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Napalm Death Apex Predator - Easy Meat
It's ironic that one of the songs on the record is named "How The Years Condemn", because it seems the years have been very kind to seminal grindcore band Napalm Death. A more apt description would be "Timeless Flogging". The group of 40-somethings still manage to be unrelenting and intense with their fifteenth album, though the opener, which is also the title-track, is plodding and slow-paced. From thereon after, it's full speed ahead, with tracks like "Smash A Single Digit" and "Stunt Your Growth" being especially ferocious. There's moments of experimentation here, most notably on the title track, and there is some clean singing on "Hierarc
4.0
09.03.15
Dead in the Manger Transience
After the mysterious black metal collective known as Dead In The Manger released their debut LP, Cessation, it has become clear as to what their EP, Transience, is meant to be. Whereas Cessation featured tightened songwriting and an all-around better sound, Transience shows the bare bones idea of what music the band wanted to craft. Although at this point it seems like a bit of an afterthought, Transience laid the foundation for what Cessation would eventually be: fun melodic tremolos, passionately raw vocals, a bit of sludgy/doomy goodness, and the violent, all-encompassing grind-influenced drumming. And do not be misled, Transience isn't a
3.5
09.02.15
Mello Music Group Self Sacrifice
I think that there's something to be said for albums that have several different artists contributing to the project and yet put out something cohesive and engaging. It's so difficult to have that many artists on the same page when it comes to ideas, sounds, and aesthetic that albums like this aren't always possible. Yet, Mello Music Group does it as if every artist is working within the same mind. That's not to say you don't know who's who on the record, but they generally work so seamlessly with each other that it all seems part of a collective effort. With simple, yet soulful boom-bap production, wonderful storytelling, buttery flows, and
4.5
09.02.15
Radioactivity Silent Kill
On Radioactivity's sophomore record, the solid punk jams they employed on their debut translate again, with the quality of the record staying the course throughout the twenty-six minute length. Catchy and never overbearing, the vocals and instrumentals are quite fun, and although the album generally sounds the same throughout, it's still an enjoyable listen. The album does suffer from tracks bleeding into each other, and as such, the album does lose some steam by the end. That being said, there are isolated moments of brilliance hidden throughout, like the guitar solo on "Pretty Girl" and the underlying bass on "With You". Everything consider
3.5
09.01.15
Lianne La Havas Blood
Serving as an adventurous departure from her acoustic folk debut, Lianne La Havas' new record is a sublime mix of neo-soul and R&B, but while also retaining much of what made her debut so enjoyable. From opener "Unstoppable", these changes are apparent, with production taking cues from jazz and soul providing an excellent backdrop for Havas' beautiful vocals. On the majority, though, the record isn't as bombastic. Just take "Wonderful" and closer "Good Goodbye" for example. The latter of those songs is undoubtedly one of the best things Havas has created, using acoustic guitar, strings, and her evocative voice and lyrics to carry the song to
4.0
08.30.15
Self Defense Family Heaven Is Earth
When it was released as a seven inch earlier this year, "Talia" wrote a pretty big check for Self Defense Family's then-upcoming LP, Heaven Is Earth. I believe it's safe to say the check has been cashed, because it's quite a great record. From the one-two punch of post-punk that is "In My Defens Self Me Defend" and "Talia" to the subtle punk of "Ditko" and the title-track, to one of the tracks of the year in the sentimental "Basic Skills", the album is filled to the brim with wonderful moments. The trademark "gruff old man" vocals of Patrick Kindlon are still very much intact, the instruments are all soulfully played to a high degree, and the
4.5
08.27.15
Suis La Lune Distance/Closure
In French, Suis La Lune means "am the moon". The moon is a desolate, lonely place, and it's from those feelings that the band draws from on this thirty minute EP. The emo/screamo combo is still intact, but the band also throws in a post-rock influence, as shown in the opener "Different Perspectives". In the grand scheme of things, the band doesn't really do anything all that new here, but it's the execution and palpable emotion that really suck the listener in. The record is probably their darkest to date, and vocalist/bassist Andreas Oleras makes quite sure of that with his pained and convincing vocal performance. There are some great moment
4.0
08.27.15

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  • BMDrummer it's gonna sound like have a nice life or something, so be prepared
    August 28 01:22 AM
  • BMDrummer all is generally well i guess, although all my senior friends are leaving next year so i'm sad about that. but new musics from me and judio is on the way
    August 28 01:06 AM
  • DaveyBoy Post-hardcore's finest! Haha. Good sound-off, even if I havent listened to You Were Never Alone yet.
    July 23 02:45 AM
  • Gameofmetal Vocals are often the highlight for me, just not the lyrics usually
    July 16 10:35 PM
  • Gameofmetal I think it's really good but I have a soft spot for deathcore. It just kinda does everything deathcore needs to do well. The reason for the high rating is probably just because there are only 28 votes in and they're mostly the deathcore fans that hide around here haha. There are a few highly rated deathcore albums tho, All Shall Perish has a 3.9 rated album I think for instance.
    July 16 10:21 PM

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