Big name hardcore music from plucky newcomers.
Tiny Empires 6.0
Dense and hearty debut EP from an array of punk vets
New Empire 8.0
In A Breath
Haunting melodies drenched with authenticity and honesty.
Semi Precious Weapons 7.5
Semi Precious Weapons' newest album soars with entrancing songs and a whole lot of charisma.
Art Contest 8.0
Art Contest's debut LP takes much from various math bands, but makes it their own
Body Works EP
Megosh eat your soul, while making you feel absurdly satisfied.
Into Infernus 7.5
Into Infernus have created a massive album, one that ranges from relentlessly intense to undeniably clever.
I Divide 9.5
Last One Standing
Explosive debut from a brilliant UK rock band.
Shadowed By Vultures
Soundtrack to a revolution.
Memphis May Fire 4.5
Unconditional is going to be one of the most uninspired records of the year; and I wish it wasn't.
I Am An Island
I Am An Island is a staple album for anybody who loves alternative rock and sing-along rock anthems.
The Used 6.5
It’s hard to tell whether or not this change was the right one for The Used.
Manchester Orchestra 9.0
Manchester Orchestra has an illustrious career and the common courtesy to constantly remind us of their strengths. With the release of "Cope," their fourth studio album, it is no surprise that all 11 tracks ooze personality and talent. "Cope" has a certain identity, though, that differs in terms of its place in Manchester's discography.
Christina Perri 6.5
Head or Heart
Christina Perri does a complete 180 in her newest album with an abundance of love songs.
Jeremy Loops 10
Folk music has never sounded this good.
The Future's Void
The album incorporates the hooks and melodies of pop music with a dark twist to it as it adopts a harsh industrial aesthetic to it.
The Decade EP
Although shorter in form, Alesana's new release measures up fully in terms of quality.
Devil is a record of modern throwback, combining all of the over-the-top theatrical stylings of BPB with the friendlier sensibilities of Owens last project, D.R.U.G.S.
Black Pistol Fire 6.0
Hush or Howl
The band possesses a sound that has hints of The Black Keys and Creedence Clearwater Revival within it, making certain tracks interesting to listen to. However, as a whole, the sound was a little generic for the Americana scene, making it hard to distinguish one song from another.
Oh, Common Life
Beautifully somber record that shows the growth Fireworks have achieved
Nocturnal Breed 6.5
There’s no doubt the album brings intensity and modern innovation from mixing an older style of metal with audio samples and structured guitar riffs. However, certain tracks tend to drag on and lose my interest throughout the album.
World Of Joy
Howler managed to produce a bitterly ironic album
Tokyo Police Club 8.5
My current front-runner for album of the year, Forcefield is the cannonball that signals the official start of summer (even though it's only March).
Chuck Ragan 8.5
Chuck Ragan is truly a talented storyteller, comparing to the ranks of Springsteen and Bob Dylan, and I after listening to this whole album several times, I can’t wait to see him live.
The Deep End
Former ska/punk frontman stumbles as he enters the hip-hop and pop arenas as a solo artist
Holding Back Words
This little EP packs a wealth of emotion that can bring you back to your worst times in love, but are reminded of that moment you realized you are receiving the love you deserve.
A year ago at this time, Hundredth was a force to reckoned with in hardcore - and they still are, but they've definitively subdued themselves with this lackluster EP.
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
The Take Off and Landing of Everything is intimate and gorgeous.
Mind Equals Blown