ALBUM REVIEW: Idles – Ultra Mono – Partisan Records

Idles have come on in leaps and bounds since their last album Joy As An Act of Resistance (Partisan Records). It’s not even been 5 years since they were playing 100 capacity venues, yet here they are today having sold out giant venues like Alexandra Palace in under a day. With two giant albums under their belt, the big question was how the Bristol band were going to not only top it, but maintain the astronomical growth they’ve been on for the past 3 years.

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Bars Of Gold – Shelters

Album artwork can really help set the tone for an album. Providing a visual companion and interpretation to the audio within, it gives the listener an idea of what to expect when they delve into the main work of art. At first glance Bars Of Gold’s new album Shelters (Equal Vision) would set an expectation to the listener that this record would be a soothing record consisting of seaside recordings and other ambience. Continue reading

East Of The Wall – NP – Complete

It’s hard to put a finger on what exactly East Of The Wall is and this is a double edged sword in many aspects. Calling them a progressive band would be like calling a spade a spade: the music follows all the staples and notions of the genre, but, as a label, it still does not fit comfortably, especially with their new release NP – Complete (Translation Loss Records). Continue reading

Tempel – Tempel

With the unlikely success story of his main venture Kvelertak becoming one of the most prominent Metal acts in recent years, drummer Kjetil Gjermindrød’s latest venture feels somewhat like a return to roots. Also consisting of brothers Espen and Inge, alongside childhood friend Andreas Espolin, Tempel has an air of those early stages Garage bands in the sense that it feels like it is being played purely for the thrill of it as opposed to having a grand plan. As a result, whilst certainly being an unrefined album, Tempel (Jansen Records) feels utterly pure and, quite simply, fun. Continue reading

BUS – Never Decide

Bus the Unknown Secretary, (or BUS for short), are a four-piece from Greece whose broad and varied approach to Stoner Rock is as vintage as it is welcomed. Never Decide (RidingEasy) is their second album and alongside the usual fuzzy guitars and Black Sabbath influences inherent in the genre, they have thrown in some Alice Cooper and NWOBHM for good measure, not to mention some wonderfully bizarre chicken based album art. Continue reading

Black Lung – Ancients

Those familiar with Baltimore acid-Blues combo The Flying Eyes may be blissfully unaware that two of that happy breed make up the larger share of an outfit bearing the name Black Lung. This darker-sounding trio, however, is no maelstrom of evil hostility, and has more in common with the parent band than the moniker might suggest. Continue reading

Ginkgo Shock Dawn – Inward | Flare

In the past few years, the Progressive Metal and Rock scene has become very crowded and, as a result, a lot of ideas end up being repeated endlessly and true originality does seem to be hard to come by in this increasingly saturated market of copycats. Even with their name, Ginkgo Shock Dawn appears to be left-of-center of the current trend and this is also somewhat true of their new album Inward | Flare (This Is Core). Continue reading

Zebrahead – Brain Invaders

Good albums are ones that get better every time you listen to them and Zebrahead’s thirteenth full-length Brain Invaders (MFZB Records) falls into this category. Every time you spin Brain Invaders something more fun, lyrics more spot on, feelings more raised occurs. From ‘We’re Not All Alright’ to ‘All Die Young’ Zebrahead crafts catchy pop-Punk leaning tunes that are deep in their observation of society. Continue reading

Demon Hunter – War / Peace

Demon Hunter has been around for a while so they can pretty much do whatever they want. War and Peace (Solid State Records) is proof that they probably shouldn’t. The compilations are polar opposites. War is alright—mildly entertaining filled with your typical Demon Hunter tracks. Peace is just a soft listen of nine uninspired songs and one decent ballad. Continue reading