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Writers Block

You'd think that after 50+ reviews I'd be able to write thoughts out like a motherfucker... nope. List is albums that have been swirling through the review machine without success.
1State Champs
Apparently, I'm Nothing


Apparently, they're something. The winter time is usually described as one of the more depressing times of the years. Statistically speaking, the amount of suicides spikes during this more darker season so it can't be denied that music tends to follow this trend. Outside of cold indie and metal albums, the music industry tends to go along with the seasons. Small, unsigned State Champs breaks this mold by releasing a bouncy, energetic and upbeat pop-punk album in the dead of winter to help break the ice. Summer has come early, and while they really do nothing towards furthering the genre, State Champs have crafted an honest album that is more than welcome in light of all the lows that winter brings.
2We're Not Afraid
Adventures in Poverty


Barely even known in the states, We're Not Afraid is an extremely young band but you wouldn't think it at first listen. Channeling the intensity of Rise Against, with the maturity and casualness of Bad Religion, We're Not Afraid makes punk rock look almost too easy. Their confidence radiates throughout every song on 'Adventures in Poverty' that will have even the most veteran of punkers turning their heads in bewilderment. Again, nothing incredibly new; hell, it's practically biting off of Jawbreaker and Social Distortion, but with these being legends of the genre and all, it won't detract too much from this small time band.
3Mother of Mercy
IV: Symptoms of Existence


While it may be interesting to name their debut album III, Mother of Mercy's album, IV: Symptoms of Existence, carries all the sounds that is expected out of a sophomore album. Natural progression from every corner of the album and featuring one of the better vocalists of the genre, IV carries a much more darker undertone than was previously felt on III. While it may be too surprising, Mother of Mercy have built upon all the positive aspects that made III such a fun listen and have channeled this into making their newest album. Not nearly enough to change ones opinion on the hardcore genre, it won't be said that Mother of Mercy aren't slowly but surely making a name for themselves throughout the scene.
4Banner Pilot
Collapser


Collapers essentially see's punk rock band Banner Pilot growing up and maturing right before our very ears. They've always had a tendency to lace melody throughout their blisteringly heavy songs, yet Collapser finally see's Banner Pilot finally finding the middle ground between 'just enough punk' and 'just enough pop'. Heavy enough for any Dillinger Four fan and more than enough bounce for any Sum 41 fan, Collapser is a joyful, entertaining listen that doesn't necessarily break boundaries as much as it blends them together, making it almost interchangeable between punk and pop-punk.
5Counterparts
Counterparts / Exalt Split EP


(Massive paragraph about how much metalcore sucks, then about how much Counterparts is awesome) I don't think I've ever been more excited for a modern metalcore album since the release of OX. Sure, they ain't your average Coalesce, but Counterparts brings back life into the metalcore genre but deliberately biting off of Jhazmynes Lullaby and Of Malice and the Magnum Heart and essentially marrying it with all, albeit few, of the positives that modern metalcore offers currently. 'To The Grave' is probably one of, if not the best, metalcore song, bar none. I don't say this lightly and it's bound to get a lot of negative reactions at the thought of some young, 'whipper-snapper', band challenging Converge and Integrity (ooooh, scary). And to Exalt, the question is this; 'Who the fuck is Exalt anyhow?' Listen and find out, you won't be let down.
6New Lows
Harvest of the Carcass


Recently singed to Bannon's Deatwish Label, New Lows release their debut album 'Harvest of the Carcass'. Unfortunately not even a stellar album cover but Bannon himself can't save this album from becoming boring and mundane within seconds of the opener 'Stagnant Strides'. Some might claim it to be influenced by a sludge metal flow, but the fact is that New Lows essentially sinks hardcore to new lows (no pun intended).
7The Leftovers
On The Move


Imagine a fight between The Beach Boys, Latterman, and Dillinger Four, with Latterman only surviving because it waited for Dillinger Four to finish off The Beach Boys first. One of the most catchy punk/pop-punk albums to be released in recent memory, The Leftovers carry a soul that is reminiscent to Beach Boy-era pop, complete with the 'oooohs' and 'ahhhhs' and marries it with the 'cranked to eleven' attitude of modern punk rock. The double snare hits will surely be having you clapping your hands to the beat just as much as it did for me.
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