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ALBUM REVIEW: Taylor Swift – 1989

I’m just going to say it now. Taylor Swift’s 1989 is one of the best albums of 2014 and this is along Slipknot’s The Gray Chapter,  Anberlin’s Lowborn, Taking Back Sunday’s Happiness Is and several other albums. It has been a pretty amazing year in music if we ignore the fact that none of the albums have gone platinum yet. Now that I have desperately attempted to save my reputation of being a hardcore metalhead; it is best that I launch immediately into what will most likely be the quickest…

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ALBUM REVIEW: Yellowcard – Lift A Sail

Lift A Sail is possibly Yellowcard’s biggest album to date. The album sees the band, after nearly a decade; finally decide to reinvent their music by returning to their roots instead of punching out the contrived pop-punk anthems as they had grown accustomed to.  Lift A Sail is a massive rock album that draws influence from 90s alt-rock bands like Foo Fighters and Nirvana. Each guitar riff has been renewed with a blistering intensity and Nate Young’s (Anberlin) presence of the drums gives the album a bit of an early…

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ALBUM REVIEW: Twin Atlantic ‘The Great Divide’

Twin Atlantic is a name many people are probably familiar with. Ever since they released their second album Free, the band has been making waves in the music industry. Twin Atlantic, like their counterparts Biffy Clyro, is another one of those Scottish bands that cause people to swoon at the sound of their voices. Just like Biffy Clyro, Twin Atlantic seem to possess a natural talent for producing energetic alternative rock anthems that grab at your heart and your vocal chords – resulting in you raucously singing along even if…

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ALBUM REVIEW: Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) ‘You Will Eventually Be Forgotten’

There is a certain amount of difficulty that comes with writing about the emo genre, especially when the genre has become so diversified and has divided into several different scenes, with each scene having a different style of music. I’d need an entire article to delve into those scenes and this is not the place for that. Instead I would rather dwell on Dashboard Confessional for a moment. They were the in thing in the emo scene during the mid-to-late 2000s. It was during a time when the emo scene…

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ALBUM REVIEW: Escapethecult ‘All You Need To’

I have a problem with the term “progressive metal.” It is a genre that is often lost on me, because the bands that get thrown beneath the label are bizarre and obscure bands that don’t understand that certain sounds do not go together. For instance, a flute, death-core breakdowns, obscure shouting and rapid bursts of synth tones do not go well together. All my (bad) experiences with progressive metal have led me to severely dislike the genre with perhaps the exception of bands like A Perfect Circle and Uneven Structure….

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ALBUM REVIEW: Rise Against ‘The Black Market’

When you think of modern punk rock, one name immediately springs to mind. That band is Rise Against. With a career that spans fifteen years, Rise Against has cemented themselves in punk rock culture and become the staple band of any young and relatively pissed off teenage who doesn’t quite fit in with the more “mainstream” crowd. I know that my love for Rise Against blossomed when I was fourteen and incredibly angry at the world around me. Through their fifteen years together, their sound has continued to change and…

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Sun Never Set ‘Self-Titled’

Post-hardcore has always had the tendency to deliver unparalleled beauty in some of the most emotionally devastating ways possible. Taking Back Sunday’s debut album rips your heart out. Brand New plays with your emotions, and do not even get me started on the feelings that Thrice invokes. Bands have an added strength when they are of the heavier persuasion yet also manage to pull off the emotionally devastating songs. The Amity Affliction and Underoath both deliver some devastatingly beautiful yet also senselessly brutal songs – for post-hardcore bands at least. British…

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ALBUM REVIEW: Four Year Strong ‘Go Down In History’

Remember in 2013 when some fool created a rumour that Four Year Strong were breaking up and then Four Year Strong retorted with it only being a brief break from touring? Either that was the greatest marketing ploy ever or we all just mistook it for hiatus. Either way, they return this year with a brand new EP entitled Go Down In History and it is one damn fine EP. If it was a girl and walked into a club, all eyes would be on her but then she’d kick the arse…

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ALBUM REVIEW: Suicide Silence ‘You Can’t Stop Me’

What do you do after your lead singer is killed in a tragic car collision? Most bands would stop playing music for a few years .They might even break-up. I guess Suicide Silence didn’t get that memo. After a year of inactivity –an appropriate mourning period- they announced a new vocalist in the form of ex-All Shall Perish front-man Eddie Hermida. Subsequently they announced that they’d be recording a new album entitled You Can’t Stop Me. The question that revolves around You Can’t Stop Me is if it will match…

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ALBUM REVIEW: Betraying The Martyrs ‘Phantom’

How do you proceed from a debut album that oozed brutality from its pores? How do you make a follow-up album to a debut that landed you an extensive touring circuit of North America and Europe alongside bands like While She Sleeps, Carnifex, and Whitechapel. Where could Betraying the Martyrs go from there; from being labelled by Gibson one of ten metal bands to check out in 2012? This was alongside Asking Alexandria and Five Finger Death Punch. Well, they could go ahead and release a second album to try…

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