In the winter of 1984 Wes Craven unleashed terror upon movie audiences everywhere with the release of A Nightmare On Elm Street. The movie renewed the horror genre and spawned a franchise the stretched decades. The original movie is considered to be one of the best horror movies and a classic. It's a tale of a slasher haunting the dreams of kids in a sweet suburban neighborhood, making them pay for the sins of their parents. Does the original movie still manage to provide scares or is this just a bad dream?
The eighth and final Say Anything album is here. Proclaimed as a successor to Is A Real Boy... does Oliver Appropriate hit the mark or is it just totally inappropriate?
Greta Van Fleet’s Anthem Of The Peaceful Army is an album ripe with controversy. The band has skyrocketed to popularity seemingly out of nowhere. There’s been cries of how they’ve ripped off listeners and the system and how they never deserved their fame. Their singles prior while building them up have simultaneously directed a lot of hatred. So does their full length album manage to overcome this controversy and deliver something that all audiences can enjoy or is this not really so peaceful?
Why do bad things happen? I have a lot to say about this band and what this means, so read on:
Detroit rap god Eminem has a rebuttal to the criticisms of his album Revival in the form of a brand new album called Kamikaze. Is this the real revival of Eminem or does it just crash and burn? Watch the review after the break.
Years Apart's last album Void Of Compassion was my favorites from last year. It captured everything great about emotionally charged melodic hardcore. It even brought back memories of AFIs hardcore masterpiece Black Sails In The Sunset. The band is back with a new EP called Rest Easy that promises to turn things up on all aspects. Is it worth checking out or should the band be laid to rest?
Sometimes cutting loose and being immature can be a lot of fun. Everyone's always looking for the next big thing for the future yet channeling the past can be a fantastic way forward. That's where the band Scooped Up! comes in with their debut album Dumbass. It has it's feet planted firmly in the past, specifically in the mid 90s pop punk era. It's lighthearted and doesn't take itself seriously and it's exactly what it needs to feel refreshing.
Pareidolia isn't the first album from Massachusetts band Actor|Observer but it feels like a refresh of sorts. It's certainly been a long time coming, the band has been in the process of making this album for almost two years now. I've been following them for about as long when I first saw/heard/filmed them at a Providence show and was blown away. I've seen them a few times here and there since then and every time they managed to impressed. The release of the album marks a stepping stone for the band and a leap into the halls of greatness.
I've been talking about Ukrainian mathcore/grindcore/metalcore act The Nietzsche for a while now and I feel like they just keep pushing themselves with every release. There's something different to appreciate whether it's incorporating new techniques and genres or just a new technique to a sound they've done before, they always manage to keep things fresh. Truly one of the the more under rated bands in the whole scene. It's been two entire years since the band's last EP Welcome To Poetry 201 but they're finally back with another EP called Finals. Does this EP manage to be as invigorating and fresh as their previous outings? Or should it just be their Final EP?
We Set Signals are back with the second part of their Abandon EP series, this time with Abandon Hope the follow up to Abandon Ship. The first EP was a diverse effort that felt completely fresh while dipping into nostalgia. I was left wanting more and the band has seen fit to deliver new tracks. Is this EP still as novel as the first one? Or is it time to just abandon them?
After a few EPs, singles, and a lineup change Florida based band Makari have unleashed their first full length LP Hyperreal. Through the ebb and flow of this 10 song album, the band have established themselves as an act to watch especially in the crowded progressive post hardcore genre. Makari seem to pull influence from everywhere possible and have put their own spin on the sound. The result is an album that will have you coming as close to synesthesia as possible.
Layover, the UK based pop punk outfit are back from a two year hiatus with a renewed polish and sound with a spirited and brisk four song EP titled Your Laughter Never Leaves (via Fox Records). This record is perfect for a quick drive across town, as only one song tops three minutes and the entire thing comes in under ten. The music is upbeat and tight, and everything feels polished. It sounds like care has been put in and hours have been spent dialing everything in.
There's a time back in the early 2000's when bands coming off the new pop punk movement, hardcore sound, and emo sounds of the 90's kinda formed together to deliver something that was a mixture of all of thee above. It was something in between the aggressiveness of the hardcore, poetic lyrics of emo, and catchiness of pop punk. It's something that cooled off for while as those genres formed their own identities but has in more recent years seen a bit of a revival. Right smack dab in the middle of that revival is Arkansas' Holy Smokes!. Their latest release Framework is solid forty minutes of grungy, emotional, poppy tracks that's fun for the whole family.
If you've been following this site for a while you may remember the short lived Podcast (which still might make a comeback) where I interviewed Jimmy Reeves of Harvester to talk about a little album he had in the works. Well it's been a long time coming but finally No Bastards has arrived. Does this album live up to the anticipation and the hype? Does it really have the chops to make some waves in the hardcore genre?
Progressive metalcore act Underoath have returned with a new song called On My Teeth and a new album announced called Erase Me. The first song and album in a decade to feature drummer Aaron Gillespie.