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Album of the Year 2021

Album of the Year 2021

We countdown our Top 50 Albums of 2021

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2021 has been another tough year to live through. There have been some signs of normal life, for example the return of live music, but we end it as we started with true normality a distant memory.

This year has however been a stunning year for new music releases. Yes, lockdown musicians and the odds are their creativity will take over. In Full Pelt Music’s first full year of existence we have reviewed 65 albums and the quality of those releases has been exceptional.

Last year we counted down our Top 20 albums of the year, with a special Advent Calendar countdown on our Twitter. This year we have expanded! Our 2021 countdown has taken place across all our social platforms, and has listed our Top 50 albums of the year!

With that social media countdown completed, it’s now time to compile our completed Top 50 in one place. So let’s get started!

Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“there are stunning moments spread throughout the album”

Read our review of ‘Lo! Soul’

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Roddy Woomble – ‘Architecture in LA’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“there are plenty of songs on this album that rate amongst the best that the band has produced”

Read our review of ‘Waiting For Good Luck’

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The Treatment – ‘Rat Race’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“Garbage are an incredible musical force”

Read our review of ‘No Gods No Masters’

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Garbage – ‘No Gods No Masters’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“we have thrashing guitars, thumping drums, bizarre lyrics and plenty of bells and whistles to emphasise his brilliantly quirky musicianship”

Read our review of ‘The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy’

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Rob Zombie – ‘The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“was anybody craving a new album from The Offspring in 2021? Perhaps not, but actually in this messed up world we live in, maybe, just maybe, we needed it!”

Read our review of ‘Let The Bad Times Roll’

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The Offspring – ‘Let The Bad Times Roll’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“this is an artist pouring all of their self into their creation and discovering magic”

Read our review of ‘Watch Me Break Apart’

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Dead Nature – ‘Watch Me Break Apart’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“this record manages to encapsulate the sound that the band has nurtured over the past few years both on record and in the live setting”

Read our review of ‘How to Ruin Your Life’

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Paris Youth Foundation – ‘The Back Seat’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“remind you how gloriously heavy yet anthemic the band can get”

Read our review of ‘The Bitter Truth’

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Evanescence – ‘Use My Voice’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“it won’t take long for people to stop and take notice of this great young band”

Read our review of ‘Fractured Party Music’

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Pet Needs – ‘Toothpaste’
What we said:

“this is Volbeat at their very best”

Read our review of ‘Servant of the Mind’

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Volbeat – ‘Shotgun Blues’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“vitality shouldn’t be mistaken for relevance and whilst the band may have peaked commercially, they remain of utmost importance to a generation of music fans”

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Rise Against – ‘Nowhere Generation’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“anybody that had any doubts about the natural talents of this group of musicians, they should now acknowledge a new force”

Read our review ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate’

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Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“over the top, outlandish, brash and most of all fun, the album not only lives up to but surpasses all expectations”

Read our review of ‘Van Weezer’

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Van Weezer – ‘Hero’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“quality continues to run throughout the entire record and there is very little ease on the throttle”

Read our review of ‘Below’

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Beartooth – ‘Skin’
What we said:

“another very good release from a band overdue commercial success”

Read our review of ‘Into the Blue’

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The Joy Formidable – ‘Into the Blue’
What we said:

“a middle finger up at the haters”

Read our review of ‘Still Sucks’

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Limp Bizkit – ‘Dad Vibes’
What we said:

“a delicate masterpiece from a songwriter of the highest level”

Read our review of ‘The Hole Around My Head’

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Will Varley – ‘Pushing Against Us’
What we said:

“an enjoyable listen and the band clearly still has something to say”

Read our review of ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’

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Manic Street Preachers – ‘The Secret He Had Missed’
What we said:

“up there with the best that Beans On Toast has released”

Read our review of ‘Survival of the Friendliest’

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Beans On Toast – ‘Humans’
What we said:

“it really is time to stop being surprised by the quality in this band”

Read our review of ’21st Century Love Songs’

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The Wildhearts – ‘Remember These Days’
What we said:

“the extravagance of the band is what makes them great and thankfully their 7th studio album has it in abundance”

Read our review of ‘Motorheart’

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The Darkness – ‘Jussy’s Girl’
What we said:

“for their tenth album the band has set out to create their masterpiece”

Read our review of ‘Coral Island’

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The Coral – ‘Change Your Mind’
What we said:

“a strong debut album that lays the foundations of what will likely be a long and successful career”

Read our review of ‘W.L.’

