Metalcore

Artist: 
Caliban
Label: 
Century Media Records

If you like German metalcore along the lines of We Butter The Bread With Butter, then this is your shit. Caliban is a five-piece band from the fatherland and this is their tenth studio album. They definitely know what's up and what the fuck they're doing. Every song is a pulse-pounding ride through the psyches of these disturbed musicians. The vocals go between German and English, though the vast majority of the tracks is in English, so fret not if you're not particularly skilled in the gentle, subtle language that is German.

Sounds Like: 
We Butter The Bread With Butter
Sounds Like: 
Bring Me The Horizon
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
05/04/2016
Artist: 
A Day to Remember
Label: 
ADTR Records

"Paranoia" is a single off of A Day to Remember's upcoming currently untitled album and if this is representative of what the next album will be like, it's looking pretty good. This song seems to be describing what it feels like to live with paranoia and how it affects your everyday life. If this is in a literal sense or a metaphorical sense I am not sure but regardless it makes for an interesting song.

Sounds Like: 
The Amity Affliction
Sounds Like: 
Of Mice & Men
Name: 
Danielle M Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/30/2016
Artist: 
Beartooth
Label: 
Red Bull Labels

"Aggressive" is a single off of Beartooth's upcoming album, Aggressive. And right from the beginning, it is easy to tell that this song is going to be good. I had previously only heard a few songs off of Beartooth's last album and while I liked them I never felt compelled to continue listening to the rest of the album. But this single alone made me excited to hear the rest of the songs off of Aggressive. This song has a great mixture of clean and unclean vocals as well as typical metalcore instrumentals which all blend beautifully.

Sounds Like: 
Attack Attack!
Sounds Like: 
The Word Alive
Name: 
Danielle M Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/30/2016
Artist: 
Otep
Label: 
Napalm Records

Female fronted Otep released their 7th studio album Generation Doom and it’s amazing. I personally love female fronted metal bands because they usually bring a different perspective on the metal scene. Just because its female fronted doesn’t mean this album doesn’t shred or is purely clean vocals. Singer Otep Shamaya ranges from dark clean vocals to the growling, guttural vocals so many metal fans love. On to the songs, track 1 “Zero” needs to be cleaned and spun because it was amazing.

Sounds Like: 
Kittie
Sounds Like: 
In This Moment
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2016
Artist: 
Katatonia
Label: 
Peaceville Records

Katatonia has been around for quite a while but I just found out about them recently. This isn’t typical metal to be honest, but it’s damn good. This song has really clean vocals, beautiful guitar backings, and simple yet needed drum accompaniment. A four minute song that has an airy yet heavy sound, moody, and just plain beautiful would be good for a metal show. If you’re looking for really heavy stuff, Katatonia is not for you. But if you’re looking for a song that is just super good to groove out to, this is your jam.

Sounds Like: 
Anathema
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2016
Artist: 
Walls of Jericho
Label: 
Napalm Records

So first off – this entire album is amazing. Walls of Jericho has such an awesome sound, albeit metalcore. Even if you’re not super into metalcore you need to listen to this. Believe it or not, the lead singer is a woman, Candace Kucsulain, and they actually took a break between albums in order for her to have a child. This album starts with a pretty cliché “militia rule warning” track so I would steer clear of track 1. Other than that every song is phenomenal. Musically it’s pretty technical and straight forward, not too heavy.

Sounds Like: 
Throwdown
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2016
Artist: 
Killswitch Engage
Label: 
Roadrunner

Original Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones is back to make the album Incarnate. If you listened to both old and new Killswitch, you can know what to expect. This album is your typical metalcore. It is very well produced and has great hooks, but nothing really stood out as new, innovative, or riveting to me. Track 1 “Alone I Stand” is really rather good and something I would play. This whole album has a rather FFDP/Volbeat sound – so almost southern rock but not quite. It’s decent music and catchy, but nothing new.

Sounds Like: 
Devil You Know
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/28/2016
Artist: 
Murkocet
Label: 
Murkocet

Do you like deathcore? This is for you. Very cookie cutter, high and low vocals, palm-muted riffs, breakdowns, etc. He does some semi-rappy stuff vocally, reminiscent of Emmure mainly. The music is more like Fear Factory or something like that, or even As I Lay Dying. So maybe more metalcore? No matter what, it still sounds like all of the metal that's already out without anything new added.

Sounds Like: 
Fear Factory
Sounds Like: 
Emmure
Name: 
Timothy Ebinger
Date Reviewed: 
03/07/2016
Artist: 
Walls of Jericho
Label: 
Napalm Records Handels GmbH

As my formal introduction to the genre of metal, I am pretty impressed. Labeled as a ‘metalcore’ band, I can attest to this metal-y element of metal. This single is very powerful and stimulating with in your face screaming and a fast-paced guitar line. What surprised me (in a good way) was the female vocals by Candace Kucsulain (girl power!)—which was hard to discern at first due to the lower octave she screams in. Candace’s vocals mesh really well with the tone and theme of this single, and I liked the balance of guitar and vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Hatebreed
Sounds Like: 
Throwdown
Name: 
Erinn Fung
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2016
Artist: 
Adept
Label: 
Napalm Records

This album is amazing! Almost each has song has something really unique to it, whether it be a different style with the vocals, or some crazy new riff! Any song on here, other than the ones that don't meet the FCC regulations, would be perfect to play on any metal show. The lyrics are really powerful too and overall this album was fantastic! Play this album so much cause I know I will. 

Sounds Like: 
Bullet For My Valentine
Name: 
David Stallings
Date Reviewed: 
02/17/2016
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