal Corpse pre-Corpsegrinder, just a little meh. 3/10

A Wilhelm Scream: Lose Your Delusion

I’m not sure how to feel about this. It’s pop-punk (maybe?), a genre I usually love. And it sounded like a mixture of two of the favourite bands of my early childhood, Blink 182 and Busted, but with a hardcore edge to it. However, something about this just didn’t quite click with me. None of it is bad by any stretch, but none of it is really that standout or great. It’s a combination of a lot of different styles that I love, but it seems a tad unsure about its actual identity. For a band seven albums into their career, it seems odd to have an album so messy. 4/10

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