Author: Karen Cousins

Rough Hands – Nothing’s Changed

Fresh off of tour with Cro-Mags and Judge, this South London based five piece Rough Hands release the beautifully dark punk hardcore 7” that is “Nothing’s Changed”. A blink and you’ve missed it extremely fast paced five track EP, gloriously unique and unreserved; this is one to chuck on loud and just enjoy. Such a delicious murky, gloomy, solemn sound is what greets you immediately but it’s definitely the darker reflective musings of the lyrical content conveyed with so much aggressive energy that makes this record truly special. Rough Hands have taken care to build themselves a remarkably individual...

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Definitely A First – Colorblind

Newly signed to Imminence Records pop punk/post hardcore outfit Definitely A First re-release their debut album “Colorblind” as a deluxe edition with the addition of three bonus tracks. The recently released performance based video for title track ‘Colorblind’ leaves viewers in no doubt about the amount of energy that Definitely A First put into playing this upbeat combo of melodic bouncy pop punk and dark hardcore breakdowns. As an introduction to the band, choosing ‘Colorblind for the video gives a fair overall first impression and is a catchy memorable number however there are a few tracks that stand out...

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The Swan King – Last So Long

Chicago trio The Swan King have released their second full length album “Last So Long”. Recorded by War Crime Recordings Sanford Parker over at Electrical Audio, this is an album full of decadently deep chugging, riff heavy rock that sounds like it could have easily been born in the peak of 90’s era post hardcore. Made up of members of Pelican – Dallas Thomas and Planes Mistaken For Stars – Jamie Drier, joined by Zafar Musharraf on drums, The Swan King’s record is an ear pleasing eight track journey, bringing right into the present that feel of a much loved heavier post hardcore...

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Being As An Ocean – How We Both Wondrously Perish

Being As An Ocean have been through a little line up change since their debut with “Dear G-d” back in 2012. Now with a new drummer, Connor Denis previously of Sleep Patterns and Michael McGough from The Elijah bringing his entrancingly dulcet tones into the vocal mix, this Californian band is back with a slightly different sound. “How We Both Wondrously Perish” has a real easy listening melodic hardcore feel with McGough’s clean, harmonious sound giving the album a sing-along accessible standing that is no doubt engaging them new fans, however it is the other aspect of this groups lyrical,...

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Ash is a Robot – Ash is a Robot

Ash is a Robot’s self titled album is full of feel good classic pop rock songs that, just when you think you’ve got them pinned, throw surprisingly jumpy angular mathcore riffs at you. With tinges of post-hardcore in places and some of the most beautiful harmonising vocals Ash is A Robot are certainly showing off their varying musical skills here. This five-piece from Setubal, Portugal, may have only been together since 2012 but the band is comprised of members of established Portuguese underground bands, such as Beautiful Venom and prog metallers Monogono. Beginning with a track that eases you...

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