Johnny Booth
Firsthand Accounts


4.0
excellent

Review

by twlichty USER (10 Reviews)
September 26th, 2019 | 153 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


11974 Comments


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

twlichty
September 27th 2019


4386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Heck yeah man, album destroys

MELONADE13
September 27th 2019


830 Comments


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


61674 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

Digging: Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?

MELONADE13
September 27th 2019


830 Comments


lmao



igordrago
September 27th 2019


130 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


5669 Comments


this slaps

Digging: Pig Destroyer - Head Cage

trilo
September 27th 2019


3291 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rules yeeee

Digging: As Real - Marvelless

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2019


16607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ha wtf I just found this band yesterday!

Digging: Lowgazer - Vestige

Ray91
September 27th 2019


671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad someone finally reviewed this banger.



Nothing groundbreaking but very well done and structured.



Thief is such a jam

Digging: As Real - Marvelless

MarkvandenBerg
September 27th 2019


142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album Slays!

DDDeftoneDDD
September 27th 2019


12476 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!

Digging: Convocation - Ashes Coalesce

Demon of the Fall
September 27th 2019


16430 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I get serious ETID vibes from this.

Digging: Dirge (FR) - Elysian Magnetic Fields

DDDeftoneDDD
September 27th 2019


12476 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


16430 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

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


12476 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


4386 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This slams slightly more

DDDeftoneDDD
September 27th 2019


12476 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Than what? FPU!? Not a chance!

Ray91
September 27th 2019


671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ETID is GOAT

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2019


16607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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



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