Category: International Releases

The Tea Party – The Ocean at the End

The Tea Party – The Ocean at the End

When some bands stop making music you can eventually be ok with that and deal with it, but when a band such as The Tea Party decides that they’re going to stop making music, well in my opinion that’s just not cool. What is cool is a big break and a return, a return in the way of a massive […]

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Frnkiero andthe Cellabration – Stomachaches

Frnkiero andthe Cellabration – Stomachaches

So when you often hear about a band breaking up, you get the odds on bet that the singer will go on to make an album but you often forget about the other guys in the band, or they disappear into obscurity but it’s really cool to hear this album from former MCR guitarist Frank Iero or Frnkiero for short […]

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Anberlin – Lowborn

Anberlin – Lowborn

OK, yeah I know, this album has been out for a little bit now, and I’ve listened to it more than a handful of times, but what’s interesting about this album is knowing that it’s the band’s last album, this made it a little difficult to express my ‘feelings’ towards it, so now after some digestion of the idea of […]

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Dragonforce – Maximum Overload

Dragonforce – Maximum Overload

If there’s one thing you don’t pick up a Dragonforce record for it’s to be soothed by and to relax after a hard day’s work, instead you put this on when you come home pumped up, you’ve had a killer day and you just want to punch the air. This band is fast, frenzied, melodic and nothing but upbeat! ‘Maximum […]

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Theory of a Deadman – Savages

Theory of a Deadman – Savages

If there’s one band that unfortunately isn’t well known enough in Australia, it’s Theory of a Deadman, and what’s annoying is they should be all over the place. So it’s great to have their new album ‘Savages’ getting a run down here and fingers crossed that it leads to some airplay or god forbid a possible tour!! Opener ‘Drown’ is […]

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Fozzy – Do You Wanna Start A War

Fozzy – Do You Wanna Start A War

There’s just a vibe about this new Fozzy album, like that they feel they still have something to try and prove, and that may not be the case at all, as they’ve really come into their own over the last few years as they’ve made just kick ass rock and roll music, and this album is absolutely no exception to […]

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Pennywise – Yesterdays

Pennywise – Yesterdays

Ha ha I love punk rock, purely for the fact that this eleven track album clocks in in just under thirty minutes, so good, actually by the time I finished this sentence the first two songs had finished… I kid, I kid because it’s Pennywise, they get jokes. What’s interesting about this album is the fact that these songs have […]

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Corrosion Of Conformity – IX

Corrosion Of Conformity – IX

When a band has been making music for so long and with a few varied line-ups, I’m always intrigued as to what they continue to come up with, one of those bands is Corrosion Of Conformity or C.O.C. to the cool kids. My mate JD has always raved about C.O.C. (he’s one of the cool kids) and I’ve been aware […]

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Rise Against – The Black Market

Rise Against – The Black Market

Let me start this by saying I’ve never been the hugest Rise Against fan, but that’s only because I’ve never truly taken the time to check out their work. I’m sure I’ve seen them live and dig what they do, but when time came for me to have a chat to Joe from the band, I got the chance to […]

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Taking Back Sunday – Happiness Is

Taking Back Sunday – Happiness Is

Taking Back Sunday are back with their newest album and I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, as their self-titled album in 2011 was a monster, so will this be in the same category? Let’s see… as ‘Preface’ string us in to lead single ‘Flicker, Fade’ my answer is YES! If the rest of the album is […]

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The Pretty Reckless – Going To Hell

The Pretty Reckless – Going To Hell

Instantly rockin’ and instantly sleazy, ‘Going To Hell’ opens with the ballsy rocker ‘Follow Me Down’ and to open the bands second album with anything less than this would’ve been a disaster, but if you need to set the scene for an album, consider it set. Its bluesy parts and soulful breakdown show a side to the band that is […]

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Steel Panther – All You Can Eat

Steel Panther – All You Can Eat

“Steel Panther have this shit down, and I’m glad that this band exists as without this kind of fun in heavy metal what the fuck would we do? All You Can Eat has me more than satisfied, although I’m greedy and going back for another helping… *presses play*…” To quote The Simpsons – “Hens love roosters, geese love ganders, everyone […]

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Daughtry – Baptized

Daughtry – Baptized

I’ve liked Daughtry since their first release and with each album they have grown and showed that they can make a great rock album each time and in the two years since Daughtry released ‘Break The Spell’ a revelation must have taken place and it’s ‘No Surprise’ sorry, pun intended… ‘Baptized’ opens with the title track and a distinct different […]

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Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

Welcome back Pearl Jam, good to have you back… before we start, let me tell you a quick story about Pearl Jam… it dates back to 1991, I hear a song called ‘Alive’ I think ‘uh oh… between this and that ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ song, something is happening here…’ at that time I was heavily in to the ‘hair […]

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Korn – The Paradigm Shift

Korn – The Paradigm Shift

In Summary: “They may not completely be the Korn of old, but they’re sure as hell on the way back…” There are a couple of things I’m intrigued to get into about this new Korn album, firstly after their last album ‘The Path of Totality’ which was interesting to say the least, it can’t be any worse, and the fact […]

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Teenage Casket Company – Still Standing

Teenage Casket Company – Still Standing

There are a few, but there aren’t enough bands out there making the kind of music Teenage Casket Company or TCC for those playing at home, make, but thankfully a band like TCC are one of them and aren’t scared to make an album that throws back to the bands they love, the bands of old that had fun making […]

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Twin Forks EP

Twin Forks EP

In summary: Infectious, happy, energetic and what music is missing… My hand is up, yep, I admit it, I love Dashboard Confessional, there’s just something about Chris Carrabba’s words and music that resinate with me, and now with Dashboard on a break here he is with his new project called Twin Forks, and within its opening bars it’s here for […]

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Bowling For Soup – Lunch. Drunk. Love.

