Joyce Manor - Cody
Really liked Never Hungover Again, but didn’t really bother with Cody until this year - wow, what a terrific little album. Ticks all the boxes for me and the songs sounded fucking brilliant when I saw them back in July. Great bunch o’lads.
Wild Throne - Harvester of Darkness
I knew about these dudes from their Blood Maker EP. This album though…only really got into it very recently, but it rules, hard. Imagine if Muse were good right, but played fast, loud and their riffs were actually great? Yeah? Some of it is hilariously over-the-top ridiculous shredding. In fact, all of it is ridiculous shredding, it’s hilarious, one of the funniest metal albums I’ve ever heard and that’s why I love it.
Great Cynics - I Feel Weird
Cracking punk rock record this, all the songs are absolute bangers and the guitar tone is so warm and fuzzy. Also, dual-vocal punk rock is always going to get a thumbs up, lovely, lovely stuff.