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The Snuts – ‘Glasgow’
What we said:

“this is a stunning pop rock album”

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Pale Waves – ‘Fall to Pieces’
What we said:

“the album is laced with quality and shows the ease with which AFI are able to produce catchy songs”

Read our review of ‘Bodies’

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AFI – ‘Dulceria’
What we said:

“Iron Maiden doing exactly what you’d expect Iron Maiden to do”

Read our review of ‘Senjutsu’

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Iron Maiden – ‘Senjutsu’
What we said:

“this is very much Numan at the top of his game

Read our review of ‘Intruder’

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Gary Numan – ‘Intruder’
What we said:

“the signature of a band comfortable in their skin”

Read our review of ‘Pressure Machine’

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The Killers – ‘Quiet Town’
What we said:

“the very thing that identifies their sound is their lack of boundaries, their quirkiness and willingness to experiment”

Read our review of ‘The Myth of the Happily Ever After’

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Biffy Clyro – ‘A Hunger In Your Haunt’
What we said:

“well crafted and superbly delivered album that is well worth your time and attention”

Read our review of ‘A Matter of Life & Love’

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Skinny Lister – ‘Damn The Amsterdam’

The quality of this year’s releases has been truly phenomenal as our opening 30 albums attests. The competition is extremely tight for the coveted top spot and that is clear throughout the prestigious Top 20 that follows.

What we said:

“a sublime collection of upbeat, heartfelt and powerful songs that is bound to be stuck on repeat for the foreseeable future”

Read our review of ‘A Funeral For Youth’

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Miss Vincent – ‘Rosalie’
What we said:

“The Pretty Reckless have solidified themselves in the upper echelons of Hard Rock”

Read our review of ‘Death by Rock and Roll’

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The Pretty Reckless – ‘Only Love Can Save Me’
What we said:

“you are fully absorbed by the mix of heavy hooks and catchy sing-a-long pop vocals”

Read our review of ‘Dark & Beautiful Secrets’

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Normandie – ‘Hostage’
What we said:

“Trash Boat have delivered their best work yet and they appear ready to lead the charge for British rock”

Read our review of ‘Don’t You Feel Amazing?’

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Trash Boat – ‘He’s So Good’
What we said:

“there are moments of grandeur that harness the bands expansive sound spread throughout”

Read our review of ‘The Greatest Mistake of My Life’

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Holding Absence – ‘Afterlife’
What we said:

“the album attacks your senses and gets your feet stomping and your head banging”

Read our review of ‘When Life Was Hard And Fast’

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Ricky Warwick – ‘When Life Was Hard & Fast’
What we said:

“Trivium have well and truly earned their place at the top table of metal”

Read our review of ‘In the Court of the Dragon’

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Trivium – ‘Feast of Fire’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“a stunning release from a band assumedly at the peak of their powers”

Read our review of ‘American Noir’

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Creeper – ‘Midnight’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“there is a real good mix of sounds on this album which together encompass Kennedy’s various alter egos”

Read our review of ‘The Ides of March’

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Myles Kennedy – ‘In Stride’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“the power of this album doesn’t just lie with Bennett of course and the rest of the band have summoned even more power and majesty then before”

Read our review of ‘The Hope List’

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Lonely The Brave – ‘Bound’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“the album really feels like a love letter to both the bands own history and the music of those that influenced the members”

Read our review of ‘Medicine at Midnight’

