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02.22.16 Saw While She Sleeps last night12.31.15 Gameofmetal's quarter 4
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Gameofmetal's 3rd quarter

ranking is worst to best, u get tha picture
1We Came As Romans
We Came as Romans


Pretty big drop off after Tracing Back Roots, which I consider their best output to date. The band went for a much more accessible radio edged sound, yet somehow compromised their hooks in the process. It's good to see Dave singing more, but it doesn't do all that much for the album. Essentially bland, rock/post hardcore that does little to nothing of interest.
2Bullet for My Valentine
Venom


We all hated Temper Temper, so anything that's not a repeat of that should make everyone quite happy. The only problem is that BFMV has been too far gone from the days of The Poison to adequately recreate it in an interesting fashion, and there's a bit too much influence from Temper Temper hovering about to make this even remotely good.
3Bring Me the Horizon
That's the Spirit


Oliver Sykes sings predominately over Linkin Park worshiping electro rock tracks. There are maybe four or five solid, listenable songs here and none with any staying power to make them worth digging through all the lackluster tracks.
4Parkway Drive
Ire


Of the four truly bad albums I've listened to this quarter, this one stings the most. Parkway Drive have been highly consistent in their output up until now, and that's what makes it hurt. Between aping 80s heavy metal, aping a combination of nu metal and king 810 vocals, and even aping themselves a couple of times this things just does so little good across its run time. A few gems, but even they don't stand up to anything on their past records.
5The Bunny The Bear
A Liar Wrote This


Well these guys really grew up. Dropping the "Bear" was a good move, considering how awful his voice was. The Bunny sings more, as opposed to his horrendous yelly/screeching harsh vocals and the new female singer is quite good. Hell the instruments even perform admirably, considering all they used to have in their arsenal were simple breakdowns and basic power chord progressions. It's not a great album, not even good since the songwriting is still hit and miss, but it's not truly bad either.
6Pissgrave
Suicide Euphoria


The album cover is definitely disgusting, and the music really wants you to think it's filthy, but really all there is here is average brutal death metal trying to convince you they're controversial and interesting.
7Neck Deep
Life's Not Out To Get You


Say what you will about their past releases aping The Story So Far, but I liked it. Here they try to expand their sound and go for some more traditional pop punk ideas, but I just does a lot less for me that I'd like.
8Myrkur
M


Despite a fantastic vocal performance, M suffers from underdeveloped songs and not much musical identity. It's probably the closest to good of my average ratings this quarter, but you still won't find me returning to it much.
9Black Tongue
The Unconquerable Dark


Despite being a huge step up from their eps, The Unconquerable Dark still suffers from the same problems. It's so goddamn slow and drawn out and reliant on chugging breakdowns that it's hard to respect it for its musicality, but Black Tongue manage to pull off some real atmosphere and interesting ideas at times. It's quite a bit longer than it should be as well, but for what it's worth, it's not that bad. Just average.
10Falsifier
Life in Death


Here we go with the soft 3's. Falsifier do downtempo deathcore fairly well by not quite being as boring as Black Tongue and keeping the release's run time comfortably short. Nothing else really to say here.
11Conquer Divide
Conquer Divide


Essentially very generic metalcore, but the clean singer has some pipes, and they understand hooks and songwriting enough to pull the album through.
12Bea Miller
Not an Apology


Catchy, uninventive pop I guess. Not too bad.
13Miss May I
Deathless


Suffers from the same problem as BFMV. They want to get back to their glory days so badly that the aggression on this feels phoned it. I'll give it to them though, it works a lot better than it did for Venom.
14The Devil Wears Prada
Space


Losing Chris Rubey, a major songwriter, left them in a weird place, but this didn't turn out too badly. It could've been a lot better, as pretty much all the songs are below the standard of their last few releases, but it works fairly well as a whole.
15Blessthefall
To Those Left Behind


Inoffensive poppy metalcore/post hardcore. Not a fan of Beau Bokan, but he didn't irritate me to the point that I couldn't listen to the album.
16Stalingrad
Stalingrad


Yaknips powerviolence thing. I didn't think it was too shabby. I have no experience in powerviolence though so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
17Run the Jewels
Meow the Jewels


I guess it's funny, and I love the original songs, but I have a sneaking suspicion that if I listen to it ever again I'll realize how fucking retarded it really is.
18Between the Buried and Me
Coma Ecliptic


The 3.5's. BTBAM goes pretty ham on the prog and clean singing, but it's a lot better than the singles led me to believe. Easily their worst record (that I've heard at least), but solid in its own right.
19Zao
Xenophobe/Fear Itself


Vicious, furious metalcore that makes me want to punch walls.
20Phinehas
Till the End


Phinehas doing Phinehas again. It feels a bit stale this time around, but their shreddy, fast brand of metalcore is as entertaining as always.
21Lamb of God
VII: Sturm und Drang


Consistently good band, and this album is no exception. It doesn't wow, but if I'm in the mood I know it'll get the job done.
22Knuckle Puck
Copacetic


Catchy, energetic pop punk.
23Assemble The Chariots
World Architects


Odd mash up of proggy, techy, and melodic death metal with maybe a smattering of core. Good stuff all around, short and sweet to boot.
24Volcanic Queen
Photography Shield


User made project. Droney and noisy and good.
25Sirens and Sailors
Rising Moon : Setting Sun


