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Review: Silverstein - Rescue

Review: Silverstein – Rescue

Canadian post-hardcore group Silverstein’s fifth album, Rescue, sounds more like a bid for commercial success than their rawer previous releases. And yet, while that would generally be a criticism for any band with underground roots, in this case, the results work, at least for the most part. The production is slicker, the pop-punky parts are […]

Review: The Plot in You - First Born

Review: The Plot in You – First Born

Hard charging, heavy, and in your face, the Plot in You hold nothing back on their debut record, First Born. Methodical and punishing, the songs are a series of industrial sounds and crunchy guitar chords. But while the band shoots for a similar sound to more polished metalcore contemporaries like Bury Your Dead and the […]

Review: Thursday - No Devolución

Review: Thursday – No Devolución

Much like Deftones’ paradigm-shifting White Pony or Thrice’s Vheissu, post-hardcore group Thursday’s latest, No Devolución, is a grand experience, full of depth and atmospheric subtleties that show off a new side to the group. Indeed, it is their most experimental, far-wandering album to date. The fact that the band wrote the album’s 12 tracks in […]

Review: Emery - We Do What We Want

Review: Emery – We Do What We Want

Since forming in 2006, emo-inflected Christian post-hardcore outfit Emery have not had it easy. They’ve undergone several lineup changes and even had to relocate from South Carolina to Seattle in order to find a more vibrant music scene. While it’s admirable that the band has pulled through such obstacles to outlast heavier peers like Still […]

Review: Protest the Hero - Scurrilous

Review: Protest the Hero – Scurrilous

Scurrilous, the third album by Protest the Hero—a five-piece progressive metal band hailing from Ontario, Canada—charges forth from the gate in spectacular fashion with opener “C’est La Vie.”  The audacious start can’t be maintained, however, as the opening track is in retrospect the best song on the record. From there, the album features frequent, runaway […]

Review: Children of Bodom - Relentless Reckless Forever

Review: Children of Bodom – Relentless Reckless Forever

March 8, 2011 should be a day metal enthusiasts remember: for the release of Relentless Reckless Forever.  The seventh studio album by Children of Bodom surpasses their previous work to reach new heights of metal epicness, which is no mean feat for the Finnish quintet. Alexi Laiho and Roope Latvala are a dynamic guitar duo that […]

Review: The Famine - The Architects of Guilt

Review: The Famine – The Architects of Guilt

At the beginning of 2010, the Famine, a Texas metal quartet, looked like they were facing lean times.  Not only had their vocalist left in January, prompting a line-up change (bassist Nick Nowell assumed the duties, and a bass replacement for him was recruited), but in February, a year before the release date of their […]