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Soundtrack (Film) The Greatest Showman
The Greatest Showman might be a movie that's sort-of a mixed bag, with impressive set-pieces and performances nulled by a shallow story - but that doesn't stop the soundtrack from being one of the GREATEST musical soundtracks to possibly ever exist. There is not ONE 'average' song on this soundtrack. Every single song has either a rocking groove or beautiful pacing to deliver multiple genres across the board. It's something that could deliver 2-5 radio hits in different categories (and I believe, actually, it did). No need to see the movie to enjoy this one - very rare for musical soundtracks. Side note: I'm not really a 'musical' fan, and I
Turn The Tide Black & White
"Black and White" is a FANTASTIC debut EP from NY-based band Turn the Tide. With the opener "Blackjack", the band establishes this metalcore sound that doesn't necessarily need to rely on the chorus, but moreso the solid musicianship. There's guitar leads and solos throughout the EP that impress, and a few quiet moments that really work in context; "Hour 51" closes the EP in spectacular fashion. It might take a listen or two, but it'll grow on you.
Crown the Empire Retrograde
Never was a fan of Crown the Empire until this record. Their music was fine, but nothing really clicked. "Retrograde" is not just their best album to date, but it's just a really solid record overall. Lead single "Zero" borrows the chorus hook from Taking Back Sunday's "Error Operator", yet it remains the catchiest and best song on the record. Other great songs like "Hologram", "Kaleidoscope", and "Are You Coming With Me?" evoke this hybrid alternative rock/metalcore...perhaps 'Alt-Metal'? There's no real dud on this one, save for maybe the instrumental "The Fear Is Real"...but the tempo shifts make it unique. No, the real dud is "Lucky Us",
The Word Alive Violent Noise
Nope. "Dark Matter" seemed to be a solid direction choice for The Word Alive, utilizing the band's complex songwriting capabilities to deliver a rock album that managed to be safe yet still very well-written. Here we have "Violent Noise", an album that isn't a failure, but is a disappointing follow-up to "Dark Matter". Every song on the album **almost** makes it to the 'good' level of listening, but that's the thing. ALMOST. Every track has potential to be more, yet the group goes the safe route with generic song structures, riffs, and melodies. If The Word Alive wanted to evolve from "Dark Matter", they would've taken the aspects on how the
Escape the Fate I Am Human
This is better than their previous effort. But...I'll rehash what I wrote for "Hate Me": "Escape the Fate were contractually-obligated to produce a new album. It shows."
Thirty Seconds To Mars America
I might be the only one in...AMERICA (wink wink?)...that doesn't hate this. On the contrary, it's pretty great. Listening to how Thirty Seconds to Mars progresses album to album, "America" feels like a fitting follow-up to "Love, Lust, Faith, and Dreams". While to this day "A Beautiful Lie" is their best album, the 'band' refuses to shift back to that style, and have instead progressively begun to use synth/crowd-inspired sounds to create songs that ultimately aim to be crowd-pleasers. "America" succeeds by dropping any sense of distortion found in 'A Beautiful Lie', and instead going with what worked in "This is War" - perhaps with a somewha
Hellions Opera Oblivia
Where "Opera Oblivia" succeeds is the versatility Hellions provides with such different, unique sounding songs that oddly feel they all do belong on the same record. Perhaps where this record slows down a bit is the song "Nuestra Culpa" (and the pointless track "He Without Sin - Heels of the Hands"[it should've just been tagged to the previous track]), but it's only for a brief moment. Opera Oblivia just oozes this unique, cool sound that will sound like probably 5-10 different bands you know already...but not EXACTLY like them. Highlights include "Thresher", "Quality of Life", "Lotus Eater", and "25".

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

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