"Thrashing into their almost non-stop set, the three guys from Dunedin were essentially faultless in their fast paced and tight delivery."
"The band inched fast and steady from the wry wrecking ridge into the heart-wrung beast that forms the twelve robusts of 'SWIM' "
"Bone-gnawing, white knuckle rides that speak to the lonely kid with earphones strapped around their ears on a Saturday night."
"Relentless 40 minutes of fuzzy, old-school punk, with no breaks in between for slow songs or sweet songs or anything to lighten the pace. It’s over half an hour of just solid noise, and it can be kind of overwhelming at first blush."
"To many, Die! Die! Die! are a sleeper. So, to them – and every other fan of modern post-punk and forward-thinking, interesting guitar music – this must be said: wake up. Now."
"Sonically, it’s white-knuckle levels of intensity from go to whoa, with piercing cries and knife-edge guitar matched up to pummelling drums and earth-rumbling bass."
"Those waves of coruscating guitars, tumbling melodic bass lines, pummelling drums."
“Die! Die! Die! have always had the knack for creating dynamic music driven by tension.”
"'Swim is an 11-track opus formed from the wall-sweat of Europe’s best clubs, scratched off the tour van floor and from down the back of the couch-surfed accommodation."
"Frantic fuzz, corrosive guitars, rolling baselines and breakneck pummelled drums."
"It’s a release of control; the guitars soar and it manages to bring it’s own brand of melody to the fray, whilst providing an unrelenting pace"
"Have always balanced melody and song structure alongside sheer punk thrash."
"From the blaring 30 second intro of sampled noise, its clear that this record is on a different level from the instant, almost pop-like charm of their previous bands."
"Such thrilling all-over-the-bloody-shop style, flat out rockers mix with drifting interludes, folky waltzes and garagey lo-fi fun."
"Ultimately makes Burning Alms' debut such a resounding success is its ability to balance myriad sounds and styles in such a way as to evoke a singularly rich musical identity."
There are moments when you can’t quite place where the brutal, industrial noises might be originating from, but that only serves to make the catchy rock ’n’ roll melodies a tad more addictive.
"Parts of In Sequence sound like they may have been recorded in a toilet or worse, but this is music with integrity, from the heart, from the soul, and with intent."
"In Sequence is a superb debut album, there’s a feel of freedom and exploration."
Our Krypton Son comes into his own when he switches to piano, giving the sense of him being immersed in his own world, unaffected by the audience listening attentively.
Surely a contender for NI album of the year (actually scrap that it’s my favourite album of the year from anywhere), a raw sounding and energetic collection, these songs will sound huge in a live environment.
"As they left the stage I knew, and the crowd knew, that this is a band channeling a buzz that Northern Irish music hasn’t seen in recent years. Tragically... We must now play the cruel waiting game for their debut album. We’re in for a treat, so we are."
"The initial preview of this album holds promise for Sullivan & Gold. No doubt we’ll be hearing more about them when their album launches on November 22nd."
"It was a pleasure to have JPL back in Cardiff and playing on such great form; this was a set of winners played with style and heart and it made us all realise how much we’d missed seeing them play."
"Jetplane Landing’s 'Don’t Try' is a blast of wild, emotive raw power, crackling with energy and zeal.. Sounds like – Bones of our fathers, maggots (getting off my turf), magnetic sea pulling me under, a Jetplane Landing."
"I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this band should have been huge, they’ve got a message, they’ve got hooks, they’ve got riffs and you can bet your life on it that they’ve got songs. Jetplane Landing, first class all the way!"
"Superb from start to finish, it's hard to imagine a better Irish rock album this year."
"After a six year hiatus the Derry born cabin crew are back, this time with an absolute beast of a record in 'Don’t Try'."
"After however many years out of the loop, Jetplane Landing are back, if you really thought they were ever gone, and stronger than ever... Roll on JPL5 and the next tour; I’ll be down the front, come say hey."
"A solid body of work that does more than a little to cement their place amongst contemporaries such as Biffy Clyro, Les Savy Fav, and even more legendary bands such as Refused and At The Drive-In."
"Andrew Ferris is at his incensed best, snarling “Hey maggots, get off my turf, I wrote shit like this fucking years ago.” down the mic... In truth, though, there’s barely anybody that’s come close to them in the intervening years."
"Jetplane devotees and indeed fans of heavy yet melodic guitar abuse in the bulging vein of Jawbreaker/Helmet/Kerbdog will be in their element here."
"They’re the elder statesmen of Northern Ireland’s post-hardcore scene, but don’t mistake Jetplane Landing for fusty old axemen."
"More Than Conquerors really seem to have made [Glasgow] their second home and become an honorary member of the local scene. Then again, with music like this, who wouldn't welcome them with open arms?"
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No More Workhorse finds in More Than Conquerors' debut album a fusion of bone crunching, thunderous guitars, pounding drums and catchy vocals.
"Platt turns out to be something of a reluctant star in the making."
"‘Everything I’ve Learnt’ is an album of self expression and journey in the face of adversity... It has the potential to create a big arena atmosphere... Hits you right in the chest with layer after layer of hard-hitting rock."
Basically, it's the Bruce Lee of debut albums.
Sure of voice, huge of sound, florid of production: five minutes in the microwave would see them ready for a main stage slot in any festival of your choice.
Finding St. Kilda features 11 rambunctious tracks mixing intense post hardcore heaviness with melodic punk rock songwriting skills and a verbose lyrical bent
"..The bass is massive and the guitars are sharp."
"Devilishly engaging, and has a real sense of energy. You can pick out influences like Sonic Youth, Rapture or At The Drive In..."
"It is an intense song with so many different noises all joining together to create this massive sound."
"...Strap yourself to your washing machine when it is on spin and put this on full blast..."
"...Intertwined riffs and a motorcade of cascading drums...."
"...Disorienting, swimming in FX but always hammering away in a hypnotic groove..."
"I haven't heard a band of such great quality for a very long time".
Mnemotechnic "Party People - Brest's biting response to The Rapture and Sonic Youth's New York."
"...The whole thing sounds like it was recorded in an echo chamber, or maybe in zero gravity. "
"...It is hard to overemphasise just how exciting 'Looming' is as a debut record."