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Foo Fighters – ‘Love Dies Young’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“an album packed with rock club dancefloor fillers, designed to get you moving”

Read our review of ‘Sticky’

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – ‘My Town’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“there are grandiose ambitions spread throughout the album with the band obviously striving for more”

Read our review of ‘For Those That Wish To Exist’

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Architects – ‘Animals’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“IDLES continue to be one of the most exciting and vital bands around”

Read our review of ‘CRAWLER’

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IDLES – ‘Car Crash’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“an album of pure, unadulterated, adrenaline-filled pop rock pleasure”

Read our review of ‘Amazing Things’

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Don Broco – ‘Bruce Willis’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“Press To MECO have always had a knack for creating ferocious yet catchy songs and this album is packed full of tasty rifftastic bangers”

Read our review of ‘Transmute’

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Press to MECO – ‘A Test Of Our Resolve’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“the band are still able to mix catchy pop melodies with hard hitting beats to create a sound equally at home in front of mosh pits and dancefloors”

Read our review of ‘Seize the Power’

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Yonaka – ‘Call Me A Saint’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“the duo however manage to amplify these electronic elements without losing their rock attitude and resonance”

Read our review of ‘Typhoons’

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Royal Blood – ‘Boilermaker’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“a rare talent that have now reinforced their passion and ability to create great music for anybody who wants to listen but without concession on their vision”

Read our review of ‘Written & Directed’

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Black Honey – ‘Believer’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“this record feels like it comes from a band at the peak of their powers, but knowing this group, they will still have plenty more to come”

Read our review of ‘Blue Weekend’

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Wolf Alice – ‘Smile’

Well there you have it! What a truly magnificent year for new music 2021 has been. What will 2022 have in store? Remember to discover the best new acts by following our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist’!

Stay tuned for our 2021 Year in Review coming very soon.

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We roundup the best music news from the past week!

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Slam Dunk Festival make first 2022 announcement

News Report Slam Dunk

Welcome to another weekly News Report from Full Pelt Music where we roundup the best music news from the past week. We will get into new music releases and tour announcements but this week we start with a slew of festival reveals!

Up first is Slam Dunk Festival who this week revealed the first acts set to feature at the 2022 event. Alexisonfire and Rancid will be joined by The Used, The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack, Hot Milk, Meet Me At The Altar and many more!

The event will take place on 3rd and 4th June at Leeds and Hatfield. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘Split Personality’ from Hot Milk on our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist

Teddy Rocks Festival reveals 2022 line-up

News Report Teddy Rocks

Teddy Rocks Festival takes place at Charisworth Farm in Blandford, Dorset and raises money towards research and direct support for children with cancer. So, already it’s worth the ticket price! Also on offer though is a great line-up of music.

Headlining the 2022 edition will be Eagles Of Death Metal and The Fratellis. They will be joined by Skindred, Newton Faulkner, Terrorvision, Dream State, The Skints, The Snuts, A, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Lauran Hibberd, The Bottom Line and Never Not Nothing among many more.

More information and tickets can be found here.

Read our review of ‘Half Drunk Under A Full Moon’ from The Fratellis

Y Not Festival release first 2022 acts

News Report Y Not

Many festivals are now gearing up for the 2022 season and this week also saw the first names revealed for Y Not Festival in Derbyshire.

Announced this week were Courteeners, Blossoms, Nothing But Thieves, Levellers, Pale Waves, Sports Team, Beans On Toast, Vistas, Lauran Hibberd and more.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Who Am I’ from Pale Waves

Neighbourhood Weekender 2022 line-up is unveiled

News Report Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood Weekender has also unveiled it’s 2022 line-up including Courteeners, Kasabian and Blossoms at the top of the bill.

They will be joined by The Fratellis, The Snuts, Wet Leg, Pale Waves, Inhaler, The Amazons and more.

