Review: Funeral For the Masses – ‘Pitch Black’ EP

    I’m back at it today with “brutal metal” deathcore! Now that I’ve revealed the genre, some of you might be thinking that you know exactly what this album sounds like: “‘Funeral for the Masses?’ Pitch Black? I’m not gonna be hearing anything super avant-garde, right? Or super crazy rhythms, or anything super out…

Review: Makeshift – ‘Morale’ EP

  The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a makeshift object as that of which is a usually “crude and temporary expedient.” A makeshift item is your last-ditch effort; it’s your last resort- your final option. It’s the inferior substitute that you hastily pick up or fall back on because you don’t have any other choice, be it…

Review: Betraying The Martyrs – ‘The Resilient’

  When I heard that I would be reviewing The Resilient by Betraying the Martyrs, I was pretty stoked.  Through my metal discussions (or, rather, my eavesdropping), I’ve heard a lot of talk about Betraying the Martyrs.  Until now, though, I’ve never really taken the time to seriously listen to them!  (Hey! Guy with the…

Review: .bipolar. – ‘Seven’ EP

  One word: unique. I hear the word “unique” in the context of metal and find that it gets harder and harder to pinpoint a definition of what it is. That is, until your ears detect it right away, thinking, ‘Yes, this is it.  This is unique.’ From .bipolar.’s first song on Seven, I hear…

Review: Samsara – ‘Bloodlines’ EP

  Okay readers, I’m not even going to ease into this, because holy hell—Samsara’s debut EP Bloodlines is fucking AMAZING. Damn.  Samsara, if you’re reading this, you’re fucking KILLING it. Before I even begin to describe what Samsara sounds like, let me dedicate a paragraph to how my mind was processing this album.  I started…

Review: Ashes Of My Regrets – ‘Caricatures’ EP

When I first heard about Caricatures, I was hyped to learn that Ashes of My Regrets had frequently been recommended to Of Mice & Men fans, such as myself.  Now, for those of you who don’t know, OM&M is a metalcore band fronted by Austin Carlile that has become increasingly popular these past few years. …

Review: Cries Of the Captive – ‘Totalitarian’

Through my time listening to deathcore, I’ve found that bands are either a hit or miss when it comes to having a unique, memorable sound. Yeah, I said it—deathcore lacks variety. But who can really blame these bands when deathcore fans like you and I just want to hear the same thing over and over—those…