Bowling For Soup – Lunch. Drunk. Love.

Bowling For Soup are one of my favourite bands and I’ve been there with them since back in ‘Nam… mind you, I actually wasn’t there when the honourable ones rocked on or when they did it for Johnny but I was there when they were drunk enough to dance and have been ever since, there for them, not drunk, well, […]

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Crossfaith – Apocalyze

Crossfaith – Apocalyze

In Summary: “Crossfaith may just be the future and the something new and different that we haven’t really got in music at the moment” One of my highlights of Soundwave 2013 was completely unexpected, welcome Crossfaith from Japan and they showed Australia how it’s done. If you missed them at Soundwave, well you have a chance to see them very […]

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Avenged Sevenfold – Hail to the King

Avenged Sevenfold – Hail to the King

Avenged Sevenfold are back, well they didn’t really go anywhere, but they have had some time off, and this marks their first album in three years and their first completely ‘Rev-less’ R.I.P…  and as sorely missed as he is, the band marches on and in a big way with their sixth album ‘ Hail To The King.’ What isn’t missing […]

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DevilDriver – Winter Kills

DevilDriver – Winter Kills

I’m awake, I’m awake!! Sorry, if I was in any way dozing, I am no longer as the new DevilDriver album ‘Winter Kills’ begins, so does my treatment for the mini heart attack I had as my volume was up all the way… my fault, but at least I’m alert now. Welcome back DevilDriver! ‘The Oath’ is the one that […]

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Misery Signals – Absent Light

Misery Signals – Absent Light

I always get intrigued when I have an album to review and I find out that the band has been around for quite some time (over ten years in fact) and I’ve never heard of them. Shame on me, shame indeed. Although in reading up on this new album by Misery Signals, I find that it’s been five years since […]

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Yellowcard – Ocean Avenue Acoustic

Yellowcard – Ocean Avenue Acoustic

In summary: This project was a perfect one for Yellowcard, the songs translated perfectly, they are played perfectly and ten years on I have that feeling of excitement I had when I first picked up ‘Ocean Avenue’ in 2003, and hopefully when you listen to it you will too… First off, it’s hard to believe that Yellowcard’s album ‘Ocean Avenue’ […]

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This Century – Biography of Heartbreak

This Century – Biography of Heartbreak

I love a bit of pop rock, you just can’t beat that easy to listen to element of it and there are bands out there doing it and doing really well from it. I think of bands like ‘All Time Low’, ‘The Maine’ and ‘Hot Chelle Rae’ that have carved their niche. Enter This Century with their second album ‘Biography […]

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Skillet – Rise

Skillet – Rise

Christian rock for some reason always gets somewhat frowned upon by some music fans, in particular rock fans, especially when it’s widely known that a band represents that. Look at bands like Stryper who have always maintained their beliefs, and I’m not scared to say that I caught a Stryper bible at one of their shows and I dug that. […]

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Death Dealer – Warmaster

Death Dealer – Warmaster

From the opening seconds of putting on ‘Warmaster’, this assault and onslaught of Metal has me intrigued, intrigued meaning excited and eager to hear what this new band is all about. This opening track, aptly named after the band that plays it ‘Death Dealer’, is fast, furious and to me takes shades of every metal band that paved the way […]

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City and Colour – The Hurry and the Harm

City and Colour – The Hurry and the Harm

Dallas Green and his magical musical beast City and Colour finally releases his new album ‘The Hurry and the Harm’ this week and I know that in the music world the words ‘highly anticipated’ get thrown around a little, but with City and Colour there are so many that wait with baited breath, with good reason too as this act […]

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Thirty Seconds To Mars – Love Lust Faith + Dreams

Thirty Seconds To Mars – Love Lust Faith + Dreams

Genius isn’t a word I throw around much. I could simply review this album with that one simple word ‘Genius’, as I feel like it is. I’m now into my fifth listen through the album and not because I needed to get into it to review it, but because it’s simply THAT good. I don’t know what it is about […]

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Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart

Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart

Frank Turner in the last few years has grown in popularity to become one of England’s hottest artists and has become renowned for not only his amazing song writing but also for his amazing live performances that are now captivating fans worldwide. With this, his newest album Tape Deck Heart, Frank has moved away from his usual ‘England’ based content […]

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Authority Zero – The Tipping Point

Authority Zero – The Tipping Point

In 25 words or less: “This is a solid album full of catchy, fist pumping songs that you should check out…” You may or may not have heard of Authority Zero, I’m in the later of that statement, but I was surprised to find out that they have been a band for the best part of almost ten years and […]

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