Dante Alighieri

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02.20.12 New Hatred Surge Lp02.02.12 Dante's January
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06.10.11 Mass Effect 304.13.11 Dante's Electronic
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Dante's January

so my resolution this year was to start buying music again. here's rsome new stuff that came rrrout this year that i purchased. what did ryou guys buy? was it worth it?
1Cloud Nothings
Attack On Memory

The first 'official' hyped album that I purchased and didn't even listen to until the needle dropped. And to be honest, I'm not really understanding the hype surrounding it. I've read comparisons to Nirvana and garage rock and the like, but it all sounds like a more weirder version the Descendants... and the Descendants would have sucked if they weren't the straightforward band that they are. It's enjoyable, I just don't see myself returning to it often. 3-3.5/5
2John K. Samson

I've been looking forward to this one for quite awhile now. The Weakerthans was the band that made me start falling in love with the whole indie scene so news of frontman John K Samson's debut solo album got my hopes up. And he didn't disappoint. The very same witty lyricism and delivery that made The Weakerthans such a treat to listen to is all over Provincial. Ranging from pop/folk to ballads of hockey players, Samson proved to me that he was worth the hype and not just some self-bloated singer/songwriter hoping to cash in on the already established fan base of highly popular band. 4/5
3Loma Prieta

Having heard but never actually listen to any of their previous material, the news of Loma's signing with Deathwish was essentially my catalyst to check out what these guys are all about. Well IV is basically everything that I would have expected them to craft: a destructive array of machine- gun skramz combined with emotive hardcore. So while not too surprising in its sonic delivery, its nods to its past albums (particularly Last City) and its slight Converge-esque influence in the latter half of the album is enough for me to come back to this more than initially planned. 3.5-4/5
4Nails/Skin Like Iron

The album art of this alone was good enough for me to get this. I'm still hoping that there's some leftovers of the marble blue color left in this after Nails' assorted shows, because that seemed to be the only way to get a hold of one of those colorways. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate my blacks, but I always try to throw in some color in my collection whenever I get the chance. Anyways, the Skin Like Iron side on this is more or less straightforward melodic hardcore with dashes of some chaotic flavor. The Nails side, on the other hand, shows the band taking an interesting turn into straightforward death 'n roll (ala later Entombed) that, after repeated listens, is starting to sound more and more appealing to me. They also threw in a song in the form of twenty seconds of grind pulverization, which is also cool. 3.5/5

The guy over at Halo of Flies got this to me super quick... not even one weekend before it hit my mailbox. This marks the first material with Enabler's latest lineup, featuring Andy Hurley (yes, that guy), and good god, it destroys. Heavy as fuck breakdowns, a stellar vocal performance, and I guess I should have known Hurley's prowess on the kit, given his metalcore background. Drainland's side is a single sludge inspired track about a haunted hospital ward. They utilize a lot of electronic elements to enhance the atmosphere of the song and it works surprisingly well. Drainland hasn't really impressed me that much in the past so the fact that they were able to hold my attention for the the entire length of the single- sided 7" was a feat in and of itself. I'll see where they go from here. 3- 3.5/5

Currently in the mail. Red marble colorway. Expecting a shit-ton of satan breakdowns.
7All Pigs Must Die
Extinction Is Ours/Curse Of Humanity

Currently in the mail. Was extremely lucky enough to grab on the smoke- grey colorways (limited to like 100 I think, and they sold out in like ten hours). Band is pretty cool, but I'm mostly looking forward to the unreleased b-side and the fucking amazing t-shirt that has the album artwork.
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