Author: Aidan Clucas

Fightstar – Behind the Devil’s Back

This album comes with some interesting events to follow. With a release date in October and a tour for the month announced it would seem Fightstar would begin some resurgence after being on the back burner for the length of Charlie Simpson‘s solo career. However, on the 10th of November it was announced that Busted are getting back together WITH Simpson. Curious, and sadly relevant, though Fightstar‘s new album likely does not signal the end of the band, but it’s definitely taken an incredibly bizarre turn. Fightstar haven’t released an album since their 2009 “Be Human” yet “Behind the Devil’s Back” has finally been released. The album opens...

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The Dear Hunter – Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise

The Dear Hunter have returned to their 6-part story, which began with their debut album, with the latest release of “Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise”. A curious tale based at the dawn of the 20th century, “Act IV” adds to the already remarkable tale in as quizzical and baffling manner that The Dear Hunter can. Combining progressive rock with indie and pop is not un-heard of, but this band accomplish an almost unique style that seems refreshing; to those who are not familiar with this genre, it is a competent gateway too. What is notable about The Dear Hunter, and something successful about...

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TesseracT – Polaris

TesseracT are wondrously talented. Their 2013 release “Altered State” was arguably their most remarkable release to date. The pressure to create something equally incredible, or to even come close, would hurt many bands but much like their music TesseracT are calm, collected, precise yet a titanic force to be reckoned with. “Polaris” follows a similar vein to its predecessor and whilst it can appear to be a smooth and methodical affair, it is not without its barbaric complexities and penchant for brutality. ‘Dystopia’ followed by ‘Hexes’ show this songwriting proficiency; the former is a  precise rhythmical piece, before the latter demonstrates...

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Vintage Trouble – 1 Hopeful Rd.

Vintage Trouble have had a remarkable few years. Opening concerts for rock’s greats, like The Who and AC/DC, they have certainly earned the respect of those titans whilst also exposing themselves to massive audiences. Their music definitely benefits from crowds like those; those who say the best rock music came out when they were teenagers (most people). “The Bomb Shelter Sessions” surprised many with its vintage style and clear homage to the original R&B, and the years when jazz and rock were infused so memorably. “1 Hopeful Rd.” doesn’t carry this on as brilliantly and unfortunately sounds too constrained compared to its...

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Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls

“The Book of Souls” is, as expected, one of the more anticipated albums of this year. Given singer Bruce Dickinson‘s medical scare the future of the album, tour, the band, and, of course, himself were in doubt; after a full recovery it seems Iron Maiden have too found a new lease of life in “The Book of Souls”. Maiden releases tend to be anticipated well, and the vast majority of them are generally solid examples of decent melody and guitar wizardry. Not without their critics, nor without the odd stale track, yet every Maiden release gets the masses chomping at the bit for...

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