Metalcore

Artist: 
Falling in Reverse
Label: 
Epitaph Records

A lot of magazines who reviewed this album said it was FiR's saving grace. A lot of magazines said it is the best album that FiR has put out since their first album. With all that being said, I am utterly amazed at what I listened to. FiR went from a metalcore band to the Ronnie Radke pop synth show. This isn't metal, nor is it good. The instrumentals are overpowering and bland. Ever since Falling in Reverse lost their prime guitarist, the music has faltered. This album, in my opinion, is the worst album Falling in Reverse has put out.

Sounds Like: 
Falling in Reverse
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
OVTLIVE
Label: 
Solid State Records

The band Ovtlive is one of the better metal bands I've come across, as one of the better-produced and well-developed albums, Demon Hunter, so accurately exemplifies. The album is slightly monotonous, as the tracks tend to sound similar, but each song has slight variations that make the sounds wholly unique. As I've said, the music itself is well-produced and melodic, with alternating patterns of heavy riffs and smooth vocals.

Sounds Like: 
Xmilk
Sounds Like: 
Rain on the Parade
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
Fit For an Autopsy
Label: 
eOne Music

Fit for an Autopsy are a deathcore band from my home state of New Jersey. There new release The Great Collapse largely sticks to their brutal deathcore roots. However, only the second song into the album they showed some originality by adding clean vocals in along with Joe Badolato’s incredible growls. Clean vocals are used variously throughout the album as a background.

Sounds Like: 
Chelsea Grin
Sounds Like: 
Suicide Silence
Name: 
Nicholas Sergeant
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
All Else Fails
Label: 
Self-Released

The new All Else Fails EP, The Forever Lie, is a mixture of thrash metal and metalcore. The EP is majority screamed and growled vocals with a very many clean vocal which is used less and less in metalcore. The riffs in this album remind me of old Bullet For My Valentine, which is also missing from most metalcore. The song “The Sons of Plenty” stands out to me, the song brings back many happy memories of moshing back in my day. (Seach Youtube for the music videos.

Sounds Like: 
Bullet For My Valentine
Sounds Like: 
Volumes
Name: 
Nicholas Sergeant
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2017
Artist: 
Once Human
Label: 
earMusic

I was truely glad to come upon such a fantastic example of modern day metalcore and local music. Once Human's album Evolution is one of the few metalcore albums I've listened to that truely encapsulates the feelings behind metal music and the aggression the artists seek to perfect, in terms of cadence, continuum, and rhythmic sound. The album begins with a wonderful introduction, with heavy riffs and mixed melodic sounds, it gives one a true sense of the word metalcore and also encompasses much of the sound one can expect in the album.

Sounds Like: 
System Divide
Sounds Like: 
Machine Head
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
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