Review Rundown: 140 Characters or Less - We Are the Ocean, Black Robot, the Forecast

In this second edition of the Review Rundown, Who Gives a Tweet style – we spend time with ten more records, including looks at new discs from Locksley, We are the Ocean, Angels and Airwaves, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Killing Time, Black Robot, Medicine Hat, the Forecast, the Dear and Departed, and Motionless in White.

File Under: Pop Rock Caught in a Time Warp
Locksley – “Be In Love” (Feature Records): 60’s-era upbeat pop rock oozing with good vibes & good times, retro-fitted for fans of Pink Spiders & Weezer. C’mon, try not to enjoy this. (
Grade: A
Go Download: “21st Century”

File Under: Quality Post-Hardcore
We Are the Ocean – “Cutting Our Teeth” (Hassle Records): Refined Silverstein-esque rock/post-hardcore by a UK band beyond their years. With “Cutting Our Teeth” their future looks, no, IS, bright. (
Grade: A
Go Download: ‘These Days, I Have Nothing’

File Under: Side Project that’s Ran Its Course
Angels & Airwaves – “LOVE”: Really Angels & Airwaves? “LOVE?” Really? Luckily for Tom DeLonge’s sake Blink 182 is back because it clearly sounds like AVA needs a break. (
Grade: C
Go Download: ‘Epic Holiday’

File Under: Thick, Blast-Beat Filled Death
Through the Eyes of the Dead – “Skepsis” (Prosthetic Records) “Skepsis” is one of the better death metal records from a band not named Cannibal Corpse in a long time – visceral & bile spewing – it rips. (
Grade: B
Go Download: ‘Perpetual Defilement’

File Under: Old School Hardcore Done Right, the NYC Way
Killing Time – “Three Steps Back” (Dead City Records): Legendary NYC hardcore kings return to the garage for 12 tracks of hard-hitting, abrasive punk infused hardcore. Press play, get in the pit. (
Grade: B
Go Download: ‘Rope a Dope’

File Under: In Your Face Nu-Rock
Black Robot - “Baddass” (Rocket Science/Formosa): Buckcherry meets AC/DC meets mid-80’s sonic debauchery. Gritty, badass guitars all day long here & the ‘Cocaine’ cover doesn’t hurt either. (
Grade: C+
Go Download: ‘Momma Don’t Cry’

File Under: 60’s Era Classic Rock
Medicine Hat – “Blood and Bone” (Deep Fried Coelacanth Records): A two part, 11 track explosion of big classic rock & vintage Americana/folk. “Blood & Bone” is the best that this Chicago band has been yet. (
Grade: B
Go Download: ‘South 55’

File Under: Pure Midwest Indie
The Forecast – “the Forecast” (Eyeball Records): It took four years, but the Forecast are back with Midwestern indie at its absolutely best. The vocal aesthetic is among the best around. (
Grade: A
Go Download: ‘So Wrong’

File Under: Atmospheric Indie New Wave
The Dear & Departed – “Chapters” (Equal Vision): 5 songs that sound more like the Cure than the Dear & Departed. Their glam/goth feel is gone, but its been replaced w/turgid pop melodies. (
Grade: B
Go Download: ‘There for the Taking’

File Under: Uber-Agg Screamo/Metalcore
Motionless in White – “When Love Met Destruction” (Fearless/Tragic Hero): “When Love Met Destruction” is proof that Fearless knows what their doing & that screamo isnt a dying scene. These 6 tracks aren’t overdone. (
Grade: B
Go Download: ‘Ghost in the Mirror’