ALBUM REVIEW: Bloom — Maybe In Another Life


Hailing from Sydney, Australia, melodic metalcore band Bloom introduces their first album with Pure Noise Records, Maybe In Another Life. While there are undoubtedly some standout tracks on here, they are easy to overlook on first listen. Many of the songs flip flop between exactly the kind of quality melodic hardcore the scene is lacking in, and those sounding like filler tracks from a 2010s metalcore album. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: DZ Deathrays – R.I.F.F.


 

Punky Aussie rockers DZ Deathrays thrash back into action with another riff-laden assault on the world’s delicate senses, a sixth studio album not short on forceful intent, lip-curled confidence, and “in-your-face” braggadocio.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Press Club – Endless Motion


 

From the double hit release of Late Teens in 2018 & Wasted Energy the following year, Press Club demonstrated with ease their ability to become punk’s latest act to look out for. Unfortunately, as with so many other bands, their plans were postponed due to the global pandemic. With the return to normality, the Australian band were able to finally perform this new material across the globe. Now, three years on from the release of their sophomore release, the band sets their sights on new horizons with Endless Motion (Hassle Records) a culmination of the tormentous past few years.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Beddy Rays – Beddy Rays


 

It feels like day 666 of blazing sun in the year of our dark lord 2022, as Satan’s domain continues to take control and roast our planet (climate change, what climate change?), yet finally, and oh so sweetly timed as we hit holiday season, in the words of The Undertones ‘Here Comes The Summer!’ And, boy, do we have the perfect sunshine accompaniment in the form of the beer-and-beach party punk rock of Beddy Rays and their self-titled, self-released debut. And the aforementioned Undertones smash isn’t a bad place to start in terms of the style and sound of this joyous album teaming, like rock pools with crustaceans, with ear-worms and great tunes. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Dune Rats – Real Rare Whale


 

With the majority of rock bands using their platforms to speak out about common world issues through blunt execution, Australian trio Dune Rats acknowledges those issues with their own amusing perspective. Their new album Real Rare Whale (BMG) was written in an effort to fight off the negativity brought on by the pandemic using rowdy feel-good tunes. With this new release, the band says, “Life is hard, but let’s have all the fun we can while we’re here.”Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Ocean Grove – Up In The Air Forever


Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, the Ocean Grove trio put out their third full-length Up In The Air Forever (UNFD), shining a new light on their grunge, rock, and pop elements. The title is a reminder that nothing in life is set in stone, and one should be liberated by this realization rather than fearful of it. Each song shares a lighthearted and fun energy, yet sends empowering messages about creative expression and freedom from systematic lifestyles. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Short Stack – Maybe There’s No Heaven


Australian pop-rock trio Short Stack have put out their fifth studio album Maybe There’s No Heaven (UNFD), using it as a means to tell the story of their career ups and downs and love lives since their debut Stack Is The New Black in 2009. Though it has its faults, punchy choruses and exhilarating instrumentals come and go to keep it worth hearing more. Continue reading


Northlane Share New Single and Video “Plenty” – New Album Incoming


Australian Metalcore leaders Northlane have shared the visualizer for the new song “Plenty.” The strack comes from their upcoming new album, Obsidian, set for release on April 1, 2022 via the Believe label. Pre-order it at the link below. Watch and listen to “Plenty” now!

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Psycroptic Shares New Single – “A Fragile Existence”, New Album Incoming


 

Long-running Australian tech-death band Psycroptic are back with a new EP, The Watcher Of All, out on November 27 via Prosthetic Records (digital) and Agonia Records (12″ vinyl). The ever-evolving band has shared a new track titled “A Fragile Existence”, which is available now via Bandcamp and will be on all digital streaming services from tomorrow. In addition to the single, the band has also gifted fans with a music video crafted by long time collaborator Wilson Bambrick. Pre-orders are live at the link below. Watch the video now!

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EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Starcrazy – “Long Way Home”


 

Rising Australian rock stars Starcrazy have teamed up with Ghost Cult to stream the first single from their debut EP, due in early 2021. “Long Way Home” calls it back to a simpler time of spazzed out licks, breezy hooks, catchy verses, great vocals, and real rock n roll swagger. A song like this is the polar opposite of today’s fake everything and too clean substitute for pop pulp. The band already counts legends such as Alice Cooper and Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore, and chances are you are next!

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