The Test Drive (Early Album Previews)

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    The Test Drive: The Vendettas – Bystander and Destroyer

    The new album from The Vendettas, "Bystander and Destroyer" is a purely infectious romp from start to finish. Rarely can I say this but there is absolutely no filler in this album whatsoever. The...

    The Test Drive: Atombomb – Limited Edition Cassette

    Anyone remember cassettes? If you grew up in the '80s like I did they were a staple of any music loving teen. I loved my cassette collection. I even remember that each label's cassette...

    The Test Drive: Alex Wellkers – What

    Alex Wellkers is a songwriter in a true sense of the word. All 5 tracks of his upcoming album, "What" contain everything needed to make a strong song. Good chord progression...check. Hook...check. Melody...check. In...

    The Test Drive: Terra – Couldn’t Save This

    When I first heard Terra's "Couldn't Save This" EP my initial reaction was that this is an interpretation  of something Hunter S. Thompson was was trying to get on paper as he and his cohort...

    The Test Drive: Armonite – The Sun is New Each Day

    Armonite are an infectious prog rock masterpiece in the form of a band. In the wake of the death of Chris Squire it is comforting to know that this form of audio art will...

    The Test Drive: Seconds/JOYA – Split LP

    Soft Power Records are delighted to announce their next release, which is a split vinyl LP by Glasgow band SECONDS and London band JOYA. The twelve track LP will be released on 01 /...

    The Test Drive: Skellums – Clarion Call EP

    Skellums was formed because "there was nothing else left to do". The band strive to produce music with dignity and meaning rather than aspiring to join the long list of bands who have success, but...

    The Test Drive: Hackmonocut – The Sum of My Parts

    This is a brooding, haunting and eclectic masterpiece. Imagine the directorial talents of David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick being sucked into a translation matrix and coming out as music. That is Hackmonocut. About Hackmonocut: The dark...

    Jammerzine Exclusive/The Test Drive: Forevr – Demonstration

    It is no secret to many people with their finger on the indie rock pulse, that this is the year of the shoegaze revival. Just how serious a phenomena this has become is demonstrated...

    The Test Drive: Matthew Anderson – Lunar Tide

    I'm not going to beat around the bush. This album is brilliant. It has all of the pop sensibility mixed with Avant-garde jazz and a free-form sense of reckless creative abandon that almost makes...

    The Test Drive: The Pinstripe Pigeon Band – Sound Asleep

    The Pinstripe Pigeon Band began as a modest, yet ambitious studio project, incorporating production values inspired by Jon Hopkins, Nile Rogers and Cut Chemist, but this quickly developed into a seven-strong pop force, releasing...

    The Test Drive: Maff – Maff EP

    Maff bring something new and refreshing to the musical scene, despite the fact that they are based as far as you can get from its "hub", but that is perhaps why their music can...

    The Test Drive: Papertowns – With you In Mind

    Papertowns. is a 5-piece rock band that stems from all types of musical background's. Formed in 2012, originally as a hardcore band, they released one EP titled, Passion/Aggression in May of 2013. They toured...

    The Test Drive: Robin Guthrie and Mark Gardener – Universal Road

    Universal Road is the new album by Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) and Mark Gardener (Ride). Their former bands' work ought to give hints as to where a collaboration between the pair might lead, but...

    The Test Drive: Sanctum – Rot

    In 2008 Sanctum released their critically acclaimed debut album "In Harm's Way" (Metalcast Records) in Europe, U.S.A. and Canada, produced by Grammy award winning recording engineer Carl Vikman. The opening track “Dead Inside” got...

    The Test Drive: Rodney Cromwell – Age of Anxiety

    Rodney Cromwell is releasing his debut LP 'Age of Anxiety' on Happy Robots Records, introducing the modern electronic lover to some epic retro future synth music. Strongly influenced by artists such as OMD, New...

    The Test Drive: Mardi Belle – Beautiful Tuesday

    This is the debut EP from Indiana alternative rock band Mardi Belle. The album was recorded in 2014 at Arkbarn with Ryan Koch at the console. The album features a garage rock tinged alternative...

    The Test Drive: Malkasian – Malkasian

    This album features 8 studio tracks and two live acoustic cuts. Recorded in a bedroom with two mics by Malkasian with help from Nick Gray, frontman of Florida alternative rock band Noiseheads. The album...

    The Test Drive: Rum Thief – Reach For the Weatherman

    Rum Thief is solo artist Jot Green with support from his band, based in Chorlton, Manchester. The project began when Green, after playing as a drummer in bands for over ten years, decided to...

    The Test Drive: Joe Symes and the Loving Kind – Joe Symes and the...

    If you want to take an infectious musical ride of the loving kind then give the eponymous album by Joe Symes and the Loving Kind a listen. These guys are musical historians with a...

    The Test Drive: Strains – Redefine[d]

      Strains are a brand new modern metal / hardcore act hailing from Opglabbeek, Belgium. Although the group consists of really young members (most of them born in 1993), they’ve already toured Europe multiple times...

    The Test Drive: Lunar Twin – Champagne (Remixes)

    Dream-wave band Lunar Twin presents their new EP on German boutique label Emerald & Doreen Recordings. This release features two tracks from their debut Lunar Twin EP - a new edit of their breathtaking...

    The Test Drive: Various – REVOLUTION – The Shoegaze Revival

    "Revolution - The Shoegaze Revival" is an epic, truly international 30-track compilation, involving underground artists from all over the world, who are virtually united under one revolutionary flag – that of a shoegaze revival....

    The Test Drive: Los and the Deadlines – Perfect Holiday

    "The seedy underbelly of any major city spawns some of the most depraved and morally reprehensible dregs of society who seek one another out to join in a range of dubious behaviours, making music...

    The Test Drive: From Another Planet – An Ever Changing Perspective

    From Another Planet is a progressive metal band based in central Ohio. Founded by Jesse Mitten (drums), Marcus White (bass) and Nick Davisson (guitar) in 2009, the trio already had a substantial amount of...