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Catacombs Of The Black Vatican

Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society

Catacombs Of The Black Vatican

Black Label Society have well and truly earned their stripes in the rock and metal world. In the early days, frontman Zakk Wyld sent his demo...

8 / 10
Cope

Manchester Orchestra

Cope

Manchester Orchestra have always been about the light and the dark; about positioning the loud and the soft just so; about carving out a perfect position...

7.5 / 10
All You Can Eat

Steel Panther

All You Can Eat

Californian quartet Steel Panther walk a very fine line between taking the piss out of that most derided subgenre of heavy, eighties glam metal, and being...

6.5 / 10
Blackbird

Dan Sultan

Blackbird

Dan Sultan’s Blackbird epitomises everything a good Australian rock album should be. A perfectly balanced blend of big band rock n’ roll matched with soft, soulful...

8 / 10
I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here

Ceres

I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here

It is easy for a music lover’s enthusiasm to dwindle when a bunch of up-and-comers hailed as “the next big thing” end up unraveling into something...

Record Of The Week
8 / 10
Here And Nowhere Else

Cloud Nothings

Here And Nowhere Else

For a band that started out as a fake MySpace page, Cloud Nothings have come a long way in just five years. After moving from the...

8 / 10
You Changed Me

Emma Russack

You Changed Me

You Changed Me begins with Emma Russack yearning to ‘get back’ to her hometown for family dinners, her familiar schoolyard faces, and the simple country town...

7.5 / 10
Now + 4Eva

Architecture In Helsinki

Now + 4Eva

“Are we in the future?” the band asks on the opening track to Now + 4Eva. On the contrary, this album kicks you back in time....

7 / 10
New Crown

Wolfmother

New Crown

Remember when this ego-fueled vessel, driven by vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale, were worshipped as a band? Shooting to fame at the drop of their debut...

5 / 10
By A Thread

Luca Brasi

By A Thread

Spreading like wildfire to the mainland, the Tasmanian punk rockers are back with a sophomore record that’s packed with anthemic, Aussie sounds. Encompassing a raw and...

8 / 10
Black + White Noise

N’fa Jones

Black + White Noise

N’fa Jones has been a busy man of late, working with old friend Drapht, supporting De La Soul, performing with recent Triple J Unearthed winner Remi,...

Record Of The Week
8.5 / 10
Closer

Thief

Closer

It is a big decision for any musician to completely change their sound. Here, Thief (aka PJ Wolf) is trying to craft his own destiny, swapping...

8 / 10
Lift Your Spirit

Aloe Blacc

Lift Your Spirit

It’s been a crazy couple of months for Aloe Blacc since the release of ‘Wake Me Up’, his monster EDM collaboration with Avicii. Now, following the...

7.5 / 10
Apocalypse Soon

Major Lazer

Apocalypse Soon

There’s something infectious about every record that Major Lazer have released. Now, the trio are back with a five-track EP headed by the mastermind American DJ/producer Diplo...

7 / 10
All The Colours

All The Colours

All The Colours

The highly anticipated debut release from Melbourne musical sophisticates All The Colours is as smooth as the band’s dapper aesthetic, threaded together by an undercurrent of...

7.5 / 10
Too Much Water In The Boat

Charles Jenkins & The Zhivagos

Too Much Water In The Boat

Water is something on everyone’s mind. In the Australian habitat, it appears we are fighting off floods, searching for more, or battling the elements that surround...

8.5 / 10

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