ZombieToyDuck
Josh F.
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Last Active 02-08-18 1:03 pm
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 Lists
04.03.18 ZTD's Post Hardcore Journey02.22.18 Recent Hip Hop Discoveries
01.18.18 ZTD's best of 201712.27.17 Singles of 2017
12.22.17 Christmas Movie Favorites12.19.17 Rec Me Singles of 2017
12.14.17 High Energy Japanese Songs12.11.17 ZTD's Top 50 Songs of 2017
12.06.17 ZTD's Rec Me Classics (Songs Edition)12.04.17 The Menzingers' Songs Ranked
11.28.17 Songs Under 3 Minutes Rec Contest SUDDE11.21.17 A post hardcore/metalcore playlist
11.20.17 Songs Under 3 Minutes Rec Contest Part 11.17.17 Songs Under 3 Minutes Rec Contest Part
11.16.17 Songs Under 3 Minutes Rec Contest Part 11.15.17 Songs Under 3 Minutes Rec Contest Part
11.14.17 Songs Under 3 Minutes Rec Contest Part 11.13.17 Songs Under 3 Minutes Rec Contest
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ZTD's Post Hardcore Journey

I've been sort of a post hardcore junky for some time, I figured it was time to dive headfirst into all the genre has to offer. I'll be checking an album probably every other day and doing a short writeup.
1Thrice
The Illusion of Safety


Me
2Thursday
Full Collapse


Me
3Alexisonfire
Crisis


Me
4Drive Like Jehu
Yank Crime


Me
5Cursive
The Ugly Organ


Me
(also gunna check Domestica for Drifter)
6Unwound
Leaves Turn Inside You


Me
7Husker Du
Zen Arcade


Me
8Fugazi
Repeater


Me
9Jawbox
For Your Own Special Sweetheart


Me
10Quicksand
Slip


Me
11Cows
Cunning Stunts


Papa Universe
12Deep Turtle
There's a Vomitsprinkler in My Liverriver


Papa Universe
13Still Life
From Angry Heads With Skyward Eyes


Papa Universe
14Julia
Julia


Papa Universe
15Unsane
Visqueen


Papa Universe
16Anchoress
Anchoress is Ruining My Life


Verdant
Thank you Jack for starting this journey on the right foot! Are you new to post hardcore? Is this a genre of unfamiliarity? Well Anchoress aim to lace you up for a run through the genre while flaunting their confidence and energy in marvelous fashion. On Anchoress is Ruining My Life, we are given an expansive experience that displays all the genre has to offer. You can expect guitar riffs that are melodic, feverish, and noisy, aggressive and deep toned bass rhythms, pounding drum beats and fervent vocal displays. Anchoress tend to be chameleons, meld multiple genre influences effortlessly while maintaining unbridled vigor. Surprisingly, this is done while maintaining a high level of consistency and quality. You can find noodly emo guitar passages: Live, on the Air and Fir, noisy punk laden riffage: Closing Up Zhop and The Fuzz, some straightforward hardcore: Over/Under and A House Burning Down, and some post punk oriented bass work : Your Career is Over and All Colours.---
17Anchoress
Anchoress is Ruining My Life


---Aside from instrumental prowess, you can also expect passionate vocal performances from lead singer Rob Hoover. Rob is a chameleon, vocally speaking, and ranges from higher register clean vocals, spunky borderline spoken segments and coarse screams that pair perfectly with the punk ethos Anchoress embody. This is not walk in the shoes of Anchoress, rather a sprint headfirst through the expanse of all this genre has to offer. Expect plenty of kick from this Vancouver post hardcore outfit. 4.3/5

MUST CHECK: Fir, Over/Under and A House Burning Down
18The Jesus Lizard
Goat


butcherboy
19Killdozer
Burl


butcherboy
First off I gotta say it, what the hell are these vocals even supposed to be? It's like raspy talking that attempts to sound pissed off but unfortunately comes off more laughable then enjoyable to me. I will say the rather fragmented instrumentals were pretty unique and there are some really cool bass moments disbursed throughout the album. I found the guitar work was pretty distant sounding most of the time and really dissonant but not in a pleasant way. The drums are also sort of dismissible and barely held my attention. In general, this was a fairly grating experience and I found myself wanting it to be over with. Sorry butch just not my gig... 2.2/5

