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ALTERNATIVE MUSIC REVIEWS

Welcome to AltCorner Alternative Music reviews Archive!

The AltCorner team loves to review new music releases, and give our honest opinion to you, so you can get the lowdown on whats hot and what to pass on. Our alternative music reviews cover all the alt music genres: Alternative Rock, Rock, Punk, Pop Punk, Alternative, Indie, Hardcore, Gothic Rock, and Metal Emo.

Sworn Amongst – Reclamation

Sworn Amongst have been a name in the UK metalcore scene for a decade and a half and have made themselves known over these years playing with many huge acts, festivals and kept a loyal fan base from their work.

The Royal – Deathwatch

Metalcore. It has gone from an inventive melding of metal and hardcore to a term that loosely defines an incredibly large amount of mediocre modern metal and very few stand out bands. The Royal do not plumb the depths that have been well explored by so many bands since the turn of the century, but neither do they have the incredible invention and song-writing of bands like Killswitch Engage or Parkway Drive.

Raketkanon – RKTKN #3

Belgian band Raketkanon continue their bizarre, intriguing art rock with their third album RKTKN #3. Even as an art rock album, this record is hard to pigeon hole. It carries influence from synth driven rock/pop, industrial music and even straight up noise rock. I suppose at its heart it’s a dark twisted synth rock record, but the odd time signatures and outlandish hooks create a sound that’s as confusing as it is addictive.

The Brave – Aura

Aussie quintet The Brave are on form with their second full-length release Aura, like pick'n'mix you are anticipating what the next song is going to offer.

Dave Hause – Kick

Dave Hause’s new record ‘Kick’ is simply ten songs about being strong, understanding that we all struggle and kicking back against the things that kick you when you’re down. But underneath the lyrical meaning, what we actually have here is an album that’s actually very, very good. And I’ll explain why.

Busted with support from The XCERTS and Young Brando @ Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

Seventeen years on from their inception, Busted are still going strong as they head to Cardiff on the mid-point of the Half Way There tour! Support comes from The XCERTS and Young Brando. There is a mix to the crowd as we wait for doors to open, with teeny-boppers covered in glitter and young adults and mothers reminiscing about the good old days of when Busted first came about.

TEMPEL – Tempel

Norwegian metallers TEMPEL have released their debut self titled album.

Ex Hex – It’s Real

"With simple riffs and beats, that are both effective and offer catchy positive vibes, it is hard not to bop a little to the driven power rock belters provided on this release"

Normandie, Led By Lanterns and Sun Arcana @ Dingwalls, London

Will Pearce went and saw Normandie at Dingwalls in London, a band he last saw four years ago when they supported the now defunct Yellowcard. Here is what he thought of the show...

Deaf Havana, The LaFontaines and Hot Milk @ The Leadmill, Sheffield

Having only gotten into Deaf Havana after their latest record 'Rituals', but certainly liking what I heard, I jumped at the chance to check out their live show with my friend. With two other, very different bands on the bill as well, I knew it'd be an interesting night.

The Bouncing Souls – Crucial Moments

A band that needs no introduction as they celebrate their 30th anniversary with this 6 track, 15 minute jam.

Shallow Pools – Spring | EP Review

Shallow Pools are a Massachusetts-based trio made up of Jess Gromada (guitar), Glynnis Brennan (vocals, bass), and Ali Ajemian (drums). The pop rockers began their journey as a band by first performing acoustic covers in and amongst their hometown until the band decided to take a stab at songwriting under the moniker that came before Shallow Pools. It was this decision that was pivotal for these three close friends as they embarked on a sonical discovery of their identity and pieced together the well-oiled machine that would eventually become debut EP ‘Spring’.

P.O.D. and Alien Ant Farm @ O2 Academy, Bristol | Live Review

Brad went and saw Alt-Rock Heavyweights P.O.D. and Alien Ant Farm when their UK Tour hit the O2 Academy in Bristol.

Lotus Eater – Social Hazard | EP Review

Lotus Eater's new EP 'Social Hazard' is a 7 track fast paced angry extravaganza of biblical proportion. The song lengths are consistently short, which works far better for this metalcore outfit, especially from the point of view of someone who doesn't listen to the genre. And that's not because it's over fast. It's because it actually makes it feel accessible rather than overpowering. After reviewing I expected to find myself in a cold sweat, but in actual fact, I was only slightly too warm.

Blaqk Audio – Only Things We Love

I got sent this album and, frankly, it isn't my cup of tea. But the thing is, I go and see my dad's aunt a lot, and she puts way too much milk in the tea she makes me. That isn't my cup of tea either, but I swallow it and it hydrates me. That's exactly the feeling this record gives me. I must note, if you're thinking about listening because you like AFI...it isn't even slightly like AFI.

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