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Trivium The Sin and the Sentence
Trivium release the best thing they have done since the well-loved Shogun. We all knew these guys had it in them and they
have finally delivered something good here.
This is like a mix of the outright speed of Ascendancy, the technical playing of Shogun and the focused melody of
Silence.
There are some references to In Waves and Vengence mostly in the form of the lyrics which I feel fall a bit flat here. The
whole "shallow metaphor for personal struggles" is bland and is nothing like the badass lyrics about samurais and shit from
Shogun.

This is a strong effort from Trivium and ho
3.5
10.20.17
Knuckle Puck Shapeshifter
There's no Fences or No Better here.
Just a bunch of mid-paced sadboi pop-punk that lacks the songwriting you'd find on a Story So Far record.

Gone and Wait are probably the standouts here.
2.5
10.16.17
Chelsea Wolfe Hiss Spun
Chelsea Wolfe delivers her strongest album yet.

Dark, suffocating and soaked in despair. Where abyss had bouts of shoddy songwriting Hiss Spun manages to make every
song count where it needs to whilst balancing the softer and heavier sides in a way not seen before from her.

Songs like 16 Psyche, Vex, Particle Plux and Scrape show her and the band at their creative peak.

The production here is easily one of the standouts with its crisp guitars and excellent vocal mixing. Kurt Ballou has used all
the tricks he has to make an album worthy of his name.

If you were ever o
4.5
09.15.17
The Acacia Strain Gravebloom
Coma Witch Pt.2 (Feat. Better production)
The biggest problem here is the songwriting. The band seems stuck in this mid-tempo rut that lends all the songs a very
samey feel. 1-0 chord chugging and edgy lyrics will always be a staple here.
Too often they write intros that sound like something might go somewhere but then devolve into the usual mid-tempo
chugs.
All is not lost with songs like Calloused Mouth and Dark Harvest showing some interesting twists and even some double
kick runs on the drums. These songs stick out in a good way as it seems like TAS are trying to bring something resembling
2.5
07.04.17
Belle Haven You, Me And Everything In Between
The songwriting has been tightened up and much of the twangy, Metalcore sound has been cleared out to make way for
increased clean vocals and melody.rUnfortunately, they jam the first half of the album with their best songs which makes
the second half the weaker of the two.
There is also a piano ballad that sounds cringe on paper but actually works out quite well as the topic of a friend with
cancer is covered.
Overall, a good effort from fellow Melbournians.
3.5
06.15.17
The Underachievers Renaissance
At this point you know what an Underachievers album will sound like. They will have a series of East Coast vintage
sounding tracks with some heady topics followed by a series of semi-ignorant bangers. Strong flows, production and vague
references to esoteric themes are a given.
3.5
06.12.17
Kaleo A/B
Solid effort. This is some good southern rock made by euros.rSome of the songs here sound like they would be on the 1st season of True Detective
4.0
03.27.17

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