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Every Time I Die Low Teens
I am of the party that thinks both Ex Lives and From Parts Unknown were pretty much Every Time I Die on auto-pilot. Not bad albums at all, but stagnant most certainly. It's safe to say that with Low Teens, they've caught a second wind. The songwriting, while certainly taken up a couple of notches from the past couple of releases, is still pretty classic Every Time I Die: groovy, southern-tinged metalcore with mosh-worthiness in spades. Here, though, the band members themselves sound rejuvenated. Keith Buckley, who turns in his best performance both vocally and lyrically since Hot Damn!, is a monster here, a
4.0
09.24.16
Mick Jenkins The Healing Component
Mick Jenkins likes his projects to form around a central theme. The Water[s] concept was easy enough to grasp, but what's dealt with on The Healing Component? The overarching theme here is love; love for yourself, love for one another, love for pleasures, and the dangers of love for money. While that's not exactly a topic rarely touched on, Mick's approach to it is stunningly well-done. With production that is smooth and clear, and yet intricate and shifting, Mick is able to tell his carefully-crafted stories of how he has come to embrace love and how it affects his and the people around him's lives with ease. Though the pro
4.5
09.23.16
Neurosis Fires Within Fires
It's a bit underwhelming for a Neurosis record, but Fires Within Fires is still a very solid outing and one of their most accessible to date, even if it does play it safe. The songwriting quality is pretty high here, with each song getting better than the one before, culminating in the fantastic "Reach", a ten-minute exercise in everything the band does well. Methodical drumming, a tense atmosphere, an explosion of post-metal riffage in the ending minutes; everything's there. The vocal tandem of Scott Kelly and Steve Von Till is still going strong, and though the tempo here is more mid-paced, the subtleties are still there to pick ou
3.5
09.23.16
The Body/Braveyoung Nothing Passes
I don't know who the hell Braveyoung are but needless to say I need to check them out after hearing this. And I also don't know why The Body does these collaborations or splits with these relatively unknown bands (Thou and Full Of Hell notwithstanding), but every time they do something worthwhile comes out of it. Here, it's a mixture of eerie dark ambient, drone metal dirges, hauntingly beautiful choral vocals, and a strange, almost post-rock take on a gospel song. It's pretty strange in this regard, but the way things are divided up here is pretty perfect. The Body handles the heaviness and the choral vocals, where Braveyoung is tasked with
4.0
09.22.16
Self Defense Family Colicky
Self Defense Family really perfected their slow-tempoed, brooding take on post-hardcore on last year's gem Heaven Is Earth, and though they've already released a couple of solid EP's this year, Colicky is here to remind you just how good this band can be when they're firing on all cylinders. It bears mentioning that the closer, "Brittany Murphy In 8 Mile" is one of the tracks of the year and one of the best songs that the family has ever put to wax. Patrick Kindlon's vocals are positively heartbreaking, and the riffs and drumming dominate the song in the final minutes for a beautifully tragic sort of crescendo. The previous
4.0
09.22.16
Napalm Death Harmony Corruption
The total change in sound from From Enslavement To Obliteration to Harmony Corruption is such that if it were not for the name on the cover, you'd have a hard time telling this was Napalm Death. That can be chalked up to a pretty big turnover, as they lost both Lee Dorrian and Bill Steer, but replaced them with Barney Greenway and Mitch Harris, both of whom are still in the band today. Jesse Pintado was also added on guitar, and the band retained drummer Mick Harris and bassist Shane Embury, the latter of which is still with the band. The big change in sound is that here, rather than the proto-grind they'd been playing befor
3.5
09.21.16
Orchid Totality
In compiling all of their non-LP material, mostly stuff from splits, you can hear how much they've progressed throughout the years. Totality is broken up pretty cleanly into sections that are distinct from each other, but connect with each other as well, giving the compilation an excellent flow. For instance, the first four songs are all clearly from around the time they made Dance Tonight! Revolution Tomorrow!: bassy intros leading into massive bursts of screamo energy. The next set are from the Chaos Is Me period, and so on and so forth. Point is, even if you didn't know this material from the splits, you can clea
4.5
09.21.16

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  • BallsToTheWall Youtube Braveyoung's A Light Narrows. You won't be disappointed.
    September 22 08:18 PM
  • Gyromania about 3 times each in the last 2 days. They're so perfect for the fall
    September 19 06:16 AM
  • Gyromania Hell yeah man, I couldn't agree more. I've listened to the soundtracks for 1, 2, and 4
    September 19 06:15 AM
  • iloveyouall yeah, that's fine. if you haven't, join this facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/178992205843904/
    September 15 01:17 AM
  • BallsToTheWall You sold me to check out Ghost of a Dead Hummingbird's Under The Ultraviolet Light asap.
    July 25 04:58 PM

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