Hands down, Born of Osiris reigns as the cream of the crop in this genre. With their 2015 Sumerian Records release, Soul Sphere, solid job is an extreme understatement.
Hate Me might be one of the best musical surprises of the year.
Within moments of the first track on Atreyu's Long Live, guitars come out swinging, cranked to 11, and the drums pound out a fist pump rhythm, leading you to involuntary throw your head back thinking, "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, shit!! Here we go!!"
Venom is the 5th album from this Welsh bunch and, in my opinion, it's comparable to their 2008 release, Scream Aim Fire.
Huge props to Blessthefall for writing an album (To Those Left Behind) with so many different flavors, like a musical box of edible Crayons – the 96 pack, the cool kid pack.
Unlike some albums where bands simply turn their amps up to 11 and walk away, Rising Moon : Setting Sun has a lot of rise and fall throughout the whole album, as well as within individual songs, allowing for a wide array of dynamics.
Northlane are described as "Australian progressive metal outfit," which for me conjured an image of Robert Downey Jr. in the Ironman suit with an Australian accent. So... I'd say that's accurate.
BUT, EUREKA! Dark Before Dawn, despite the line-up change, retains most of the signature Benjamin sound.
Hypnotic might not be the best word to describe Get Lost, Find Yourself, but the upbeat, moments of dj0nty bounce do whisk you away to a better place, where it's summer time and middle fingers reign supreme.
Veil of Maya have upped their game yet again. Matriarch is some next level writing!
If you're a hardcore enthusiast, you will be very pleased with what you hear and given the sound of the The Eulogy's self-titled EP, I imagine the live show being a riot.
If you need real proof as to how amazing this album is, look no further than the first few tracks. Right off the bat, we've got singles that will perforate your brains for the next several weeks.
There's really nothing else to say. Fall Out Boy puts out music that is unparalleled in the fun department as well as creative genius in the pop/rock world.
The general vibe on MOE's 3 sounds like a drunken tooth fairy wandering down Mario Brothers "Underground" lookin' to score some "Meth Speed Ball" or "New Jack Swing."
All in all, this is still a solid EP with commendable musicianship, but a far cry from bands like Scale the Summit, Animals as Leaders, or Intervals.
This band is a machine, the most emotional human-like machine imaginable, so basically not a machine at all. The only way I can summarize how I continue to feel about this band is this: Periphery - love that shit!
I feel different now. I might not be able to look my mother in the eyes for a very long time, but it was well worth it. To jugg er naut to jugg?
After a year long hiatus, Deja Vu, formerly known as Affirmative Action, premiered its return with a new name and single, "Life Advice." Originally written in the Summer of 2013, the untitled track now released as "Life Advice" featured vocals from Fronz from the Atlanta, GA-based band, Attila.
Silent Planet isn't particularly silent. Quite the opposite, actually, in the most delightful, metalcore way. First of all, have you heard of Silent Planet before? I, for one, had not, and if I was given the duty to go back in time, using a time traveling machine that actually works, obviously – I'm not silly, and explain to myself what Silent Planet sounds like using some key words, assuming that the space-time vortex would stay open for only a few brief moments for the sake of being dramatic: Solid State Records, Rory from Dayseeker plus 4 other features, harsh-yelly-AND clean vocals, staccato metal riffs, and ethereal guitar leads. *while portal closes* "AND THE PRODUCTION IS AMAzinggggggggggggggggg..." *light flashes and the world ends 'cause I try to catch a quick selfie with past Henry (me), which is against the rules of this very accurate account of how time travel works.
An album is a collection of songs. I've listened to a lot of albums and even more songs, many of which fall into a collective noise I will never revisit, mainly because I'd usually prefer to listen to something new, or because... not even worth finishing this sentence.