There's no greater proof that time is a flat circle than the resurgence of musical trends and genres. With their last album My Ticket Home proved themselves to be more than just a standard chaotic hardcore band and delivered to us a blend of post hardcore and nu metal. It was a perfect marriage of sounds that felt like an evolution and a throwback all at the same time. So with UnReal have they stayed the course and kept in the same vein or have they moved on yet again?
There's a very good reason this EP is called the Spicy Boys split and the cover art is of Smokey The Bear (RIP), these boys are spicy and this album is straight fire. This split is just that, a split down the middle of varying sounds within the metal genre. Each half is as good as the other with both standing on their own and also making a nice compliment to each other.
If you've been sleeping on Ohio based band Feverwar it's time to wake up. Their latest track I'll Be Damned is just the song to spring you back to life from a deep slumber. Check it out below.
Hodera return with their sophomore album First Things First. Their first album United By Birdcalls was one of my favorite albums from 2015 and one that I regularly listen to still. First Things First continues on with the neo-folk/emo sound that they embraced and expands with catchier hooks and more intricate melodies. The first album was emotionally devastating in the best way, does First Things First get under your skin in the same way or is it just a sophomore slump?
Hellraiser shocked audiences and offered a reset of sorts on the trend horror movies had been following in the mid to late 80s. Succeeding tremendously on a small budget a sequel was inevitable. The first movie certainly left the gates open for a sequel or prequel with it's ending that went back to the beginning. Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 aimed to up the ante a bit with a larger budget and riding on the success of the first movie. Does it succeed or are we all just in hell?
The cult known as Hot Gospel have released a split EP with 156/Silence and these blasphemous noise garbage must be destroyed before they infect the youth with their disgusting rock and roll music.
UK Metalcore act Asking Alexandria have released a new track with original vocalist Danny Worsnop called Into The Fire. Check out the review!
Riding the found footage horror wave that Blair Witch kicked off twelve years prior Grave Encounters sets out to thrill and shock audiences. The hardest part in making a found footage movie truly terrifying lies in creating a believable context as well as on believable acting. While there is a bit of corniness to Grave Encounters it mostly nails these two aspects. The result is one of the most entertaining, enjoyable, and scary found footage movies of all time.
Horror remakes are a dime a dozen. Studios see a great idea from the past that may or may not have done well and think they can throw modern technology at it to elevate the movie. Usually this results in something synthetic and lackluster. However occasionally, although rarely, there comes a remake that either matches the original in terms of quality or even surpasses it. David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of the Vincent Price classic The Fly thankfully falls into the latter category.
My introduction to the band known as Tub Ring was back in 2008 when they opened for Mindless Self Indulgence. I hadn't listened to anything from them and was more excited that they were touring with the guitarist of Creature Feature. I was absolutely taken aback when they took the stage and performed their brand of chaotic everything and the kitchen sink music. Since then I've been following them vigorously. Unfortunately they all but disappeared after their 2010 album The Secret Handshake. However following a successful crowd funding campaign to make a best of vinyl the band is back with a brand new full length album called A Choice Of Catastrophes. So does this album deliver after seven years? Or is it just a catastrophe?
Hard to believe it's been ten years with the Minutes To Midnight from Linkin Park, the album that stripped things back for the band, but here we are. Check out a review/retrospective of the landmark album.
Pop star Kesha returns with Rainbow a powerful and emotional statement of independence and freedom.
Visitors offer up a short but worthwhile EP of progressive metalcore for fans of bands like Coheed And Cambria and Circa Survive.
I know you all will just ignore this introduction but I ask you to please read and keep in mind. The reason I write these like explanations is because I want you to understand where I am coming from so you can get an idea of my biases. In this case I am not a fan of Brand New and never have been. I don't hate them, I don't think they're bad, just not my cup of tea. I know they have a fervent fan based who are probably already looking to burn me at the stake but aside from a few songs here and there nothing they've done has interested me. So I'm coming into this album not so much as a fan but as someone who may casually listen and who hasn't been anticipating this album. Ok so now let's talk about Science Fiction.
Whenever a member of a well known band has a side project you never know what to expect. Even less so when it's members of several well known and amazing bands forming a supergroup. That's exactly what we get with Hundred Suns with an emphasis on super. Cory Brandan from Norma Jean, Ryan "legs" Leger formerly of Every Time I Die, and Chris LeMasters formerly of Dead & Devine have joined forces to drill heavy tunes into your head brain. After a successful crowd funding campaign (Full disclosure: I am a paying backer) they have finally delivered their debut album called The Prestaliis. So does this debut burn bright or just burn out?