Goldfrapp- Tales Of Us

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By Stewart

Goldfrapp have spent the past decade teasing us.  Their 2002 debut ‘Felt Mountain’ is rightly regarded as indispensable, but since then the London duo have bounced uneasily between electro-pop, ambient melancholia and trip-hop without ever quite delivering the baroque masterpiece we know they’re capable of.  Read more…

Carcass- Surgical Steel

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By Stewart

Dust off your medical dictionaries and cadaverously incubate those endoparasites! Carcass, the gods of goregrind are back with their first album in 17 years!
These kinds of extended breaks between albums can have very different effects on different bands.  Of late, we as music fans have been rather blessed with the quality of “comeback” albums from rock & metal acts we’d thought were long defunct.  So… does ‘Surgical Steel’ keep up with this pleasing trend?  Read more…

Arctic Monkeys- AM

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By Stewart

It’s been 8 long years since The Arctic Monkeys first smashed their way onto the indie rock scene.  They sure came out swinging, brandishing the adrenaline fuelled foot stomper “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor” and its parent album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ which both went straight to number one on the UK charts.

Enter ‘AM’.  The title’s short… good start, but does it fulfil expectations?  Initial sales figures say yes, but that’s never any real indication.  Stew says….  Read more…

Franz Ferdinand- Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action

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By Stewart

 

“Sometimes I wish you were here….weather permitting…”

Well, the weather apparently does permit because Scotland’s Franz Ferdinand are back with their fourth full length album.  I always felt that the band were capable of much more than merely producing radio friendly dance-floor pop for pissed  yobs to glass each other to, so I tentatively pose the question: does this latest offering continue in the same safe, predictable, booty-shakin’ manner, or are we offered something a little more challenging and substantial?  Well….Read more

Thundercat- Apocalypse

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By Stewart

Ok, so a few of you may be familiar with Mr Cat (Stephen Bruner to his friends), either from his recent role as bassist in LA superpunks Suicidal Tendencies or his collaborations with Erykah Badu and Flying Lotus.  If it’s the former, this album will really come flying out of leftfield… Read more

Falling in Reverse- Fashionably Late

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By Stewart

It’s hard not to take a passing interest in the car crash that is the life of Falling in Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke.  He’s been involved in the shooting death of a man in Las Vegas, been on all sorts of drugs, done 2 years jail for breaching his bail conditions, was unceremoniously ousted from his own band Escape The Fate and reportedly has an enthusiastic penchant for spousal abuse….yep, he’s that sorta guy.  However, history is littered with examples of brilliant musicians who’ve done hard time, so let’s judge him by his music shall we… Read more

TesseracT- Altered State

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By Stewart

Heavy progressive music is in an interesting state of flux circa 2013.  There are certainly some amazing and inspired bands kicking about, but conversely there is a disturbing number of pale imitators flooding the market with their own sub-par take on djent/prog-metalcore/mathcore… or whatever  moniker will next be self applied by some mediocre & generic 8 string toting band trying vainly to stand out from the pack… Read more