MUST CHECK: ehhh Hot n' Tot was alright maybe check that one if you're curious
20U-Men
Solid Action


butcherboy
21King Snake Roost
From Barbarism to Christian Manhood


butcherboy
It's looking like Butch is sticking to oldies with another rec from the 80's but I gotta say this one, although a little aged in production, still packs a pretty punchy and compacted sound that is pretty damn fun and sort of remind me of the Dead Kennedys if you sped them up like a winder toy and didn't stop till you couldn't stop turning it, then let it go. The vocals here are fairly wacky and the bass has a ton of kick with these shredding spastic guitar riffs that all just mash together in a messy manner over some quick albeit standard drum beats. It's sloppy in a great way this time around. I found myself enjoying it a fair bit more than I expected considering it's age. 4/5

MUST CHECK: Hey if you don't mind something that shows its age while still being pretty tight instrumentally give this a go.
22Laughing Hyenas
You Can't Pray a Lie


butcherboy
23I the Mighty
Connector


DinosaurJones
24Finch
Say Hello to Sunshine


DinosaurJones
25Silverstein
Discovering the Waterfront


DinosaurJones
26Funeral for a Friend
Welcome Home Armageddon


DinosaurJones
27Frameworks
Loom


DinosaurJones
28Kolya
Kolya


Drifter
Kolya present a tight instrumental display of emo tinged post hardcore with two singers. The vocals of both singers tend to be more of an emotional, borderline spoken delivery. There is a restraint at times but also spastic sections where these vocalists either are given their own limelight or overlap one another. I had no qualms with these vocals for the most part, but I will say that if I were to choose an element that may divide new listeners, this would be the most likely offendor. In my opinion, the almost poetic lyricism lends well to this style of singing and is most definitely common in emo. Aside from vocals you'll find plenty of great bass grooves and rhythms, a switch between muted and bright guitar melodies and drum patterns which fit the tempo and progressions on each song. A pretty solid album 3.8/5

MUST CHECK: Robots Dream in Black and White, Somnambulism, Astronaut and Idaho
29...Who Calls So Loud
...Who Calls So Loud


Drifter
30The Receiving End of Sirens
Between the Heart and the Synapse


Drifter
31mclusky
McLusky Do Dallas


Sinternet
32Gospel
The Moon Is a Dead World


Sinternet
33The Dismemberment Plan
Emergency & I


Sinternet
An exorbitantly strange album with an eclectic blend of post hardcore. There's a futuristic and odd vibe this album presents, with it's various soundscapes. You begin to feel as if you are drifting amongst the rubble of the space on Spiders in the Snow and The Jitters. Then taken on gleeful exploration with tracks like What Do You Want Me to Say? and The City. Lastly, zipping through hyperspace with aggression and vivacity on I Love A Magician, Gyroscope and Girl O'Clock. Travis' vocals change between spastic oddity, charismatic spoken lines and mellow singing with range. You can expect funky bass lines which add much of the energy to each song structure, whether they are frenetic such as in "I Love A Magician" or groove along like in "What Do You Want Me to Say?" The off-kilter drums add some technical oddity to tracks. It all merges together seamlessly with these lovely melodic guitar riffs.
EDIT: 5/5 👍

MUST CHECK: Check it all, lots of diversity (The City is a must)
34Of Machines
As If Everything Was Held In Place


Sinternet
35HRVRD
The Inevitable And I


Sinternet
36Cloud Nothings
Attack on Memory


oisincoleman64
37Dayseeker
Origin


(also gunna check What It Means To Be Defeated)
trying to keep this condensed to one list item per band
SteakByrnes
38Sufferer
Sufferer


SteakByrnes
39Sianvar
Stay Lost


SteakByrnes
40Dream On Dreamer
Loveless


SteakByrnes
41Blood Command
Cult Drugs


BlazinBlitzer
42Employed to Serve
The Warmth of a Dying Sun


BlazinBlitzer
43Storm{O}
Ere


BlazinBlitzer
Can you handle being encased in technical post hardcore so heavily layered to the point of claustrophobia? If not take about ten steps back as you are not ready for Storm{O}'s uncanny ability to hammer in the nails to your coffin as they bury you deeper and deeper beneath the layers of mathy guitar riffs, breakneck drums, incredibly tense yet passionate vocals and still surprisingly having a knack for creating harmony out of chaos. However, the true surprise amongst this organized chaos is the ability to create fluid transitions between belligerent performances from every facet to languid melodic transitions that fill in the cracks each track leaves in it's wake. Truly an experience...4.8/5

