So I needed a new album to review, and as I used to live near a place called Canterbury I thought I would give these guys a listen. The first album I have reviewed in 2014 and it is clear that British rock is only going to be getting better and better. 2013 was something of a big year with bands like Don Broco and Mallory Knox coming out with huge début albums. Canterbury are on their third album since emerging in 2009 and it is clear that there is a lot to come from this band. As this album has moments where it truly shines.

US rapper, Angel Haze, took music industry matters into her own hands when she leaked her début album via SoundCloud last month. Haze had finished recording Dirty Gold in the summer of 2013, but the labels weren't happy to drop the album until March of this year. Blazed with rage, Angel served up her music on 18th December, as promised to her fans: "So sorry to Island/Republic Records, but fuck you. I got here doing this for my fans and if you guys don't feel the same, it won't stop me." 

Generic and commercial or unique and fearless? It's time you had a warning about Neon Jungle.

 

 

2014 is finally here! The hangover from New Years has finally subsided and this writer's quest to eat everything in the house over the winter break has come to a close. Time to look back at the top 5 albums reviewed at BounceSIN, and tell you why you should definitely be checking them out. Firstly, note that I am basing this on what I'm still listening to. If I gave an album a cracking review months ago and it hasn't made it onto the list, it is because I have gotten bored of it. The five that has made it onto this album have been a constant presence on my iPod throughout the year, not just for a couple of weeks.

Now in my opinion, Boyzone have always been living in the shadows of fellow Irish pop giants Westlife - but where are you now Westlife ayyy?! Well Boyzone are back with a brand spanking new album – BZ20 which is full to the brim with 11 tracks that promise to reduce middle-aged women to tears. Recently coming to the end of a monster 17-date tour and having been signed by Warner Music, it is clear that they are still going strong and have turned the page to embark on another chapter of their 20 year career.

But have they still got it?

X Factor winner Sam Bailey has officially claimed this year's UK Christmas Number One with her empowering cover of Demi Lovato's single, Skyscraper. Failed to see this one coming? Much like the Grinch who stole Christmas, this is the sixth year that Simon Cowell has influenced the top spot. Bailey's ballad sold 149,000 copies in total, making it one of the fastest selling singles of the year. Pharrell's Happy somehow charted at number two, leaving X Factor legend Leona Lewis to peak at number three with that annoyingly festive pop song, One More Sleep. In the album chart, Wrong Direction lost out to Robbie Williams by a mere 200 copies for claiming the Official Christmas Number One Album.  

 

Volbeat have seriously been smashing out the albums; they are onto their 5th studio since 2007. The Danish rockers are some of the most hard-working guys in the metal genre. Well, I say the metal genre in a loose term, as to be perfectly honest, judging from this album it's difficult to judge where this band lay in the musical spectrum. Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies somehow manages to create some wonderfully old-school metal sounds, while also fusing in country elements to create a head-banging version of Mumford and Sons. This album is by far one of the most unique albums I have ever sat down and listened to.

Hurrah! Back to the Belgrave - this time I plonked myself down on one of the plush sofas at the back of the crowded venue. Northern Irish alternative rock band Mojo Fury were in Leeds for one night only to support Future of the Left, and to promote their second album, The Difference Between. Now, a month or so later, I’m still undecided on this one. Mojo Fury offer a progressive, ‘otherworldly’ sound, which teeters on the cliff-edge of brilliance, but runs the risk of being misinterpreted as just plain odd.

I don't very often anticipate début albums as much as I have done this one. I first heard of We Are Ficition about a year ago now, when I heard 'My Dreams Are Haunted' on the radio. Since then, I have been constantly checking the internet for news of their début album coming out. The day has finally arrived; One For Sorrow has finally reached my ears, and I am most certainly not disappointed with the band's first attempt at a full length studio album. From listening to this, it is clear that this Peterborough quintet have bags of potential when it comes to writing energetic and catchy rock anthems.

Music trends come and go. That is the way the world runs. Every now and then a fella' like Skrillex will come along and make dubstep super popular for the masses, or Busted and McFly will appear out of nowhere and make radio-rock a thing that we all have to put up with. Yet, good ol' fashioned rock n' roll has always been a thing - for as long as I have listened to music as much as I do today a fast paced guitar riff and frantic drum hitting has always been a thing. It seems to have never died out. Looking back at the history of rock n' roll there hasn't been much variation; the majority all follow the blueprint that bands like AC/DC mastered so long ago. However, while listening to Heavens Basement's début album Filthy Empire it is clear that something new is happening in the genre that has been fairly stale for a few years - as these young, long haired British rockers manage to bring a huge level of individuality to a genre that excels in copy and paste. They are so utterly unique and fresh. In one word I would simply describe this album as MAGNIFICENT.

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