All Hail feels like a comeback album in a lot of ways and a debut in other ways, but to call it either of those would do a disservice to the band. Yet the ferocity and energy on display here is that of a band with something to prove. 2016's Polar Similar showed a truly dark and angry side of Norma Jean, lyrically it was full of grief and fury that was complimented by an absolutely brutal soundtrack. All Hail features an almost entirely new lineup for the band with vocalist Cory Brandan being the only remaining long time member (not technically an original member) and guitarist Grayson Stewart being the only other full time member. However it never shows signs that this is a new or unsure band. If anything it feels like everything the band has been pushing towards in their sound for the last twenty years or so.
While a spinoff of the metalcore genre itself, mathcore is filled with its own sub genres, spinoffs, and variations. On one end you have the slightly more accessible bands that pull more from emo, metalcore, and even alt rock and on the other side you have bands that throw everything against the wall, pull from everywhere and anywhere, resulting in an extremely dense, layered, and complex sound that can be off putting or upsetting unless you already knew what you were getting into. Pennsylvania based band Sleepsculptor fall somewhere in the middle but make strides towards the more extreme end of things with their new album Entry: Dispersal. It's a loud, brash, heavy, no holds barred metal album that hits all the right marks.
The last time we heard from venerable nu metal rockers Korn they delivered a mediocre and disappointing album in The Serenity Of Suffering. It was a step backwards for a band capable of so much more. The singles released leading up to their latest outing The Nothing have shown a ton of promise with some off the wall moments and choruses that actually seem to fit the songs. So is the whole album serenity? Or is it just a lot of nothing?
More Of Myself To Kill are a progressive metalcore band out of NY set to elevate the genre with their latest release called Creation: A. It's a concept album of sorts that weaves a narrative among its crushing vocals and relentless riffage. Is it a story worth investigating or should this never have been created?
It's not every day that a band like the Callous Daoboys or an album like Die On Mars comes around. An album that leaves you utterly speechless at the end, in shock and awe over what you just experienced. Once it actually sets in though you'll immediately find yourself, as I did, reaching for the repeat button. Die On Mars is a collection of songs that defies explanation, classification, and expectations.
Lizzo makes an unapologetic and powerful statement with her varied album Cuz I Love You, watch the review below!
Emarosa bring the heat with their smooth, soulful, and classy pop jams on their new album Peach Club. Watch the review below!
a bit late to the party but here are my thoughts on Bring Me The Horizon's new album Amo
Review of the debut album From The Outside by the young band Hey Violet. Watch the video below!
Explosive melodic and chaotic (I know that sounds contradictory) hardcore band She Cries Wolf out of Australia have laid waste to the scene with their surprise third album called Liar. It's a relentless album that seemingly has no brakes. Everything hits you at 100 miles per hour and it's for the best. Liar is a culmination of five years of work for the band and it really shows that they gave it their all here.
Death Saddle Syndicate are hard rockers from Connecticut creating groovy old school melodic hard rock. Vol. III is their latest effort and while it's a short four songs long it's tightly crafted to show off what the band can do. Drawing from hard rock bands past and present Death Saddle Syndicate have a recipe for something great.
I don't think I'll ever get tired of bands that bring a sense of style into things especially when mixed with punk or hardcore. Bands that manage to craft songs that make you want to simultaneously dance and smash your head through a window. One such band is Anemoria, following in a long line of bands that could be classified as swan-core (named after the fantastic lead guitarist of progressive hardcore band Dance Gavin Dance) their Self-Titled EP attempts to stand out from the crowd and for the most part the band succeeds.
Currents have been around for a while now but their breakout moment really came with their album The Place I Feel The Safest which ripped through the scene. Laying heavy guitar riffs and brutal vocals with often sleek choruses, the album announced the band to those who may not have been listening. There was a bit of roughness around the edges, especially with the transitions between the heavier moments and more open and atmospheric moments. It seems the band have worked all the kinks out as I Let The Devil In is an improved and matured album.
UK based Orchards are another band I discovered thanks to a late night Youtube rabbit hole. They showed up as a recommendation on a video I was watching and I was hooked from the first note. After a while of releasing singles and touring they finally compiled an album late in 2018. It's a short eight song album but the contents show you exactly who the band is and what they can do.
Massachusetts based hardcore band Crafter are ready to set the world on fire with their new album Lasting Efforts. While the hardcore genre has become over saturated with bands trying to out breakdown each other, Crafter have taken a different route and produced something that manages to slap and carry a message as well. Lasting Efforts is simultaneously melodic, heavy, and poignant. It's everything the genre should be and more.