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|My hardcore/post-hardcore/metalcore homework, pt.3|
Well, here we are. Part three. For this portion, I tried gleaning as much selections as I could from outside sources to balance out all the recs you guys have graciously given me, and I hope some of these may (pleasantly) surprise you. I know I'm looking forward to listening to them all. Let's hit it!
Where Heavy Gloom Dominate
Life. Love. Regret.
The Process Of
Those Who Fear Tomorrow
|6||The Acacia Strain|
The War Within
|8||With Dead Hands Rising|
The Horror Grows Near
The Art of Balance
|10||The Acacia Strain|
...And Life Is Very Long
Temptation Of Our Own Demise
|12||Symphony in Peril|
The Whore's Trophy
In This Defiance
Hearts Once Nourished With Hope...
|17||Nodes of Ranvier|
Nodes of Ranvier
Reject the Sickness
|19||Prayer for Cleansing|
Rain In Endless Fall
|20||Most Precious Blood|
Our Lady of Annihilation
|21||My Bitter End|
|22||Nodes of Ranvier|
Lost Senses, More Innocence
|23||Job for a Cowboy|
|24||On Broken Wings|
It's All A Long Goodbye
|25||It Dies Today|
The Caitiff Choir
|26||Invocation of Nehek|
Invocation of Nehek
|27||It Dies Today|
Forever Scorned (Re-Recorded/Re-Brutalized)
|28||All Out War|
For Those Who Were Crucified
Burned Alive By Time
|30||With Dead Hands Rising|
Shut It Down
Only The Determined Path Remains
|35||All That Remains|
The Fall of Ideals
From the Depths of Depression
|37||A Lot Like Birds|
|38||A Life Once Lost|
A Great Artist
The Oncoming Storm
The Illusion Of Democracy
No Wings To Speak Of
Destroy the Machines
|44||7 Angels 7 Plagues|
Until The Day Breathes...
|45||A Life Once Lost|
Open Your Mouth for the Speechless...
|46||Modern Life Is War|
Wilt And Rise
|48||Today Is the Day|
Water & Solutions
Until the Ink Runs Out
United By Fate
Under the Radar
These guys really put the "punk" in pop punk, don't they? Nah, it's just the other way around. They're a punk band with very strong pop tendencies scattered throughout this entire album. Honestly, this can be considered as a perfect "late summer" type of album, where you don't want good times with your friends to end and you're holding on to every moment of free time that you can. Not bad, boyos. Not bad at all...
Huh. Yesterday was "punk" in vibes, and today we seem to be going the "emo" route. No complaints though, these past two days and four albums were a nice and needed change of musical pace. This entry fell into that category of albums occupied by bands like Thursday and Touche Amore, where there's a "heart-on-sleeve" mentality and earnestness to the vocals that make it appealing and enjoyable, and the instrumentals were just as good as on the other album I listened to by Defeater. Nice.
|55||The End (CAN)|
Transfer Trachea Reverberations from Point: False Omniscient
FUCK YES. If done well and everything clicks for me I will gobble up good mathcore like this or DEP like it was pizza at an all-you-can-eat buffet. This shit is fucking fantastic, and I’m going to look forward to every single time I come back to re-listen to this. Slightest quibble ever, but there were several moments where the bass featured prominently, almost as if in solo, and it sounded slightly off and atonal, which pulled me out of the moment.
|56||The Tidal Sleep|
This was good, being lighter in tone as opposed to Defeater, but still falling comfortably within the same genre/niche as them. Like Defeater, this boasted some honesty and earnestness in the vocals and the instrumentals were well done, and all in all I liked this entry. Like I said before, this was a nice change of musical pace.