Generic metalcore, but well executed.
26Stories
The Youth to Become


Not sure where the big Underoath comparisons. Sure it's post hardcore, but that's really where the comparisons end for me. Very good stuff though, if kinda generic.
27Rivers of Nihil
Monarchy


Bit of a step down from their debut. Monarchy feels suspiciously like Rivers of Nihil's take on JFAC's Sun Eater, and that steals a lot of enjoyment for me. Regardless, it's still solid atmospheric, technical death metal.
28Carly Rae Jepsen
E MO TION


This is just one of those albums, like Taylor Swift's 1989, that I just know I'll hate but then the hype train rolls around to make me reconsider. And like clockwork, I listen and discover that it's too infectious for me to hate at all. Very catchy, lovable synth pop even if "I Really Really Really Like You" or whatever is godawful.
29Nile
What Should Not Be Unearthed


Like Jac says, these guys know their way around a riff or two hundred. Very invigorating technical death metal from some of the old school masters, and a step up from their last record for sure.
30Defeater
Abandoned


Sure, Defeater has been running on fumes for a while now, but I still enjoy them far more than I should. Abandoned is passionate and full of energy, even if the band could use some new tricks in their repertoire. A bit better than Letters Home for me.
31Lost Salt Blood Purges
Damage to Limbs


Limbs 5 soty, rip skele [2]
32Thespian
Through Hardships To The Stars


Another user made project. Twinkly, electronic post rocky "stuff". Check it out, it's pretty good.
33Scale The Summit
V


The first half is absolutely up to par, but I lose interest late in the album. I wish they would play around with clean guitars more, like they used to, but Scale The Summit do it again with another great instrumental prog album.
34Lana Del Rey
Honeymoon


She's divisive, there's no doubt about that, but I have a weird affection for her dreamy, moody style of pop.
35Cradle of Filth
Hammer of the Witches


The upper tier. Symphonic black metal isn't my usual forte, but Cradle has won me over of late with this release and getting back to their classics, which this is almost up to par with.
36Counterparts
Tragedy Will Find Us


A darker, sadder comeback for the melodic hardcore outfit, and it's easily their hardest hitting to date. I wish there were more songs as distinct and good as "Burn" but it still rules across the board.
37Northlane
Node


I had doubts after the departure of Adrien, but Marcus fills his shoes admirable with a stronger singing voice, if not stronger harsh vocals. The production is flat however, but the musical experimentation they've done here makes up for it.
38Echo Tail
King Defeatism


Yet another user made project, probably the best I've heard of the lot for this quarter. Check it out
39Suis La Lune
Distance/Closure


Scramz good enough to certainly make me a fan of the band.
40Single Soul/Boring Bathtimes
photo shoot suicide


another yaknips and another user I can't remember for some reason, check it out [1000]
41Cattle Decapitation
The Anthropocene Extinction


A strong follow up to Monolith that's shy of actually topping it. They do a lot of great and interesting things, but if there's one thing I don't like, it's how they use Travis' pseudo clean singing. It just hit so much harder in the smaller, irregular doses offered up on Monolith as opposed to the formulaic chorus usage here.
42Dark Sermon
The Oracle


Huge mark up for the band. Instead of blatant TBDM worship, we get dense atmospheric blackened death metal that crushes and pummels you into oblivion.
43Ghost (SWE)
Meliora


retro classic heavy metal/hard rock/doom that rules
44The Wonder Years
No Closer to Heaven


Nowhere near topping The Greatest Generation, but an admirable followup nonetheless for the pop punk outfit.
45The Black Dahlia Murder
Abysmal


Abysmal kind of perplexes me. On the one hand, it's another solid addition to TBDM's discog, but at the same time I get a sense of it being mechanical in the same way that made Deflorate a bit of a misstep. Whatever my mixed thoughts, this is still TBDM doing their shit and doing it well.
46Little Simz
A Curious Tale Of Trials + Persons


Potsy told everyone to check this out and everybody did and everybody agrees it rules. Sick hip hop.
47Native Tongue
Driftwood Head


A friend of mine's band just put this out and it's very very good. A nice blend of post hardcore, alt rock, and post rock with maybe a touch of noise at times. Any fan of Brand New could probably find something here to like.
48The World Is a Beautiful Place...
Harmlessness


Twinkles hard, I liked it quite a bit. First time with the band, but I'm firmly interested now.
49Soilwork
The Ride Majestic


The tippy top. Wasn't sure they would top The Living Infinite, but they did. The Ride Majestic is more concise (by thankfully not being another double album), catchier, faster, and just as creative. One of the best melodic death metal records in recent memory that isn't Dark Tranquillity (rip 2016 when dat new album drops hopefully)
50Cruciamentum
Charnel Passages


One of the best death metal releases this year. Snox did a great review for it that explains it better than I ever could.
51Deafheaven
New Bermuda


Frankly, I like this better than Sunbather. The interludes are gone and the variety has been stepped up immensely. I don't care for how thin the guitar tone is, especially in the heavier sections, but everything else generally strikes the right chords with me.
52Horrendous
Anareta


This hasn't actually dropped yet, but after listening to the leak for weeks now, I'm pretty sure it's my favorite of the quarter, and definitely gonna be in my top 10 of the year. Ecydsis ruled but it wasn't exactly the most original thing ever to be fair. Anareta, however, sculpts a clear identity of who Horrendous are and are going to be.
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