Forest Pooky – We’re Just Killing Time Before We Die [EP Review]

Forest Pooky - We're Just Killing Time Before We DieAcoustic tracks don’t always do it for me. When I was younger, I didn’t enjoy them at all and retained that idea of “the heavier, the better”. Since bands like Rage Against The Machine and The Mars Volta opened me up through my teenage years, I can appreciate them more, but still, they usually have to be spot on and worked well into an album for me. Hefty introduction aside, Forest Pooky have somehow created an acoustic EP that I can’t help but enjoy.

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Atom Driver – Slackjaw [EP Review]

atom-driver-slackjawOne of the things I love about music (I wonder how many times I’ve started a review with those 8 words…) is how different bands can stand out and hit you with so many different aspects of the music. For some it’s simply a serving of catchy, pop choruses, others it’s the character and style. Not many, for me, have vocals that stand out so much as Atom Driver’s. Mark Segall’s vocals give the sound a massive edge that works perfectly with the punked up garage-rock sound.

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Cold Summer – Fight To Survive [EP Review]

cold-summer-fight-to-surviveDisclaimer: I am not a fan of commercial rock music. That includes about 95% of the “artists” that you see on the likes of Kerrang!, playing arena shows, on major record labels and with the all important image which seems to be the sole selling point. In addition, I dislike all of the bands that try to sound like someone already famous in an attempt to gain popularity.

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Capital Youth – Lemonade [EP Review]

capital-youth-lemonadeOver the course of writing reviews for The Cauteriser, I have somehow managed to dig into darker, dirtier and all round noisier bands as I’ve gone along. Then Capital Youth come along with something a lot more, shall I say normal? It took my ears a few play throughs to get back to grips with something that isn’t bombarded with distortion and unpredictable loudness, but damn, Lemonade is one solid EP.

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Barque – Coffin Cutters [EP Review]

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I can’t say that I have ever really listened to much in the way of “Dark Hardcore”, I find that I zone out too easily when listening to more dredge-along music, that feels more about being heavy for the sake of it, but bands like Barque seem to put up a divide, adding more of a shine into the music, albeit a shine in what is still pretty fucking dark.

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