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Metallica: 20 Years On – The Black Album

After 20 years on from its initial release in 1991, Metallica’s The Black Album is seen as the prophecy to metal.

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With the record holding phenomenal magnitude and depth to the band’s creative journey, the Black Album has become an integral part of history in metal and rock music.

With anything deemed as a “classic” or a “phenomenal record”, I always think that the record at first release was shunned and dismissed. The Black Album was no different. But over time, the 1991 creation not only re-sparked those once lost in the plethora of otherworldly genres, but also revitalised the band themselves.

“Vulnerable” soft ballad Nothing Ever Matters is an intermittent metal classic that is now iconic in every way. The thicker and starker approach they took plundered those not into rock, eventually into rock.

To celebrate, some of the industry’s finest have come together in a collaborative feast of feats. In where restrictions are ultimately nullified, the album sees the likes of Elton John, Royal Blood, Sam Fender and Alessia Clare, record beautiful interpretations of the record collection.

The Metallica Blacklist can be listened to NOW.

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KID BRUNSWICK – XFOREVER Album Review

Surrounding chaos, thumping swirls of bass and hideous thoughts of consciousness, KID BRUNSWICK blows up in the best way possible with his sophomore album,The Feel.

STOP FOCUSING ON NEGATIVE THINGS.

Taking respiratory aid with Kenny Hoopla, Dead Poet Society and POORSTACY, KID BRUNSWICK is the next listing in the rock charter to coast with angry electronica, ominous transparency and a defying character of mixing up the genre of rock into an eclipse of everything else.

4am, Prescription Kid and Bipolar Rhapsody are among the favourites to bring this new young talent into the punk lore of sharing the surrounding chaos of our lifestyle choices. Posing as all-nighter anthems, it tackles negativity, alcoholism and vulnerability, with the cacophony of music fanatics making comparisons to Yungblud. It’s uncanny when you hear their voices alongside one another – angsty, accentuated and embellished.

Merely a few songs deep in his album, Bipolar Rhapsody tops the lot for me with its explosive end-quarter with self-titled and self-proclaimed The Feel bringing in the polar opposite of extent this new project brings to KID BRUNSWICK’s range of work.

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Song of the Day: Pacific Avenue’s Something Good

Drawn from their 2019 debut EP, Strawberry Skies, it emphasises our love of summer, traditional holidays in the sun, and taking life one relaxing day at a time.

The Australian 4-piece brings fantastic contemporary indie flavours and blends of timeless rock that stays fresh in the sunlight. “Something Good” is the epitome of their work so far, as it demonstrates their knack of rock calling and have become one of the best emerging talents in the Aussie country.

Plenty to bring too, with their recent flurry of excitement, Easy Love – which is another timeless indie summer classic.

You could very well argue how oversaturated we are already with summer indie tunes. But, there’s definitely a reason as to why there’s so many compilations abound.

We simply can’t get enough of ‘em.

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Cleopatrick – “BUMMER” Album Review

Back in April, I implored you to witness the dazzling rock mafia duo madness of Cleopatrick with Artist Spotlight for the month.

Now, two months later, I’m back with an album review as it’s finally here. Since they’ve been young, the Canadian lifelong childhood duo have always wanted to release a debut album they’ve been immensely proud about. Well, in June of 2021, vocalist/guitarist Luke Gruntz and drummer, Ian Fraser managed to do that.

Simply loud and rife in the dirty and gritty, BUMMER has neither a lethargic or dull moment in its 10-song length longevity.

Emphatic, bold, specially written and so well richly produced – considering its the sounds of just two blokes – it is the one album I’d love to get sweaty with a bunch of strangers in one of those intermingling cesspits of tomfoolery, when they head off on their BUMMER tour in August.

With this album, it is also safe to say that Cleopatrick love to get their money’s worth out of stuff. The amount of sheer fuzz and distortion inclusive within the opener, VICTORIA PARK and WHY JULY, is frivolous manic punk and it’s f*cking fantastic.

Not dearly refined in some moments – and rightly so, because it’s well within the discomforts of punk – the debut is simply a fashioning for the love of music that these two boys have, and this comes out in the bucket loads.

GOOD GRIEF and THE DRAKE mark the end of doing anything by halves and release the handbrake with full rock powerhouses. The album tones it down with oozy drones of 2008 and Great Lakes, but still implores a different edge and style that the band incorporates and ultimately, shows their competency in producing music with the “less is more” mentality.

If you were disappointed with Royal Blood‘s recent third album, fear not. Here is a far better alternative than anything we could’ve ever imagined.

If you manage to catch them on their BUMMER tour, good on you.

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Playlist Review: Hour of Power

A band that we’ve discussed a fair few times on here before – and rightly so – is the rock powerhouse of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. Good news folks, they’ve made a playlist they listen to, right before they tear it up on stage.

It gleams with a horror show of borderline crazy, with emphatic tellings of hard rock throughout. And I can’t get enough of it.

Composing of a stellar line-up – IDLES, Squid, Never Not Nothing, slowthai and Demob Happy to name a few – it is a pulsating riff-heavy playlist worthy of the agape jawline you receive when you listen to it full throttle. Bang this on to get you out of the bed in the morning, for a thrill of a gym session or even when you’re making a stonkin’ meal in your kitchen, it is a playlist for every momentous – or angry – occasion.