The phoenix rising from the ashes of Heck, Haggard Cat appeared on the scene two years ago with their debut record Challenger. Although having left the crazed hardcore behind, their energy levels have not dipped; Haggard Cat are purveyors of high octane rock n’ roll and their new album Common Sense Holiday is 45 minutes of raucous fun.
Canada, oh Canada….you provided us with a group of metal powerhouses who came together to become… Imonolith. Featuring members from Devin Townsend Project, Threat Signal, Methods of Mayhem are about to release their debut record ‘State of Being on 27th March. If it’s not enough for you lot, then these heavy hitters are heading out to the UK in March/April.
After twenty years you'd expect the fusion of pop punk and post-hardcore that is Silverstein's trademark to have grown tired. That's not the case, though. In fact, it's quite the opposite.
On 7th February Dutch outfit Delain release 16 track record, Apocalypse & Chill. Not only is it the name of the record but a good bit of advice too. Anyway, Delain are, Within Tempation Martijn Westerholt on keys, vocalist Charlotte Wessels, guitarist Timo Somers, bassist Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije and Joey Marin de Boer on drums.
Following on from the release of two EPS, and their debut album two years ago, Giver return with Sculptures Of Violence, released in the United Kingdom on the fantastic Holy Roar Records. The slightly sinister looking baby logo has become a stamp of quality in recent years and this release is no different.
Blasphemer have been something less than prolific in their album releases during their time as a band; The Sixth Hour marks only the third full length release from the Italian (formerly) brutal death metal band. The first two records, 2008’s On The Inexistence of God and 2016’s Ritual Theophagy were exercises in controlled, technical brutality. The Sixth Hour sees them add layers of black metal atmosphere to their sound.
How long has January been? Feels longer than 31 days, so, calm those nerves and ready yourself for February, as we here at Alt-Corner have been passed the new EP Born Sore by Bristol/London fellows, The Jacques and it’s out NOW.
Dashboard Confessional has returned to the world with a greatest hits package celebrating 20 years of sad-boy music-making prowess.
Lorna Shore have built themselves into the symphonic deathcore act they are today by extensive touring alongside the likes of Chelsea Grin, frequent releases, and a commitment to their genre. New album ‘Immortal’ proves that.
Punk supergroup, Bandaid Brigade release their debut album “I’m Separate” on the 21st January. The architects are members of Pears, Street Dogs and The Gamits collectively, Zach Quinn vocals, Brian Wahstrom, keys and vocals, Paul Rucket drums and guitarist Chris Fogal. The album was recorded in Denver and co-produced by Fogal himself.
London Bred, L.A based Bones UK are coming at us with their Unplugged EP of five tracks taken from their self-titled debut album, Bones UK are Rosie Bones and Carmen Vandenburg, the duo have had a Grammy nomination for “Pretty Waste”, they also are releasing a performance film alongside this EP and have toured with Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Tom Morello, The Struts and Bush and this Unplugged EP was influenced by none other than Nirvana.
So it’s time for my albums of the year. Between reviews and casual listening I listened to plenty this year which made picking just 10 tricky and ranking them impossible. So here, enjoy an un-ordered list of albums that I think were some of the best 2019 had to offer.
Deputy editor Lizi here! I had a dig through my brain for my favourite albums released in 2019. Most of these are still on heavy rotation on my constantly expanding playlist. These are in no particular order and some won’t be a surprise to anyone who knows me.
Croydon rockers "Bellevue Days" released their long-awaited debut album, It Can't Possibly Go Wrong Ever on the 22nd November 2019, just in time for Christmas.
Political rabble rousers Stray From The Path return with their 9th album Internal Atomics. The hardcore four-piece from Long Island have come along way since their beginnings at the turn of the millennium, and this latest release sees them hit new heights.