Metalcore

Artist: 
Ex Deo
Label: 
Napalm Records

Of the album's I've looked at this semester, this is by far one of the heaviest. My initial attraction was for the appeal to Roman antiquity, and I was gratified when I heard the opening chords of heavy, bloodthirsty, and war-driving music. The lyrical content is based around the concept of Roman warriors during the times of antiquity, and the heavy, incessant riffs give one the feeling of being on the battlefield.

Sounds Like: 
Kataklysm
Sounds Like: 
Alestorm
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
02/22/2017
Artist: 
Footage of a Yeti
Label: 
Independant

Queens, NY death metal band Footage of a Yeti released their new EP Purging the Human Conditions in late January. I'm going to start out by simply saying that this album is awesome. I was guilty of being one of those metalcore kids in high school, but now I listen to mostly death metal. This band took some of the coolest elements from both genres and managed to put together an incredible album. Sound wise, the album includes a lot of the key techniques for both genres: tremolo picking, breakdowns, some ambient background sounds, and fast paced riffing.

Sounds Like: 
Motionless in White
Sounds Like: 
Whitechapel
Name: 
Joshua Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Motionless In White
Label: 
Roadrunner

Motionless in White are back with a new single for their forthcoming album Graveyard Shift. This is the bands first release since switching to Roadrunner records, and  I have to say that I am really impressed. I was a huge fan of the Creatures era Motionless in White, and I think that this single reflects the aggressive and explosive sound from that album. The song features super heavy vocals and the a very aggressive guitar. Chris Motionless' vocals are sounding better than ever.

Sounds Like: 
Miss May I
Sounds Like: 
Asking Alexandria
Name: 
Joshua Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Hollower
Label: 
Self-Released

           Hollower is a duo metalcore group from Atlanta. Their debut EP “Forking Paths” is nothing to be messed with. Each song comes with plenty of heavy riffs, blast beats, screamed vocals and a sprinkling of clean vocals. The first few times I listen to this album I imagined that this was what The Ghost Inside Would sound like if fronted by Chris Motionless of Motionless in white.

Sounds Like: 
The Ghost INside
Sounds Like: 
Northlane
Name: 
Nick Sergeant
Date Reviewed: 
01/22/2017
Artist: 
In Flames
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

In Flames singer Anders Friden has a super cool voice, although it is 100% metalcore. So if you're looking for heavier music, you're not going to find it here. With that being said, I think this is a very quality metalcore album and doesn't rely heavily on clean vocals too much. In a sense the music itself is almost doom-esque because it has the fuzzy background noise that many doom albums have but this is in NO way a doom album. For metalcore, the clean vocals are still very aggressive and are not effeminate.

Sounds Like: 
Soilwork
Sounds Like: 
Wovenwar
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
11/22/2016
Artist: 
For The Win
Label: 
Artery Recordings

San Diego band, For The Win released a new single Crash and Burn, and if you never emotionally grew up past the horrible age of 13 like me, you will absolutely love it. With high, expressive vocals and brief but dominant screaming, For The Win creates a sound reminiscent of old pop punk anthems but with that inspiringly ominous sound that post-hardcore bands do so well. The emotional lyrics, carried by a shaky yet passionate voice and electrifying guitar riffs are what make this song so powerful.

Sounds Like: 
If Knuckle Puck and A Day To Remember had a baby
Name: 
Kira Baum
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2016
Artist: 
Attila
Label: 
SharpTone

Attila, the kings of controversy, have just released their 6th full length album Chaos under SharpTone Records. The album sounds just about exactly how an Attila album should: Lots of cursing, lots of threats, and Chris Fronzak trying to sound like a gangster. Beside it being a very aggressive album, I don't really care for it like I did their older albums. I honestly felt like the band tried way to hard to hold up their act of being a group of badasses who don't give a fuck about anything, which made just about every song sound similar.

Sounds Like: 
Emmure
Sounds Like: 
Like Moths to Flames
Name: 
Joshua
Date Reviewed: 
11/05/2016
Artist: 
The Devil Wears Prada
Label: 
Rise Records

The Devil Wears Prada are back with their 6th studio album Transit Blues. The album is the first full length album since the departure of founding guitarist Chris Rubey. With his departure, TDWP seems to have changed their sound quite a bit. I think that fans of their older material may be interested in this album because it seems like they somewhat moving back to their older and more aggressive sound that they did so well with on With Roots Above and Branches Below.

Sounds Like: 
Of Mice and Men
Sounds Like: 
Bring Me The Horizon
Name: 
Joshua Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2016
Artist: 
Amaranthe
Label: 
Spinefarm Records

Maximalism by Amaranthe is one of the most interesting albums I've heard recently. It has 11 tracks and each feature three vocalists which is pretty unusual but they are able to create fantastic songs by utilizing the differences in their voices and styles. And whenever there's a female vocalist for a metal album I'm always interested. Each vocalist sounds great and they don't limit themselves to the metal genre as many of their songs have hints of other genres in them.

Sounds Like: 
Kamelot
Sounds Like: 
Sonic Syndicate
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
10/26/2016