Big Wreck‘s early classics, most particularly The Oaf and That Song, were a huge staple on the radio when I was young. The latter especially stuck in my head as a kid. It’s easily one of the best all around rock songs to have come out in the 90’s. Some years ago, around the time of Big Wreck’s reunion, I decided to get more in to the band, starting from the beginning of course. I was met with a bit of disappointment. Well I wasn’t so disappointed as I was underwhelmed. This kind of cooled down my desire to get more in to the band. That is, until late last year when One Good Piece of Me from their then upcoming (now just over a month old) album Grace Street started playing on the radio.
Frank Carter is hitting veteran status in the English punk scene. It’s been over a decade since he debuted with Gallows in 2005 before leaving the band in 2011. I’ve never been a faithful of the hardcore punk scene, so I must admit to being unfamiliar with Frank Carter. Needless to say his current band Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes flew under my radar before their recently released second album Modern Ruin was given to me for review.
I remember late 2014, around the time I got Sound & Shape‘s Bad Actors album for review. That was a time I was actually getting a few extremely worthwhile independent albums, specifically by the bands Black Map and Suburban Myth. All three of these bands showed potential to be major recording acts, and had (and likely still have) a much better and more professional sound than most independent bands I’ve ever reviewed. One of these bands, Black Map, has since been signed to eOne‘s label. I don’t typically pick favourites among indie bands, but Sound & Shape’s Bad Actors is probably the album I found to be the best out of the three, which is why I was thrilled when they asked me to review their upcoming EP Peasants. Continue reading
It was two years and four days ago that I saw The Pack A.D. open for Alice In Chains, prompting me to buy their then most recent album Do Not Engage after having a pleasant encounter with them between sets. You can read my review of that album here. The rock duo was five full length albums deep at that time and I had in fact heard their name thrown around every now and then before then, but seeing them perform that day was exactly the push I needed, otherwise I wouldn’t be here reviewing their recently released sixth album Positive Thinking.
Trapt is a band that has been around for longer than I realized. I first heard of them when they played at the first Crüe Fest in the summer of 2008, but I didn’t realize they had been around for over a decade before then and were four albums (three major label) deep into their recording careers. Another eight years later and Trapt is set to release their sixth major label studio album DNA.
Like any good band that wants any sort of longevity, Billy Talent have long since evolved from the post-hardcore punk band they were at the beginning of their recording careers. If you look at the four albums that are currently out today, you can hear a steady progression that further separates the Billy Talent of 2016 from the Billy Talent of 2003. Such progression only continues on their soon-to-be-released fifth album Afraid of Heights.
It’s about time I write about the new Blink-182 album California. I’ve been so caught up in everything that this is the earliest chance I have to write this. This not only being the first new album by the famed pop punk band in close to five years but also the first album without guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge, it’s been quite the anticipated release, met with different responses from all sorts of critics. Thankfully for the band, most of the criticism has been positive, but with some mixed in negativity.