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Hannah Wicklund

The Prize

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HANNAH WICKLUND – THE PRIZE – ALBUM REVIEW

‘The Prize’ marks the second full-length release for Hannah Wicklund who rock fans will have recently found supporting Greta Van Fleet on the UK Arena Tour. As such the album arrives at a time when Wicklund will be keen to share her visionary sonic experience with a wider audience.

With Sam Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet on board as producer also, you sense an epic journey is about to commence as the album begins with opening rocker ‘Hell In The Hallway’, and you certainly aren’t left disappointed as the songs continue to flow.

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Over the ten sublime tracks you are treated to an elegant yet powerful voyage through oceans, relationships and heartbreak powered by determination, strength and growth. Lyrically and musically you follow Wicklund through a story of discovery and it’s an enchanting tale to absorb.

Wicklund is complemented by the immense musical talents of both Kiszka and bandmate Daniel Wagner on ‘The Prize’ and they certainly help to elevate the majesty of the album. It must be said though that it’s Wicklund’s truly supreme performance that ensures that the record captivates as it does.

The multi-talented Wicklund demonstrates her raw capacity to enthral throughout, be it her incredible vocal delivery, exceptional guitar work or piano playing prowess. ‘The Prize’ really does feel like the right record at the right time for an artist destined for stardom. It you choose take this trip with Wicklund, you’ll undoubtedly feel the same way too!

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Full Pelt Magazine

Vol. 18

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The latest issue of the Full Pelt Magazine is here, and you can download your copy for free below!

Volume 18 is a special edition in which we preview 2024 including highly anticipated albums, the most exciting tours, the hottest festivals and our ones to watch list!

Our News Report is still here also covering the latest from Liam Gallagher & John Squire, Mouth Culture, Nicko McBrain, Frank Turner, PET NEEDS, YONAKA, Normandie, Troy Redfern, The Lemon Twigs, Bring Me The Horizon, Cast, Green Day, Casey, Any Given Day, VENUES, Smash Into Pieces and Alkaline Trio!

Finally, we round up the latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist with Chloe StarWhere Oceans Burn and Grieving!

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Vol. 17

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The latest issue of the Full Pelt Magazine is here, and you can download your copy for free below!

Volume 17 is a special edition where review the year that was 2023! We also present the 2023 Full Pelt Awards including awards for Artist, New Artist, Live Act, Festival, Single, EP and Album of the Year.

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Vol. 16

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The latest issue of the Full Pelt Magazine is here, and you can download your copy for free below!

Volume 16 is a special edition where we run down our Top 50 Albums of the Year! 2023 has seen some amazing records released, but who will take the coveted number one spot?

Our News Report is still here also covering the latest from Vended, Slam Dunk Festival, Liam Gallagher & John Squire, Teddy Rocks, Brighten the Corners and LeeStock!

Finally, we round up the latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist with TelltaleShooting Daggers and Fraser Morgan!

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Vol. 13

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Volume 13 features cover stars Holding Absence as they hit the road in support of ‘The Noble Art of Self Destruction’. We also catch Skinny Lister as they take ‘Shanty Punk’ to the stage. Plus we review the latest album from Beans On Toast!

We have our News Report rounding up new releases from Bruce Dickinson, CJ Wildheart, Alkaline Trio, Trash Boat, P.O.D., Atreyu, Normandie, Oakman, Chelsea Wolfe and LØLØ.

Plus new live announcements from Lytham Festival, Slam Dunk, Wild Fields Festival, The Killers, As December Falls, Pet Needs, Indoor Pets, Nickelback, IDLES, Avril Lavigne, You Me At Six, Taking Back Sunday, Don’t Panic and Thomas Nicholas Band!

Finally, we round up the latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist with Where Oceans BurnBreak Fifty and fakeyourdeath!

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Beans On Toast

The Toothpaste and the Tube

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BEANS ON TOAST – THE TOOTHPASTE AND THE TUBE – ALBUM REVIEW

Every year on his birthday, December 1st, folk hero Beans On Toast releases a new snapshot of world events. With last year seeing the release of a kids boxset, ‘The Toothpaste and the Tube’ represents the first traditional collection in two years which feels like a lifetime after a run of fourteen albums in thirteen years from 2009 to 2021.

Sadly the world has only continued to spiral into chaos and despair over the intervening period, so there are the expected takes on some of the most serious events such as on ‘The Three Stooges’, ‘Work to Do’ and ‘Against The War’.

