Cane Hill – Kill The Sun EP

When Cane Hill came onto the scene in 2014 they were classified as nu-Metal. They were introduced as a foursome from New Orleans trying to make the highly criticized genre relevant. They are staying relevant with their second EP, the stripped back Kill The Sun EP (Rise Records). Continue reading

Taking Back Sunday – Twenty

Taking Back Sunday (TBS) made dancing to heartfelt Emo music a pastime. It is crazy to think that it has been twenty years since the Long Island natives introduced us all to ‘Cute Without The E’ and the dynamic that would become one of Emo’s most beloved staple: Tell All Your Friends (Victory). To celebrate those two decades that came up so quick, the band has gathered nineteen of their repertoire and two new songs into a greatest hits album perfectly titled, Twenty (Craft).Continue reading

All Get Out – No Bouquet

All Get Out has been around for some time now; their 2011 release The Season (Favorite Gentlemen) put them on the map. They are a duo from South Carolina that has really showcased their musicianship with their third release No Bouquet (Rude Records/Easy Vision) where they have created an infectious album that thrives on the dynamic of keeping things simple, creating their own Indie Alternative sound full of soul. Continue reading

The Wild Things – You’re Really Something

Projects led by famed individuals can be a tricky situation. Some actors turned musicians have excelled with their additional ventures like Jared Leto and Steve Martin. But when it comes to releasing a debut by already known participants, playing it safe can be a downfall. Continue reading

Memphis May Fire – Broken

When they erupted onto the scene in 2006 as Oh Captain, My Captain, Dallas natives Memphis May Fire made quite the splash with their early releases. Critically, the last couple of efforts have not been received well, though – the band became preachy but still maintained a gritty Metalcore sound, however, the output contained nothing to really awe the audiences. Continue reading

All That Remains – Victim Of The New Disease

It has been a tough time for All That Remains. Less than a month prior to their ninth studio release, Victim Of The New Disease (Razor & Tie) founding member and guitarist, Oli Herbert passed away. Herbert was a key member that created the ATR signature sound. His technical Melodic Metalcore solos have always been memorable and for one last record, he doesn’t disappoint. Continue reading

Napoleon – Epiphany

Napoleon has been making their mark in the heavy progressive music scene since 2012. In 2016 they released an anticipated debut Newborn Mind that release led to headlining tours with Counterparts and August Burns Red. The trio did not take any time off and are back with their sophomore album Epiphany (Basick Records). The album has a lot to offer—impressive techniques and profound delivery to a sound that is recognizable by the Napoleon name. Continue reading

Atreyu – In Our Wake

When Atreyu’s Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses (Victory) was released in 2002, the band was entering a sonic journey in the prime time of the Orange County Metalcore scene. They have stayed relevant by releasing six strong full-lengths since. This year, they celebrate their 20-year anniversary with the release of their seventh album In Our Wake (Spinefarm).Continue reading

Thrice – Palms

Rock n’ roll has been around for over sixty years, yet has evolved so much in this decade alone that the sub-genres are hard to keep track of. Sure, computers have made it easier for musicians to explore new techniques but not all have been successful at mastering it. Thrice burst out in the scene in the early 2000s when the OC metalcore scene was at its prime. A lot of those bands are still around today sounding the same as no time has ever gone by with different members. Dustin Kensrue, Teppei Teranishi and brother’s Riley and Eddie Breckenridge are celebrating twenty years and their tenth album overall with their first for Epitaph, Palms. The Orange County, Calif. natives have progressed and evolved to an impressive quartet, keeping fans satisfied. Continue reading

Good Charlotte – Generation RX

It’s hard to fathom that Good Charlotte has been around for over twenty years – it doesn’t seem that long since the Maryland natives were the one band to really thrive in the pop-punk MTV explosion of the early 2000’s with the very successful The Young and The Hopeless (Epic/Daylight). They’re released a number of hits since then, the Madden brothers took time off for a side project, got married to Hollywood darlings, and came back with 2016’s Youth Authority (MDDN) to much praise from old fans, and not so much from others.

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