• Review: Hopes Die Last – Trust No One April 11, 2015 Hopes_Die_Last_-_Trust_No_One_coverReleased on Valentine’s Day, 2012, Trust No One is a heart-wrenching album. While coming in at just under forty-five minutes, the twelve songs convey an emotional feeling of nostalgia while kicking on the afterburners for a blast of heavy when appropriate. There’s no quick and good way to describe Trust No One. With two EPs and ... Read more
  • Review: SCUT – Doom Over Salvation April 7, 2015 a3045368840_2Review by Andriana. SCUT presents to us a very short collection of songs they have been working on, perhaps to tease us for a full­ length. Doom Over Salvation is just over 10 minutes long with 3 songs. It was self­ released and is labeled as a demo, so production won’t be looked into much. The ... Read more
  • Review: The New Age – Think Too Much; Feel Too Little April 4, 2015 cover170x170From Columbus, Ohio, The New Age is a technical post-hardcore band that excels at everything they do. Granted, that only includes a single EP with a measly 6 tracks (and really only 5 songs at that, the first track is an instrumental). Even so, they’re some of the best post-hardcore songs I’ve really ever heard. ... Read more
  • Review: Genocide District – Scourge April 3, 2015 11046761_939998172698852_5206798285242006456_nOrange County’s Genocide District may not match up with the taste of the djent/tech crowd. If you’re expecting a meticulous display of musicianship, complex song structure and a progressive feel, this is not your EP. That does not mean that G.D. are not talented, don’t get me wrong – their blend of misanthropic death metal/hardcore is ... Read more
  • Review: Visions of Disfigurement / Chainsaw Castration – Involuntary Cranial Excision March 31, 2015 a3727153948_10Review by Adriana. Two great slammers, Visions of Disfigurement and Chainsaw Castration, came together to create this tasty little side album, with Chainsaw Castration leading on the first 3 tracks and VoD with the last 3. The first track doesn’t seem to do anything more than establish what is to come: dirty, violent slam. “Contorted and ... Read more
  • Review: First Degree – Street Justice March 27, 2015 a0263418550_2First Degree‘s blend of brutality would suite the taste of both new- and old-school fans of beatdown hardcore. At first listen (glance?) ,F.D.’s sound may seem similar to  Nasty, Six Ft. Ditch and Born From Pain – some excellent hardcore bands from Europe and beyond, which I whole-heartedly recommend. However, First Degree are (ot least seem to be) ... Read more
  • Review: In Dying Arms – Boundaries March 26, 2015 indyingarmsboundariescoverartThe melodic deathcore behemoth’s In Dying Arms, consistently out-do themselves. With their most recently released album Boundaries, IDA has proved themselves capable of so much more than just playing music. They’ve mastered the art of eliciting emotion from even the most brutal songs, through absolutely incredible instrumentals, and unparalleled vocals. Despite Boundaries being released in late 2012, its ... Read more
  • Review: Nightland – Obsession March 24, 2015 12899_10152597168186326_935157806312470355_nReview by Adriana. Nightland is a four piece symphonic death metal band from Pesaro, Italy. The album of discussion is Obsession which was released February of 2015 and is Nightland’s second full­ length. It is 44 minutes long and has 10 songs. Their music can be found on Spotify, Bandcamp, and iTunes. Obsession opens with an orchestral ... Read more
  • Review: Cranely Gardens – Locust Valley March 19, 2015 Cranely GardensHailing from South Jersey, New Jersey, the relatively unknown deathcore band, Cranely Gardens has released their debut EP Locust Valley. In an over-saturated genre, Cranely Gardens stands out from the rest. With technical metalcore/deathcore riffs, heavy hitting drums, a booming bass, and a fantastic vocalist, the Cranely Gardens quintet is likely to appeal to fans of ... Read more
  • Review: The Artificials – The Artificials March 17, 2015 10920954_1071635892862003_2010628946674048240_nReview by Adriana. The Artificials is a progressive metal project by Sarah Rigdon, Aaron Surratt, and Alan Rigdon (formerly in Erra). The Artificials EP was released in January of 2015 and is currently available on Bandcamp. “Preface” opens the EP with a very calm guitar intro that leads into a very mellow sounding song. It is ... Read more
  • Review: Shokran – Supreme Truth March 14, 2015 a3255382557_10-400x400Technicality and brutality often go hand in hand. With big name bands like Born of Osiris, The Holy Guile and Veil of Maya taking technicality in mainstream metal to a new level, a standard has been set. There are many good things to be said about Shokran’s technical and heavy work of art, Supreme Truth.  The album starts out ... Read more
  • Review: 2X4 – MCMLII March 11, 2015 1781907_1137893869570200_1932128306654763883_nReview by Adriana. The album of interest this week is 2X4’s newest release MCMLII. 2X4 is a four ­piece metalcore act from Oklahoma. Every instrument and vocals were presented with clarity, leaving nothing out. Production done as well as this makes everything sound more full and complete. The first three songs flowed into each other very well ... Read more
  • Review: Visions of Disfigurement – Miscreated March 7, 2015 763506210Facebook – Genre(s): Slam – Location: Manchester, UK Review by Adriana. Visions of Disfigurement is a slamming death metal band from Manchester, England. Miscreated was independently released in November of 2014 and is VoD’s debut EP. The EP is a short listen at around 20 minutes and is available for a free download on Bandcamp, which you ... Read more
