Metalcore

Artist: 
Converge
Label: 
Epitaph Records

The new Converge album, "The Dusk In Us", is a rollercoaster ride of diversity, and intensity. With elements of the 80's skater hardcore scene, the early 2000's metalcore scene, and modern grindcore, "The Dusk In Us" has enough diversity to keep anyone’s interest. Let's face it, most of these genres grow old quick when played alone, so I think it was a great move to lump all of the styles together. Converge even throws a ballad in the middle of the album, slowing things down and showing the bands sinister introspective side.

Sounds Like: 
Napalm Death
Sounds Like: 
DRI
Sounds Like: 
Toxic Holocaust
Sounds Like: 
Suicidal Tendencies
Sounds Like: 
Pig Destroyer
Name: 
Tyler Dille
Date Reviewed: 
11/12/2017
Artist: 
The Unguided
Label: 
Napalm Records

The Unguided in the Album “And the Battle Royale” starts with a heavy lines and ends with one. This band has come from Sweden with melodic, smashing hooklines that set up the remaining album for some great melodies and vocals that both emphasize and support the thrilling guitar lines. Though this sub-genre of Metal is generally not my “cup of tea”, I found my post-punk ears perking up to the subtle electronic and garage influences that are slipped between the power metal chords and the death metal singing that ups the energy of the entire album.

Sounds Like: 
Escape The Fate
Sounds Like: 
Zardonic
Name: 
Brendan Bogar
Date Reviewed: 
11/08/2017
Artist: 
Veil of Maya
Label: 
Sumerian Records

Every day I find myself feeling for those of us in the musical community that are a part of the metal scene, particularly the djent and progressive scenes, because of how crowded it’s getting. We’re all familiar with the bigger names in djent metal (particularly bands that founded or pulled the genre into popularity, like Periphery and anything Misha Mansoor has had a part in or even sorta breathed on), but it feels like there’s a new band on the scene ready to take things in a new direction.

Sounds Like: 
Periphery
Sounds Like: 
A Life Once Lost
Sounds Like: 
Animals As Leaders
Sounds Like: 
Vildhjarta
Sounds Like: 
TesseracT
Sounds Like: 
Textures
Name: 
Chris Ewing
Date Reviewed: 
11/01/2017
Artist: 
Architects
Label: 
Epitaph Records

Metalcore band Architects recently released their new single Doomsday. The song is pretty typical metalcore, but it is definitely well written, and I really enjoyed listening. The song opens with some ambient noise, followed by a very heavy and intricate riff which really sets the tempo. Throughout the whole song, it switches between clean vocals and guitars and distorted guitar and screaming vocals. The singer sounds very Oli Sykes-esque, but definitely adds his own style to it.

Sounds Like: 
Bring Me The Horizon
Sounds Like: 
Miss May I
Name: 
Joshua Fenderson
Date Reviewed: 
10/11/2017
Artist: 
Ded
Label: 
Suretone Records

If you love metal such as Slipknot, Every Time I Die or Bring me the Horizon, then Ded is a band you should get into. Misanthrope is the debut album from this Phoenix group.

When I started listening, I could immediately hear the influences of Korn and Slipknot. In some songs, the band sounds like Chevelle. The best way I can explainthe sound is: the guitar and some vocals of Slipknot, with synthesizer parts of Korn, with the composition and some melody elements from Chevelle and Slipknot. Overall, Ded really reminded me of Slipknot, almost too much. 

Sounds Like: 
Slipknot
Sounds Like: 
Korn
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
09/30/2017
Artist: 
Phantoms
Label: 
Outerloop Records

Review of "Screaming on the Inside" album by Phantoms

Sounds Like: 
The Used
Sounds Like: 
August Burns Red
Sounds Like: 
A Day To Remember
Name: 
Jon S. Rice
Date Reviewed: 
09/15/2017
Artist: 
WAGE WAR
Label: 
FEARLESS RECORDS

Meet them in the dark, they apparently are heartless, man those threats. Lyrics boil down to continuous statements of their lack of moral limitations or care for your opinions. The vocals are borderline between Aliencore and Metalcore. The instrumentals are fairly standard if rapid, though they do implement an interesting distortion to their guitars. Generally a pretty acceptable song.

Sounds Like: 
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
Sounds Like: 
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
09/15/2017
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