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As per the title, this album however acknowledges that whilst you can’t undo those issues, you can try to address them in a better future! This therefore could be the most well-rounded Beans On Toast album thus far as he tackles everything from sewage, the green sheen and AI to mythical creatures, storied pubs and connecting with lost ones through birds!

Musically the album is another exploration of collaboration with Ferris & Sylvester working with Beans to create another unique presentation for those powerful lyrics. ‘The Toothpaste and the Tube’ ultimately is another fine compilation of tracks from Beans On Toast and one that feels quite fresh after a longer gap.

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Vol. 12

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Volume 12 features cover stars Reading & Leeds Festivals as they reveal their 2024 headliners. We also review live shows from Queens of the Stone Age, Twin Atlantic and Beans On Toast. Plus we review the debut album from The Sleeping Souls!

We have our News Report rounding up new releases from Von Hertzen Brothers, Superlove, ALT BLK ERA, Blackout Problems, Feeder, Graphic Nature, Gun, The K’s, Kid Bookie and Benjamin Francis Leftwich!

Plus new live announcements from Live At Leeds, Takedown Festival, TRNSMT Festival, Roddy Woomble, Paul Weller, The Warning, In Flames, Arch Enemy, The Damned and Bad Touch!

Finally, we round up the latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist with SAVE USFuture Static and Tribe of Ghosts!

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The Sleeping Souls

Just Before The World Starts Burning

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THE SLEEPING SOULS – JUST BEFORE THE WORLD STARTS BURNING – ALBUM REVIEW

The Sleeping Souls are synonymous with Frank Turner and it was slightly surprising for fans when the group announced news that they will be releasing music of their own. The fact is though that the origins of The Sleeping Souls go way back to 2001 and the band Dive Dive, with the members always having had musical interests outside of the day job.

Taking the role of singer for this version of the band is Cahir O’Doherty who is also a huge part of the Turner touring family and brings a wealth of experience from his work with the likes of New Pagans and Fighting With Wire. The Sleeping Souls touring line-up of Tarrant Anderson, Matt Nasir, Callum Green and Ben Lloyd round out the creative DNA of the band.

What’s been quite clear from the pre-release singles is that this new music is very distinct from that released with Turner, which is no surprise. The album has been recorded over a three year period and the care and attention put into the record shines through and ensures that the songs flow perfectly. This is definitely not a throw everything at the wall and see what sticks approach, the songwriting is meticulous and assured.

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Stylistically the twelve tracks demonstrate a diverse palate of influences but at times you can clearly sense the likes of Radiohead and Feeder with a post-grunge, alt-rock aesthetic. There are all out rockers and a handful of tender moments on what is a sonically ambitious collection.

There may have been the odd cynical sideways glance when The Sleeping Souls set out their plans, but the proof as they say is in the pudding and ‘Just Before The World Starts Burning’ is a sublimely delicious offering. There isn’t a bad track on the album and the conviction of this group to take this bold step is well and truly vindicated.

The band will be hitting the road for a short tour alongside Sean McGowan early next year, and these songs really do give the sense that they will sound enormous on stage. If our album of the year list wasn’t already written, this would be vying for the very top spot!

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Vol. 11

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The latest issue of the Full Pelt Magazine is here, and you can download your copy for free below!

Volume 11 features cover stars Massive Wagons as they kicked off their UK Tour this week. We also review live shows from Millie Manders and the Shutup, Bob Vylan and Lonely The Brave.

We have our News Report rounding up new releases from Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Neck Deep, Heriot, The Dollyrots, Guise, Defects, BIG SPECIAL, BLACKGOLD, Gen and the Degenerates and Greywind!

Plus new live announcements from Joanne Shaw Taylor, The Zutons, Tool, Lightning Seeds, The Nightmares, Dirty Honey and Peter Hook & The Light!

Finally, we round up the latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist with Hunter OliveriThe Cain Pit and Creature Cult!

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Vol. 10

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Our weekly music News Report has evolved into the Full Pelt Magazine, and you can download the tenth issue now for free!

Volume ten includes the latest from cover stars Fightstar plus we review Creeper live in London, Wheatus live in Cambridge. We also review the new album from Lonely The Brave!

We have our News Report rounding up new releases from Enter Shikari, Lake Malice, Banks Arcade, Stand Atlantic, Have Mercy, South of Salem, Florence Black, Jamie Lenman, Unpeople, Siamese, Courting and The Killers!

Plus new live announcements from Download Festival, 2000trees30 Seconds To Mars, Bruce Dickinson, Halflives and Bowling For Soup!

Finally, we round up the latest additions to our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist with The GemsKite Thief and HAVVK!

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