Posts tagged album review
Rival Tides "My God Is Fire" Review

Los Angeles based 4 piece Rival Tides have seriously exceeded expectations with their first full-length album, "My God Is Fire." Formed in 2012, the band put out two EPs and have finally released a full album. Produced by Beau Burchell of Saosin, it's a recipe for something incredible.

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SWMRS "Berkeley's On Fire" Review

A portion of SWMRS’ mission is to revolutionize modern music. Vocalist and guitarist Max Becker has posted about this numerous times on Twitter, even the single “April In Houston” proclaims “modern music makes me sick.” And the SWMRS sophomore effort Berkeley’s On Fire is a very confident album in pursuing this.

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Set It Off "Midnight" Review

Midnight, the latest album from pop rock quartet Set It Off, is both a return to form for the group, with harsh and blatantly honest lyrics matched by aggressive and passionate vocal performances by lead singer Cody Carson, a return to authentic and organic instrumentation, with electric guitars and live drums prominent throughout, and a push into new experimental territory the group has played with before, such as programming, synthesizers, and vocal modulation. This record blends all of these elements into a collection of songs that is recognizably Set It Off, while still having a fresh and reinvigorated energy about it.

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Young Culture "(This is) Heaven" Review

(This is) Heaven, the label debut EP from Albany, NY pop punk band Young Culture, is a collection of five songs that comprise a loose summary of the last year of frontman Alex Magnan’s life, and the result is an emotionally charged and lyric-driven EP that feels deeply personal and easy to connect with.

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William Ryan Key "Virtue" Review

Virtue, the sophomore EP from former Yellowcard vocalist William Ryan Key, showcases the songwriting chops of a seasoned veteran, while still bringing about a new approach and fresh vibe to a familiar voice. There are trademark elements of Key’s songwriting present, such as his ability to write melodies that get stuck inside one’s head. Those melodies are now present atop tranquil, emotion-driven compositions with minimal instrumentation, as opposed to the summer anthems with fast guitars and pounding drums that one has come to expect from Key.

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Stand Atlantic "Skinny Dipping" Review

Australian trio Stand Atlantic’s Skinny Dipping puts a fresh spin on the mix of aggression and catchiness that has come to be expected within the pop-punk genre. Right from the first notes, Stand Atlantic come across as seasoned and matured, despite this being their debut full-length record. The ten songs featured on the album explore similar themes to create a cohesive message across its entirety, taking the listener on a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance.

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Julianne Q and the Howl "Sky Rider" Review

It has been an eventful few years for Chicago rock group Julianne Q and the Howl. What started as a group boasting a singer-songwriter vibe is now revamped and re-energized with a Blues Rock direction. Now aided by new members, a new name, and a new musical direction, Julianne Q and the Howl are ready to take on the Chicago music scene with a storm. Sky Rider is a bright spark to get that storm rolling.

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Justin Courtney Pierre "In the Drink" Review

In the Drink, the debut solo effort from former Motion City Soundtrack vocalist Justin Courtney Pierre, focuses on all the trademarks that make his songwriting unique and special, while also introducing elements and ideas unexplored in his previous musical endeavors. The record can be upbeat and pop-influenced, it can take darker and moodier turns at times, all while maintaining a cohesive feel and energy that is instantly recognizable as Justin Courtney Pierre.

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Bearings "Blue in the Dark" Review

Blue in the Dark, the debut full-length record from Canadian pop-punk band Bearings, immediately establishes the band as one to watch. This release offers a diverse collection of emotion-filled songs that showcase the band’s ability to blend their influences into a sound that is uniquely their own, while still maintaining a sense of familiarity that will surely bring about new listeners and take the band’s popularity to new heights.

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