Album Reviews

tanya-gallagher-virginia-album-coverArtist: Tanya Gallagher
Album: Virginia
Our Verdict: 9/10
Release Date: Out now

2 years in the making, Tanya Gallagher’s new album is a paean to travel, love and life’s journey

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hands-off-gretel-burn-the-beauty-queenArtist: Hands Off Gretel
Album: Burn The Beauty Queen
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: 16th September

The raging fire of 90’s Riot Grrrl alt-rock returns with a vengeance

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Decoy-avalonArtist: The Decoy
Album: Avalon
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: Out now

The Welsh alt-rock trio unleash an inspired debut, elevated by a touch of myth and legend

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Servers Everything Is OK coverArtist: Servers
Album: Everything Is OK
Our Verdict: 9/10
Release date: 19th August

The UK’s Servers deliver their outstanding second album

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lighthouse_coverArtist: Iamthemorning
Album: Lighthouse
Our Verdict: 9/10
Release date: Out now

Iamthemorning return with their new album: a heartrending, important and profound work

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King Goat Conduit coverArtist: King Goat
Album: Conduit
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: Out now

Brighton’s progressive doom-mongers unleash their thundering and expansive full-length debut

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Black Stone Cherry Kentucky coverArtist: Black Stone Cherry
Album: Kentucky
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: 1st April

Kentucky’s southern rock finest break free from the corporate leash on vigorous and energised 5th LP

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Aliases - Derangeable coverArtist: Aliases
Album: Derangeable
Our Verdict: 9/10
Release date: 15th April

An unorthodox engagement with the spectacular sophomore album from UK tech-metal visionaries Aliases

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Vodun_Possession_1024x1024Artist: VŌDŪN
Album: Posession
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: 25th March

Trailblazing, highly original heavy psych-rock from former Do Me Bad Things vocalist’s new outfit.

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The Salt Riot - Dead Star coverArtist: The Salt Riot
Album: Dead Star
Our Verdict: 9/10
Release date: Out now

An experimental engagement with the superb full length debut album from Seattle trio The Salt Riot

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Boss Keloid - Herb Your Enthusaism coverArtist: Boss Keloid
Album: Herb Your Enthusiasm
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: 8th April, 2016

Boss Keloid are back with an album more dense than the immeasurable singularity of a neutron star.

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SpaceCream - Pterodactyl Sky - Front coverArtist: SpaceCream
Album: Pterodactyl Sky
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: 22nd January

Aliens and dinosaurs and glitter, oh my! SpaceCream bring you good tidings of great glam!

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This-Years-Ghost-Yesterday-Becomes-Tomorrow-TodayArtist: This Year’s Ghost
Album: Yesterday Becomes Tomorrow Today
Our Verdict: 7/10
Release date: Out now

A substantial and auspicious debut from the UK-based alt-rock trio

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EP ArtworkArtist: Eva Plays Dead
Album: Sounds Of The Written Word
Our Verdict: 7/10
Release date: Out now

EPD return with a raucous, career-best collection of songs that sees the band resurgent.

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Tesseract-Polaris-Album-CoverArtist: TesseracT
Album: Polaris
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: Out now

The UK’s progressive metal progenitors return with their latest, and possibly best, collection so far

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Vintage Curses coverArtist: Tairrie B
Album: Vintage Curses
Our Verdict: 10/10
Release date: 14th August

Tairrie B is back with killer, innovative, old-school West Coast influenced hip hop album Vintage Curses.

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Teenage Time Killers album coverArtist: Teenage Time Killers
Album: Greatest Hits Vol.1
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: 31st July

The best punk-rock mixtape you’ve ever heard… expertly weaving together the music’s common DNA

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Rock Formation EP coverArtist: Neanderthal
Album: Rock Formation EP
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: 17th July

An EP of free-flowing, balls-to-the-wall instrumental rock and metal, made with a single-minded passion

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The Decoy - Parasites EP coverArtist: The Decoy
Album: Parasites EP
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: 25th May

Within the sonic fabric of The Decoy’s Parasites EP is the answer to life, the universe and everything, I’m sure of it

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Mark Edgar Stuart - Trinity My DearArtist: Mark Edgar Stuart
Album: Trinity My Dear
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: Out now

An album of quiet power… life, love and disappointment have never sounded so wonderful as this

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FragmentsDigitalCoverFINALArtist: Of Allies
Album: Fragments EP
Our Verdict: 7/10
Release date: 11th May

Towering and explosive from first note to last, Fragments packs one hell of a punch

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Caleb Sweazy Lucky Or StrongArtist: Caleb Sweazy
Album: Lucky Or Strong
Our Verdict: 7/10
Release date: 28th April

A soulful brand of blues-inflected Americana, Lucky Or Strong is a subtly impressive affair

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Stoneghost - New Age Of Old Ways coverArtist: Stoneghost
Album: New Age Of Old Ways
Our Verdict: 7/10
Release date: Out now

