Arcane Roots – Melancholia Hymns (2017)

Entry Point: Matter Highlight: Off The Floor/Half The World Melancholia Hymns is the first full-length album from Arcane Roots since 2013’s Blood & Chemistry, and their first release since 2015’s EP – Heaven & Earth. The band has undergone change, via the departure of their founding drummer Daryl Atkins after nine years, leaving Andrew Groves […]

Oceansize – Frames – 10 Year Review

Since this post ended up turning out to be more of an essay than a review. Here is the footage from the DVD that came with the album, a live performance of the whole album in a warehouse. Brilliant. The first time I heard of Oceansize was in 2009. Australian prog rock powerhouse Cog announced […]

Biffy Clyro: Ellipsis – A belated review

Biffy Clyro are a favourite band of mine, top five for my life so far. Since being sent a few songs from a friend living in Scotland as Puzzle came out way back in 2007 I’ve been hooked. Ellipsis is Biffy Clyro’s seventh studio album and had the near impossible task of following the monstrous double album “Opposites”. […]

Helmet: Dead To The World

Starting point: Life or Death or Bad News Personal Highlight: Look Alive Like any Australian who watched Rage after coming home from a night out or waking up early on a weekend – I’m aware of Helmet. They are the band pink guitar, shorts wearing band with a video that kept popping up every time a heavier […]

In Between: Locustvale

Entry point: Locustvale Personal favourite: Skin on Skin From the opening lines, this sounds promising. I’ve never heard of In Between before, two tracks into the album and I’m drawing comparisons to Rise Against and that pop influenced punk rock genre. Please note that the “pop influenced” is far from a bad thing, in my […]