MUST CHECK: Hot damn, if this isn't an album worth checking I don't know what is
44Planes Mistaken for Stars
Up In Them Guts


jesterhead92
45Hot Cross
Cryonics


jesterhead92
46Kill Sadie
Experiments in Expectation


jesterhead92
47These Arms Are Snakes
Easter


jesterhead92
48Number Girl
Sappukei


jesterhead92
49Joliette
Principia


Calc
50Peace'd Out
Peace'd Out


Calc
51Touche Amore
...To the Beat of a Dead Horse


coldheaven
52Tidal Arms
The Sun Exploding


coldheaven
53Shotmaker
The Complete Discography 1993-1996


Adabelle
54Down I Go
You're Lucky God, That I Cannot Reach You


Kingdok
55Exit_International
Black Junk


Kingdok
56Mongol Horde
Mongol Horde


Kingdok
Do you enjoy fun, energetic and angry post hardcore? Well here you have it folks. Mongol Horde are here to pillage the listener with commanding riffs, sharp production with plenty of punch, english accent encrusted clean vocals with crushing screams, drums with entertaining touches and even a little piano interlude. This was a raucous ride that is sure to "fuck you up." 4.1/5

MUST CHECK: Make Way, Casual Threats of the Weekend Hardmen, Winky Face of a Moron
57Million Dead
Harmony No Harmony


Kingdok
Right off the bat its clear the influence that At the Drive-In had on the sound of Million Dead. There is a very similar sense of urgency and power in their approach to songwriting and production quality. There is a bit a more rawness by comparison here, more melodic guitar riffs and the addition of harsh vocals. These additions are more than welcome and provide a bit more contrast that separates them and adds more identity. We are also not as densely packed with the at times verbose lyricism that Cedric often presented in ATDI's work. Instead are traded with storytelling passages, a sense of nostalgia and more emotionally tugging vocal displays. It's a record that changes pace from speed and aggression to tracks of restraint. However, no matter the choice of pace, there's plenty of passion to be expressed. 4.4/5

MUST CHECK: Bread & Circuses, Holloway Prison Blues, Margot Kidder and Bovine Spungiform Economics
58Emanuel
Soundtrack to a Headrush


GetLow
This is the kind of post hardcore I have always been a fan of. Will this one break the mold of post hardcore? No. However, it's clear the goal here is to showcase loads of energy and great musicianship with just the right amount of catchiness to keep you coming back. There's plenty of great choruses, well executed screams, energetic guitar riffs, amusing solos (probably the most unique element here) and punchy bass. If choosing to give this a listen, I wouldn't expect to be shown anything you haven't heard from the genre. This is streamlined, catchy and honestly just plain fun post hardcore that doesn't seek to break the mold. Emanuel know themselves and put forth a consistently enjoyable record here, what more can you ask? 4/5

MUST CHECK: The Hey Man!, Make Tonight, The Hotline, Soundtrack to A Headrush, and The New Violence
59Coheed and Cambria
The Second Stage Turbine Blade


Storm In A Teacup
60Boysetsfire
Tomorrow Come Today


Storm In A Teacup
The clean vocals here sort of held this from truly stepping out of the usual post hardcore tropes. I feel that what kept me from loving this was the fairly one dimensional singing but the screams do create a fair bit of enjoyment on the heavier tracks. I was however pleasantly surprised by the bass riffs that had this very deep melodic tone that reminded me of the tone Justin Chancellor achieves on Tool songs, ie. Bathory's Sainthood, Release the Dogs and High Wire Escape Artist. My main gripe here was that it became a little samey at times. 3.6/5

MUST CHECK : Bathory's Sainthood, Release the Dogs and High Wire Escape Artist
61Candiria
What Doesn't Kill You...


