311 have been around for what it seems like forever now. They struck big in the 90's mixing reggae, funk, metal, and rap, capitalizing on the budding nu-metal scene at the time. They pushed through the 00's with their best album Evolver and end up here in 2014. This year they've brought us Stereolithic their 11th studio album. So how does it stack up?
2004 was a pretty big year for music and for me personally. It was the year I entered high school and was starting to go through adolescent angst. My music tastes were drastically expanded and changed. Bands I used to love I started to lose touch with and others I had never heard up blew up. It was the year that saw many bands best albums or at least very strong entries. This all was proliferated by the fact that it seemed everyone at this point had an iPod to carry all their tunes with them. Of course me being the social rebel I was and the budget conscience shopper had a Sandisk Sansa (a way better product that was ahead of the iPod in terms of quality, storage space, and the fact that it wouldn't break in two) to assault my ears with all the bands of the day. So what exactly was I rocking on my Sansa?
The Creepshow have been around for quite some time, they've also seen a few lineup changes in that time. They've only released two albums with the same vocalist. You would think that changing such a pivotal member would mean their consistency would suffer, instead each vocalist (always female so far) has brought something entirely new to the group and each and every album has been solid and fairly unique while still maintaining the feel of the band as a whole.
Some really sad news today, Tyson Stevens former frontman of post-hardcore band Scary Kids Scaring Kids, has passed away. Rumors circulated yesterday that he had been found dead, late last night his newest band Coma Prevail confirmed it on their Facebook page. It's always a terrible tragedy to lose a member of the music community, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
A year is a long time. Things change, feelings fade, something you thought you loved you may hate and vice versa. So here I'm going to revisit an album I reviewed from 1 year ago and see if my feelings have remained or if they've changed, as well as if this album actually has stayed with me. Even if my feelings are the same, do I still listen to this album after 365 days?
Rockers Norma Jean are back with a new album to show exactly why to they are referred to as The Almighty Norma Jean. The band has said this is supposed to be a mix of all things Norma Jean combined with a new flavor, and they delivered. If you took every Norma Jean album put it in a pot and turned it up to 11 you'd end up with Wrongdoers. The album is that good and has something for everyone. It has the slower, heavy, songs of Anti-Mother, it has the faster songs of O' God The Aftermath, it has mathcore, hardcore, sludge, and metal all mixed into one, resulting in probably the most progressive and refined album the band has ever released.
New Found Glory are back to remind us exactly why they are essentially the kings of the whole Pop Punk genre with their latest album Resurrection. It's been 3 years since we last had an album from the band. Their last album Radiosurgery saw the band incorporate a harder, more punk sound while still remaining poppy enough. Resurrection however is Pop Punk sound by the books. It's the album's greatest asset and yet it's biggest downfall.
Rockers Circa Survive have announced a new album coming November 24 2014. Titled Descenus they've described it as the hardest album that they've released. Only fitting that it's being released on Sumerian Records who are responsible for some of the heaviest bands today. From the teaser clip it certainly seems to lean more towards a hardcore sound.
AFI has never been a band to sit still. While they may stay within a specific genre or sub genre for an album or two, none of their albums sound the same. They started making punk music, exploring melodic hardcore and venturing almost into early skater/pop punk. Adding elements of gothic (no not that hot topic, eyeliner wearing gothic, think Edger Allen Poe and 50's horror) and just a dark atmosphere. They took their act mainstream with Sing The Sorrow, yet did not abandoned their core sound. They even experimented with more electronic work in December Underground. Their biggest departure was with their previous album, 2009's CrashLove. It basically stripped down all the electronic work, all the layering, all the over production. It still managed to capture a dark and ethereal mood but it was fairly bare in sound, in the best possible way possible. Burials adds back the production and atmosphere that fans were used to in their previous work. So how does it fair 1 year later?
If you've been listening to AFI for a while now you should have already come to never expect the same album twice from the California based band. So if you were hoping for another Black Sails in the Sunset or even another CrashLove, then look elsewhere. The closest previous album is December Underground, even then the differences in style and sound are so pronounced that it's a loose comparison at best.
Whitechapel has evolved their sound over the course of their 8 year, 5 album history. Starting off as a pure deathcore band with a fairly simple sound and lyrics that appealed to kids who wanted to seem edgy and shocking, they had been pushing towards a more deathmetal sound with each subsequent album. Abandoning cheap lyric gimmicks and writing truly dark verses dripping with metaphors about corruption and violence with a more thought out sound. Their last album, the self titled album seemed to try and wipe the slate clean, incorporating the so called 'djent' sound that has been popularized in the metal scene lately. Lyrically it came off a bit weak, verses were a lot more straight forward with some cringe worthy lines. Despite it's flaws it was still aggressive and dark with a versatile sound. It was still certainly a good album that just strayed a bit far for some fans.
Party-core? Southern math-core? Total Chaos? What genre do these guys even belong to? Every Time I Die have been around forever it seems at this point and really defy any real classification, unless you're one of those people that calls anything with drums and guitar rock, or anything with screaming metal. They follow no rules and refuse to conform to anything identifiable, resulting in a sound that is unlike anything else in the music industry.
Hey guys, it's Tom from Metal-Loud just want to welcome you all to the new site! All new posts will be up on here now but you can still find the archives here. For those of you who are new here I've prepared a bit of a Q&A for you.
Q: What is Metal-Loud?
A: Just a site for reviews, news, and articles about music
Q: The title is Metal-Loud, does that mean you only cover metal?
A: Nope, the blog will cover all kinds of music across different genres.
Q: What is your review process?
A: Generally I'll listen to an album a lot over a few days, give myself a day or two break then go back to it. When I write the review I always have the album on as well. I feel it gives me enough to be able to form an opinion and to get over my initial impressions.
Q: I don't see any review scores, why is that?
A: Honestly I don't believe in review scores. People get way too dependent on them, myself included. There's plenty of albums that I've skipped because of low scores without reading the review only to find out I personally liked the album. The reasons one reviewer likes something may be a reason why another doesn't at all. A score hardly represents that. My reviews are written more to inform on what to expect from an album and yeah, whether I liked it or not, but not to force an opinion on you.
Q: How often can we expect posts?
A: Right now it's just me, so as often as I can really, should be somewhere around 1-2 a month, sometimes I'll be able to do more. Right now it's mostly reviews but expect more features as time goes on.
So I hope you all like the new site. Please feel free to let me know how you feel, I always love your feedback and comments! Follow me on Twitter @metalloud.