Tickets are here

Read our review of ‘W.L.’ from The Snuts

Architects set for intimate UK Tour

We move on now in our News Report to tour announcements. This week saw Architects reveal a short run of intimate dates for next month. These come ahead of the band hitting arenas next year.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘For Those That Wish To Exist’ from Architects

Billy Talent reveal short run of UK dates

Another tour announcement this week came from Billy Talent. The are set to play three UK shows next May in Wolverhampton, Liverpool and London.

Tickets are here.

Listen to ‘End Of Me’ from Billy Talent on our Spotify Hot List!

Volbeat announce new album details

Volbeat – ‘Shotgun Blues’

The last section of our News Report is dedicated to the latest new releases. We start this week with Volbeat who announced details of their latest studio album. The record will be called ‘Servant Of My Mind’ and will arrive December 3rd.

Ahead of that release the band has debuted the track ‘Shotgun Blues’, which you can check out above.

Pre-order the album here.

Listen to ‘Wait A Minute My Girl’ from Volbeat on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

The Darkness debut ‘Jussy’s Girl’

The Darkness – ‘Jussy’s Girl’

There was more new music this week from The Darkness ahead of their upcoming album. ‘Motorheart’ arrive on November 19th and now you can check out ‘Jussy’s Girl’, their latest single.

You can pre-order the album here

Listen to ‘Nobody Can See Me Cry’ from The Darkness on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

Beans On Toast announces new album

Beans On Toast – ‘A Beautiful Place’

Finally this week in our News Report, the annual Beans On Toast album announcement. ‘Survival of the Friendliest’ will arrive December 1st and is preceded by the single ‘A Beautiful Place’.

Pre-order the album here.

Read our review of Lost Evenings 2021

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We roundup the best music news from the past week!

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Download Festival makes huge additions to 2022 line-up

Download Festival line-up News Report

This week has been full of ups and downs for the UK Festival industry. We have seen numerous cancellations, but also many line-up announcements. We are going to concentrate on the positives as we begin a festival heavy edition of our News Report.

First up, a festival that has already moved to 2022. This week Download Festival announced the bulk of the artists joining headliners Kiss, Iron Maiden & Biffy Clyro!

The main stage will host the likes of Korn, The Pretty Reckless, Rise Against, Theory, Monster Truck, Wayward Sons and Those Damn Crows.

Read our review of ‘Death by Rock and Roll’ from The Pretty Reckless

Hitting the second stage will be The Distillers, The Darkness, Airbourne, Skillet, Lacuna Coil, Massive Wagons and The Last Internationale.

The Avalanche stage features Funeral For A Friend, Boston Manor, Holding Absence, Wargasm, Jamie Lenman and Salem.

Read our review of ‘The Greatest Mistake of My Life’ from Holding Absence

Whilst sinking their teeth into the Dogtooth stage will be Blues Pills, British Lion, Bokassa, Venom Prison and Lotus Eater!

Pick up your tickets here.

Y Not reveals massive line-up

Y Not line-up News Report

Staying in Derbyshire, and Y Not Festival has announced a massive line-up for this year. Taking place over the weekend of July 30th to August 1st, the event will be headlined by Stereophonics, Bombay Bicycle Club and Blossoms.

Also featured at the top of the line-up are Manic Street Preachers, Fontaines D.C., Levellers, James, Frank Turner, Jake Bugg, Circa Waves and Pale Waves.

Read our review of ‘Who Am I?’ from Pale Waves

Plus an incredible supporting bill featuring The Futureheads, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The Snuts, Black Honey, Dream Wife, Vistas, Beans On Toast, InMe, Ferocious Dog, REWS and Zuzu!

Read our review of ‘Written & Directed’ from Black Honey

Grab remaining tickets from here.

Tramlines announces sell out line-up

Tramlines line-up News Report

Tramlines festival has this week announced a huge line-up for 23-25 July. Such a huge line-up that the Sheffield event has now completely sold out. You can however register for ticket alerts here.

Headline acts The Streets, Royal Blood and Richard Ashcroft are joined by a host of established and new acts. Friday brings sets from The Kooks, Jake Bugg, Pale Waves and The Pigeon Detectives.

