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EP REVIEW: Terror ‘The Walls Will Fall’

Terror, one of the most well known and respected hardcore bands around, have released their new EP The Walls Will Fall and it quite literally crushes. Though it is only five songs – including a cover of Madball‘s “Step To You” – the EP emits just as much energy and passion as any of their full-lengths.

What makes The Walls Will Fall such a great addition to Terror’s discography is that it is both more accessible than their earlier material while also being as hard as ever. Because it is just an EP, it is a breath of fresh air and just enough for Terror fans to get their fix. This length works for them extremely well, bringing out the best of old school hardcore: quick, brutal and to the point.

Three and Half Star Rating

RECORD REVIEW: Fit For An Autopsy Confront Current Events with ‘The Great Collapse’

Fit For An Autopsy’s fourth studio album is the manifestation of years of global tragedies and catastrophes that have come to a boiling point for the band. The Great Collapse sounds like how you feel if you’re fed up with hearing about bombings, unusually destructive natural events, and everything terrible in between.

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RECORD REVIEW: Within the Ruins ‘Halfway Human’

Massachusetts metal masters Within the Ruins are releasing their fifth album, Halfway Human. It is political, personal, progressive, technical, and triumphant. It is a record that’s easy to lose yourself in both lyrically and instrumentally. Halfway Human is full-way wonderful.

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RECORD REVIEW: Betraying The Martyrs ‘The Resilient’

France upgraded bread to the baguette, manual decapitations to the more efficient guillotine, and now in a delicious twist for our ears, Paris gives us the a new record from Betraying The Martyrs.

The Resilient is a fresh take on an existing genre. The band’s third studio album is a twelve-track amalgamation of several “-core” and metal subgenres; metalcore, deathcore and symphonic metal are just some of the ingredients. It is a well thought out inquisition into our purpose in life without feeling weak or overdone. It calls out cowards that harm, kill and take advantage of the innocent while forcing listeners to question their actions (or inactions). Aside from resilient, the record is existential and nostalgic.

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Record Review: Lorna Shore ‘Flesh Coffin’

What’s Lorna Shore? Black metal not from Norway you say? Technical black metal deathcore? From New Jersey? And it’s actually good?

The answer to all of those questions is simply “yes.” Lorna Shore have been around for a few years. Building on the strength of their first album, Psalms, they have crafted a fast-paced, brutal and philosophical full-length that should surely propel them to the forefront of the genres they dabble in. Flesh Coffin, which arrives officially on February 17th, 2017, is a foray into the mysteries of death and life and what they mean. “Denounce The Light” forces you to wonder how far you would go to keep living once your time has passed. “the//watcher” suggests your life is not your own. Throughout the album, the bass drums and relentless shrieking often drown out the inquisitive lyrics and render them nearly unintelligible, but that is par for the course with heavier music.

You can feel the heat from the burning churches when Flesh Coffin comes on. Lorna Shore’s black metal side is on display in this release. The technical, progressive and deathcore elements show through as well, making the album fun, brutal and potentially overwhelming. It is an album to look forward to and listen to repeatedly as every playthrough will offer you a new perspective.

Four Star Rating

by David Marulanda

RECORD REVIEW: Vesta Collide Make Big Metalcore Debut With ‘New Obsession’

Vesta Collide‘s new album New Obsession drops January 20th and they absolutely slay it with a purely great metalcore album. The debut record is a great blend of unclean and clean vocals with just the right amount of synth to back it up. What really sets this album apart from other metalcore albums is the haunting, ominous backing track that can be found in songs like “Death Spell” and “I Can’t Sleep.”

New Obsession opens up strong with “Death Spell,” setting the tone for what the rest of the album has to offer. A personal favorite from this album would have to be “Hallucination.” It really stood out to me as having everything a great metalcore song should have and is my top pick for this album. If Vesta Collide keep putting out such great albums like this I could see them being a huge up-and-comer in the scene, touring with the likes of Miss May IWe Came As Romans and Ice Nine Kills!

For those of you who have never heard of this band before but really enjoy great metalcore I suggest you pick up this album when it drops. It does not disappoint! And check them out on there headlining tour right now and on the west coast leg of Alesana‘s Ten Frail Years Of Vanity And Wax Tour!

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Three and Half Star Rating

by Michael DeLucia 

RECORD REVIEW: Megosh’s ‘Apostasy’ Earns Them The Spotlight

With the release of their debut full-length, Megosh has earned themselves a spot amongst the top post-hardcore players. Apostasy is utterly enchanting and impossible to resist. The record starts off on an electrifying note with “Checkerboards & Cigarettes” and only increases its bold sense of creativity from there. “Desparada” is a track we challenge you to rid from your brain after just one play while “Carrying Fire” is one that will reach into the very ventricles of your heart.  Apostasy deserves your attention, and it will command it.

RIYL: Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa, Coheed & Cambria 

NEED-TO-KNOW: Crystal Lake – ‘True North’

Crystal Lake‘s new record True North instantly tops the must-have list for fans of all genres of heavy music. It’s got the instrumental complexity that metalheads love, hardcore heaviness (“Six Feet Under”), killer metalcore vocals, and even electronic and rap influences. OK, we know some of you instantly got scared at the mention of the “R-word”, but trust us, “Hatred” is one of the best songs on the album.

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Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, Crystal Lake have made a name for themselves internationally with their first couple of records, and True North is going to push them over the edge. No matter how heavy they get, they are equal parts melodic and artistic, as exemplified by the title track on the new record. This is an example of a band whose cover art does their sound complete justice. Their most beautiful musical moments sound like watercolor brought to life.


If you don’t buy this album, you’re making bad choices with your life. It is nothing short of sensational.

 

 

 

 

LIVE SHOTS: Sumerian Records 10 Year Anniversary Tour Hits NYC

Sumerian Records are celebrating their 10th anniversary by putting on a legendary tour called 10 Years In The Black. Headlining the tour is Asking Alexandria, which is huge for the reason that this is the first tour in which original vocalist Danny Worsnop is reunited with the band (Danny’s departure was announced in January of 2015). This tour had support from Born of Osiris, I See Stars, After The Burial, Upon A Burning Body, and Bad Omens, who are all signed to the label as well.

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RECORD REVIEW: Every Time I Die – ‘Low Teens’

Every Time I Die’s eighth full-length, Low Teens, can be described as the perfect summation of their career. The Buffalo bad boys have been crushing the metalcore/hardcore/southern rock game for well over a decade now (even if they’re one of the only bands participating in this mashup of genres). What has kept ETID alive and thriving for so long has been their ability to consistently deliver meaningful and eclectic heavy music.

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