| ||Deafheaven New Bermuda||4.0|
| ||Parkway Drive Ire|
Well... No one can accuse Parkway Drive of stagnation anymore, as IRE sees the band branching out in about every possible direction in the realm of rock and metal. The end result is scattershot and eclectic, and for every head scratcher moment (Writings on the Wall, Vice Grip) there comes a wholly unique and entertaining take on metalcore complete with a ripping guitar solo that sounds like it was written for a Boston song (Vicious.) IRE is certainly an entertaining listen to say the least, however it sometimes buckles under its own ambition with occasional ideas that flat out don't work. Don't let that deter you from listening to one of the
| ||All Shall Perish The Price of Existence||3.5|
| ||Blessthefall To Those Left Behind|
A band from the "scene" days that stubbornly refuses to grow up or change, even Silverstein and Senses Fail have moved on to bigger and better things with their sound, however slight the tweaks. "To Those Left Behind" may as well address it's creators, who seem to have missed the music train to the present and are still releasing the same album with a different title years later. Does anyone care anymore? It's not bad... it just reeks of high school.
| ||Scale the Summit V|
It is so nice to hear Scale the Summit get back in touch with their more chill side after the fantastic but scattershot "The Migration." V finds the band showing restraint when necessary and cutting loose with the shredding when appropriately badass instead of barreling headfirst into a breakneck pace that rarely lets up. The songs ebb and flow and have gorgeous dynamics. The production is fantastic, lending a crisp and clean sheen to everything but the lead guitar, which squeals and roars with a raw ferocity intentionally absent from the rest of the band's mix. All in all, this album's fucking goooood.
| ||Hawthorne Heights Hurt|
The closest thing to a respectable album HH has released to date. There's nothing revolutionary or particularly special here, but the increased emphasis on screaming along with JT's pleasant clean singing and catchy melodies add the necessary punch for "Hurt" to stand on its own as a good release, not just a nostalgia trip back to high school.
| ||The Acacia Strain Wormwood|
WE ALL COME FROM BROKEN HOMEZ
BROKEN ARMZ ND BROKEN BONEZZZZZ
| ||The Acacia Strain Death Is the Only Mortal||2.0|