Storm In A Teacup
62The Blood Brothers
Young Machetes


Storm In A Teacup
63Astronoid
Air


Storm In A Teacup
64Black Peaks
Statues


sizeofanocean
65Arcane Roots
Blood & Chemistry


sizeofanocean
may check Melancholia Hymns as well if this is good.
66Eleventh He Reaches London
Hollow Be My Name


CugnoBrasso
67The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower
Dissertation, Honey


CugnoBrasso
68La Quiete
La fine non è la fine


CugnoBrasso
69Chambers
La Mano Sinistra


CugnoBrasso
70NoMeansNo
Wrong


CugnoBrasso
71Minor Threat
Minor Threat


Papa Universe
72The Nation of Ulysses
Plays Pretty for Baby


Papa Universe
73Rites of Spring
Rites of Spring


Papa Universe
74Moss Icon
Lyburnum Wits End Liberation Fly


Papa Universe
75Reuben
Racecar Is Racecar Backwards


Papa Universe
76Lungfish
Talking Songs for Walking


Papa Universe
77Shiner
Lula Divinia


Papa Universe
78Indian Summer
Science 1994


Papa Universe
79Embrace
Embrace


Papa Universe
80Kaddish
Thick Letters To Friends


Papa Universe
81Iselia
Life From Dead Limbs


Papa Universe
82Ling Tosite Sigure
Inspiration Is DEAD


Papa Universe
83Funeral Diner
The Underdark


Papa Universe
On The Underdark, post rock structures resonate with a sense of isolation creating stirring soundscapes which lead to a surfacing of stark and stirring screamo segments. There is a hatred, a bitterness that begins with the Decline's desolate extended emo guitar notes broken up with equally drawn out bass playing that tends to remain high in the mixing during these atmospheric post rock moments partitioning the heavy moments of the record sometimes accompanied by the strained screams. The screams display a strong vigor, although they remain fairly the same in delivery throughout the entirety of the record. There's no denying the screamo enthusiast and post hardcore listener alike will enjoy the tight instrumental melodies which blend in a clustered but driven synchronization. Overall, I was fairly impress with this 4.2/5

MUST CHECK: Honestly, if you're into screamo this is pretty essential.
84Raein
Sulla linea d'orizzonte tra questa mia vita e que


Papa Universe
After a few listens I definitely enjoy the melodic nature of the instrumentals presented here, it's almost as if you could slide this in with the wave of bands that include Pianos Become the Teeth, La Dispute, Touche Amore and Make Do and Mend. You can see the sentimentalities included in each of these acts sort of blended together to create a melodic, emotional and harsh tone. I will have to listen to this more for sure but for now I'm sitting at a very solid 3.9/5
85The Dream The Chase
Found Again


SteakByrnes
Have you caught on to the fact that you have to win me over vocally to enjoy an album? Well steak sure has. The screams on here are solid and although not diverse they only come in short bursts anyhow. Also, the clean vocal melodies here are entrancing and brush so gracefully over the melodic emo tinged guitar melodies that stay sort of layered behind the hazy production with the occasional metalcore breakdown thrown in for good measure. I could see that one might not enjoy this production style yet I found it pretty successful as it keeps the vocal melodies in focus and at the forefront of the album considering they are usually highest in the mixing. I genuinely enjoyed this unique take on some standard post hardcore. The technicality in the guitar melodies in the background added a lot of appeal for me. 4.1/5

MUST CHECK: Honestly with its fairly short in length so this is worth a check in full. I'd recommend listening the first track and seeing if it's your gig or not.
86Ghost Atlas
Gold Soul Coma


SteakByrnes
also All Is In Sync
87Coletta
Mind and Time


SteakByrnes
88Hands Like Houses
Ground Dweller


SteakByrnes
89Saviour
First Light To My Death Bed


SteakByrnes
90Scary Kids Scaring Kids
Scary Kids Scaring Kids


SteakByrnes
91The Pax Cecilia
Blessed Are The Bonds


Sinternet
92Frodus
And We Washed Our Weapons In The Sea


Sinternet
93As Cities Burn
Come Now Sleep


Sinternet
94Q and Not U
No Kill No Beep Beep


Sinternet
95The Paper Chase
Now You Are One of Us


Sinternet
96Bear vs. Shark
Right Now You're in the Best of Hands


Sinternet
97Hail the Sun
Wake


Sinternet
98I Would Set Myself On Fire For You
Believes In Patterns


Sinternet
99Merchant Ships
For Cameron


Sinternet
100Viva Belgrado
Ulises


Papa Universe
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