Deathcore

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: 
Rings of Saturn
Label: 
Nuclear Blast

Rings of Saturn's album Ultu Ulla is probably the heaviest album I've listened to this semester, with dirty drops and heavy sound throughout it's entirety, but the album also offers a lot of diversity. Two of the tracks are instrumental, and a few more have opening melodic sounds totally at odds with the ear-splitting heaviness that follows it. Lyrically speaking, I would tactifully say that the lyrics are powerful, if not totally original, but musically the sound is rough, tough, and all that hard stuff.

Sounds Like: 
Thy Art is Murder
Sounds Like: 
Carnifex
Name: 
Kenny Bartz
Date Reviewed: 
09/27/2017
Artist: 
Oceano
Label: 
Sumerian Records

If you are looking for exemplary deathcore, look no further! Oceano's newest release really delivers some great metal. Both of the singles I listened to are extremely heavy, which is to be expected. Vocalist Adam Warren's vocals immediately stand out. In the two songs, he spans a diverse range of vocal tone, using many techniques such as low screams and death growls. The guitar tone is amazingly brutal. Obviously, the guitar is tuned low and the tone is heavy as a truck! Lastly, the drums are just fantastic.

Sounds Like: 
Whitechapel
Sounds Like: 
Thy Art is Murder
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
09/19/2017
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: 
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
Artist: 
Code Orange
Label: 
Roadrunner Records

Code Orange’s new album Forever is pretty dope. It ranges from punk to thrash to deathcore and more. There are female vocals and interesting interloping songs. To play just one song from the album is really hard because the music just blends really well together. Some of the songs have just bizarre and spooky instrumentals and electronic add-ins but overall amazing. The drumming on this album was some of the greatest I’ve heard in a long time. Sharing the part of vocalist, the three singers really bring this album together. It was totally worth the wait for this album.

Sounds Like: 
Discourse
Sounds Like: 
Knocked Loose
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
02/08/2017
Artist: 
Thy Art Is Murder
Label: 
Nuclear Blast Entertainment

Thy Art is Murder's new single can be described in a few words: brutal, brutal and brutal. This is truly a dream for any deathcore fan. No Absolution marks the return of Thy Art is Murder's lead vocalist CJ McMahon, after two years being away from the band. The song stays true to Thy Art is Murder's roots with plenty of blast beats, death growls, high pitched screams and of course a filthy breakdown. Personally I believe that lyricly the song discuss that there will be no mercy for the ones who have all who give to none.

Sounds Like: 
Chelsea Grin
Sounds Like: 
As Blood Runs Black
Name: 
Nicholas Sergeant
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2017
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.

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From Autumn to Ashes
Sounds Like: 
Underoath
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
10/02/2016
Artist: 
Chelsea Grin
Label: 
Rise Records

Chelsea Grin is a deathcore band from Utah, and this track off of their new album titled "Self Inflicted" is very deathcore indeed. The intrumentals go hard, with heavy hitting drums and a dope guitar. The track is titled "Four Horseman" and although I had to look up the lyrics, I must say they do a well job to paint a picture of the mythological Four Horseman.
"We are the ones who ride
We're cold we're dead inside
In darkness we arise
Bringing this world's demise"

Sounds Like: 
Suicide Silence
Name: 
Ali Shareef
Date Reviewed: 
09/27/2016
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