Once again, this is another good "late summer"-type of album; this fits in well with the same type of emo-laced post hardcore, ala Casey, but unlike Casey, the Goodtime Boys here rely a teensy bit too much on the uncleans, therefore skimping a bit on the emotive catharsis these albums want to achieve. Still, not a bad album all in all.
|59||Bird of Ill Omen|
Self, Dare You Still Breathe?
|60||More Than Life|
Love Let Me Go
|61||Kiss It Goodbye|
She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not
|62||Funeral for a Friend|
Chapter and Verse
I kind of had hope for this one, hoping that this mini binge of Funeral For a Friend would end on a high note and this album would reach the level of enjoyment I had for their WHA. Alas, I was sliiiiiightly disappointed, as this didn't reach those heights, and felt like it settled comfortably amidst the other vanilla outings FFaF had. If anything, the ragged earnestness the vocals had to them really didn't complement the instrumentals this time around. *sigh*, oh well...
One Day Son This Will All Be Yours
Wow, this was straight up alternative rock right here, feeling quite at home next to, say, Creed and Puddle Of Mudd. This wasn't terrible, though; the vocals were good and the instrumentation was solid, but the uncleans, few and as far inbetween as they were, really didn't need to be in there at all if you ask me. Also, the opening to "Floods" sounded eerily similar to "BH&R"-era Muse. This was perfectly average; no more, no less.
If God Only Knew The Rest Were Dead
Fuck yes, this was fantastic. That opener of "Heroin Fingers" is a fucking monster, and the rest of the EP doesn't let up at all. This was a fantastic little shot of venom, and helps elevate my opinion on Disembodied. I'll be looking forward to their "Heretic" LP on pt. 4.
Cowardice Consumer Of The West
Daaaaaaaaaamn, this was fucking GOOD. Everything from the pop (not the genre) you could feel in the vocals and the instruments to the aggression throughout, this delivered on all fronts. Fuck yeah I liked this. Only sad part is this is the only release from them; would've loved to hear more from them.
Angry With the Sun
I'm sorry, but this was.... bad. If one of the unclean vocalists was female, I can give several marks of leniency, but if the uncleans were all male, then it was terrible. The way the vocals sounded, it reminded me of those nameless, countless European neo-classical metal bands where the vocalist tries to ape the popular sound, and it just sounds bad. Also, were the drums made of a kid's bongo set? Damn, that hurt the ears. The only thing that was screwed more than those drums would've been a nun disguised as an altar boy. Sorry, bad pun. All in all, I don't see myself coming back to this album at all. Nope. Nuh-uh. Nadda. Nyet. No.
After The Eulogy
Another day, another fun album. This had a really fun balance between the heavy and softer elements that went into everything, and the end result left me with a smile on my face. There's not much else I can say about it but that I'll be dipping into Boysetsfire's discography a more once these lists are done.
This fit in quite nicely next to Boysetsfire; similar in style and tone, this album flowed nicely from start to finish and was a pleasant addition overall. Like Boysetsfire, I'll have to work my way through this band's discography once all is said and done.
|69||A Lot Like Birds|
This was a really good post-hardcore album; I wasn't expecting it to be this energetic and adventurous, and that greatly helped play a role in my overall enjoyment. I really like the spoken word interludes in the songs, as they provided a nice counterpoint amongst everything else, and helped sell the atmosphere the album was building.
Fuck, but this was good stuff. Combining a heavy metalcore sound with mathcore elements, this was awesome. The run from "O.D." to "Dead America" was a fucking blast; it's been a while since I heard something on a Dillinger Escape Plan level of unpredictablility. Nice.
|71||Funeral for a Friend|
Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation
Y’know, I finished this album, sat back and thought to myself “man, this reminds me of senior year in high school.” You know that time, when you’d be driving around or in your room listening to the radio, and you could just spin the dial and you’d hear so many bands that sounded just like this being played not only on the lower end of the Top 40, but also getting regular rotation on the alternative rock stations. I guess what I’m trying to say is, that while this was solid and even though I’ve never listened to Funeral for a Friend before this brought back some nice memories, it felt generic to me and that’s all I can honestly say about it.
