Hemorrhage – Chapter One

I feel there should be a strong emphasis on the r(h)age in Hemorrhage’s moniker. In fact, it should be capitalised at all times, with at least several exclamation marks. Hailing from Huntington Beach, Orange Country, this four piece (consisting of vocalist Philip, guitarist Vinnie, bassist Rain and drummer Andres) define their genre as ‘anger’, which is spot on. Chapter One is 7 tracks in around 13 minutes and it’s absolutely punishing.

Dandelion Beer.

Axis Of – Finding St Kilda

What grabs you about Finding St Kilda is how immediate it is; a huge thumping, crunching rush of excited, exhilarating sounds packed into 34 minutes. Axis Of display their nationality on Finding St Kilda like the roaring explosion of a fireworks shop going up in flames – the accents of drummer Ethan, guitarist Niall and bassist Ewen are so strong and expressive, full of warmth, heart and endearing passion.

Ice, Sea, Dead People – If It’s Broken, Break It More

Never ones to do things neatly, Ice, Sea, Dead People attack music on their second album with the same no-frills fury that litters their debut, Teeth Union. The addition of a second guitarist (filling the band out to a noisy, axe-laden four piece) has added way more meat and considerable fuzz to their already barbed and raucous caterwaul.

Break Your Legs – Ghostcore

Break Your Legs hail from New Brunswick, Canada (home of label, Banana Stand Records) and in true DIY fashion, ‘Ghostcore’ will be a tape only (retro is back dudes) and of course good old digital download. That’s not the only thing that’s DIY though, eschewing any sort of production values, Break Your Legs hark back to better, hazier and more intoxicated days.

Funeral For A Friend – Conduit

Now with a modified line-up (only vocalist Matthew Davies-Kreye and guitarist Kris Coombs-Roberts remain from the Casually Dressed-era) Conduit is Funeral For A Friend’s 6th album and also their shortest. Clocking in at just over 29 minutes, with the longest track being 3.37 (the superb High Castles) it doesn’t hang around.