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Album Review: William Ryan Key – ‘Thirteen’

There’s a place off Ocean Avenue, you know the one — we were both 18 and it felt so right sleeping all day staying up all night. In Spring 2017, pop punk rockers Yellowcard announced their farewell tour. Tears were shed as the violin shred for the last time on stages all across the world. Now, a year later, vocalist/guitarist William Ryan Key is releasing a new solo debut EP, Thirteen, out May 25 via Lone Tree Recordings. Key and his fans may no longer be 18 anymore, but after nearly two…

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ALBUM REVIEW : Black Veil Brides “Vale”

The leather-clad heavy rockers of Black Veil Brides are back with their fifth full-length album Vale released on January 12, 2018. With Vale being one the first few rock records of 2018, I was curious to see what this addition added to the already expansive discography of BVB, and what it would bring to the rock genre in the new year. On the first listen, Vale plays out as a combination of 2013’s Wretched & Divine and Andy Biersack’s solo record The Shadow Side, as musically the albums share a lot of similarities and themes. From showing…

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ALBUM REVIEW : Fall Out Boy – Mania

Fall Out Boy has been one of the few bands that still commands attention in both the pop and rock worlds. From their notable celebrity in the early 2000’s pop-punk scene to their growth post-hiatus with 2013’s Save Rock & Roll and follow up American Beauty/American Psycho, Fall Out Boy have proved their versatility and staying power again and again. With their new adventurous album Mania officially released through Island Records, the band showcases once again what it takes for an iconic rock band to break into the pop charts and remain relevant. Frontman and…

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Album Review: Noah Gundersen ‘White Noise’

Seattle indie singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen released his third studio full-length album, White Noise, via Cooking Vinyl on Sept. 22. The release verges on the edge of a concept album, with its inspiration and namesake being the idea of sensory overload — fear, anxiety, desire, lust, and love. “White Noise is the place between waking and dreaming, where the edges blur and the light is strange. It’s a car crash, it’s a drowning, it’s everything all the time,” Gundersen said. Having seen Noah Gundersen’s name around a lot leading up to the release,…

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ALBUM REVIEW : Filmspeed ‘Hexadecimal’

After debuting their single ‘I Feel Alright’ through Substream Magazine, the three-piece California rock band Filmspeed (Craig Broomba (vocals, guitars), Nick Stout (bass, guitar, backup vocals), and Oliver Dobrian (drums, backup vocals)) are gearing up for their new album release this fall. The new album titled Hexadecimal will be released on October 13th, 2017 via Awfully Good Records, bringing the band’s unique and soulfully charged sound in hopes to emotionally move their listeners. Hexadecimal follows up two previously released albums, 2014’s Heavy Decibels, and 2013’s El Japo. Filmspeed successfully created an album that merges various genres and…

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ALBUM REVIEW : Neck Deep – ‘The Peace and the Panic’

One of the biggest and most highly anticipated releases of this year has been Neck Deep‘s newest record, The Peace and The Panic through Hopeless Records. With taking the time to fully appreciate this addition to the band’s extensive discography, The Peace and The Panic follows up another fan favorite release, 2015’s Life’s Not Out To Get You.  While some say the sophomore album has more lasting power, as Life’s Not Out To Get You gave the band the launch to their career, making Neck Deep genre leaders, this third album brings about a more mature side…

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ALBUM REVIEW : Phantoms – ‘Screaming On The Inside’

 It just seems like summer is the season for new music. With that said, a brand new record is set for release on August 25, 2017 from post-hardcore group Phantoms from Jacksonville, FL. Phantoms (Joe Deak (Vocals), Anthony Moten (Guitar), Patrick Gale (Drums) and Quincy Jones (Bass)) began originally in the city of Baltimore under the moniker of Camisado, soon taking the local scene by storm, sharing the stage with acts including Motionless in White, I See Stars, and Our Last Night in addition to winning Vans Warped Tour’s Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands. Being heavily influenced by the sounds of post-hardcore and alternative rock while keeping…

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ALBUM REVIEW : Oceans Ate Alaska – ‘Hikari’

The hardcore genre continues to grow with some amazing artists, including newcomers in the past 5 years like Oceans Ate Alaska hailing from Birmingham, U.K.  While the band officially signed to a label back in 2012, they were recognized by Fearless Records in 2014 after signing and performing a great cover of Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” for Punk Goes Pop vol. 6.  And thus, the fan base around Oceans Ate Alaska was born… with the band gaining momentum within the scene they released their debut album, Lost Isles, in 2015, and played…

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ALBUM REVIEW : Sworn In – All Smiles

The ever changing music scene comes and goes, especially within the genre of post-hardcore and metalcore. One of the scenes most iconic bands who made a name for themselves early on within this genre has been Illinois act, Sworn In. Formed in 2011, Sworn In, consisting of Tyler Dennen (vocals), Eugene Kamlyuk (guitar), Derek Bolman (bass), and Christopher George (drums), are still fairly new and building their career within the metal scene. As a powerful four piece, Sworn In pride themselves on making music that suits their abilities and strengths within…

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