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.