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?
Cove have been one of the more exciting bands in hardcore in the last few years. Yet they've been teasing us with EPs when they know what we really want is a full length. Basically I can't get enough of this band. Their last EP We Were Once Lost blew my mind with its chaotic nature and the blending of mathy riffs with slick unclean vocals and melodies. Their latest EP A Conscious Motion takes everything I loved about their first and polishes it up, steps it up, and improves in every conceivable way. They were clearly very conscious with their movements on this one.
Marmozets came in fast and hard when they released their brash brand of slick mathcore with their Passive Aggressive EP and I've been hooked ever since. They're debut full length album The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets toned things down a bit, it wasn't quite as out of control and even bordered on poppy at times. It was a change but one for the better. Their latest release Knowing What You Know Now changes things yet again but is this change welcome or should they have known better?
Rock artists covering pop songs is nothing new, it was a popular trend particularly in the early 2000's with the Punk Goes Pop series from Fearless Records. While full albums based on the covers died out for a little bit the label We Are Triumphant has brought it back in full force with their Got You Covered series. Volume 2 picks up from where the last one left off with a new roster of bands giving their take on the latest songs from pop radio.
This EP should come with a warning that says "warning contents under pressure" because I feel like they've condensed so much into such a short amount of time that it feels explosive when you actually start listening to it. Gnarwolf have delivered their brand of brash, loud, and chaotic hardcore that just condenses so much style into a six song fourteen minute EP it should almost be illegal.
I listened to the new Fall Out Boy album Mania and all I got was an overwhelming sense of disappointment.