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Unrealized Potential

5 bands that disappoint as they continue to "grow."
5Northlane

I know. Veteran metalcore fans will laugh at me for this one, but I'll stand my ground. Discoveries was a semi-enjoyable album, brimming with potential and technique. Yes, it was filled with one-note chugs and the typical harsh vocals you normally hear in this tired genre, but one can overlook those faults and see what their future might hold. Unfortunately, their second release didn't deliver on that potential. Instead we get another chug-fest. Yes, there is atmosphere, but none of that atmosphere adds anything to any of their music. Instead it just seems like a band throwing elements together just to set themselves apart from their contemporaries.
4As I Lay Dying

It took them a few albums, but they seemed to have finally found what they were looking for in An Ocean Between Us. An amalgamation of Swedish melodic death metal and metalcore, As I Lay Dying seemed to be on the brink of finally breaking away from the staleness of the genre. It seemed even more so with their next release, the underwhelming yet stellar The Powerless Rise. Unfortunately, Awakened seems to be a return to their "chug first, ask questions later" mentality from their first two Metal Blade releases.
3Bane

While a stellar band through and through, Bane might not fit onto this list to most of you. I, however, would expect much more from the hardcore stalwart. Yes, most of their material ranges from a 3-3.5, but they still haven't written that one album that all legendary hardcore bands seem to produce, that game-changer. Instead we get a consistent barrage of two-stepping and mosh pit-inducing fervor.
2August Burns Red

The talent is undoubtedly there. It bleeds all over Constellations. Songs like White Washed and Marianas Trench show you a band that is finally progressing. Then we have Empire. Much more of the same from metalcore's "saviors(no pun intended)." The same lyrical themes, the same boring one-note breakdowns we thought they had finally surpassed. It's more of the same. When are there fans going to finally get bored of this and demand a change?
1Defeater

After two strong releases(Travels and The Lost Ground EP), there was hope that Defeater would be the band to usher us into a new decade of melodic hardcore. The pre-release hype surrounding Empty Days and Sleepless Nights turned out to be just that: hype. With Empty Days, the band seemed to be struggling to set themselves apart from what was becoming a stale genre. An album filled with boring arrangements and sappy acoustic ballads, Empty Days was a betrayal to what made Defeater a band to watch. Now we're just left with another boring melodic "hardcore" band and their legions blind, and for the most part deaf, fanboys.
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