Australia's Capture the Crown bring a heavy dose of straightforward metalcore aggression on this, their second LP. The album contains far fewer electronic elements—and harmonic riffs—than their synth-laden 2012 release, 'Til Death,' underscoring the scene’s shift toward a more authentic hardcore sound. The result is an intense, if repetitive and less original, breakdown-infused sound, spruced up with memorable choruses, like on standouts “Red Light District” and “Smirk.” While the new sound may alienate a few old fans, 'Reign of Terror' is a solid album that should win over just as many new converts. DAVID McKENNA
Check out “I Hate You” from 'Reign of Terror.'