Metal

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: 
Twiztid
Label: 
Majik Ninja Entertainment

As someone who had a childhood under the imposing figure of a self-proclaimed juggalo father, I've been more or less subject to listening to ICP, Twiztid, and most of Psychopathic Records for the majority of my early life. Not quite a pleasant experience, but in regards to this single, I'm glad for the past experience to draw from. As such, my first instinct when listening to this track was that it wasn't at all the Twiztid I knew.

Sounds Like: 
ICP
Sounds Like: 
Boondox
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
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: 
Kill the Precedent
Label: 
Minus HEAD Records

Kill the Precedent's recently released EP, Some Version of the Truth is an interesting collection of songs. It features seven tracks and each one is hard-hitting and relentless in terms of vocals and instrumentals. The vocals are mainly unclean and occasionally feature chanting but the way they are delivered is very appealing to me. The vocals in Some Version of the Truth have a more punk style to them compared to metal which is something I really enjoy.

Sounds Like: 
26000 Volts
Sounds Like: 
Deathlist 5
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
03/21/2017
Artist: 
Valfreya
Label: 
Independent

Promised Land is viking metal band, Valfreya's newest release which has 12 songs on it. I already like viking metal and female vocals so I was already pretty excited for this album and I really wasn't disappointed. The songs are all interesting and engaging and combine both female and male vocals to create unique songs. Some have both and some have one or the other. I really enjoyed the female vocals and loved when classical instruments were incorporated into the songs.

Sounds Like: 
Nordheim
Sounds Like: 
Korpius
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
03/20/2017
Artist: 
Of the Sun
Label: 
Self-Released

Of the Sun is a Southern Progressive Metal band and Before A Human Path is their five song second album. Like most metal songs, these are on the long side except for one song and surprisingly I liked it. I usually don't enjoy really long songs but the diversity in each song kept me interested and surprised at every new sound that was integrated. The vocals vary significantly from different types of screams to melodic clean vocals. Each song sounded unique and combined different types of sounds that I wasn't expecting.

Sounds Like: 
Progressive Metal
Sounds Like: 
Southern Metal
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
03/20/2017
Artist: 
Havok
Label: 
Century Media

Conformicide is Havok's fourth album and I have never heard any of their previous albums so I can't compare it to any of their older stuff but to be quite honest I didn't really like this album. I don't really enjoy most trash metal so it's not necessarily Havok's fault but this album is just full or decently long songs which isn't something I usually like. The songs on this album ranged usually from five to seven minutes and five minutes is about when I start losing interest in almost any song.

Sounds Like: 
Warbringer
Sounds Like: 
Exmortus
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
03/13/2017
Artist: 
Her Name Echoes
Label: 
Her Name Echoes

Looking for some moderately screamy local metal for your show? Look no further. Her Name Echoes' new album Cyclic is the album for you. It starts off with a mostly instrumental intro track, which is good if you're looking to get a feel for the album. Most tracks have some form of screaming vocals, so if you're into that, there really isn't a song without the screaming. "Island" is by far the most screamy. All the songs sound similar, so if you like one, you'll like them all.

Sounds Like: 
Bring Me The Horizon
Sounds Like: 
Vocals sound like All Time Low
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
03/07/2017
Artist: 
Within the Ruins
Label: 
Entertainment One

Within the Ruins is a metalcore/rpm metal band from America best known, arguably, for their album Phenomena. Track one "Beautiful Agony" starts out pretty heavy but with your typical metalcore guitar riffs. This is a little heavier than their normal stuff and definitely has more metal in it than some of their tracks which are pretty much rpm with metal drums. This song doesn't actually have any clean vocals except towards the end but with that being said - it's not the heaviest song/vocals in the world by any means.

Sounds Like: 
I Declare War
Sounds Like: 
Rings of Saturn
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
03/06/2017
Artist: 
Emmure
Label: 
SharpTone

Look at Yourself is the deathcore band, Emmure's, most recent album which contains 13 songs. I don't believe I've ever heard any music from Emmure before so I tried to go in open minded and honestly i was pleasantly surprised because I wasnt' expecting to like this album but I enjoyed it. I like the instrumentals a lot because they combined typical metalcore along with a few sounds that reminded of something I would hear more in an EDM song which was interesting. Each song felt cohesive and also felt distinguishiable from each other.

Sounds Like: 
After the Burial
Sounds Like: 
Chelsea Grin
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
03/05/2017
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