Metalcore

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
Artist: 
Wovenwar
Label: 
Metal Blade

This is Wovenwar's second album and they really have found their sound, style, and image with this album. I hate to say stereotypical metalcore, because this album goes far beyond that, but this album is pretty much your stereotypical metalcore album. While that does mean there are clean vocalist hooks and somewhat heavy verses, it is not cheesy or boring in this album. It is well done, beautiful produced, and well put together as an album. The lyrics are politically aware of our generation's problems and the upcoming election. Not every song is like that though.

Sounds Like: 
All That Remains
Sounds Like: 
Heartist
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
10/18/2016
Artist: 
Of Mice & Men
Label: 
Rise Records

THIS IS A CD REVIEW

A QUESTIONABLE CHOICE ON CAPS LOCK USAGE BEST DESCRIBES THIS ALBUM TO ME. A REGRESSIVELY PROGRESSIVE ALBUM THAT WHILE THE VOCALS SOUND LIKE ANY OTHER EMO/GOTH/PUNK METAL BAND IN THE EARLY TWO THOUSANDS, THE LYRICS, INSTRUMENTALS AND GENERAL ATMOSPHERE MORE THAN MAKE UP FOR IT.

Sounds Like: 
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE
Sounds Like: 
PIERCE THE VEIL
Name: 
MATTHEW OWEN
Date Reviewed: 
10/12/2016
Artist: 
Skalmold
Label: 
Napalm records

This album is a callback to Norse mythologies nine worlds.

Each song does a good job at representing the nature of each of those worlds.

The album as a whole has some sick riffs that when combined with the strange atmospheric devices creates a unique style the band can claim as its own

Fire, screaming, chanting, church bells, tapping sticks, gongs, The wind, and various other devises make for an interesting album well worth listening to.

Sounds Like: 
Before the Dawn
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
10/05/2016
Artist: 
Every Time I Die
Label: 
Epitaph Records

Every Time I Die has 8 albums, including this one, and one EP. Released in 2016, Low Teens by Every Time I Die is a great album. It ranges from moody alt to deathcore in all 13 songs. They have gotten their sound down to perfection and this album is great for jamming out. There isn’t one song on this album where the band didn’t bring their all to make a great song. The vocals range from heavy screaming to clean melodic vocals like in track 3. The other musicians just add to the songs and make them better. The drumming is powerful but not overbearing.

Sounds Like: 
From Autumn to Ashes
Sounds Like: 
Underoath
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
10/02/2016
Artist: 
The Devil Wears Prada
Label: 
Rise Records

So, this single, called Daughter, is probably one of the better releases I have heard from Devil Wears Prada. It's definitely hype, and it's got it's own unique, heavy drops. The band's release of the music video brought with it a flurry of reviews, the video itself being the typical dark, black and white, seizure inducing stuff that we all love to see from TDWP. This song gives me hope for their upcoming album, though one is disappointed about the loss of their drummer Dan.

Sounds Like: 
Memphis May Fire
Sounds Like: 
Silverstein
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
09/28/2016