Saturday will feature Blossoms, Vistas and Lauran Hibberd. Whilst Sunday will close out the event with The Fratellis and The Snuts amongst others.

Read our review of ‘Half Drunk Under A Full Moon’ from The Fratellis

Boardmasters follows sell out trend with line-up reveal

Boardmasters line-up News Report

The trend of festivals selling out also continued with Boardmasters. The Cornwall event revealed a line-up headlined by Foals, Gorillaz and Jorja Smith before immediately selling out.

Also joining the line-up are Sam Fender, The Kooks, The Snuts, Blossoms, Slowthai and Gengahr. The festival is sold out, so check here for any ticket information.

Read our review of ‘W.L.’ from The Snuts

Victorious Festival makes additions to line-up

We said that our News Report would be festival heavy this week, and we meant it. As we continue to report on the best announcements of the past week we head to Portsmouth.

Victorious Festival has this week added additional names to its line-up. Fans can now expect to see the likes of Nile Rodgers & Chic, Frank Turner and Lottery Winners.

They join an already packed event headlined by Madness, The Streets and Royal Blood! Pick up tickets here.

Read our review of ‘Typhoons’ from Royal Blood

More bands and an extra stage for 110 Above

Leicestershire now, and 110 Above Festival. The event has added even more names whilst also announcing a new stage. The Elizabeth Stage will be headlined by Fickle Friends, Black Honey and The Snuts!

Headlining the main stage will be Sports Team, The Amazons and Sundara Karma. For tickets you’ll want to head here.

Black Deer keeps getting bigger

Black Deer Festival in Kent continues to grow bigger and bigger. The event which takes place 25th – 27th June 2021 has this week made further additions to an already stellar line-up.

Added are Jake Bugg, Ginger Wildheart & The Sinners and many more. They join the likes of Frank Turner, Imelda May, Band Of Skulls, Emily Barker and Broken Witt Rebels.

Grab your tickets here.

Steelhouse Festival draft in The Darkness!

With previously announced headliners Anthrax unable to make it, Steelhouse Festival has moved quickly to draft in The Darkness as a more than worthy substitute.

They join the likes of Europe, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, Therapy?, The Wildhearts and Those Damn Crows in Wales this July.

Tickets? You’ll find them here.

Clapham Common set to host ALT+LDN

The final festival of our News Report is an interesting new event for Clapham Common. Taking place on Monday 30th August the rock and hip-hop crossover event features an eclectic bill.

On the heavy side of things at ALT+LDN are Architects, Machine Gun Kelly, Sleep Token and Bob Vylan. More info over here.

Read our review of ‘For Those That Wish To Exist’ from Architects

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes begin new era

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes ft. Joe Talbot – ‘My Town’

On to the new music portion of our News Report. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have kicked off their latest era with a brand new track featuring IDLES man Joe Talbot. You can listen to ‘My Town’ here.

Listen to ‘My Town’ on our Spotify Hot List!

The Subways release the powerful ‘Fight’

The Subways – ‘Fight’

The Subways returned this week with a new single with a powerful message. Check out ‘Fight’ here.

Listen to ‘Fight’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Garbage unveil title track to new album

Garbage – ‘No Gods No Masters’

The iconic Garbage continue to gear up for the release of their upcoming album ‘No Gods No Masters’ on June 11th. This week saw the group release the title track of said album.

Pre-orders are here.

Listen to ‘The Men Who Rule The World’ from Garbage on our Spotify Hot List!

Bruce Dickinson hits the road for a very special tour

Finally as we finish our News Report for another week. Legendary Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is scheduled to hit the road this August for a very special tour. The spoken word tour will feature an audience Q&A session and you can grab tickets here.

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Music Venue Trust address a year without Live Music

#SaveOurVenues News Report

We begin this week’s roundup of the best music news with a somewhat sombre milestone. This week marked an entire calendar year since most music venues hosted their last show and closed their doors.

