Underoath Voyeurist Underoath has been a seminal voice in progressive, heavy rock for almost two decades. On Voyeurist, their seventh full-length (and second with Fearless Records), Underoath has once again found brilliance in walking the line between reinvention and the foundational elements of the project. The story of Voyeurist traces back to their 2020 livestream event, Underoath: Observatory. The success of Observatory, which was orchestrated largely by the band, provided the confidence for them to self-produce their next record for the first time. The result is the most collaborative album of Underoath’s career and, anchored in a profound respect for each other, one that left no stone unturned creatively. The band refers to it as “high-def violence” - technologically advanced, but undeniably visceral. Conceptually, Voyeurist has several interrelated meanings, each tying back to the concepts of how we curate ourselves through social media and how that facade masks a lot of what we actually experience in life. With their shared history of remarkable accolades and trying hardships still shaping who the individual members are as people, Underoath is just scratching the surface of what they can accomplish as a band. There are few acts in the annals of rock history that can say their best work is still ahead of them almost two decades into their career. Fortunately, Underoath falls into that category. It will be something special to witness as this next chapter in the Underoath story unfolds. Fearless Records CD | LP Pre-Order
AFI Bodies Exclusive LP is on 'white in silver' coloured vinyl. /300. Indies exclusive LP is on '3 colour a/side b/side - silver, black + black ice' coloured vinyl. The highly anticipated new album from the legendary punk-rockers AFI, following on from the 2017 self titled / Blood album and 2019 EP The Missing Man. Another exciting offering of their blend of high octane and dynamic punk sounds. Like similarly artistically-minded iconic bands, AFI's ever-evolving identity has kept their sound, themes, and overall image fresh. A place in rock n' roll history assured by magical musical androgyny, both post-modern and timeless, AFI remains guided by the flames of authenticity and determination that defined their first ten albums and are sure to drive the next ten and beyond. Rise Records CD | LP
Hum Inlet Completely unexpected, the first album in 22 years from the gigantically influential, semi-legendary HUM. A genuine Album Of The Year contender, and possibly their finest ever, it mixes their super-heavy / epic sound into elements of drone and shoegaze, with their trademark almost-sighed vocals. Longtime fans will in no way be disappointed; newcomers with a penchant for post-rock, emo, math rock and even doom metal will see what all the fuss has been about! "The band is extremely thankful for the kindness we have received over the years, and we hope everybody is happy and well." The new album is an eight-track release that should appease fans of the band's '90s output. Highlights include the album opener "Waves," the hypnotically epic "Desert Rambler," the dark yet crushing "The Summoning" and the slow ebbing closer "Shapeshifter." - Loudwire Polyvinyl CD | LP Pre-Order
Drug Church TAWNY 12" is on 'baby pink w/ heavy white splatter' coloured vinyl with a screen-printed B-side. A new 12" EP from the punk-rock agitators Drug Church, following on from their acclaimed 2018 record CHEER. Tawny is comprised of Drug Church's crushing 2020 single "Bliss Out," a cover of Arcwelder's "Remember To Forget," and two brand new songs, "Tawny" and "Head-Off," which feature some of the band's most dynamic songwriting to date. The tracks build on the most melodic moments of Cheer without losing any of the bite and energy that has made Drug Church so appealing to fans of heavy and catchy music alike. "Head-Off" opens the EP and immediately makes it clear that the band aren't content to rest on their laurels. The song begins with a driving beat from drummer Chris Villeneuve while guitarists Nick Cogan and Cory Galusha weave unexpectedly shimmering guitar lines overtop of Pat Wynne's propulsive bass; even Kindlon's customary roar has taken a turn, with layered vocals and the singer's cadences at their most instantly hooky. All of these melodic moments only serve to make Drug Church's sound even more combustable, and "Head-Off" and "Tawny" both erupt into immensely satisfying blasts of powerhouse guitars and Kindlon's sardonic bark. Pure Noise 12"
Night Letters Witness To The Love It's hard to believe that the eerie instrumentation and atmospheric undertones of Night Letters grew out of the DIY punk scene. Vocalist Tony 'TK' Klein (More Than Life) and guitarist Kai Sheldon (Landscapes) have been friends since school, both hailing from the same small town in South West England. Tours in mainland Europe with UKHC heavyweights Dead Swans brought Benny Mead into the picture and all three bonded over drums as TK, then drummer for More Than Life, fondly recalls 'I was blown away with Benny's drumming and he inspired me to be a better musician'. As with so many touring experiences, friendships formed that would last a lifetime. In 2012 TK found himself living and working in Berlin, another local resident just so happened to be Adam Crowe from Australian hardcore crew Miles Away. 'We started hanging out and talking about our experiences playing in bands and after a quiet period with More Than Life I approached Adam and asked him if he was interested in starting a new project. He was up for it and we recorded ‘Reflect the Sky' in Berlin". To begin with, Night Letters was just a two-piece studio project but after Germany's Day By Day Records agreed to release the EP it quickly became clear that the music had no ceiling and the demand for live shows brought Benny and Kai back into the fold. In 2018, now a four-piece, Night Letters entered British studio the Ranch to record their debut album with producer Lewis Johns (Funeral For A Friend, Rolo Tomassi). TK is aware of the band's roots and how important the punk rock scene was to them, 'We're still and always will be hardcore kids but we felt like we needed something that represented us now as adults. We took a lot of elements from hardcore, the build-up parts, the explosive energy in the guitars, the dynamic drums and brutally honest lyrics. I'm still angry but It's a different type of anger now. I'm not angry at the world so much, but I am still trying to find a connection. Trying to find out what makes us who we are, exploring our mental environments, and adapting to the changes life throws at us'. 'Witness to the Love' is a hardcore record at heart - honest, raw and passionate. But it's also far more than that. Night Letters blend elements of shoegaze, indie and dream pop to create a sonic wall of sound that leaves the listener bathing in alt-rock ecstasy. Venn Records LP
Other Half Big Twenty Big Twenty? is 14 songs of caustic post-hardcore, exploring the unpleasant places people go and the nastiness they are capable of in search of identity, community and belonging. The recurring characters that inhabit ?Big Twenty? navigate changing social scenes and trends as they near the end of their twenties, teasing themselves with the past and spiralling in an unhealthy cycle of going out and coming down. The album’s narrative is semi-fictitious, reimagining first-hand experiences watching friends lose themselves to nostalgia, drugs and depression, whilst simultaneously celebrating the warmth of belonging, wherever it is found. Venn Records LP
Waco Hope Rituals Constantly pushing the boundaries of the genre, and throwing their eclectic array of influences into the mix, WACO really are in a league of their own when it comes to defining exactly what punk music can be in the 21st century. “We’re all passionate about different music and our sound is derivative of that,” says singer Jak Hutchcraft of the myriad influences that are vital to the band’s sprawling and unconventional approach to punk. Venn Records LP