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The Contortionist - Language

THE CONTORTIONIST “LANGUAGE”

You can compare them to Between The Buried And Me all you want, but the simple fact remains that The Contortionist have something else going on entirely. Where BTBAM tend to use lead lines as rhythms in their brand of space-prog-metal, The Contortionist build Language around solid rhythm guitar and keyboards. Ex-Last Chance To Reason vocalist Michael Lessard hypnotizes you

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The Paramedic - Diary Of My Demons

THE PARAMEDIC “DIARY OF MY DEMONS”

I feel like an asshole for saying this, but The Paramedic are wasting their talents. Diary of My Demons is formulaic and predictable, subscribing to the most clichéd tactics metalcore has to offer: electronic intros, attempts at brutality in the growls, auto-tune jizzed all over what would otherwise be solid singing, somewhat uninspired song structures, and breakdowns that are not

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He Is Legend - Heavy Fruit

HE IS LEGEND “HEAVY FRUIT”

Ladies and gentlemen, He Is Legend are fucking back! Good rawk’n’roll took a hit when they announced their hiatus after 2009’s It Hates You, but here we are, five years later, with Heavy Fruit, a record that will make you shit. Figuratively, of course. It’s difficult to express how badly this record needs to be heard. Schuyler Croom never needs

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Lazerwulf_Beast of Left and Right

LAZER/WULF “THE BEAST OF LEFT AND RIGHT”

Listening to The Beast of Left and Right, the debut full length from Lazer/Wulf, is absolutely enthralling. It seems impossible that just three people created this hydra of prog, math rock and metal. Jagged riffs from both guitarist Bryan Aiken and bassist Sean Peiffer drive these nine songs, while octopus-limbed drummer Brad Rice keeps the percussion interesting without being a

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I Omega - Transients

I, OMEGA “TRANSIENTS”

Not enough bands play in the vein of Protest The Hero or I Am Abomination. I guess playing fluid leads over ever-shifting time signatures is a hard thing to do while still retaining solid songwriting. I, Omega have absolutely no problem with it, however, and it absolutely shows on their debut full-length, Transients. Guitarists Thomas Borboa and Ryan Cano are

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Drunk Dad - Ripper Killer

DRUNK DAD “RIPPER KILLER”

I will say this about Drunk Dad: Ripper Killer sounds like they took the Red Fang formula, added a healthy dose of Cokegoat hypnosis, poured in some chaotic punk rock fury, and called it good. There’s a Nirvana comparison to make, too, since the vocals are extremely Kurt Cobain influenced. “Light A Fire” ends with a discordant freakout reminiscent of

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Chelsea Grin - Ashes to Ashes

CHELSEA GRIN “ASHES TO ASHES”

You know, listening to Chelsea Grin’s new album, Ashes to Ashes, makes me appreciate good deathcore even more. I’m not even kidding. It makes me jam out to the bands who do this leagues better than Chelsea Grin ever will. You know what this record sounds like? Born of Osiris songs that were thrown away because they weren’t good, and Chelsea Grin

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Lost Society - Terror Hungry

LOST SOCIETY “TERROR HUNGRY”

Thrash is one of those genres where there really is no grey area. You either do it right or you don’t. Lost Society absolutely fucking nail it, because Terror Hungry is a blast of a listen. Bristling with punk rock energy, infectious guitar melodies and chock full of “what the fuck did I just hear” solos, this album makes me

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Tankard - RIB

TANKARD “R.I.B.”

Unlike their labelmates Lost Society, Tankard are a thrash band that seem to have forgotten how to be serious and have fun at the same time. As a result, their new album R.I.B. is just not that fun to listen to. You can tell the people involved are very talented – guitarist Andreas Gutjahr’s solos prove this point, as does

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FUCKED UP “YEAR OF THE DRAGON”

Fucked Up need no real introduction, but for the uninitiated, they’re one of the few bands nowadays that seem to understand how to blend hardcore, experimental punk and art into a tantalizing listen. This year is a good one for fans of Fucked Up, with not only a full-length follow-up to 2011’s David Comes To Life, but the sixth entry

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The Contortionist - Language

THE CONTORTIONIST “LANGUAGE”

You can compare them to Between The Buried And Me all you want, but the simple fact remains that The Contortionist have something else going

The Paramedic - Diary Of My Demons

THE PARAMEDIC “DIARY OF MY DEMONS”

I feel like an asshole for saying this, but The Paramedic are wasting their talents. Diary of My Demons is formulaic and predictable, subscribing to

He Is Legend - Heavy Fruit

HE IS LEGEND “HEAVY FRUIT”

Ladies and gentlemen, He Is Legend are fucking back! Good rawk’n’roll took a hit when they announced their hiatus after 2009’s It Hates You, but

I Omega - Transients

I, OMEGA “TRANSIENTS”

Not enough bands play in the vein of Protest The Hero or I Am Abomination. I guess playing fluid leads over ever-shifting time signatures is

Drunk Dad - Ripper Killer

DRUNK DAD “RIPPER KILLER”

I will say this about Drunk Dad: Ripper Killer sounds like they took the Red Fang formula, added a healthy dose of Cokegoat hypnosis, poured

Chelsea Grin - Ashes to Ashes

CHELSEA GRIN “ASHES TO ASHES”

You know, listening to Chelsea Grin’s new album, Ashes to Ashes, makes me appreciate good deathcore even more. I’m not even kidding. It makes me

Lost Society - Terror Hungry

LOST SOCIETY “TERROR HUNGRY”

Thrash is one of those genres where there really is no grey area. You either do it right or you don’t. Lost Society absolutely fucking

Tankard - RIB

TANKARD “R.I.B.”

Unlike their labelmates Lost Society, Tankard are a thrash band that seem to have forgotten how to be serious and have fun at the same

FUCKED UP “YEAR OF THE DRAGON”

Fucked Up need no real introduction, but for the uninitiated, they’re one of the few bands nowadays that seem to understand how to blend hardcore,