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing, but with a glimmer of hope on the horizon, the Music Venue Trust has issued a pertinent statement. The trust has worked tirelessly to cement the future of live music.

Without our grassroots venues future talent would have nowhere to hone their craft. Many will be forever grateful to the Music Venue Trust for their work during this unique and terrifying year. You can read their full statement on their Facebook page here.

Read our Blog – ‘Why We Need To #SaveOurVenues’

Wolf Alice unveil lengthy UK Tour for 2022

Wolf Alice Tour Poster News Report

Following the recent government roadmap announcement, our weekly roundup has been dominated with festival news. This week however we have some great tour news and fantastic new music to share with you.

First up is the incredible Wolf Alice, who have just unveiled a lengthy tour around the UK. The run of 13 shows will commence in Glasgow on Friday 7th January and end in Bristol on Sunday 30th.

The tour will give fans the opportunity to hear songs from the bands upcoming third album ‘Blue Weekend’ live. Fans who pre-order that album from their official/Dirty Hit’s store will get early access to tickets from Wednesday 24th March. General Sale for tickets is Friday 26th March.

Pre-order the album here, and grab tickets here.

Architects announce massive arena tour

Architects Tour Poster

Another band to announce a massive tour this week is Architects. Having seen their latest album, ‘For Those That Wish To Exist’ hit the number one spot, the band are hitting arenas.

Taking in five massive venues across the UK, this tour promises to be very special indeed. To be there, grab your tickets here.

Read our review of ‘For Those That Wish To Exist’

Camper Calling reveal line-up

Camper Calling poster

As festivals across the country continue to sell out in the wake of the roadmap announcement by government, we had to bring you one line-up on our News Report! This week we bring news from Camper Calling which is set to take place August 27-29 in Warwickshire.

Topping the line-up are Supergrass and Manic Street Preachers. There will also be appearances from The Pigeon Detectives, Embrace and The Magic Numbers alongside an eclectic mix of acts. If you like what you see, you can grab your tickets here.

Myles Kennedy reveals ‘The Ides of March’

Myles Kennedy – ‘The Ides Of March’

Now, it’s the time in our News Report to run through the best new releases this week.

Myles Kennedy recently announced the release of his second solo album, ‘The Ides of March’. This week Kennedy unveiled the title track, which you can check out above. To pre-order the album head here.

Listen to ‘In Stride’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Holding Absence give us ‘In Circles’

Holding Absence – ‘In Circles’

There isn’t long left for fans to wait for the new Holding Absence album. ‘The Greatest Mistake Of My Life’ arrives on April 16th and you can pre-order you copy here.

In preparation of the records release, the band have this week released the latest single ‘In Circles’, which you can check out above.

Listen to ‘Afterlife’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Press To Meco unveil ‘Smouldering Sticks’

Press To Meco – ‘Smouldering Sticks’

This week is been a great week for new music as we were also treated to ‘Smouldering Sticks’, the new single from Press To Meco. The band are gearing up for the release of their new album ‘Transmute’ on June 11th. You can pre-add/save here.

Listen to ‘Another Day’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Lauran Hibberd teams up with Lydia Night for ‘How Am I Still Alive?’

Lauran Hibberd – ‘How Am I Still Alive?’ feat. Lydia Night

Lauran Hibberd has teamed up with Lydia Night from The Regrettes for her latest single. ‘How Am I Still Alive?’ arrived this week and you can check it out here.

Listen to ‘How Am I Still Alive?’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Deux Furieuses release special single ‘She’s Not Coming Home Tonight’

Deux Furieuses – ‘She’s Not Coming Home Tonight’

We finish this week with the important new single from Deux Furieuses. ‘She’s Not Coming Home Tonight’ is their response to the murder of Sarah Everard and is dedicated to all missing women and girls.

The single is in aid of #ReclaimTheseStreets and you can listen/download the track here.