To Die For
All right, maybe it IS me, but this was the first Integrity release that I can fully get behind. Everything was really good, down to the production and instrumentation, and I actually kinda liked how gruff the vocals were this time around. A fun time, to be sure, and this release quite well could be, well, to die for...
The Seraphim Fall
What can I say that wasn’t already said before? Minus my deathcore misstep sentence, you could take everything I said about Entheogen and place it here, and I wouldn’t miss a beat. Sorry boys and girls, but I ain’t feeling this. I’ll give them one last chance to change my mind for the better, and I’ll place their last album on #5, but with how these past two went, I don’t know....
|74||Funeral for a Friend|
Welcome Home Armageddon
OK, so this one is probably their best album out of this little run here. Sounding fully in command of their sound and style, Funeral For A Friend state their best case in terms of individual effort here, peppering the songs with an infectious energy and flair that intones that they’re beholden and influenced to no one. Good effort.
|75||Funeral for a Friend|
Just like an ocean wave that crests and then recedes after reaching shore, it felt like Funeral For A Friend rested on their hard earned laurels and receded a bit here, opting to craft a commercially “safe” album instead of building off of WHA and pushing the envelope creatively. Pity. Oh well, all’s not lost, and this was still an enjoyable album once all is said and done.
|76||Funeral for a Friend|
Slowly but surely, they’re getting better here, sounding more confident and assured in their sound than sounding so vanilla on “Casually Dressed...”; still nothing to exactly write home about, but definitely a step up and a step forward in the right stylistic direction.
Beyond All Horizons
This was a nice little slab of hardcore here. good instrumentation, good vocals all around; the two softer tracks were a nice little break between the tracks. Not much else to say except that I liked it. Good stuff.
Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It
Oooooh, bare those fangs, lady. The vocalist here has a nice changeup between cleans and uncleans, and I'm digging the hell out of it. The instrumentation here is quite well done as well, and I'm kinda kicking myself for not checking this out sooner. It certainly made a lot of people's "best of..." lists the year it came out, but I never made the time for it. Damn.
The Satellite Years
Aaaaand we're going two for two with Hopesfall here today. "The Satellite Years" see Hopesfall building and sustaining on all the positive momentum they had going for them coming out of the effort of their first album, and pretty much everything I said about their first album can heartily apply to this one as well. I liked this as much as their first album, and this was a good entry into this list.
The Frailty of Words
Hey, now I could get down with this right here. I've said it before, and it looks like I'll keep saying it again and again: blending melody and ferocity can be a fucking winner in my book, and here Hopesfall does it well. Everything had a nice flow to it, and the uncleans sat well with me, what with those consistent highs.
Turn The Light On
The Deus Ex-Machina As A Forgotten Genius (Andy Wa
Lines In The Sand
Sentenced To Life
|86||All Pigs Must Die|
Nothing Violates This Nature
|87||Dead in the Dirt|
The Blind Hole
Dreamers and Deadmen
0:12 Revolution in Just Listening
Functioning on Impatience
I Don't Care Where I Go When I Die
|94|| ||Die My Will|
...And Stil We Destoy
Show Your Greed
Into the Wire
Perfect War Forever
Cost of Living
|100||Dead To Fall|
Everything I Touch Falls To Pieces
Enter The Realm of Chaos
|A little boop for relevancy, and to get this ball rolling.|
|You should replace one of those funeral for a friend’s with kickback - forever war :)|
Or just add it to wherever you have room. Been jamming it a lot recently again.
|No Poison the Well? Or are you already well-versed?|
|@botb, surprise surprise, a 5th list is in the pipeline lol...|
@GPooch, I had TOoD on my first list and YCBY on my second; IIRC I have their "Tear From the Red" on list #4, so sliiiiiiightly versed so far....
