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.
The Story So Far have distilled their brand of sad boy pop punk down to it's purest forms and delivered one of the best alt pop/pop punk albums in a while.
The metalcore band Ice Nine Kills have done something really special with their album The Silver Scream. Any fans of metal and or horror need to check it out! Watch my full review:
Despite the title unfortunately Evolution is a step back for the nu metal band Disturbed.
Love them or hate them but what you could never say about venerable rockers AFI is that they sit still. Over their now 25 year run as a band they've continuously changed and pushed their sound. They're back with a new EP The Missing Man, their first EP in sixteen years and first major EP in nineteen years since 1999's All Hallows EP. Their last full length album 2017's Self-Titled dubbed The Blood Album (for the cover) was a blend of old and new styles going back to their gothic punk roots a bit while exploring new areas and experimenting, The Missing Man EP definitely continues the experimentation and takes it even further. Does it manage to be successful? Or is this one man that should have stayed missing?
The boys at Misery Loves Company have been hard at work over the last year and have dropped their latest single called Dead Inside. It builds off of the style and sound they delivered with their first release Love Notes And Highways and reaches even higher goals. It's refreshing and nostalgic, catchy and powerful, it's a god damn banger.
An excellent posthumous release from an artist taken too soon.
Review of the latest from pop group Twenty One Pilots called Trench
In the winter of 1984 Wes Craven unleashed terror upon movie audiences everywhere with the release of A Nightmare On Elm Street. The movie renewed the horror genre and spawned a franchise the stretched decades. The original movie is considered to be one of the best horror movies and a classic. It's a tale of a slasher haunting the dreams of kids in a sweet suburban neighborhood, making them pay for the sins of their parents. Does the original movie still manage to provide scares or is this just a bad dream?
The eighth and final Say Anything album is here. Proclaimed as a successor to Is A Real Boy... does Oliver Appropriate hit the mark or is it just totally inappropriate?
Greta Van Fleet’s Anthem Of The Peaceful Army is an album ripe with controversy. The band has skyrocketed to popularity seemingly out of nowhere. There’s been cries of how they’ve ripped off listeners and the system and how they never deserved their fame. Their singles prior while building them up have simultaneously directed a lot of hatred. So does their full length album manage to overcome this controversy and deliver something that all audiences can enjoy or is this not really so peaceful?
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?