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Album Ratings 39
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Average Rating: 3.44
Rating Variance: 0.52
Objectivity Score: 77%
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4.5 superb
Currents The Place I Feel Safest
Flor come out. you're hiding
Secret Band LP2
LP2 is the sound of Jon Mess's brain exploding. Take the heaviest parts of Dance Gavin Dance and turn them up to 11. This record feels like the antithesis of newer Dance Gavin Dance material. Mess's screamed vocals are more refined than ever. His lyrics, as is usually the case, are borderline nonsensical but there is a sense of cohesion due to his impassioned delivery throughout the record.
Spite Nothing Is Beautiful
The Browning Geist
This record is a near classic. While I normally shy away from electronics in metalcore/deathcore, the Browning executes this combination perfectly on Geist. Each song is memorable and have their own elements that really make the tracks stand out from one another. This effort is seemingly half heavy and crushing, and half melodic/electronic. The interplay between these two styles (and the quality of the performance) is what makes this record so special. One standout is the track "Carnage", which has a killer rap verse that would be out of place on most any other core release but in this case, it feels right at home. Another standout would be the closing track, "Skybreaker", which ties together the many ethereal themes presented on the record. The riffs on this track are virtuous and self-important but not in a way that detracts from the experience. It's more like the and fully believe in the message they are spreading and it definitely shows. Overall, this record is fun because it experiments with a lot of different ingredients but doesn't shy too far from crushing riffs and punishing screamed vocals that are a must-have staple of modern core music.
Uboa The Origin Of My Depression

4.0 excellent
Chelsea Grin Evolve
Dealer (AUS) Soul Burn
Whole EP is heavy as all hell and incredibly cathartic. A breath of fresh air in terms of core music as they bring a more human element as opposed to their counterparts. You in Frame was such an odd surprise but I can't help but feel like it added composure to an otherwise frenzied batch of tracks. "Crooked", "Grotesque", and "Pretty Stupid" are highlights and absolutely cannot be missed.
Dwellings Lavender Town
Enterprise Earth Embodiment
Incredibly consistent and punishing. Fret acrobatics more than present. The mid-range screaming is good but the high scream are absolutely god-tier
Oceans Ate Alaska Into the Deep
Polyphia New Levels New Devils
PUP Morbid Stuff
The Gloom in The Corner Homecoming
The emotional and visceral nature of this EP made it resonate with me immediately. It is both spastic and meaningful at the same time. The band are able to cut loose and create a soundscape akin to that of a trainwreck but they also know how to use a more subdued approach to express emotion in a more personal way.

3.5 great
Bodysnatcher This Heavy Void
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon
Brand of Sacrifice God Hand
Bury Tomorrow The Union of Crowns
Chelsea Grin Ashes To Ashes
Get Scared The Dead Days
If I Die First My Poison Arms
Solid mall-screamo with some absolutely killer choruses.
The Maine You Are OK
Within Destruction Deathwish

3.0 good
A Wake in Providence The Blvck Sun || The Blood Moon
Architects Holy Hell
Awaken I Am The Beauty In Tragedy
Chelsea Grin My Damnation
Chelsea Grin Eternal Nightmare
Oh, Sleeper Children of Fire
Orthodox (TN) Sounds of Loss
Sonically, this album sounds great. Guitar work is on point and fairly intricate for a chug-laden affair and has some noteworthy grooves. The vocals, unfortunately, leave a lot to be desired. The vocalist sounds like he's just eaten sandpaper before going into the studio. The cherry on top is that there is a distinct lack of variety in his presentation. Mid-to-low range screams are found throughout the entire album and by the end, they've grown slightly grating. The only exception to this would be on"In the Dark" where the vocalist does more of an empassioned yell that serves to break up the monotony. I found myself enjoying the instrumental songs/sections much more than the parts with vocals.
Signs Of The Swarm The Disfigurement Of Existence
Instrumentals are sound and enjoyable but dear god the mix is awful. Also, band definitely know how to do their breakdown/bass drop combo.
The Afterimage Eve

2.5 average
Betraying the Martyrs The Resilient
Crown the Empire Sudden Sky
I AM Hard 2 Kill
Oh, Sleeper Son of the Morning

2.0 poor
Chelsea Grin Self Inflicted

1.5 very poor
Of Mice and Men Cold World

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