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Synaptik -Justify & Reason: Album Review

As a whole, “Justify & Reason” is thus a solid release that combines multiple hooking factors, making it appeal to various tastes. The ferocious side is there for the true headbanger, the awesome vocal talent for the listener that loves to sing along, and the impeccable musicianship for those that like to swing an air-guitar and -drum. Production-wise, this is a massive step up from Synaptik’s debut album but the songwriting, too, is much more impressive. These various combining factors make “Justify & Reason” a lot more approachable than its predecessor.

For the fans of: Dream Theater, Mastodon, One Machine

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net

Betraying The Martyrs – The Resilient

Where ‘The Resilient’ succeeds is in its musicianship, Betraying The Martyrs create chaotic pit starters from start to finish. The senseless brutality is on par with the metalcore elite. Then the little added layers of fiddly key melodies and ear-pricking synth rhythms just tweak each song from sounding like every other metalcore band. Where this album fails is that it is a long album of near enough the same format the whole way through. After a few tracks I’m aching for the band to throw me something a little different, which they did with ‘Won’t Back Down’, ‘Ghost’ and ‘Wide Awake’ but by then my attention was starting to waver.

For fans of: Upon A Burning Body, Breakdown of Sanity, Miss May I

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

 

Aversions Crown – Xenocide: Album Review

“This is not a diverse album, mind you; “Xenocide” is unapologetically an all-out deathcore record mixed with some modern metal influences. The mood stays ferocious and barely shifts from the tone that “Prismatic Abyss” sets. Individually these are impressive songs that do their job of creating a sense of dread and being sinister pieces of music.”

For the fans of: old-Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, Thy Art Is Murder

You can find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

Darko – Bonsai Mammoth: Album Review

This album has caught me by surprise, purely by how impressive it is for a debut. The production isn’t overly done and it just adds to the raw atmosphere that Darko unleashes, it speaks to the DIY nature of punk-rock and the gritty bars they have played over the years. ‘Bonsai Mammoth’ is an essential listen for skate fans in 2017.

For fans of: A Wilhelm Scream, Strike Anywhere, Strung Out

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

Suicide Silence – Suicide Silence: Album Review

Come into “Suicide Silence” with an open mind. Perhaps drop the pre-determined negativity on it too before listening because if you want to hate the album and pick holes, you will find things to pick holes at. This is a different side to Suicide Silence and I truly respect them for giving it a go and showing their talents are expansive. As a whole, I found it more enjoyable to listen to than the past two Suicide Silence albums because of the wider range of musicianship and influences. This is a sign of the growth of a band, not a sign of abandonment to fans.

 For The Fans Of: Korn, Deftones, Killswitch Engage
Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

WSTR Red, Green or Inbetween: Album review

For an album that borrows a lot from its peers, “Red, Green or Inbetween” comes across as a lot more enjoyable than most other albums like it. Maybe it’s a nostalgic reminder of listening to ROAM’s older material, but I think the raw honesty in the songwriting helps and the delivery of each track just adds to the emotion that floods the album.

For the fans of: Neck Deep, ROAM, New Found Glory

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

Osiah – Terror Firma: Album Review

t doesn’t happen often, but this is a rare album that makes me want to dive back into deathcore again. I listen to it and I sense full on the darkness that makes me think this is the musical form of demons. It doesn’t feel like it’s all about violence, as most of these tracks are sluggish and evil instead of pure pit-starters. What Osiah does lack is the element of surprise and diversity; once you’ve heard two or three tracks, you get the idea of what they are about very quickly. Nevertheless, Osiah is a band that I feel should be touring with any of the deathcore elite right now.

 For the fans of: Thy Art Is Murder, The Acacia Strain, Martyr Defiled
Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

The Devil Wears Prada – Transit Blues

There are elements on “Transit Blues” such as the synth melodies and clean singing vocals that are a reminder to the band I discovered when hearing “Reptar, King of the Ozone”. But, that kind of song doesn’t appear on this album and neither does any song replicate the catchy appeal of popular hit “Dez Moines”. “Transit Blues” is the darkest and most emotional album I’ve heard from The Devil Wears Prada, it feels like the “we’ve grown up” album, taking a more sophisticated approach to songwriting. It works in a way to keep things fresh and with the times, melodic hardcore is the popular genre at the moment and writing songs that with a similar sound could very well hook in a new fan base.

For The Fans Of: Underoath, Architects, Oh Sleeper

Find the full review at Rockfreaks.net here

 

Code Orange – Forever: Album Review

‘Forever’ is an album that breaks the boundaries of hardcore in a spectacular way. It’s weird because this album doesn’t quite meet my exact tastes in the genre, but I can appreciate the way it differs from the meat and potatoes mould of the genre. ‘Forever’ pulls in a variety of styles to appeal to different tastes and to just keep things interesting is a massive win for Code Orange. It’s a brutal release, but also very clever. it’s something the Pittsburgh lads were experimenting with on their 2014 release ‘I Am King’, only this time it appears that Code Orange have mastered this diverse style of hardcore.

For fans of: Oathbreaker, Harms Way, Brutality Will Prevail

Find the full review at Broken Arrow Magazine here

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