Post-Hardcore

Artist: 
Brand New
Label: 
Procrastinate! Music Traitors

I'm going to try and be as unbiased as possible considering that Brand New is one of my favorite bands of all time. They have always been a cryptic band, especially when it comes to releasing new music. It's been 8 years since their last album Daisy, and speculation of a new album has been extremely high since then. After a long hiatus, sporadic festival appearances and headlining shows, and leaked demos and singles ("Mene" and "I Am a Nightmare"), Brand New have FINALLY released a... brand new album (pun intended).

Sounds Like: 
Taking Back Sunday
Sounds Like: 
Manchester Orchestra
Sounds Like: 
Thrice
Name: 
Roy Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2017
Artist: 
Pissed Jeans
Label: 
Sub Pop

PA-based hardore band Pissed Jeans put out an excellent record with Why Love Now. Punk releases can often be plagued by similar problems as genres like standard Indie Rock or Garage Rock, in that a vast majority of the music sounds very similar and there isn't a whole lot of things to distinguish bands from one another. Pissed Jeans manage to capture raw punk energy but play music that sounds oddly progressive for a genre that notoriously rejected any forms of complex or innovative songwriting or musical elements.

Sounds Like: 
Fucked Up
Sounds Like: 
Black Flag
Name: 
Alex Siegel
Date Reviewed: 
03/10/2017
Artist: 
Husbandry
Label: 
Aqualamb Records

Fera has an energy that is frenetic and explosive at times. The lead singer's voice is memorable and the songs were described as sounding like "Fugazi meets Aaliyah". This post-hardcore noise-rock band doesn't hold back an ounce of energy in the bars and lyrics. If you're looking for something that is a fusion of metal and post-hardcore, then this album might be your golden egg.  

Sounds Like: 
Mars Volta
Sounds Like: 
Glassjaw
Name: 
Betty Yu
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2016
Artist: 
Touché Amoré
Label: 
Epitaph

Hardcore is known for its intensity which is often displayed as anger and aggression, but the former doesn't imply the later, and those aren't the only emotions hardcore can project. Touché Amoré's 4th album, Stage Four, is about the death of vocalist Jeremy Bolm's mother, and as such this album is an intense display of grief, sadness and despair. There is anger here too but importantly, it's not directed outward, it points inward as Bolm interrogates his own actions and motives: Should he take more time off touring to be with her?

Sounds Like: 
Title Fight
Sounds Like: 
La Dispute
Sounds Like: 
Defeater
Sounds Like: 
Modern Life Is War
Sounds Like: 
Edelweiss
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
10/12/2016
Artist: 
A Day to Remember
Label: 
ADTR Records

"Paranoia" is a single off of A Day to Remember's upcoming currently untitled album and if this is representative of what the next album will be like, it's looking pretty good. This song seems to be describing what it feels like to live with paranoia and how it affects your everyday life. If this is in a literal sense or a metaphorical sense I am not sure but regardless it makes for an interesting song.

Sounds Like: 
The Amity Affliction
Sounds Like: 
Of Mice & Men
Name: 
Danielle M Perry
Date Reviewed: 
04/30/2016
Artist: 
ONE OK ROCK
Label: 
Warner Bros.

ONE OK ROCK is a Japanese rock band that just recently debuted in the US but have gained signigicant popularity in Japan. This is their seventh album but is the English lyrics version and deluxe version of the album. This album features vocalists: Tyler Carter from the metalcore band, Issues, and Kellin Quinn from the pop-rock band, Sleeping with Sirens. I had already heard ONE OK ROCK before listening to this album and I had liked the couple of songs I had heard and after listening to this album I found that I like them a lot.

Sounds Like: 
My First Story
Sounds Like: 
SPYAIR
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
10/06/2015
Artist: 
Mallory Knox
Label: 
Search and Destroy and Epic Records

Mallory Knox is a band from the UK that has recently gained popularity in the post-hardcore scene in America. Asymmetry is a good album overall, but I think it's really lacking something to keep me listening. Every song is pretty good but at the same time it's not something that I'm excited to listen to. Mallory Knox's music definietly has post-hardcore elements to it but for me, I hear the alternative rock elements more and it personally bores me. Some of the songs on Asymmetry are definitely catchy but I wouldn't say every song is super interesting.

Sounds Like: 
Don Broco
Sounds Like: 
We Are the Ocean
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
09/22/2015
Artist: 
Heartist
Label: 
Roadrunner Records

Nothing You Didn't Deserve is the first EP by Heartist with 6 tracks on it. When I first started listening to this EP it sounded just like another normal metalcore band but after listenting to a couple more songs I got hooked. Now, after thoroughly listening to the EP a few times, I can honestly say that I enjoy every song. I think for this band's first EP they really show potential to get better and make a name for themselves.

Sounds Like: 
Crown The Empire
Sounds Like: 
The Amity Affliction
Name: 
Danielle Perry
Date Reviewed: 
09/22/2015
Artist: 
Various
Label: 
Topshelf Records

Topshelf Records is here with its 2014 label sampler, and with it comes a whole lotta sweet alt tunes. From emo-revival bands like Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) and The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die, to more indie pop groups and solo artists like Wild Ones and Tancred, this sampler has 25 songs to please the alt music palate. 

Sounds Like: 
Topshelf Records
Name: 
Katie Fapp
Date Reviewed: 
11/14/2014
Artist: 
Seconds Prior
Label: 
The Power Zone