Fuckin' loved both albums so far.
|FINISH YOUR OTHER HOMEWORK FIRST CHILD|
|I gotta put all your guys' recs somewhere....|
Also, I finished the second list the other day, so I'll be starting this one in a couple days.
|Commenting so I get notifications. There is still so much good stuff to check out.|
|After how much I liked the second list, I’m excited for this one.|
|yaaaas The Satellite Years, Casually Dressed, and Until the Ink Runs Out. Curious to see how you feel about Transfer Trachea and Functioning On Impatience those are insanity.|
|Alright, kicked this list off by going on a FFaF binge yesterday and today. 71, 74, 75 and 76 are up!|
|What a terrible band to start with.|
|5, 42, 48, and 91 are easily the best albums on this list|
|FFAF arent unique but they managed to be a more accessible Grade/Keepsake/Thursday faaaar better than the likes of Silverstein or whatever else. WHA imo is one of their worst albums. id say Conduit is less safe than WHA considering how its a bit harder and I dont see how WHA did anything that they hadnt already done on their previous albums.|
|WHA is my favorite from FfaF. Sure, it is nothing new from them, but they do that sound better on it than any of their other more post hardcore driven albums. Broken Foundation and Damned if You Do are two of my favorite songs from them.|
I also thoroughly enjoy Hours.
|Got some stuff I like, some stuff I wouldn't go back to, and stuff I never heard of. All sorts of things going on in this list.|
35, 39, 41, 46, 68, 79 are also all gooduns.
|5, 42, 48, and 91 are easily the best albums on this list'|
All fucking OWN
3,61.64.65,87,90,94 all faves
73 is one of my all time faves any genre, took years to get that record
|Good to see some love for 65. Was a random YouTube discovery I made a couple months back. Glad that it fell down on my lap.|
|I saw them on tour with Boy sets fire like late 90's. Great band.|
|I really only ever jam Casually Dressed, but even then I'd just rather listen to Grade, Keepsake, etc. instead. Also, if you don't have Grade, Keepsake and Glasseater on a list, I'd recommend adding them. Super important proto-mallcore (as I call it).|
|I’ll keep that in mind, thanks!|
72 and 73 are up!
|I said about Entheogen and place it here, and I wouldn’t miss a beat.'|
sorry but you Couldnt be more wrong mate, Completely different record, On the surface that sludge ,dense sound, sure but they expanded sooooo much on 'TSF' Listen to 'sawtooth grin' again. That section between 2 and 5 mins they never even had in them before this record. All though to be fair back when it was released I probably would have said the same. Only 'got it' years later, Many of us did. The last record sucks.
|Yeah, to be honest it's just not clicking at all with me. I'll give it another spin, but that'll come after these lists have gone on hiatus. I'll try and remember to give you my thoughts when I do tho.|
|I do get it man. They used to kind of bore me and my friends were raving about them. Came back to it years later and started to appreciate they really started experimenting with that album. Shame you didnt dig more.|
|Well, if it's any consolation, never say never. I won't just yet.|
|That section of 'sawtooth grin' though. Makes me wanna crack skulls.....|
|heh, 23 should be fun.|
Also that Reflux album has Tosin Abasi of AAL fame on it if ya didn't know, which you already probably did but w/e.
Oh and Animosity owns
Yeah, that was the main reason I added that to the list; that, and I had another friend recommend me their album several years ago.
|Man I love Bloodlet but I totally get why the vocals would throw you off|
|Man, Bloodlet is so good. They are kind of weird in that hardcore/metalcore world in that they're not really a mosh band. It's more like weird/evil sounding shit. Love it though.|
|@Botb Totally |
@Accom Theyre the best. I was a straight metalcore,sxe,h8000 and all that when they were around and it was just a bit too weighty, and muddy and sludgey for me at that time I guess. Adore them now
ALSO its just been announced theyre playing for what Im pretty sure is the first time ever in the UK supporting Darkest Hour on an anniversary show. I cant believe it. Synchronicity!
|They randomly played at a brewery here like 6 months ago and no one really promoted it and I heard about the show like literally the day of and couldn’t go but god damn I wish I could’ve |
|Bloodlet were a love at first listen for me.|
|@deezer they're a weird one for sure. They remind of Starkweather in that they both fit in the metalcore scene, but at the same time don't really sound like any of the other bands.|
@botb big RIP. They were sick when I saw them at TIHC a few years ago.
