ALBUM REVIEW: Asking Alexandria – See What’s On The Inside


Hard rock heavy weights, Asking Alexandria, have set and maintained an exceptionally high bar for themselves. It’s extremely disheartening to admit that their new record, See What’s On The Inside (Better Noise), falls slightly short of their usual standard. To be clear, there are very few bands that can achieve AA’s technical prowess. Critically, the record ticks a lot of boxes it’s supposed to. If this had come from a band like Buckcherry or Shinedown, it’d be a great release. The very problem is that this doesn’t sound like an Asking Alexandria album; It’s completely devoid of the biting, soul-exposed, gritty back-alley-of-a-rundown-city sound that made the band who they are.

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Animals As Leaders Share a New Track and Video – “Monomyth”


Animals As Leaders have dropped a new song, their first in five years, “Monomyth.” They also shared an incredible video to go along with the track which you can see below. The band also announced they have resigned with their label Sumerian Records! Stream the track and watch the video now! Continue reading


EP REVIEW: Lorna Shore – …And I Return to Nothingness


Say what you will about Deathcore, it is nothing if not persistent. Not that the idea of mixing Death Metal and Hardcore is a new one (i.e., Suffocation) but when the term deathcore is applied today it recalls the halcyon years between 2007 and 2012 when a young man’s worth was determined by his throat tattoo, the size of his gauges and his MySpace networking skills. If you had a pig squeal, a breakdown and a dream it seemed like you too could be handed an Earache Records deal. But when did that dream end? Well, according to Lorna Shore’s …And I Return to Nothingness (Century Media) it didn’t.Continue reading


Black Veil Brides Announce First-Ever Unplugged Livestream


Rockers Black Veil Brides have announced Unplugged­ – A Global Virtual Acoustic Experience Scheduled For April 30th At 4:00PM PDT/7:00PM EDT/12:00AM BST. Tickets are on sale now at the link below. BVB recent announced the band’s sixth studio album The Phantom Tomorrow and their successful Acoustour for US radio, Los Angeles rockers Black Veil Brides are announcing their next global virtual experience Unplugged – the band’s final streaming event of 2021. Recorded live in Los Angeles at the Den Studios, Unplugged will offer an in-depth look at the stories behind the songs from every part of Black Veil Brides’ catalog. Radio hits and fan favorites comprise the setlist for and even the song “Vale (This Is Where It Ends)” from the band’s fifth studio album – which has never been performed live – makes an appearance at the acoustic event.

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Smashing Pumpkins Share “Confessions Of A Dopamine Addict” and “Wrath” Singles


Legendary alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins previously announced their signing to Sumerian Records (Animals As Leaders, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria) and their new album Cyr, on November 27th. The band just dropped two more singles – “Confessions Of A Dopamine Addict” and “Wrath” which you can check out below. The album was produced by frontman Billy Corgan and is the first new music since their 2018 album The 20-song follow-up to 2018’s Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. The band has now revealed the artwork and full tracklisting and pre-orders are live at the links below.Continue reading


CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: Between the Buried and Me – Alaska


I assume it’s easy to look back at the aughts and be dismissive of the entire decade particularly from the perspective of metal or punk fan. Nu-Metal was slowly being phased out as any goodwill from the previous decade had eroded and acts like Simple Plan and Good Charlotte made everyone realize that maybe the idea of Pop-Punk was a mistake. But those who kept their ear close to the ground knew better than to become jaded. Hard rock was alive and well and young bands were doing very exciting things. Young bands like Between the Buried and Me with their seminal Alaska (Victory Records 2005/Craft Recordings 2020).

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Smashing Pumpkins Unveil Further Details About Their New Double Album “Cyr”


Legendary alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins previously announced their signing to Sumerian Records (Animals As Leaders, Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria) on November 27th. The album was produced by frontman Billy Corgan and is the first new music since their 2018 album The 20-song follow-up to 2018’s Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. The band has now revealed the artwork and full tracklisting and pre-orders are live at the links below.Continue reading