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VinylFantasy -
90
Prior to stumbling across this album, I had not heard of Seahaven. The discovery was completely accidental; perusing Banquet Records’s site for MeWithoutYou items, ‘Halo of Hurt’ appeared also, and like the vinyl magpie I am, the slick looking LPs immediately drew me in. Tagged as a post-hardcore and punk band, I was immediately intrigued, and with no concept of the weight that their prior releases hold in the underground scene, nor any idea that this was their first release ... read more
VinylFantasy -
74
One of the most eagerly anticipated albums of recent years, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (IDKhow) certainly took their time on crafting ‘Razzmatazz’. Featuring pop rock icons Dallon Weekes, formerly of Panic! At The Disco, and Ryan Seama, formerly of basically every band ever, this is a band with a fine tuned identity, both conceptually and musically, as a band out of time, with their music often presented as found media from the 80’s. They had built up ... read more
VinylFantasy -
88
It’s been a little while since Nothing But Thieves’s last album; 2017’s ‘Broken Machine’ saw this band explode, with critical acclaim and commercial success, and the largest scale tours of their career. Apart from a four song EP in 2018, it’s been quiet from the Southend-on-Sea boys. 2020 sees that change with a their third album, ‘Moral Panic’; a far cry from the introspective despair of ‘Broken Machine‘, ‘Moral Panic’ ... read more
VinylFantasy -
80
Having enjoyed their latest release, ‘Animals’, I figured it was high time to actually give Architects a listen; arguably the frontrunners of the metalcore scene since Bring Me The Horizon took on more eclectic pursuits (although at the time of writing, ‘Post Human’ has yet to be released; perhaps a BMTH metalcore revival is nigh?), Architects have seen major critical and commercial success in recent years, packing out arenas with live shows, something incredibly unusual ... read more
VinylFantasy -
60
Today’s Bandcamp deep dive brought the Philippine quartet Ploverstream, and their debut record ‘Hand in hand’. Described as a ‘collection of ten stories’ that describe human experiences, this is an album that has some incredibly frustrating flaws, but shows a band with very good foundations and potential.

The album is all together something of a generic emo punk affair, with big choruses and crunchy riffs; Ploverstream are particularly good at crafting choruses, ... read more
Mar 14, 2020
if you had to choose a live performance of a song that's better than the original studio recording, what would it be? it can either be something youve experienced yourself or something from an official live album (cough cough its for a list)
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