Top 10: Albums of 2010

2010 has been a fantastic year for music, band old and new have released absolutely stunning albums. That has only made the job of choosing a top 10 much harder. But here’s my attempt.

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Lock-Up Stage Announced For Reading & Leeds

The bands who will play the Lock-Up stage at this years Reading & Leeds festivals have been announced:

Friday 27th August (Reading)/ Sunday 29th August (Leeds):
Alkaline Trio, Sick Of It All, Against Me!, Hatebreed, Streetlight Manifesto, Strike Anywhere, This Is Hell, Static Thought, Civet, The Skints, Crazy Arm and Blood Or Whiskey.

Saturday 28th August (Reading)/ Friday 27th August (Leeds):
Bad Religion, The Get Up Kids, Cancer Bats, Zebrahead, Crime In Stereo, RX Bandits, Trash Talk, Paint It Black, Off With Their Heads and Moral Dilemma.

Cancer Bats – Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones Review

Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones

Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones

Canadian hardcore heroes Cancer Bats strike with a classic third album!

Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones is not your average hardcore album, Cancer Bats posses something few other bands in their genre do. They have an attitude that says “we do what we like and we don’t care what you think!”

If you like your hardcore to have groove and feeling, Cancer Bats are the band for you, and Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones is a perfect starting point.

By now, most of you will have heard the fantastic cover of (Beastie Boys’s) Sabotage. That ever so recognisable bass line followed by the insanely heavy riff shows this classic track in a whole new light. But this is by no means the best track on the album, in fact, it’s one of the weakest.

Every track on Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones is superb. The only thing that will hold it back is the fact that the style of music doesn’t appeal to everyone. But if hardcore is your thing then this is definitely for you.

A personal favourite track is Trust No One, The whole track is great, and it has one of the catchiest riffs you will ever hear, but vocalist Liam Cormier shines when he sings:

“I’m not as negative as all this sounds, I just feel like humanity has let me down.”

His attitude and swagger are what makes Cancer Bats amazing. Lines like:

“There’s no telling the best time, cos time is just the ticking of the clock… Man!”

The best example of this is on the track Black Metal Bicycle, where this swagger comes over from the whole band, it sounds so laid back, as if the band aren’t forcing anything out, they are writing what comes to them, which, in my opinion is the sign of a great band.

One of the more personal tracks on the album is Raised Right, where Liam Cormier discusses his upbringing. The track begins slowly with a nice riff and Liam crooning over the top, then burst into a great chorus. Another highlight of the album.

This album is 45 minutes of amazing tunes, heavy riffs and superb lyrics. A must buy!

9.5/10

Highlights: Sleep This Away, Trust No One, Doomed To Fail, Black Metal Bicycle, Fake Gold, Raised Right

More Bands Announced For Download

30 more bands have been announced for the UK Download Festival:

As I Lay Dying, Atreyu, Breed 77, Cancer Bats, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, The Damned Things, Enuff Z’nuff, Flyleaf, Glamour Of The Kill, Halestorm, Holy Grail, Michael Monroe, No Americana, Nonpoint, Panic Cell, Porcupine Tree, Revoker, Rock Sugar, Senser, Slash, Straight Lines, Sweethead, Sybreed, Tiger Please, Tyketto, The Used, White Wizzard, Year Long Disaster, Young Guns & Zebrahead