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Wage War Deadweight
Wage War continues crafting generic, safe 'metalcore' music in their second album "Deadweight". Here's the thing: there's nothing here that's notable. While their prior effort utilized the talents of the lead guitarist in songs such as "Alive" and "Youngblood", the talent is severely underutilized in this album; instead opting to go the route of a Tom Morello-esque style in working in bizarre guitar noises. It's an effort that is notable, but doesn't aid in the overall progression of "Deadweight". Among this average second effort, standout tracks include "Southbound", "Don't Let Me Fade Away", "Stitch", and "Never Enough".
2.5
10.06.17
Wage War Blueprints
"Blueprints" is ironic in the sense that it can essentially be a 'blueprint' for metalcore music. Not groundbreaking, not unique, just typical metalcore. In days where most artists in the genre want to try to do different things, it's refreshing to hear a band just sort of 'play it safe' with their style and album progression. The standout track, "Alive", actually utilizes the band's strongest talents and makes a legitimate stand-out song that's worth the album's admission alone. Unfortunately, that's about it - as the rest of the album sort-of blends together into listenable, (but again) basic metalcore.
3.5
10.06.17
The Dead Rabbitts The Emptiness
"This Emptiness" is more than just a title of the latest Dead Rabbitts record; it's almost a warning for listeners. The whole album lacks any inspiration to change, most notably in songs such as "Burn It Down", "Fighting For My Life", and "The Freak, The Creep, The Clown". If you liked "Shapeshifter", you'll like this one. Ironic though for myself, as I did enjoy "Shapeshifter"...but I guess I was just expecting more from this 'spinoff project' or whatever they're coining themselves as. Three tracks I would recommend would be "Dead Again", "Man at War", and ironically the title track. Those are perhaps the biggest movements for a change of pa
2.0
08.18.17
R5 New Addictions
"New Addictions" accomplishes its goal by keeping fans of the band at bay until a new LP is released. Notable for R5 exclusively engineering/producing this themselves, the result is quite impressive. Quoted as being fans of/being inspired by INXS, doing a cover of "Need You Tonight" as the closing track doesn't feel quite fitting, but it's probably the only gray area on an otherwise colorful album. "If" is a radio-pop single that is infectious, "Red Velvet" might be the best song from the record thanks to its funk approach, "Lay Your Head Down" goes for the more mellow/bass-driven side, and "Trading Time" melds modern synth sounds with the ba
4.0
08.18.17
Storm The Sky Vigilance
Listening to this after the near-masterpiece of "Permanence" and the very successful/experimental "Sin Will Find You", Storm the Sky's EP certainly feels unpolished...but not bad in the slightest. It accomplishes what a normal metalcore EP would need to accomplish - giving the listener hard-hitting riffs melded with catchy enough choruses. The instrumentation is what helps the album though, utilizing higher registers on the guitars to meld with the grungy lows that somehow cancel the negatives out and create a fine sound. The songwriting is the weakest part of this though, as there's nothing special to note about surprises songs may throw at
3.0
08.18.17
Blink-182 California (Deluxe Edition)
How do you rate something like this? "California: Deluxe Edition", while containing every song from "California", is essentially a new album with an addition of 12 NEW SONGS. One might be an acoustic, and one might be a joke song; but that still leaves 10 songs. That's an LP, basically. So, as a whole, this is a 4.5 - with plenty of tracks, some good, some so-so, it's certainly worth your time/money. As for the Deluxe Edition itself? Well, it certainly expands on Blink-182's repertoire by shotgunning new sounds into their overall 'generic but safe' sound from California. "Bottom of the Ocean" especially is the standout in this regard. Though,
4.5
08.18.17
Dayshell Nexus
A monstrous step-up from the band's previous record, "Nexus" proves that Dayshell is a force to be reckoned with - as their sophomore album continues the ongoing progression of hard-hitting, grooving rock music. The only awkward thing about listening to this album is that the first 6(?) tracks all begin with a synthesized/crescendo intro, followed by the introductory verse. It's unfortunate, but a minor setback to an otherwise great catalog of tracks. "Car Sick" is a perfect intro to the album, followed by "A New Man" - delivering what would be weird lyrics ('I'm as cool as you') in a stylish fashion. Other strong tracks are "Low Light", "The
4.0
11.24.16

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  • Spec 30% metalcore damn homie
    May 18 11:20 PM

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