  • Review: Obsolete Incarnation – New Breed of an Uncureable Disease March 6, 2015 10385371_861805073840802_3773178509159026288_nEvery so often a band takes the death metal world by force. They brutally beat and mutilate their victims/listeners (figuratively speaking) and force a barrage of unstoppable carnage on them. In this case, said band is Obsolete Incarnation, and their debut album New Breed of an Uncureable Disease, while not grammatically correct, is most- if not everything- ... Read more
  • Review: Sotajumala – Raunioissa February 27, 2015 1555426_10154785365425276_3707913834581876714_nReview by Adriana. The next band in our cross hairs is the Finnish death metal band Sotajumala. This 8 track album was released on January 16th of 2015, so it’s still fresh. The band is offering the option to purchase or download the album for free. The lyrics are in Finnish, but there is an English ... Read more
  • Review: Vilis – Self Titled February 26, 2015 Vilis  It’s not often that a band can pull from major acts and successfully incorporate them into a single album, while still managing to find a unique sound that defines said band. Breaking out in January 2015, Vilis accomplishes the previously aforementioned, with vigor and style. You’ll definitely hear influences from bands such as Sworn In, Barrier, ... Read more
  • Unbibium – CXXII [REVIEW] May 7, 2014 Facebook Purchase Genre(s): Progressive Deathcore CXXII is Unbibium’s debut EP, and was released on May 1, 2014 through Razor Tooth Records. The band combines elements of beatdown hardcore and progressive metal to bring a heavy-hitting sound of progressive deathcore. However, even though it is on the side of heaviness, nothing really stands out in the EP. I will ... Read more
  • Cognitive – Cognitive [REVIEW] May 5, 2014 Facebook Purchase Genre(s): Technical Death Metal/Deathcore New Jersey based technical death metal/deathcore act, Cognitive, has recently released their debut full length Cognitive through Pathologically Explicit. This album is the band’s second release, the first being their EP, The Horrid Swarm back in 2012, which I reviewed as well. In a vague description, Cognitive is a combination of technical ... Read more
  • I Declare War – We Are Violent People By Nature [REVIEW] April 11, 2014 Facebook Purchase Genre(s): Deathcore I Declare War’s new album, We Are Violent People By Nature, is set to officially release on April 15, 2014. However, several MerchNOW pre-orders were shipped and received early, like mine. So I was able to listen to it a few times through, and thus decided to do expand on the mini review I ... Read more
  • Beneath The Remains – Demo [REVIEW] April 7, 2014 Facebook Listen (via Soundcloud) Genre(s): Groove/Melodic Metalcore Beneath The Remains’ three track demo was released earlier this year (or sometime late 2013, there is no release date I can find). The demo consists of three songs, “Pray for Pain,” “Angels & Demons,” and “Straight Out of Hell.” This demo reminds of how metalcore use to do sound like, ... Read more
  • The Brothers Highhorse – A Graveyard for Lunatics [REVIEW] March 27, 2014 1512261_10152216039291170_253714983_o Facebook Listen (via Reverbnation) Genre(s): Deathcore The Brothers Highhorse’s newly released single “A Graveyard for Lunatics” is roughly four minutes long. They combine some elements of black metal, mostly heard in the vocals, with standard deathcore. The pace of the song is fast, and the instrumentals change through the song. In the beginning to about midway through, they ... Read more
  • Subdivisions – Breaking The Fourth Wall [REVIEW] March 24, 2014 a3424885969_2 Facebook Listen / Purchase (via Bandcamp) Genre(s): Progressive/Hardcore/Power Violence Breaking The Fourth Wall is Subdivisions first music release of the new year. The EP has six songs and roughly 30 minutes worth of listening materials. There are influences on a few different genres throughout the album, mainly death metal and hardcore. They keep up the same kind of ... Read more
  • Through Lifeless Eyes – Monsters In Every Man [REVIEW] March 10, 2014 a3439818656_2 Facebook Listen / Name Your Price (via Bandcamp) Genre(s): Melodic/Progressive/Metalcore/Deathcore Monsters In Every Man is Through Lifeless Eyes’ debut album which was released in January of this year. The album consists of 12 songs and roughly is 40 minutes in length. Through Lifeless Eyes provides a few different types of metalcore throughout the album, like progressive and melodic. ... Read more
  • Archives of the Dreamer – Loveless [REVIEW] March 6, 2014 a3894687771_2 Facebook Listen / Name Your Price (via Bandcamp) Genre(s): Metalcore/Hardcore Loveless was released in January of this year and is Archives of the Dreamer’s debut EP. The band consists of four members and hails from Muncie, IN. This EP has six songs and roughly 20 minutes worth of listening materials. The second song is “Ultimatum” and it is ... Read more
  • At Night They Return – At Night They Return EP [REVIEW] March 5, 2014 a0268905451_2 Facebook Listen / Purchase (via Bandcamp) Genre(s): Deathcore At Night They Return’s self-titled debut EP was released in January of this year. It has three songs and roughly 15 minutes worth of listening materials. The band itself are from Kingsport, Tennessee and consist of five members. At Night They Return bring straight deathcore with this EP and they ... Read more