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Disconnected, the debut full-length album from England’s Beat Union is an average pop-punk album by today’s standards, but there are moments on the record that show the potential this young band has.

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Long Island’s own pop punk band Bayside is set to release their fourth full length album, Shudder on September 30th. The CD opens powerfully with the track “Boy”, which, unfortunately, is one of the hardest-hitting songs on the album. Shudder is filled with morbidly well-written lyrics that longtime fans are familiar with, but it lacks the intensity of the band’s prior works.

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Anyone will tell you that Metallica’s grand trilogy of thrash-metal albums in the 80’s were their best ever. These were 1984’s Ride The Lightning, 1986’s Master of Puppets and 1988’s …And Justice For All. Everything starting with their 1991 self-titled album, and most successful release, is a subject of much debate.

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