Metalcore

Artist: 
Toothgrinder
Label: 
Spinefarm Records

Toothgrinder is a metalcore that recently signed to Spinefarm Records. Nocturnal Masquerade is their first full length album with two Eps underneath their belt. While this isn’t necessarily a BAD album, this isn’t one of my favorites. It’s hardcore and definitely metalcore but it could be better. It’s technical and well produced so the quality of the music or musicians isn’t the problem. The problem is the originality of the music. Honestly – I feel like I’ve heard all this music before just underneath a different band’s name.

Sounds Like: 
Five Finger Death Punch
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/01/2016
Artist: 
Myka, Relocate
Label: 
Artery Recordings

The Young Souls by Myka, Relocate is their second album which features, Christian Koo, and it does not disappoint. The twelve songs on the album are all a fuse of pop style clean vocals and heavy unclean vocals that create a nice duality. Each song is pretty good and has an equal balance of clean and unclean vocals. The instrumentals don't sound like anything too new or unheard of but that's not really a problem.

Sounds Like: 
Issues
Sounds Like: 
The Plot in You
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
12/01/2015
Artist: 
The Devil You Know
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Lead singer Howard Jones from Killswitch Engage, drummer John Sankey from Fear Factory and guitarist Francesco Artusato from All Shall Perish with Ryan Wombacher on bass, this super group The Devil You Know is pretty heavy. They sound a lot like Killswitch Engage so if you like them, you’ll like The Devil You Know. It’s pretty good, so far this is only the singles but they are really good. The Way We Bleed is way heavier, grungier, and has a way faster beat and heavier vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Killswitch Engage
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2015
Artist: 
Counting Days
Label: 
Mascot Records

Counting Days is a metalcore band from London and Liberated Sounds is their debut album with 12 songs on it. FIrst of all, this album cover is awesome and the main reason why I decided to review it. This band mostly sounds like a typical metalcore group with just a unclean vocalist. The vocals bore me for the most part but it's the instrumentals that really make this album worth listening to. The instrumentals are pleasantly heavy and make you feel really pumped up and excited. This is definitely the type of band that I would want to see live.

Sounds Like: 
Fit For A King
Sounds Like: 
Counterparts
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
11/02/2015
Artist: 
Amenize
Label: 
Eternal Hatred Records

"Black Sky" is a pretty heavy record that sounds like something a typical present day alternative metal or metal core band would put out. I didn't know a lot about this group "Amenize" before giving this record a spin, but I did some research and they are pretty underground. This is their second LP release, after what seemed to a be a brief hiatus since this is the first music they've put out in 5 years. "Black Sky" is a concept album, apparently about an individual who hates his/her life living in some sort of dystopian world.

Sounds Like: 
In Flames
Sounds Like: 
Parkway Drive (not as good of course)
Name: 
Zach Germano
Date Reviewed: 
10/07/2015
Artist: 
Audiotopsy
Label: 
Napalm Records

Audiotopsy is comprised of Billy Keeton from Mudvayne and Hell Yeah, Greg Tribbet on guitar, and Perry Stern on the bass and Mudvayne drummer Matthew McDonough making a super powerful group. This is their first album and it is really good. It’s hard, but it doesn’t go too hard for people who are afraid of serious death metal. This sounds eerily similar to Tool in some songs and other songs they have their own sound. Obviously they sound a little like Mudvayne.

Sounds Like: 
Mudvayne
Sounds Like: 
Coal Chamber
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
10/07/2015

Ire

Artist: 
Parkway Drive
Label: 
Resist Records / Epitaph Records

Oh boy, this was always going to be weird. Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive warned fans ahead of their latest release Ire that their new sound would be more akin to 80’s style heavy metal rather than their traditional “restrictive” metalcore sound. Fans of this band are probably going to absolutely despise this album, since it represents a rather dramatic change to their usual sound.

Sounds Like: 
Memphis May Fire
Sounds Like: 
Trivium
Name: 
Felipe Moreno
Date Reviewed: 
10/07/2015
Artist: 
The Devil Wears Prada
Label: 
Rise Records

This is The Devil Wears Prada's newest EP titled Space and it has six tracks on it. It has six tracks listed but one of them is really just some sort of interlude that talks about clocks needing to be paused to relign with atomic time. I picked up this EP knowing that I already didn't like The Devil Wears Prada from what I had heard from them previously but I decided it would be good to give them a real chance. And I was sadly disappointed to realize that even after giving them a real chance I still do not like them.

Sounds Like: 
August Burns Red
Sounds Like: 
Miss May I
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
10/06/2015
Artist: 
Reflections
Label: 
Good Fight Entertainment

If you have heard any metalcore band before, you can probably guess how Reflection sounds. That being sad, they're a really good band. They’re a small band from Minnesota and this is their third album. The last one came out in 2013 called Exi(s)t. This album is definitely for metalheads already out there and probably is a little shocking to a lot of alt fans. But this album is really good. It’s heavy in all the right places and has soft vocals and electronic effects where they’re needed.

Sounds Like: 
The Devil Wears Prada (in their early years)
Sounds Like: 
Aversions Crown
Sounds Like: 
Capture The Crown
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2015