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Bad Religion – ‘Age of Unreason’ (Epitaph Records)

Godfathers of one of the most recognisable sub-schools of punk rock, Bad Religion’s contribution to melodic hardcore has seen them namechecked by nigh on every major punk band to emerge post-1988. Approaching their fourth decade and onto their 17th record, Bad Religion are still very much in business, proving that even while they might have spawned a legion of imitators and fans, they have never been left in the dust as the decades wear on. ‘Age of Unreason’ stands testament to this; a record which showcases all the hallmarks of what has made Bad Religion popular to this point, whilst ramping up their most melodic elements to produce something which is less seeped in anger or cynicism, but a kind of jaded optimism that draws on the traditional punk spirit of community whilst offering a sense of joyous release.

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Mammoth Penguins – ‘There’s No Fight We Can’t Both Win’ (Fika Recordings)

As a third release, this isn’t a bad effort at all, though it marks a slight deviation in musical intention, with this album sounding a lot more orientated towards Indie than their early pop-punk fare. While last release, ‘John Doe’, was a concept album, they revert to their previous form in the topics they are tackling, those being more relatable subjects and things that your average person would likely be experiencing in day to day life.

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Calamity – ‘Kairos’ (Self-Released)

At first glance, ‘Kairos’ seems to be just another thrash album. Opener ‘Killer Vibes’ is a party-anthem that’s as enthusiastic as it is predictable, with lyrics about mosh pits and guitar solos as fast-paced as an F1 car. It’s all pretty standard stuff and there’s nothing to suggest that Calamity will do much to carve their own niche, but then they follow it up with ‘Guerreros’ and things start to get more involving. They don’t do anything particularly ground-breaking, but on this one they sing in Spanish and suddenly, a comparatively run-of-the-mill album starts to develop its own character.

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Age Of The Wolf – ‘Ouroboric Trances’ (Aural Music)

Our resident DJ was previously unaware of Costa Rica’s Age Of The Wolf, although a nod at stoner or fuzz is usually a good thing for him, so he had a quick listen through their previous self-titled EP to get a feel for their music first, noting that while raw, there were definitely some positives to draw from it. So noted, it was time for the first playthrough of ‘Ouroboric Trances’, their debut full-length offering…

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Dizzy Mystics – ‘Wanderlost’ (Self-Released)

We get a lot of album submissions here at Über Rock, from a variety of artists, so when something comes in that is labelled for fans of Frank Zappa, Tool, Primus and other such Progressive luminaries, it will naturally catch my eye. Canadian outfit Dizzy Mystics did just this with their debut release ‘Wanderlost’. Quite some billing to live up to and one that many bands try for and fail – would DM be the latest act to aspire beyond their current reach?

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