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August 31, 2015

Quick Picks - Bands or Lineups We Wish Would Reunite

All good things must come to an end, but fans can still hope that their favorite bands or lineups will get back together. Today we countdown our picks for the bands fans wish would reunite, or go back to a previous lineup. We aren't saying these bands are better or worse because of lineup changes, but we understand why people have made certain arguments. We understand that everyone has their own opinion, so we're sorry if anyone gets butthurt. Click our Top 10 page to view our honorable mentions. 

August 29, 2015

Best of the Artist - Sleeping with Sirens

Part of our "Best of the Artist" series, this installment features Sleeping with Sirens. Lead by an almost irresistible frontman, Sleeping with Sirens have made quite the name for themselves. Unfortunately these days they’re more known for Kellin Quinn’s growing fandom, than the band’s music. So let’s count down their best songs, and remind people why we fell in love with SWS in the first place. A quick spoiler, notice how most of the top 5 songs are all from “Let’s Cheers to This”? We understand that everyone has their own opinion, so feel free to leave comments, butthurt or otherwise. 

August 28, 2015

Bullet for My Valentine - "Venom" Review

There are bands who, despite terrible reviews and haters, still manage to sell out arenas and play packed stadiums. Bullet for My Valentine is not one of them. Have you seen them on a top billing within the last few years? Didn't think so. With interest waning, the band needed a stellar album to put them back on top of the metal world. Their 5th album, "Venom", was anything but stellar. 

August 26, 2015

Bring Me The Horizon - "True Friends" Single Review

Less than a month until Bring Me The Horizon releases their new album, and another single has been released. The 3rd single from the highly anticipated album, and it further distances the band from their metalcore roots. Unfortunately, not in the same way as previous songs have. To pre-order the album click this (link). 

August 23, 2015

New Years Day - "Relentless" Single Review

The 2nd single from "Malevolence", the 3rd album from Anaheim based band New Years Day was released this past Friday! Lead single "Kill or Be Killed" was released back in June, while the band was on Warped Tour. The band are embarking on their first headlining US tour with Get Scared, Eyes Set to Kill and New Volumes this October and November, then will be traveling to the UK with Motionless in White. Their album is set for a October 2 release date, and we are looking forward to it!

August 22, 2015

Best of the Artist - blink-182

The first installment of our "Best of the Artist" series, today we will be counting down the 10 best songs from blink-182. A band who has a knack for crafting songs so infectious and catchy, you wonder if it's even possible for one song to be better than the others, blink-182 has been entertaining fans for over 20 years. We realize that everyone has their own opinion, so we're sorry in advance if we upset anyone by our choices. Feel free to leave comments, butthurt or otherwise. Click our "Top 10" page to view our honorable mentions.

August 18, 2015

Neck Deep - "Life's Not Out to Get You" Review

A little over a year after the release of their debut, "Wishful Thinking", Neck Deep is back with their sophomore effort. And it's everything fans hoped it would be. The best way to close out the summer, this pop punk gem solidifies the band's reputation as the genre's newest heavy weights. 

August 17, 2015

August Burns Red - "Found in Far Away Places" Review

Expectations were blown away after listening to the most recent effort from metalcore heavy weights August Burns Red. Their music has always been good, but this was phenomenal. A standout from other metalcore bands, and a step in the right direction, fellow artists would do well to take a page from ABR's book. These guys know what they're doing an more.

To buy the album on iTunes click this (link). 

August 16, 2015

Quick Picks: Favorite "Dynamic Duos" in Music

Sometimes dynamic duos are found outside the pages of comic books. In this edition of "Quick Picks' we've chosen our favorite duos in music. Comment below if you think we forgot a pair. Click this (link) to view our honorable mentions. 

Featured Post - We Came as Romans

This month's featured band is We Came as Romans. If you haven't already checkout out their new self titled album, we recommend you do before reading this post, as we will be discussing it. Feel free to leave comments, tell us why you love or hate this band. And leave suggestions for future featured bands, and reviews!

To read our full review of the band's latest album click this (link

August 15, 2015

Hands Like Houses - "I Am" Single Review

Though this single was released back in March, this is one review I've been dying to write. I love Hands Like Houses. Fan or not, you can't deny these guys are talented. Their upcoming 3rd album, "Dissonant", is set for a fall 2015 release date, so here's to hoping we get another single soon! You can check the dates and get tickets for their upcoming tours in AUS, US, and UK by clicking this (link).

Quick Picks: Worst Pop Punk Albums

Sometimes you miss the mark. And other times you miss the mark and kill an innocent bystander. In this Quick Picks we'll be counting down out picks for the WORST pop punk albums to ever cross our ears. We know everyone has their own opinion, so feel free to comment and tell us what you think the worst pop punk albums are. 

Keep in mind we can only listen to so many albums, so if you think an album should be included, please message us, or leave a comment. We're sorry if anyone gets butthurt, but as we said before, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. 

August 9, 2015

Top 10 Essential Pop Punk Albums

Though today the genre is often coated in a shiny exterior, pop punk started out with over sized board shorts, tongue in cheek lyrics, toilet humor, simple power chord anthems, and of course Converse or Vans. But without these now iconic albums, you wouldn't have the modern pop punk sound we all know and sometimes love. Spanning two decades, and several generations of fans, pop punk would be nothing without these bands and their music. 

We have managed to whittle down the long list of albums to these 10. We've mainly stuck with pop punk albums that are iconic due to influence on the genre's contemporary sound, or albums that are considered classics among fans. If you think we missed an album, please comment below! And if you get butthurt, we're sorry. 

*Please note we have tried to stick to bands whose albums are noted by critics and fans as pop punk. It's a matter of deciding what genre to classify the album under (You won't see Bad Religion, The Offspring or Rancid here as their music is more punk rock) Honorable Mentions can be found on our Top 10 page (link)

Four Year Strong - "Self Titled" Review

I wish I had seen these guys on Warped because I love their new album! I started work on this review around the same time I wrote I the Mighty's "Connector" review, but never got around to posting it until now. Which works out perfectly since this is our inaugural pop punk weekend! 

Four Year Strong is a band that has experienced ups and downs throughout their career. 
In the past the band has been inconsistent in the quality of their albums. They're sound varied from pop punk, to alt. rock, to hardcore punk. Building upon the genius that came from their EP "Go Down in History" these past two years have been the highest points for the band. 

August 7, 2015

As It Is - "Never Happy Ever After" Review

2015 is full of pop punk throwback albums. Amidst many complaints that pop punk has "become full of mainstream sellouts, and pop travesties" bands like A\\ and Neck Deep have brought back the 2000s vibe to the genre. As with many debuts in this vein, the overall album isn't too ground breaking, or inventive. But what pop punk lacks in originality, it makes up for in guitar riffs, catchy lyrics, and good vibes. I'm a sucker for a good 2000s throwback album, and this is no exception.