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For Those That Wish To Exist

Architects For Those That Wish To Exist Album Cover
Architects – ‘For Those That Wish To Exist’

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Architects – For Those That Wish To Exist – Album Review

It feels like there is a lot of pressure on this album for Architects. This is after all a band who has been seeing increasing success in recent years. They are a band that has evolved their sound with recent releases. So, does ‘For Those That Wish To Exist’ continue this evolution? Will the band push on to a higher level on the back of it?

Architects – ‘Meteor’

The first thing to note is that at 15 songs and just shy of an hour this is a meaty album that demands attention. That attention is grabbed almost immediately with ‘Black Lungs’ and ‘Giving Blood’ delivering a statement of intent. A reminder to listeners of what this band is all about.

As the album progresses the expansive elements of recent Architects albums is clear for all. There are grandiose ambitions spread throughout the album with the band obviously striving for more. Some may feel that it’s mainstream exposure that the band is striving for. If that is the case then there is plenty on offer to achieve this. Whilst this may be the end result, this doesn’t smack of being a money grabbing, sell out album.

Read our Blog ‘Why We Need To Fix Our #BrokenRecord Industry’

It’s clear that care and effort has been put into creating an album which both pleases fans and satisfies the creative cravings in the band. There is a great deal of experimentation on this album, with Architects also recruiting some A list guests from the world of hard rock.

The three tracks which feature these artists all deliver the goods. ‘Impermanence’ featuring Winston McCall (Parkway Drive), ‘Little Wonder’ featuring Mike Kerr (Royal Blood) and particularly ‘Goliath’ featuring Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro) all help underpin the ferocious elegance of the album.

Overall the album gives Architects fans old and new something to enjoy without sounding disjointed; with ‘Dead Butterflies’ and ‘Animals’ showing that the band has perhaps struck upon their optimal output stylistically.

Listen to ‘Dead Butterflies’ on our Spotify Hot List!

‘For Those That Wish To Exist’ is everything that Architects need it to be. Whilst it may alienate a small portion of their fans, the majority and many new fans will hold it up as a masterpiece of the genre.

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No Glastonbury in 2021

Official Statement from Glastonbury Festival

With the ongoing pandemic still in deadly force, the future of live music remains very much in the air. The Government has so far failed to properly support an industry on its knees and hope for any sense of normality in 2021 is quickly dissipating.

This week saw the cancellation of the 2021 edition of Glastonbury Festival. You can read the official statement above. Whilst many see this as a harbinger of doom for the entire festival season, others retain hope that some events may be able to take place.

One thing is sure to us and that is that the music industry needs the support of its fans now more than ever.

We encourage you to retain or buy tickets to events that are postponed or otherwise.

We request that you buy music and merch from artists in desperate need.

We ask that if you can you donate to the various crowdfunding campaigns designed to support the industry.

Times are tough, but they will get better.

Read our blog ‘Mental Health, Music and Me’

A Day To Remember announce livestream event

A Day To Remember – Live At The Audio Compound

A Day To Remember have announced a full band acoustic livestream event. ‘Live At The Audio Compound’ goes down on Monday 25th January. You can watch for free here.

Read our review of Frank Turner’s Livestream

Royal Blood are back with a new single and album

Royal Blood – ‘Typhoons’

Royal Blood this week announced their third studio album will be ‘Typhoons’. The album will be out on April 30th and you can pre-order your copy here.

The duo also unveiled their new single of the same name, which you can view above!

Read our review of Lonely The Brave’s new album ‘The Hope List’

Architects debut ‘Dead Butterflies’

Architects – ‘Dead Butterflies’

This week Architects unveiled the latest single from their upcoming new album ‘For Those That Wish To Exist’. ‘Dead Butterflies’ promises great things from the album which is due on February 26th.

You can pre-order your copy here.

Listen to ‘Dead Butterflies’ on our Spotify Hot List!

BERRIES drop new single ‘Copy’

BERRIES – ‘Copy’

BERRIES have released their latest single, ‘Copy’, which you can listen to here.

Listen to ‘Copy’ on our Spotify Hot List

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