Idles – Brutalism

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Band: Idles Album: Brutalism Label: Balley Records Release date: March Sounds like: Getting a medal. Rachel Khoo. Vomiting on art. Loss.   “GET ON YER BIKE SHE SAID! LET THEM EAT CAKE SHE SAID!” Subtlety doesn’t really exist to a band like Idles. Brutalism, their debut album, opens the door before you’ve had time to answer, staggers into your house, …

Ampwrecked 12: New Music For Your Ears

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Mutoid Man – Melt Your Mind (Sargent House) It’s Mutoid Man! Twirling a guitar around your head, air-drumming until your wrists fall off; it’s all part of the experience spliced together by Koller, Brodsky and of course, the master that is Nick Cageao. Melt Your Mind is just over 2 minutes of speed-thrash-excellence, that’s hella melodic in places (seriously, a lot …

Closet Disco Queen – Sexy Audio Deviance for Punk Bums

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Band: Closet Disco QueenEP: Sexy Audio Deviance for Punk BumsLabel: CrazySane RecordsRelease date: 7 April Sounds like: Ultimate slam dance instruMENTAL grooves right into your face.  Now, that’s a great EP title, seriously – well done the lads from La Chaux De Fonds. Closet Disco Queen are on some kind of bizarre quest to make sure you’re dripping in sweat. No, not through …

Ampwrecked 11: New Bands For Your Ears

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 Mastodon – Show Yourself (Reprise) I don’t know about you, but I love that Brann Dailor is slowly becoming the frontman of Mastodon. Okay, so he’s not really, but ever since he started singing from Crack The Skye onwards, I’ve found their stuff utterly terrific. Remission/Leviathan purists are going to HATE this then, but fuck ’em, because Show Yourself, is …

KRAUSE – 2am Thoughts

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Band: KRAUSE Album: 2am Thoughts Label: Riot Season Release date: 27 January Sounds like: Screaming into a fuzz storm. Man, this is pissed/odd/crazy (delete where applicable). Hey, that’s what you expect from any band on Riot Season though; a label that are the true purveyors of the weird, wonderful and downright ridiculous when it comes to creating a variation on …

Ampwrecked: New tracks for your ears 10

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  Darko – Hiraeth (Bird Attack/Lockjaw Records) We’ve talked a bit about Darko before on Keep It Fast, a band who stalwartly thunder through their own brand of melodic punk with frank and earnest pedal to the medal power. For those who love the turbo-charged energy of Gnarwolves, you’ll dig Hiraeth, a raucous, 2 minutes and 40 seconds of thrash-pop excellence. …

Guest Post: Jack Murray’s Top 10 albums of 2016

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Always on a quest to find out if they’re “doing the hits” or playing “This is a Call” or wondering when Jimmy Corkill and the Go-Go Sex Dolls are touring – Jack Murray chainsaws his way through the opposition (he had to split) to deliver his top 10 albums of 2016. You can find out what he had to say …

WHORES. – Gold

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Band: WHORES.Album: GoldLabel: eOneRelease date: Out nowSounds like: Blood pouring from the sky. A badly planned knife fight. Cars crashing over and over. “No you can’t come inside / We built these walls so we could hide.” You’re not ready for this. In fact, you were never ready at all. This is beyond your comprehension. WHORES. (as they like to stylise …

House Of Lightning – House of Lightning

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Band: House of Lightning Album: House of Lightning Label: None, self released (bandcamp) Release date: 1 December 2016 Sounds like: prog-stoner-punk-fusion of triumph  There seems to be a hydra-head mutation of bands from Miami, that all stem from one group: Floor, who, have spawned and tenuously connected lots of other bands together, namely  Torche, Cavity, Tilts, Riddle of Steel (any excuse to …

Holy Gold – Feral Children

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Band: Holy+GoldEP: Feral ChildrenLabel: NoneRelease date: 25 November (free download via bandcamp)Sounds like: post-hardcore bat-bird action.  The alumni that make up Atlanta’s Holy+Gold burst forth from the metalcore bubble, with members of Norma Jean, The Glass Ocean and professional crowd-surfers, The Chariot in tow. It’s a surprise then, to hear that Holy+Gold carry very little over musically from these projects, …