We’ll Go Machete – Strong Drunk Hands

These days it’s so easy to describe music as post-hardcore that the term has almost lost meaning. Still, if to you post-hardcore still recalls Fugazi, Shellac, Drive Like Jehu, Quicksand or even more modern mathy outfits like These Arms Are Snakes and (my personal favourites) Future of the Left, it’s highly probable that you’ll derive a great deal […]

Creations – The Gospel

Last week I wrote a little about how bewildered I was to be sent a number of Christian metal albums to review. I suppose I could have simply chosen to not review them, but I’m game for a challenge. Some challenges, however, are simply too great. And here we are with The Gospel, by Creations. […]

Diamonds – Crystal Ravens (mini-album)

It’s only a few months since Diamonds last graced Nostalgia For Infinity; you may recall this review of the An Introduction EP. Crystal Ravens is their first official release and is also the debut release for label Allegiance Records. I’ll refresh your memory: Diamonds play a distinct and distinctly oddball style of music that draws on disco-punk, powerviolence […]

Tin Horn Prayer – Get Busy Dying

Has the patch of ground on which country and punk hybrids grow always been this fertile? Perhaps it’s just a side effect of getting deeper into the music reviewing gig, and being sent records by US PRs that I wouldn’t otherwise come across, but it sure seems like there are a lot more of them […]

Transit – Keep This To Yourself (album)

My initial impressions of Boston outfit Transit’s second album were not positive: whilst I’m not familiar with their past output I am all too familiar with glossy but derivative punk rock. It’s unfair to judge a band before you’ve given them a thorough chance, of course, but I’ve heard enough identikit songs from identikit bands […]

Run, Forever – The Devil, The Death, and Me (album)

There’s something deliciously simple about The Devil, The Death, and Me, Pittsburgh three-piece Run, Forever’s debut album. That’s not to say that musically, thematically or lyrically there’s anything crude about it, only that it’s a refreshingly honest and straightforward affair given the pompous title. Reference points are obvious from the outset: vocalist Anthony Heubel either […]

Only Thieves – Heartless Romantics (album)

Heartless Romantics, the debut full-length release from Tallahassee, Florida’s Only Thieves, opens almost as it intends to go on. ‘All the Sad Young Men’, the warm, melodic opening track, has all of the key ingredients of the rest of the record: there are some good hooks embedded in it, it has a sound inspired by […]

Octaves – Greener Pastures (album)

I’ve got to confess that with a name like Octaves I was expecting something a lot mellower, or at least a bunch of punchy pop-punk tunes, with lots of octave chords, mostly written about how girls suck and girlfriends leaving you sucks and possibly also jobs suck. I should’ve guessed from the cover art, though, […]

Trojan Horse – self-titled

Hey, remember when bands weren’t afraid to be English? And not everything was a 2nd, 3rd or further-generation copy of something American? Although inflammatory statements like that are grossly inaccurate – if you can’t find such music you’re not trying hard enough – there are two reasons I elected to go ahead and write it. […]

Talons – Hollow Realm (album)

Released in the UK by Big Scary Monsters last November, and in the US by Topshelf Records in January, Hollow Realm is the debut album from the Hereford sextet Talons. You may remember Hereford from, er, the Pretenders and Mott the Hoople. I’m pleased to say that things have moved on a little since then. […]