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Justin Timberlake Man of the Woods
It's no 20/20 Experience...not even close. Justin Timberlake's latest effort "Man of the Woods" is at best, 'really good', and at worst, 'really boring'. Nothing on this has the highs that 20/20 Experience had...which is such a shame because there's still a lot to like here. "Midnight Summer Jam" is funky (and also contains a brilliant callback to 20/20 Experience's "Don't Hold the Wall"), "Sauce" has a great hook, "Higher Higher" is very catchy, "Say Something" is a perfect sing-along song, "Montana" is groovy, and "Breeze off the Pond" isn't too bad either. There's not much else here though. A valiant effort from Timberlake and Pharell Will
We Came As Romans Cold Like War
This is, no question, We Came As Romans' best record; every song is fully-realized. Sometimes though, bands like using records to try new ideas...leaving the end product reeking of experimentation in a bad way. "Cold Like War" smells of experimentation in a GOOD way, as the opener "Vultures With Crooked Wings" and "Encoder" certainly do that...but they're both great. The record's best song is "Two Hands" - a fast-paced driving song with lyrics that would belong on a ballad. Perhaps the only song holding this one from honestly being up for debate for 'great metalcore records' is the song "If There's Nothing To See". It's the worst song on "Col
Of Mice and Men Defy
This is a step-up from "Restoring Force", and CERTAINLY from "Cold World". What's odd about this one though is that when the band tries to go 'heavy'...it actually doesn't really work out in their favor. Though, songs like "Forever YDG'n" and "Warzone" are really great - that's about it for the 'heavier' songs. When they decide to go the alt-rock route with "Vertigo", "Back to Me", "Sunflower", and "If We Were Ghosts"...it actually is some of their best sounding stuff - given current conditions (I still prefer the lineup/sound/writing style of The Flood over any of this). If you liked Jamie's Elsewhere mixed with the songwriting style of Of M
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".
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.
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
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

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

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