Mike Mains and The Branches Calm Down, Everything Is Fine
Barely known Michigan based indie-rockers Mike Mains & The Branches follow up their excellent debut LP with terrific 2nd LP 'Calm Down, Everything Is Fine'. Funded through PledgeMusic, this engaging & accessible release is well produced by Relient K guitarist Matt Hoopes. Employing a wide array of instrumentation, the band have also enlisted the services of ex-Paramore drummer Zac Farro to good effect. Dynamic & versatile, the distinct & borderline unique vocals of Mike Mains are arresting, as he goes from restrained to intense in a heartbeat. With many a lyrical nugget, this is a tight & consistent 38 minutes worth. Recommended Tracks: Noise
4.0
04.18.14
Mike Mains and The Branches Emergency
4.1
04.17.14
Mike Mains and The Branches Home
4.0
04.16.14
Cloud Control Dream Cave
3.4
04.15.14
Emmure Eternal Enemies
1.5
04.14.14
Emmure The Respect Issue
While their previous releases weren't great, deathcore act Emmure hit new lows on their 2nd LP 'The Respect Issue'. As usual, too many tracks bleed into each other, while the quintet's use of breakdowns has grown to epidemic proportions. Reducing the melodic aspect of their sound from what was already a low level is an error, while Frankie Palmeri's vocals lack the passion of their debut LP. Worst of all, Emmure drop to new lyrical lows on 'Tales From the Burg' & 'Sound Wave Superior'. 'Chicago's Finest' is good, but other than that, the best thing about 'The Respect Issue' is Kurt Angle being on the cover. Recommended Tracks: Chicago's Fines
1.5
04.13.14
Emmure Goodbye to the Gallows
2.0
04.12.14
Emmure The Complete Guide to Needlework
2.0
04.11.14