|Even though we're dissimilar in opinions on Bloodlet atm, it's refreshing/pleasant to see such an appreciation for a singular band.|
Warm my greying cockles in my heart, boys.
|I don't see Bloodlet's last album on your list, but you might want to check it. They add a lot more clean singing on it. You can almost compare it to nu metal, but it certainly isn't.|
|@accom 100% i always compare the to Starkweather for that same reason. Not because they sound alike. 2 phenomenal bands,almost ahead their time that many just didnt get.|
|I should’ve been paying more attention to the lack of Kickback on these lists tbh|
|You ever hear Year of the Knife doing 'Will to power' Botb?|
|Nah that’s cool though. Their guitar player did some shirt art for my band haha|
|a day off from work equals quality listening time. 64, 65, 67, 68 and 70 are now up and live!|
|If you like disembodied try Martyr AD too, it’s the band they kind of morphed into, same singer at least. Stoked to see you like Scarlet. Some very under appreciated hometown boys for me!|
|Well, I did listen to their album "The Human Condition..." on the last list...|
Believe it or not, this experiment has expanded into six(!) lists. Didn't think it would've expanded to this scope and size, but I'm happy with all the new stuff that's been introduced to me, so I'm not complaining lol.
Sidenote, but does anyone have Raiden's "The Killing Fist"?
|@botb Dude check, They only go and open with it!! Sounds huge too. Hearing modern day bands covering dope 90s niche hardcore bands like kickback makes me fking happy. Quite a few know the words too. https://youtu.be/BTcxuhXSmS0|
|64 and 65 own|
|Oh that’s right you did check out that one. Good call. Sorry with the scope I’m beginning to lose track too haha|
|Nah, s'all cool. If I was to try and remember off the top of my head then yeah, I'd lose track, but I can skim through the previous lists and double check lol. 66, 77, 79 and 80 are up!|
|Hopesfall! Even their “not screamy” material after satellite years is great. One of my favorite core bands.|
|definitely good stuff. Me like.|
|Just to keep y'all on your toes (and because I woke up for no reason at all at 5:30 this morning, fml), I listened to some more albums. 55, 69 and 78 are now up!|
|That 5 on Transfer Trachea is well deserved.|
|It. Was. Fantastic.|
no joke, no lie.
|That Rolo album surprised the fuck out of me last year. Typically when a core album is hyped on Sputnik unless Moog or Mars fucks with it heavy there’s a very good chance it’s not gonna be my cup but I went in completely blind about that band and my jaw fucking dropped during track 3 after those first two openers.|
|I needa listen to that Rolo album again. Rolo are a band that I tend to be like "wow this is super cool" and then forget exists the next day.|
|The way the instrumentals are, it's rather light and ethereal, and then the heavy sections kick in and anchor it all down.|
|Yeah its really good, I dont realy like them seen them a bunch of times on bills but had to give in on that one and admit its a superb record|
|@botb Martyr is the guitar player and bass player from disembodied. Not the singer. Still sick and highly recommend. |
Also, check out Devilinside. The other members from disembodied after they split doing a kind of Slipknot influenced metalcore.
|fuck yea spitfire|
|Slow day, and I fell asleep before I could've said something. 62 and 63 are up!|
|One Day Son isnt bad but its prob worst Fightstar.|
|Thanks accomplice, I thought it was the singer too!|
|I've never listened to Fightstar, but your description isn't selling me on it.|
|Sometimes the truth hurts, you know?|
53 and 58 are up
|That Grade album is an easy 10/10 for me. Oddly enough, all of their stuff before and after isn’t nearly as poppy. |
|54 and 57 are up, and I've been enjoying the past two days of working through this. Nice, light and calm vibes throughout.|
@Accomplice, it kinda gave me vibes of pt.2 when I was listening to Circle Jerks, where it was punk but it was still fun.