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All That Remains The Order of Things
Probably some of the most excruciating 48 minutes of my life. The All That Remains I grew up loving, the band that I credit as being what got me into heavy metal in the first place with their first couples of albums, is COMPLETELY gone, only showing up in a few brief moments. You thought A War You Cannot Win was generic? Wait til you hear this one. Most of the songs on this album sound like they should be on a Theory Of A Deadman album, focusing more on a radio/hard rock sound with some metal tendencies here or there, which wouldn't be bad if they didn't sound so completely dull. Phil Labonte's singing and writing are probably at their most a
I wasn't sure what to expect from CHON first going in, but after it finished I found myself really happy with the end result. This is a great instrumental progressive rock album that is almost like if AAL went for a more softer sound and added some vocals on a song or two. This was very relaxing, yet captivating at the same time. This is definitely one to listen to if you want to sit back and enjoy some well constructed prog rock. 8.5/10
Irreversible Mechanism Infinite Fields
There's nothing wrong, specifically, with Infinite Fields. It has everything that makes technical death metal great; the precision in the instrumentation, the fast but controlled riffing, the atmospheric vocals, all it is here and all of it excels very well. However, I will say that both this album and the band who made it don't necessarily standout among the onslaught of tech death bands we have out nowadays. They're not up their with the likes of Fallujah, Beyond Creation, The Faceless (which is funny since ex-Faceless drummer Lyle Cooper is in this band), or Obscura. I can commend it for not falling into the trap that most tech death bands
Periphery Juggernaut: Omega
Continuing from part one, Omega encompasses the heavier side of Periphery's Juggernaut double album. However, that doesn't mean that they've sacrificed their fantastic songwriting which was prominent on Alpha. They continue to prove themselves with each song that passes by, including the 11 minute title track which could almost rival "Racecar" from their first album. After listening to both albums all the way through, I can definitely say that Juggernaut as a whole is Periphery's best work to date. They not only have improved greatly from their first album, but have grown into more than just the leaders of the "djent" movement. They are a pro
Periphery Juggernaut: Alpha
The first half of Juggernaut shows off Periphery's growth in their song writing and melody. There are a lot of "poppier" moments here, but never do these moments tear the album down. In fact, a lot of the best moments come from Spencer Sotelo's fantastic vocals. Whether its his poppy and melodic cleans or his low and furious growls, the man has proven that he has come a long way since the first album. He has improved so much. The songwriting is also at the top of its game, with Misha Mansoor, Jake Bowen, and Mark Holcomb busting out some great riffs. The band is quickly breaking their djent mold, and with an album like this, it's easy to see
Oceano Ascendants
Oceano is a band that has received much hate and disdain from metal fans, but most of what I've heard from them have been pretty good. I really enjoyed their debut album Depths and a few samples I heard from their previous two albums have been pretty decent as well. However, I can say that Ascendants without a doubt is Oceano's best album. It's some of the heaviest, gut-wrenching music to be put out here in 2015. There are a lot of breakdowns, sure, but they're ultimately what make this album as freaking heavy as it is. Not only that, but they through in a lot of parts that sound straight out of a brutal death metal CD. The album does get rep
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