Alternative Reviews

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BAND-MAID – Just Bring It (, , )
23rd January 2017 -

BAND-MAID is a J-Rock band that’s been threatening to make waves in the west for a while now. They first gained attention as little more than a gimmick, as the contrast between their hard hitting J-Rock/metal songs and their cutesy French maid imagery became a talking point in the metal community. However, they have the music to prove that they’re… Read More »

Nine Inch Nails Not The Actual Events EP Cover
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Nine Inch Nails – Not The Actual Events (, )
19th January 2017 -

It says a lot about Trent Reznor, that he can tease his audience with the promise of new Nine Inch Nails music a year in advance and have people not lose interest, even when he then decides to surprise release that music 2 days before Christmas. But in a world of instant gratification, Trent is one of those musicians who… Read More »

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Kitsune Art – Signals of Synchronism (, , )
16th January 2017 -

Spain is something of an oddity in that, despite having popular festivals and being a regular stop point for European tours, the local scene has still yet to throw out any truly outstanding bands. The latest act to attempt to remedy that is the alternative metal group Kitsune Art, who released their first album Signals of Synchronism in December. Delivering… Read More »

AFI - AFI (The Blood Album) Artwork Cover
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AFI – AFI (The Blood Album) (, )
13th January 2017 -

The extravagantly produced, theme-driven AFI have been left in the 2000s, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. ‘Miss Murder’ and ‘Summer Shudder’ are untouchable in their own right, and ‘The Blood Album’ realises that today’s goth punk scene needs something more substantial than blockbusting hits. Take the New Romantic tones of ‘Still a Stranger’ and the brooding Cure-esque goth… Read More »

Jimmy Eat World Integrity Blues Album Cover
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Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues (, )
16th December 2016 -

As I did recently with another review about a band I feel very passionately about (Metallica’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct), I’m going to break with our standard review structure when it comes to talking about Jimmy Eat World’s recent release, Integrity Blues. Jimmy Eat World are a band that I have always held deep affection for, and on that run of Bleed… Read More »