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ALTERNATIVE MUSIC REVIEWS

Creeper – Sex, Death & The Infinite Void

In their first 5 years as a band, Creeper crafted the perfect path, releasing an EP each year for three years, touring relentlessly and then putting out their debut album Eternity In Your Arms. It felt like they were never far away from our speakers and stages and that enabled them to grow hugely in that time. Oh yeah, and the outstanding goth-punk-opera rock songs helped a bit too. Then on 1st November 2018 they played their final show of the tour and announced the end. Then there followed a year of radio silence. Anyone familiar with David Bowie would recognize this as the shedding of a skin, the entry to the cocoon, and, exactly one year after that fateful show, they reappeared with a single and shortly followed it up with the announcement of Sex, Death & The Infinite Void. Now, following a lengthy delay due to COVID-19, the release of one of the most hotly anticipated albums in recent years in upon us.

Strike Anywhere – Nightmares Of The West

Richmond Virginia based punk outfit Strike Anywhere make their first release since 2009 with this new 7 track EP titled ‘Nightmares Of The West’ Basically, 11 out 10… Go and buy it… NOW!

ManDown – We Want Blood

Had enough of exercising in your front room to YouTube PE instructors? Yeah? Good, get some music down you with post-hardcore ManDown and their debut EP We Want Blood. Coming out of Farnborough, ManDown is comprised of guitarist/vocalist Iain Turner and drummer Lawrence Arnold, who have been friends since childhood. Influenced by the sound and attitude of bands like Rage Against the Machine, We Are 68, Black Peaks, The Prodigy, and Hundred Reasons. Also joining forces previously with Welcome the Howling Tones and touring with the likes of Nick Olivieri, Breed77 and Godsized have built them to this moment.  Their debut EP.

PHOXJAW – Royal Swan

Bristol’s Phoxjaw release their debut record, Royal Swan on the 3rd of July via Hassle records. What can I say about these guys that I haven’t already said? Oh, yeah. What I mean by that is, I’ve had the privilege of listening to their EP, A Playground for Sad Adults, which came out in 2019. A lot has happened since 2019, A LOT, not sure if you know, but we are slowly coming out of lockdown, and learning about social distancing.

EBONIVORY – The Long Dream I

Australian Prog Prodigies, Ebonivory released The Long Dream I on 5th June 2020 via Wildthing Records. The crew were to venture on tour until a certain virus hit the world, so we will be waiting patiently for the time we can all get together and head to a dark hot venue to listen to that live riff, vocal, drum beat or bass, up until then we have the recorded vocals of Charlie Powlett, drummer Dave Parkes, bassist Connor McMillan, and Louis Edwards and Jake Ewings to provides riffs on their latest record.

Taller Than Stories – The Hunt

Taller Than Stories are back with a new EP The Hunt. It was recorded a while back but has finally been released to the world.

Black Orchid Empire – Semaphore

London trio Black Orchid Empire Release Semaphore has been touring the UK extensively appearing at Download, Standon Calling and Camden Rocks and on June 12th release their latest creation, Semaphore. Black Orchid Empire have supported Hed p.e, Ravenface and Skunk Anansie around the U.K. Skin, the front person of Skunk Anansie said about the trio’s music “Beautiful melodies coupled with tear-your-face-off riffs. Bright fresh new stars”. 

COPE ‘The Shock Doctrine’ album review

Cope released their debut album The Shock Doctrine on 22nd of May. A hardcore assault designed to scream (literally) about the world's ills, Cope intend to draw attention to the crumbling state of the modern world. Fitting, really, given recent events.

Review: ‘The Bastards’ by Palaye Royale

Palaye Royale made a name for themselves with debut full length Boom Boom Room (Side A) which, despite being underwhelming in my opinion, had its moments. Boom Boom Room (Side B) legitimately felt like it was indeed a B-side album, yet seemed to fare well with fans. Two years on, they return with The Bastards, their third outing, which has been promoted for a long while with a slew of singles.

Asking Alexandria – ‘Like A House On Fire’

Asking Alexandria had quite a lot to live up to with their new album Like A House On Fire. After 2017's self titled saw both the return of Danny Worsnop and a drastic change in sound, the band's fans were divided.

Album Review: Gold Key – Panic Machine

Hertfordshire quartet, Gold Key have released 'Panic Machine' their follow up to 2017 debut “Hello, Phantom”. Panic Machine was recorded off grid in isolation at Gwynedd in North Wales. The crew created in the summer of 2016 by vocalist Steve Sears and Laurent Barnard two old school friends, Sears also produced two of Barnards, Gallows records. Both decided to make Gold Key adding James Leach on bass of Sikth and Milk Teeth’s Jack Kenny on drums.

Naked Next Door – Swerving Out Wide

Milton Keynes rockers Naked Next Door release their latest six track, EP Swerving Out Wide via Honest records on May 21st. The band of four came together three years ago at the age of…17 years old….I’ll say that again, 17 years old, do they’re bringing their high sprites to us all.

Album Review: Deepshade – Soul Divider

Wigan’s Deepshade formed in the late of 2013 by David Rybka, Tom Doherty and Paul Barlow joining forces due to their pleasure of creating all things fresh. The four piece have released their new 10 track EP 'Soul Divider' out soon. The crew influenced by Soundgarden, The Doors, Pearl Jam and QOTSA along with Porcupine Tree bringing these influences with their own sound has garnered a following.

Coast To Coast ‘Sovereign’ EP review

It would be dishonest to say I've been a fan of Coast To Coast, but I have been aware of the band for some time. Having turned down the chance to review their 2018 EP 'The World Doesn't Work', I hadn't given them much of a thought until new EP 'Sovereign' landed in my inbox.

The Homeless Gospel Choir ‘This Land Is Your Landfill’ album review

While I appreciate the sentiment in 'This Land Is Your Landfill', the new full length from The Homeless Gospel Choir, there's very little musical value in these thirty four minutes.

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