Johnny Booth
Firsthand Accounts


4.0
excellent

Review

by twlichty USER (10 Reviews)
September 26th, 2019 | 65 replies


Release Date: 03/22/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In a sea of stagnant modern metalcore, Firsthand Accounts pushes the genre to amazing highs with a raw and groovy sound.

Five-piece New York based band Johnny Booth released their last full-length in 2012 and have returned with an incredibly consistent follow-up with Firsthand Accounts. The album offers a diverse and crushing sound delivered through fantastic production that showcases the obvious talent of all members involved. Guitars transition from low chugs and dissonance into atmospheric breaks and melodic leads. The drumming is fantastic through the entire run time and the rhythms and breakdowns never feel repetitive or contrived.

The band certainly leans toward the hardcore side of the genre, incorporating high tempo punk beats interlaced with slam style breakdowns. Think more along the lines of Norma Jean and Every Time I Die as opposed to Polaris or August Burns Red. Some of the riffs almost have a nu-metal tinge to them, further adding to the color pallet of the record. The vocals are relentless and crushing and the lyrics paint a bleak picture of the state of things. Rebuttal kicks off the record with a brief sludgy and distorted intro, setting the stage for what’s to come but certainly not defining what the entire record sounds like. Feast is Over comes next which showcases a more melodic and somber side of the band. Thief is an absolute beat-down of a track that best shows the intensity this group is capable of. What follows are a collection of tracks that never overstay their welcome and always add an essential piece to the listen.

Overall, Firsthand Accounts is an essential listen for any fan of hardcore or metalcore. The album utilizes the best aspects of the genre, taking influence from classic bands such as Converge while adding their own groove and ferocity. The breakdowns are unique and will absolutely decimate venues in a live environment. While the heaviness never relents, the album showcases enough melody and diversity to make for incredibly consistent listen. The album is certainly a contender for best metalcore album of 2019.



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SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
September 26th 2019


10971 Comments


Thanks for reviewing this! I meant to do it a ways back but kept putting it off.

twlichty
September 27th 2019


4144 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Heck yeah man, album destroys

Digging: Johnny Booth - Firsthand Accounts

MELONADE13
September 27th 2019


394 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

production is off here, can see there's some good ideas in here (when they aren't blatantly ripping off the chariot or nj), but this just sounds sterile to me so far

bloc
September 27th 2019


57942 Comments


One of the better albums I've heard this year. These dudes need to add some electronics and DJ scratches though, for real. Gimme that Vein shit

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MELONADE13
September 27th 2019


394 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lmao





igordrago
September 27th 2019


110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thank you for doing a review on this. I have been telling people about these guys all year. Such a great record so glad others are listing.

calmrose
September 27th 2019


5229 Comments


this slaps

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trilo
September 27th 2019


2796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rules yeeee

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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2019


16313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ha wtf I just found this band yesterday!

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Ray91
September 27th 2019


270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad someone finally reviewed this banger.



Nothing groundbreaking but very well done and structured.



Thief is such a jam

MarkvandenBerg
September 27th 2019


136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album Slays!

DDDeftoneDDD
September 27th 2019


8145 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Fuck yeah... put it first thing in the morning, that's a way to go!!

TKS for the Rev!

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Demon of the Fall
September 27th 2019


13231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I get serious ETID vibes from this.

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DDDeftoneDDD
September 27th 2019


8145 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, the production and riffs bounce like them...also some resemblances on vocal delivery.

Demon of the Fall
September 27th 2019


13231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like it and need to revisit, but I just remember thinking how I should chuck 'From Parts Unknown' on instead.

DDDeftoneDDD
September 27th 2019


8145 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

nah dude...From Parts Unknown is better (and more challenging) than this sure, but this has some post sections that adds a different vibe to the thing...It's not mentioned on the rev...but the ATDI affair is there, though its not very in your face...it has an own character, but once you pass the beefy, but non less satisfying, parts.

twlichty
September 27th 2019


4144 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This slams slightly more

DDDeftoneDDD
September 27th 2019


8145 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Than what? FPU!? Not a chance!

Ray91
September 27th 2019


270 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ETID is GOAT

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2019


16313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

about to go on a run. this puppy is gonna be a nice addition



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