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UTG Premiere: Vanities – ‘Dead Beats’ EP

Just a year after bursting onto the hardcore scene with their incredible debut, New England’s Vanities are back with a killer new record that might be your favorite heavy release of the fall.

The world of heavy music has become incredibly underwhelming in recent years, at least on the side of things that caters to younger audiences. The vast majority of bands making it in the quote/unquote ‘alternative’ scene have all become clones of one another, ripping off whatever new idea is popular this year in order to cash in long enough to book another nationwide tour. Still, in the …

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REVIEW: Gnarwolves – ‘Gnarwolves’

Artist: Gnarwolves
Album: Gnarwolves
Label: Pure Noise Records

Let’s be honest, it’s pretty hard for a pop punk band to climb out of the grave that the “Defend Pop Punk” movement has become. A name like Gnarwolves backed up by images of pizza slices and skateboards can either serve as a calling card to invite new listeners into something they already know they’re going to love, or as a warning sign for the bored and weary to stay as far away as possible.

Yet Gnarwolves are more than just another skin-deep act — or at least that’s what one would …

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REVIEW: The Madden Brothers – ‘Greetings From California’

Artist: The Madden Brothers
Album: Greetings From California
Genre: Pop, Rock

The Madden Brothers may have made their mint in the world of pop punk, but their latest collaborative release proves this duo are capable of far more than anyone could have imagined.

Greetings From California is the first release from Benji and Joel Madden to hit shelves under the name The Madden Brothers. It’s a fun and eclectic mix of music that strays far from the rock-driven world most think of whenever the pair are mentioned while digging deep into the works of those who influenced their creativity. My …

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UTG Video Premiere: Astro Safari USA – “Do You Like To Party”

Grab your lover and a cup of your favorite drink because Astro Safari USA have returned with a new music video that is sure to get the party started no matter where you find yourself today.

It has admittedly been a few months since Astro Safari USA graced the front page of Under The Gun, but the last time they popped up it was because we had the great honor of sharing their new album with the world. That record, which you can stream right here, featured a killer song titled “Do You Like To Party” that has since …

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REVIEW: The Contortionist – ‘Language’

Artist: The Contortionist
Album: Language
Label: eOne Music
Genre: Progressive / Experimental / Metal

Like a swift jab to the jaw, The Contortionist mercilessly broke into center stage with 2010′s Exoplanet, a 50-minute arrangement that encompassed a wealth of genres, and displayed a level of musicianship unmatched by their peers. A fluid blend of heavy, atmospheric, and everything in between, the album’s unpredictability and avant-garde approach was praised by critics, and quickly became the standard by which progressive metal was judged.

The Indiana outfit’s follow-up attempt, Intrinsic, was considerably less brazen, further pushing the boundaries set forth by …

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UTG TV: Stolas Discuss Upcoming Release, ‘Allomaternal’

UTG TV got a chance to catch up with Stolas at Thee Parkside in San Francisco while on the ‘Blue Swan Records Tour.’ The band is supporting label-mates Hail The Sun, alongside Icarus the Owl and a host of dynamic guests including The Venetia Fair and Adventurer.

During our interview Stolas discussed their upcoming release, Allomaternal, the band’s second full-length album, which is due October 15 on Blue Swan Records. Allomaternal, a 10-track concept album, was recorded with legendary producer Kris Crummett, (Slaves, Dance Gavin Dance, Closure In Moscow) at Interlace Audio in Portland, Oregon. …

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REVIEW: The Architects (U.S) – ‘Border Wars Episode II’

Artist: The Architects (U.S.)
Album: Border Wars Episode II
Genre: Rock ‘n’ Roll

Border Wars Episode II from Kansas City’s The Architects is a record poised to steal your heart and make you truly fight to get it back.

As the latest installment of the five-part concept record and graphic novel combination, Episode II is the pat on the back to help you recover from the hard punch in the gut that was Border Wars Episode I. Yes, you still hear The Architects’ unapologetic brand of Midwest rock ‘n’ roll moxy, but it comes with a sweeter side this …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Hostage Calm’s ‘Die On Stage’ Is Their ‘Born In The U.S.A.’

In 2012, there were countless people frantically concerned that the world was coming to an end. To some, it didn’t matter that December’s doomsday was approaching. At least they’d have the time between October 9 and the end of the world to blast Hostage Calm‘s breakthrough record Please Remain Calm.

On September 16, we will see the formal release of Hostage Calm’s new record Die On Stage, although if you’re a fan of the band, I’m sure you’ve streamed or bought it online already.

The staff at Under The Gun Review have collectively been longtime supporters of …

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UTG VIDEO PREMIERE: 20 Eyes – “Friends Like You”

Friends and viewers of Under The Gun, we are happy to present you with the official premiere of an unusual song and video to match. 20 Eyes, the three-piece alternative group from San Pedro, CA, are equally as excited to unveil “Friends Like You.”

The video features genre-fusing musical stylings cleverly paired with the funkiest dance moves I’ve ever seen from an elderly man. Although artists have successfully deployed the use of a wacky random guy in the past, this one is just too good to pass over. The band has also found a quirky way to deliver a …

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REVIEW: Hostage Calm – ‘Die on Stage’

Artist: Hostage Calm
Album: Die on Stage
Label: Run For Cover Records
Genre: Punk, Alternative

There are a lot of bands that come and go in the music scene, and rarely make a mark of any kind. Most bands like to think that they are “different” and “special,” but let’s be honest, they usually are not. A few years back when I first saw Hostage Calm, I really did not get “it.” A lot of people really liked them to an extreme degree, and I felt like I was on the outs in a way. Maybe I just wasn’t …

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REVIEW: Motionless In White – ‘Reincarnate’

Artist: Motionless In White
Album: Reincarnate
Label: Fearless
Genre: Hard Rock

Motionless In White have long proven their ability to produce hard-hitting music with messages that range from believing in yourself to fighting against the corrupt bullshit you see in the world around you. Along the way, the group has undergone a spectacular evolution that has taken them from screamo beginnings to a sound that now appeals to rock fans from all walks of life. These changes have caused fans to come and go over the years, but with their third studio album it seems Motionless In White may have …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘No Good Deed’ Is No Good At All

Film: No Good Deed
Starring: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson
Directed by: Sam Miller
Genre: Thriller

There is a difference between adding a twist to a film and omitting information from the first half of your story in order to make the second half more compelling. No Good Deed falls victim for confusing the latter for the real thing, and that is only the start of its many troubles.

Colin Evans (Idris Elba) is an unstable serial killer with a mysterious criminal history that is explained at length during the opening credits of No Good Deed. He’s suspected of …