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Ontario stars Three Days Grace have only managed three albums since forming way back in 1992 under the name Groundswell. With those kind of between-album breaks, it’s reasonable to expect quite a lot from their sporadic albums, and Life Starts Now more or less delivers. There’s a real hint of the break up album to their latest effort, featuring plenty of tracks lamenting the downfall of a loved-up relationship…

Named after the historic Blues street in Memphis, Clutch’s eighth studio album of sing, strum, sing blues rock has one major downfall: lyrics aside, most of the album sounds the same. Opening track “You Can’t Stop Progress” is the biggest exception, though it still runs on an extremely familiar and uninspiring song pattern.

Melodic, melancholic Swedish metal act Katatonia has been around since 1991, releasing eight studio albums to date, and it’s all been building up to this. The Swedes must have influences, but it’s difficult to pinpoint what they might be: Katatonia is an exception to the metal genre’s rules, entirely devoid of anything screeching, often…

To get an idea of Alex Gomez’s sound, imagine listening to a country band that’ve taken several tabs of something potent, performing through a heavily muffling wall. There’s something inherently dirty about Gomez’ strained, heavily-accented vocals, which he performs at an ill-defined pitch over the top of guitars that sound like…

Despite a somewhat awkward critical reception, and metal fans lined up around the block to slam them, it’s hard not to be at least a little in awe of (Hed) P.E. After all, hip-hop and growling metal is a brave mix, and one that in 2000’s Broke album they forced together in a way that deserved far more credit than it ever got…

To the casual fan, the name OPM reminds of their minor debut hit “Heaven is a Halfpipe”, a catchy but throwaway single about their love of rolling around on a plank. Golden State Of Mind, though, shows the band in an entirely different light. With a straight up (and extremely laid back) reggae sound that comes to the fore, and featuring a host of guest artists, Golden State Of Mind is a bass-heavy piece of Rastafarian-themed…

Northern Irish act The Answer’s debut North American EP Never Too Late is an opening salvo on the American/Canadian market, following significant commercial success both back home and in Japan. With international sales already topping 100,000 (including sales of 10,000 for the debut LP on the day of its release on Japan), The Answer is already well recognized in Europe and the Far East for their rambunctious old-school style rock.