The Survival Code – MMXV

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label: IRL
Released: 2015
Buy Album [URL]:
Band Website: and

the survival code
Band line-up:

Gary McGuinness – guitar/vox
Tom Cook – Drums
Pete Agnelli – Bass


1. Burning
2.Never Let go
3. Living a Lie
4. Ratrace
5. This Feeling
6. Gave it all
7. Centre of the Universe
8. The Change, Catalyst
9. Ragin’
10. Prisoner


After returning from a brief hiatus, The Survival Code are back with their debut album MXV that shows they mean business. Accompanying this endeavour the London based trio have released three music videos and are ready to embark on two tours in December and February.

Right from the get go the trio bust right in with an array of upbeat powerhouses that remain consistent throughout the eleven track journey. ‘Burning’ sees cathartic guitars and piercing clean vocals that ride the way with triumphant energy.

Keeping the pace, ‘Never Let Go’ comes with charging riffs, pounding drums and urgent vocals that pull you into the band’s powerful narrative. The tight sounding transition between heaviness and melodic passages scale upward in their delivery, making this one of their most solid track’s.

Fortunately the band never truly lose momentum. From the complex drum work of ‘Rat Race’ to the stadium filler ‘Gave It All’, the trio purge out their inner demons with a sense of honesty and dedication.

‘The Change’ incorporates exhilarating guitar leads and a powerful chorus that propels the band further into the domain of professionalism. What’s more, they display a strong sense of technicality that prevents them from lapsing into monotony.

Going out on a high, ‘Prisoner’ unravels with gritty sounding bass lines and edgy guitars. From here the band come into full focus as they charge ahead with infectious grooves and plenty of vitality to keep listeners head banging along the way.

The Survival Code may not appeal to the more demanding ear, but what they demonstrate is that a commercial sounding rock album doesn’t necessarily come at the expense of having no substance. In this instance, the three piece deliver an electrifying piece of music that is both accessible and subtle in its execution.

Review by Ben Spencer