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They execute their ideology with a swaggering confidence that could well propel, or beam them up to the very top.

Some crackpots genuinely believe extra-terrestrials are diligently studying us; so, let's roll with that and assume those little green men are diehard music lovers who've decided, after years of listening and learning, to genetically engineer the perfect Modern Rock act. The result of their futuristic sorcery would undoubtedly be North Carolina quartet Another Lost Year; a group whose power-packed anthems, gangster choruses and blazing conviction make them a shoe in for your favourite discovery of 2016.

Formed by vocalist/guitarist Clinton Cunanan and bassist/vocalist Adam Hall back in 2011, ALY's debut album 'Better Days' landed the following year, spawning a double whammy of hits on iHeart Radio and songs that have since appeared on NFL Opening Day and MTV's 'The Challenge'. If that was a promising bow, sophomore effort 'Alien Architect' is a guaranteed sonic orgasm for anyone who loves Contemporary Rock and Metal with a tasty commercial edge. That said, although flavours of Shinedown, Adelitas Way, Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed pepper this record, ALY's impressive craftsmanship and staunch socio-political lyrics ensures their own musical identity takes centre stage.

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Following an intro that employs Will McAvoy's America bashing diatribe from HBO's 'The Newsroom' to set the disillusioned tone, 'Wolves' bares its disenfranchised teeth, as razor-edged riffs and defiant drums create an apocalyptic tempest of rebellion. The pumped up fist-flinger 'Bastard Sons' and the PTSD empathy of 'We All Die Alone' find Cunanan's impassioned delivery, like a snottier Brent Smith mixed with A. Jay Popoff, matched by an avalanche of crunching power chords, impellent rhythms, scintillating fret-work and heaven shaking backing vocals. It's not all blood and thunder though, as 'Alien Architect' is wonderfully paced, thanks to an abundance of stylistic variety. 'Run The Tank Out' is Jimmy Eat World's angst meets Nickelback's sexual frisson and 'On And On' purrs, thanks to its super smooth AOR refrain. You'll also need lighters aloft for 'Best Is Yet To Come', 'Memories' and the outstanding 'He Took Beautiful Away', deeply personal ballads in the vein of Daughtry, Lifehouse and the Goo Goo Dolls.

Although Another Lost Year pretentiously label their music "Freedom Rock", they sell the concept with every fibre of their being, executing their ideology with a swaggering confidence that could well propel, or beam them up to the very top.

Simon Ramsay

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