It saddens me that as of writing this Shores is no longer officially a band, the members have moved on to other endeavors and I wish them luck in everything. Life/Lost is the second album from the Japan based band. It features a much heavier sound than their first release resulting in some face melting tunes. In particular the song Shapeshifter ( I Am Doubt) will have you filing a police report, that's how (and I hate using this word) brutal it is. The only issue I had with the album is the fact that musically they at times fall into the chugga-chugga sound of the breakdown core wave that's popular now. It never quite gets to the point where it's annoying but it's noticeable if you're not into that sound. Overall it's just a superb outing from the band, hopefully it's not the last either.
2. Bayside - Cult
2011's Killing Time from Bayside was easily my second favorite album from them, on par with The Walking Wounded. This years follow up doesn't quite hit that target again. It's darker album overall, filled with internal struggles and angst. The opening song is almost perfect featuring a pulsing drum beat giving way into classic heavy Bayside lyrics and rifts. The rest of the album is hit or miss however. Some songs like Bear With Me and Pigsty really harken back to the classic sound of the band and manage to stand out. As I said it may not leave as lasting an impression as their previous album but it's great album nonetheless.
3. Northernmost - Northernmost
I discovered this band on Kickstarter and immediately fell in love. Channeling bands like Citizen and Pianos Become Teeth, featuring raspy emotional vocals over intricate post-rock guitars and punk beats, this emotional rock at it's best. The Band is definitely young and has some room for improvement but this is a great start. I recommend checking them out.
4. The Used - Imaginary Enemies
This album probably went overlooked by a lot of people who didn't like their last 2 albums or anyone not into the band. It took me a while to get into it altogether but it's actually quite nice. It's way more electronically driven than previous albums but the result is a much more experimental and interesting sound. The second half definitely is not as strong as the first half of the album and it's easy to lose interest by track 6 or 7 but if you stay it's worth it.
5. New Found Glory - Resurrection
As I said in my review this is basically New Found Glory playing it as safe as possible, but I mean that in the best possible way. It feels like an album that written circa 1999 not 2014 and again that's a positive thing. It's not their most memorable album but it's definitely punk rock at it's best. For someone like me who grew up listening to pop-punk in the 90's and early 2000's the nostalgia factor in the album is enough. It's worth a listen by really anyone.
6. Every Minute Can Kill
I started this list with a heavy album and I'm ending it with one. Metalcore at it's finest. Mixing harsh vocals, emotional cleans, blast beats, heavy rifts, with a southern rock influence (yes I'm aware they are not from the south) Every Minute Can Kill rises above a lot of same sounding bands in the hardcore/metalcore scene today. If anyone remembers the band Gwen Stacey this is like Gwen Stacey on steroids, turned up to 11. They really are reminiscent of bands that came out of the hardcore scene in the early 2000's. Heavy hitting and powerful this is not for the faint of heart but if you're looking for something in the genre that leans more towards hardcore and less towards metal-core this is what you're looking for.