Sam Law

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Viral and vital Scouse rockers Crawlers prove they’re ready to take on the world with heart-tugging first album, The Mess We Seem To Make.

80

These 10 songs may be the most creatively adventurous of her career: towering monuments to melancholy and uncertainty amidst a sweeping, shapeshifting soundscape.

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Older, wiser and bearing the weight of legacy, these mightn’t be the angry young ghouls we used to know, but they’ve kept hold of their old duffel-bag of sharp implements, and they still know how to use them.
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How To Disappear is a hell of a way to step back into the limelight.

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Of course, hardcore fans will doubtless have most, if not all, of these deep cuts tucked into their collection already. But it’s still a hell of a way to celebrate a big birthday for one of heavy metal’s corpse-painted best.
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Tantalisingly, this record also feels like the next building-block in a potentially genre-defining body of work. As much as we can’t wait for 100,000 gecs, however, there’s a mountain of fun to be had before we get there.

80

Tennessee titans Paramore ponder life, love and what we lose as the world grows louder on striking sixth album This Is Why.

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Best of all, the unhinged rap-rock of La fine and Il dono della vita’s jazzy swell – both sung in emotive Italian – prove their credentials as ambassadors of the universal language of rock’n’roll. Bravissimo!
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Kentucky maulers Knocked Loose showcase new levels of dynamism and devastation as they drag us through A Tear In The Fabric Of Life.

60

Rising Welsh rockers Florence Black lay down a crushing marker with debut album, Weight Of The World.

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Hand yourself over to a psychedelic song of praise like Trip The Light Fantastic ... or fall into The Weight Of Dreams’ fathomless nine minutes, and this legitimately might be the next best thing.

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Liverpool metallers Loathe challenge the boundaries of their musical universe with surprise instrumental offering The Things They Believe.

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For every comparison you can make of individual moments, there is little here that you can honestly say you’ve heard before, and little that can be judged on traditional terms. But that’s what makes her such a fascinating force.

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