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Metal/Hardcore Summer Releases

For all you metal and hardcore fans out there, (chirp chirp) here is some of what I am looking forward to in coming months.

May 11: As I Lay Dying – The Powerless Rise — True giants of metalcore, AILD are sure to bring some amazing guitar work and surprisingly catchy clean vocals to the party.

May 18: Confide – Recover — I’m not a huge Confide fan, but they’ve been on my radar ever since this over of The Postal Service’s Such Great Heights.

June 1: Stick To Your Guns – The Hope Division — Stick To Your Guns are bringing feel good, positive vibes back into the hardcore seen and are quickly becoming a personal favorite.

June 29: Parkway Drive –Deep Blue — These boys from Australia bust some amazing riffs in all previous albums, with a few years of world touring under their belts I’m excited to see what they can do.

Haste The Day – Attack of the Wolf King — Congratulations for already winning crappiest album title of the year HTD!  I would really like to see an entire album that I can enjoy from them instead of the usual few tracks that I love and the rest is mediocre and forgettable.

July 6: A Plea For Purging – [TBA] — These guys put out the best video of 2009, this ones for fans of Adult Swim and ridiculousness in general, check out Malevolence.  If that doesn’t make you excited for a new album, then you are reading the wrong blogger.

Corpus Christi – [TBA] — Their last album, The Darker Shades of White was a very solid first release and I’m hoping they don’t hit a sophomore slump.

The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza – Danza III — These men are insane, and I love it. Even Tony Danza finds it catchy!

July13: Norma Jean – Meridional — I’m hoping that Norma Jean can really refine their sound and not rely so heavily on just sounding “dirty.”

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Nine for 2009

October 30, 2009 Leave a comment

In no particular order/rank here are seven albums that came out this year that are worth checking out, and two that just aren’t.

The Good:

1. Emery – …In Shallow Seas We Sail

This band has really matured since the days of The Question and The Weak’s End back in ’05 and ’04.  Shedding the generic screamo feel they once had and lyrically this is exponentially better than their older stuff. They’ve fixed problems with the staleness they had with I’m Only a Man and revived (at least for me) the entire rock-emo/screamo genre.

2. Every Time I Die – New Junk Aesthetic

As if Every Time I Die couldn’t get any better, well, they did. New Junk Aesthetic is a great fusion of hardcore and southern rock by the heroes of Buffalo. This really is a must-get.

3. August Burns Red – Constellations

I don’t think this is better than Messengers, but it still is great and a perfect album to start listening to ABR if you haven’t yet.  Even if metalcore isn’t your thing, this album (and every ABR album) is worth listening to solely for Matt Greiner’s drumming.  He is a madman, and that’s good.

4. Lions Lions – From What We Believe

The first full length from Boston natives Lions Lions and they don’t disappoint. Ex-members from Thefore I Am, Vanna, and A Loss for Words came together to form this Boston superteam.  I have yet to find someone who has listened to this album and not enjoyed it.   Only gripe is that they should’ve kept “Waves” the way it was in the EP.

5. Thrice – Beggars

Warning: I am a Thrice fanboy.  This is another band that has just kees progressing album to album (except for The Artist In The Ambulance, but we can just forget that 90% of those songs ever existed) and they did it again here.  They have stripped their music down and really showcase Dustin Kensrue’s pipes.  If you like this album, make sure to check out Dustin’s solo project which is a bit more folky but a good listen in its own right.

6. Coheed and Cambria – Neverender

Technically only 12% of this has been released, but it is all out there.  These are live recordings of Coheed playing in NYC 4 nights in a row.  Each night was a different album, played through in its entirety. An amazing feat considering many bands probably don’t remember half their stuff from their debut full lengths. Anyways, it’s great quality for a live recording and reminds me why In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 is one of my favorite albums of all time.

7. Holding Onto Hope – Of The Sea…

Finally, a return to the late ’90’s and early 2000’s of post-hardcore, the way it was meant to be.  Raw, passionate, and very unique.  They are definitely heavy but can also bring some really nice clean guitar parts to lighten the mood which is needed.  Sometimes it feels like you’re trudging through mud while listening to this album which, to me at least, is appealing but i can understand why some people don’t love this.

The Unfortunate:

8. Emmure – Felony

When you entitle a song “R2Deepthroat” do you actually expect to get any respect? The sirens are old, the singing is poor, and the lyrics are so “brutal” that you can only laugh at them.  I was excited for this but I guess I’ll just listen to their old stuff and The Acacia Strain from now on.  If anyone is looking for an album to listen to so they can make fun of heavy music, this is your gem.

9. Killswitch Engage – Killswitch Engage

Obvious problem here Killswitch, you have already released a self-titled album, like eight years ago and it was way better than this piece.  I’ve put my neck out there defending these guys from haters for awhile now because they were the undisputed kings of metalcore.  This album has nothing new, nothing impressive, and is just an average (at best) attempt.  If this wasn’t a band as popular or porlific as Killswitch I don’t think I would be this hard on them, but this album is pathetic when put against The End of Hearthache or even As Daylight Dies. On a side note: If any metal/death-core band makes another song entitled “Never Again” I’m going to abandon ship and go listen to indie-pop for the rest of time.

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