London’s fast-rising metal hopefuls Stoneghost have delivered a towering debut full of grunt and groove

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Stephen Chopek Things Moving coverArtist: Stephen Chopek
Album: Things Moving EP
Our Verdict: 7/10
Release date: Out now

A skillfully crafted tapestry of punk, pop, folk and roots… that points to very bright things for Chopek’s future

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AWOLNATION-Run-Album-Cover-ArtworkArtist: Awolnation
Album: Run
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: 16th March

Energised, angry and huge. Alt-pop archaeologists will be picking over the minutiae of Run for weeks to come

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Santa CruzArtist: Santa Cruz
Album: Santa Cruz
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: 9th March

Santa Cruz is the sound of the Sunset Strip with a mighty, meaty and modern metal update

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Meleches - Enki album coverArtist: Melechesh
Album: Enki
Our Verdict: 9/10
Release date: 2nd March

A raging river of Middle-Eastern themed black-metal, you won’t hear better all year

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Ranger - Where Evil Dwells coverArtist: Ranger
Album: Where Evil Dwells
Our Verdict: 7/10
Release date: 16th March

A fiery statement of intent from one of Finland’s foremost up-and-coming heavy metal bands

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Thunder Wonder Days Album CoverArtist: Thunder
Album: Wonder Days
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: 16th February

Pull that stick out of your butt – Bowes and the boys have delivered on album No.10!

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47 Minutes Late - Excuses - coverArtist: 47 Minutes Late
Album: Excuses
Our Verdict: 6/10
Release date: Out now

Delightfully melodic yet splendidly rough around the edges, there’s plenty to admire here

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Mighty Souls Brass Band - Lift Up CoverArtist: Mighty Souls Brass Band
Album: Lift Up!
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: 27th January 2015

…a soulful, joyous, life-affirming slab of sparkling and spirited brass. You don’t want to miss it

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Faith Evans Ruch After Its Said And Done CoverArtist: Faith Evans Ruch
Album: After It’s Said & Done
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: Out now

Evans Ruch’s ability to be true to herself continues to realise rich dividends on After It’s Said & Done

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Cloud Atlas Beyond The Vale CoverArtist: Cloud Atlas
Album: Beyond The Vale
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: Out now

Beyond The Vale… is a living, vital and dynamic delight from beginning to end

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Hide AwayArtist: John Kilzer
Album: Hide Away
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: Out now

John Kilzer’s Hide Away is raw, open and honest songwriting of the highest order

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Trail-of-Dead-IX-Hi-Res-Cover-ArtArtist: …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
Album: IX
Our Verdict: 7/10
Release date: Out now

The band have delved deep and dug out their strongest set of songs in a decade

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Sister Sin - Black Lotus Album CoverArtist: Sister Sin
Album: Black Lotus
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: Out now

Antehmic, rebellious and monumentally well executed… you’ll be chanting along for some considerable time to come

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M Lockwood Porter 27 Album CoverArtist: M. Lockwood Porter
Album: 27
Our Verdict: 4/5
Release date: Out now

27 is a mature, full and confident beaut of an album… Songwriters of this calibre are all too rare

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Slipknot 5 The Gray ChapterArtist: Slipknot
Album: 5. The Gray Chapter
Our Verdict: 4/5
Release date: 10th November

Slipknot return triumphant with one of the most emotionally charged albums you’re likely to hear this year

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antemasqueArtist: Antemasque
Album: Antemasque
Our Verdict: 4/5
Release date: 10th November

You would currently be very hard pressed to find a better example of the hi-octane, torrid-yet-tuneful indie-punk

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Ste McCabe CoverArtist: Ste McCabe
Album: Brains Of Britain
Our Verdict: 4/5
Release date: Out now

An inspired collection from this politicised, queer, feminist, working-class-bastard eletro-punk troubadour

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gandalfs-fist-a-forest-of-feyArtist: Gandalf’s Fist
Album: A Forest Of Fey
Our Verdict: 4/5
Release date: 20th October

Guard yourself from the lands outside, for the world we create is not cruel, nor kind…

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Maybeshewill Fair Youth CoverArtist: Maybeshewill
Album: Fair Youth
Our Verdict: 4/5
Release date: Out now

Thought provoking post-rock at its best. This band know how to piece together an emotive song

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GW Hesitant Alien CoverArtist: Gerard Way
Album: Hesitant Alien
Our Verdict: 3/5
Release date: 29th September

Gerard Way’s collection of clever and interesting riffs ultimately leaves you wanting more than it delivers

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Million Empire - The Lion Tamer EP CoverArtist: Million Empire
Album: Lion Tamer EP
Our Verdict: 4/5
Release date: Out now

Swathes of melody, buckets of emotion & strong alt-rock arrangements from this Midlands outfit

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servers_leave_with_usArtist: SERVERS
Album: Leave With Us
Our Verdict: 5/5
Release date: Out now

“Both future vision AND past nightmare, ‘Leave With Us’ is a stunning debut album

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