No Bragging Rights
Cycles


4.0
excellent

Review

by Verkrah USER (1 Reviews)
October 25th, 2012 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Returning to the roots, and growing a tree.

If you're as much of a fan of the hardcore punk/metalcore genre as I am, the name No Bragging Rights probably rings a few bells. When I first discovered this band, I knew they had the potential to churn out such an excellent album like Cycles has proved to be. Obviously Mike Perez has some above average vocal work, which seems to be the main highlight. His singing is just as astounding, if not more so, than his screams. His clean vocals actually seem very reminiscent to Bury Tomorrow's Jason Cameron, which is quite a plus. The previously released full-lengths The Consequences of Dreams and Illuminator were good, but they were still searching for a steadier sound that would set them apart from sounding eerily similar to their counterparts (speaking of Counterparts, Brenden Murphy helps to create what is probably the best track on the album). This being said, Cycles is an excellent return to form, and the best release from them thus far.

When I realized that No Bragging Rights was set to release another album two years later after Illuminator, I was curious as to how or if the sound had matured at all from the aforementioned release. I anxiously awaited the October 16th release date, and decided to give it an objective listen. The opening track "The Advent of Change" begins with a mellow guitar strum, and progresses into the familiar melodic hardcore sound that No Bragging Rights is known for. Lyrically, Cycles seems to revolve around negative situations throughout our daily lives, and through hope these situations will someday improve. Here's an excerpt from the second track "Hope Theory" that helps to prove it:

"Never look back,
Never lose hope,
I will never look back,
I will never lose… never lose hope.

I believe things can change,
I believe that brighter days… are coming."

Overall, the musicianship on each track seems to flow rather smoothly, and not surprisingly, there isn't a dull moment on this album (what most people refer to as "filler"). The guitar work is incredibly dynamic, changing from chugs to interesting riffs to further solidify this album as their most accomplished effort to date. What's even more enjoyable is the fact that there are a total of four guest vocalists on Cycles, and each of them lend their vocals quite nicely and in their own unique way. This is obviously an entire band effort, sometimes even employing group shouts to reinforce the passionate lyrics that truly seem heartfelt. What I love most about this album is how natural it seems, it's each member of the band playing to their full potential. Now, is this album flawless? Yes and no, lyrically, it sticks to the standard that most bands included within this genre follow, meaning most of the lyrics carry the same theme of overcoming negativity and other generally positive themes. Not that this is necessarily a fault, especially since No Bragging Rights really pulls it together. Musically, I believe it goes above and beyond the hardcore punk/metalcore standard. Every member of this band can be heard on this album without much of a problem; the production quality is simply superb. It's not an overproduced sound in the least bit, the vocals are raw enough to convince an unwary listener that this is an underground band. Even the bass playing adds a backbone to the prominent guitar riffs and chugs that are littered throughout the album, forcing it to sound amplified and crisp. I'm expecting this band to improve even further, and will definitely be keeping my eyes and ears open for any upcoming news on No Bragging Rights in the future. Simply put, if you're searching for a modern memorable melodic hardcore/metalcore album that will satisfy your cravings, venture no further than Cycles.

Recommended Tracks:
"Appraisals and Omissions"
"Fight for My Life"
"Hope Theory"
"The Advent of Change"


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tesla
October 24th 2012


233 Comments


This is my very first album review ever written, constructive criticism would be gladly appreciated.
Check out the recommended albums list if you're a fan of this!

Evreaia
October 25th 2012


4047 Comments


This is out already?

Mhh hopefully it's a return to form because illuminator was piss weak compared to their debut.

Digging: Grouper - Ruins

Tesla
October 25th 2012


233 Comments


Oh yeah, it's much better than Illuminator, I think it's honestly their best yet.

silentstar
October 25th 2012


2280 Comments


I've checked a few songs out, and it sounds quite promising so far. nice melodic feel

Tesla
October 25th 2012


233 Comments


It's not bad, I also really liked Being As An Ocean's album, but someone already reviewed it.

BobMcflum
November 10th 2012


125 Comments


amazing review, and yeah it's definetly better than "illuminator"

Tesla
November 12th 2012


233 Comments


Thanks man, glad my first review wasn't a failure.

Mulva
December 2nd 2012


21 Comments


great review, great album

Tesla
December 7th 2012


233 Comments


It definitely is, thank you :D

edenkun
December 23rd 2012


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, I like :3

Toadstool
February 25th 2013


136 Comments


Awesome first review man, this really is a return to their roots. Miles better than the last album.

nononsense
April 15th 2013


3426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This shit rules.

Tesla
May 2nd 2013


233 Comments


Thanks for the kind words guys

MuhNamesTyler
June 6th 2013


4379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review man, pos.

Even though Illuminator was a turd of an album, these guys are horribly underrated, literally never even heard anyone else even mention them.

skoopy48
February 4th 2014


1561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh my this is good, great vox

TomAkaVeto
August 13th 2014


1681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is surprisingly awesome. I always figured this would be another run-of-the-mill metalcore release, but it stands out from the bunch.

MuhNamesTyler
August 28th 2014


4379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gewd album. I am excite for new stuff


MuhNamesTyler
September 2nd 2014


4379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0



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They released 2 songs for the new album, the other one is called Outdated. It won't post for some reason ha

TheSpirit
September 19th 2014


17986 Comments


Just saw these guys tonight. They were great.

Digging: Volahn - Aq Ab Al

MuhNamesTyler
September 20th 2014


4379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad to hear these guys are good live. Thats a cool show you went to dude Senses Fail, No Bragging Rights, and Suburban Scum. and plus since SF are playing LIEY damn

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