Metalcore

Artist: 
The Browning
Label: 
Spinefarm Records

The Browning's new album, Isolation, has had some good reviews, and some bad. I like to belive I'm more of an in-between guy, but I can't quite take the high road on this one. I usually love The Brownings music. I've listened to them for quite awhile, and even saw them live at The Rock. What I loved most about their music was the bass-heavy, overbearing riffs and throat-rending screams that got your blood pumped.

Sounds Like: 
Emmure
Sounds Like: 
Feed Her to the Sharks
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
08/31/2016
Artist: 
Architects
Label: 
Epitaph

All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us is the newest release from the British band Architects with 11 tracks featured on it. This is the last album from the band to feature the recently deceased Tom Searle who was the guitarist and lyricist. This album is very much a metalcore album and features mostly unlcean vocals. When I first began listening to it , the vocalist, Sam Carter, reminded me of Oliver Sykes who is also a vocalist from a UK band, Bring Me the Horizon. I felt like Sam's vocals sounded a lot like the vocals from Bring Me the Horizon's Sempiternal.

Sounds Like: 
Bring Me the Horizon
Sounds Like: 
Parkway Drive
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
08/30/2016
Artist: 
Beartooth
Label: 
Redbull Records

If you know Beartooth and heard Disgusting then you probably anticipated Aggressive. Honestly, I was a little let down when I listened to it. This is a good album. Solid metalcore vocals and a decent message but honestly a lot of the songs started to blend together and you couldn’t really tell when one song ended and the other began. The vocals of Caleb Shomo is still captivating and rough like most metalcore songs but this album didn’t really have any hard hitting songs like Disgusting or Sick EP.

Sounds Like: 
Letlive
Sounds Like: 
Architects
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
08/25/2016
Artist: 
Heaven Shall Burn
Label: 
Century Media Records

I don't know what it is about Germany, but they consistently pump out some quality musical acts, and Heaven Shall Burn is absolutely no exception. Back with Wanderer, their eighth studio album due for release this September, Heaven Shall Burn is once again taking no prisoners with their no-holds-barred approach to metal music. Reminiscent of the Iconoclast albums, Wanderer is a masterpiece of German metalcore and an awesome trip from start to finish.

Sounds Like: 
Caliban
Name: 
Andrew Trujillo
Date Reviewed: 
08/22/2016
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
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