Artist: 
Death Toll 80k
Label: 
Svart Records

Finnish Grindcore band Death Toll 80k will be releasing their new album Step Down on November 17. The album was alright, featuring shorter songs and very intense instrumentation and vocals. This album is for sure not for the light hearted. Instrument wise, this album reminisced old Cattle Decapitation with subpar recording quality, which gave it a very dirty and explosive sound. I liked a lot of the guitar riffs, but if I’m being honest, I wasn’t too impressed with the vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Old Cattle Decapitation
Sounds Like: 
Anal Trump
Name: 
Joshua Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Mr. Flamboyant
Label: 
FaceOff Records

The song isn’t as bad as I expected after seeing the music video intro. It starts and ends with an electronic spacey sound. The song has a simple beat with piano chords that stays pretty much the same throughout. The feature, Kilo Ali, raps more than Mr. Flamboyant and probably for a reason. Kilo Ali’s melodic rap is nice to listen to but I’m not really a fan of the way Mr. Flamboyant raps. The lyrics are about being too flamboyant, being the best, bitches, and diamond rings, I think. It all sounds kinda amateurish.

Sounds Like: 
Pastor Troy
Sounds Like: 
JT Money
Sounds Like: 
Hitman Sammy Sam
Name: 
Madeline Friberg-Landon
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Slipknot
Label: 
Eagle Rock Entertainment

Slipknot, the metal gods themselves, have blessed the world with a live version of their greatest hits of all time. If you are usually let down by live versions of albums, I completely understand, nothing is like the studio recording. But, I promise this album delivers in every way possible, possibly even better than their studio versions. This live version album was recorded in Mexico City. When you listen to it, the music transports you to Mexico City as if you attended the show in person. Overall, musically this album is amazing with great riff lines and a very classic Slipknot sound.

Sounds Like: 
System of A Down
Sounds Like: 
Korn
Sounds Like: 
Stone Sour
Name: 
Jaclyn Kelly
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Torres
Label: 
4AD

For somone who does not listen to a lot of alternative msuic, listening to and forming an opinion about Three Futures was certainly an interesting and challenging task. I had not previously listened to her work nor did I have much of a catalog as to which I could relate or compare what I was listening to. Looking back, I feel in a way I felt that this was beneficial to me for I was forced to react to what I was listening to with no expectations or preconceptions. My reaction? To put it best, intrigued.

Sounds Like: 
EMA
Sounds Like: 
St. Vincent
Name: 
Jude Fomeche
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Avatar
Label: 
eOne Music

Avatar is a really interesting band, with dark circus imagery and very beautiful metal. Gearing up to release a new album, Avatar released a new single "A Statue of A King". The new single honestly sounds like a Tenacious D. Looking at the video for this new song, the circus/theater theme is still there but there is a more patriotic theme. As a stand alone song, this is rather disappointing. This song travels around clean and rough vocals but the instrumentals are boring. Overall, this song is not very interesting and I hope it is not indicative of how the new album will be.

Sounds Like: 
Drowning Pool
Name: 
Alexis Wakler
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Blue Sails
Label: 
Self-Released

Blue Sail's self-released, self-titled album Blue Sails is a beautiful collection of songs that vaguely remind the listener of bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Tame Impala, and MGMT (if they did more rock-based songs). Like the bands mentioned, nearly all of the songs create this ambiance that is a mixture of numbness, nostalgia, and yet hope. The two brothers, Max and Mitchell Bell, both have mastered the sounds of psychedelic rock. The extreme reverb is like echoes of the past. The whispery vocals set your mind at ease.

Sounds Like: 
Tame Impala - chill, whisper toned vocals and a psychedelic feel, especially on "There Is No Unreturn'd Love"
Sounds Like: 
Smashing Pumpkins - one of the main influences of the band, similar vocal style
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Lil Pump
Label: 
Self-Released

Lil Pump’s self-titled mixtape has been all the buzz in the hip-hop scene recently. Although the beats sound distorted, bass-heavy, and basic, Lil Pump’s voice is of a medium frequency and has a youthful tone. (Lil Pump is 17). Some of the songs off of the mixtape, even the most popular ones like “Gucci Gang”, originally premiered on his SoundCloud. This logically explains the lack of production value on the album.

Sounds Like: 
Lil Yachty - Both "lil" and both rely on repetition and good hooks to carry a song
Sounds Like: 
2 Chainz - Featured on "Iced Out" and most beats have a similar tone
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Veil of Maya
Label: 
Sumerian Records

Every day I find myself feeling for those of us in the musical community that are a part of the metal scene, particularly the djent and progressive scenes, because of how crowded it’s getting. We’re all familiar with the bigger names in djent metal (particularly bands that founded or pulled the genre into popularity, like Periphery and anything Misha Mansoor has had a part in or even sorta breathed on), but it feels like there’s a new band on the scene ready to take things in a new direction.

Sounds Like: 
Periphery
Sounds Like: 
A Life Once Lost
Sounds Like: 
Animals As Leaders
Sounds Like: 
Vildhjarta
Sounds Like: 
TesseracT
Sounds Like: 
Textures
Name: 
Chris Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Getter ft. Party Nails
Label: 
Getter

            Getter’s featuring Partynails new single, Solo is a fun song to dance to. Everything about the single works. The beats vary enough to keep the rhythm interesting. The bass drop is not too overpowering. The lyrics are alright. It is a good song to play when driving at night through a city with the windows rolled down, or at a dance party. I do really like the percussion beats during the verses, they make you want to sway. Partynails has decent vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Eptic
Sounds Like: 
Figure
Sounds Like: 
Datsik
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Delicate Steve
Label: 
Anti Records

Sounds Like: 
Fleetwood Mac
Sounds Like: 
Arctic Monkeys
Name: 
Katiana Coste
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017