Album Review: Graves – Monster

Album Review: Graves – Monster

Band: Graves Album: Monster Genre: Metalcore, mosh, downtempo Date Of Release: 21/11/16 Location: Wollongong, NSW Reviewer: Benjamin Muir For Fans Of: Black Tongue, Traitors, Scourge Track Listing: 1. 506 (4:28) 2. Decay (3:16) 3. Monster (3:24) 4. Fear (3:25) 5. Ratface (1:53) 6. Father (3:42) 7. Kyden (3:50) 8. Alone (4:21) 9. Erase (3:29) 10. Sick (3:06) 11. Empty (3:50) Wollongong mosh outfit Graves have been around for half a decade now, and have garnered a considerable following in that time. Monster is their first full-length release, following an EP in 2013 and several singles thereafter that were included with this release. I don’t often listen to a lot of the super-low tuned end of the mosh spectrum, nor do I often gravitate toward the sludgier or doomier end of it, but after this I’m seriously considering shelling out for an eight-string and some passé longsleeves with writing on the arms. I was persuaded to take on this review after thoroughly enjoying ‘Fear’ (which turned up in my Youtube recommended videos the day it dropped), and I most certainly do not regret taking this review on in spite of having a slew of assessments that same weekend; enjoying this release got me through it a lot easier. Monster is exceptionally well paced, beginning with steady, groovy mid-tempo tracks from the first to the fourth. The first couple of singles at tracks one and four are both stellar, with the pit call in ‘Fear’ being exceptionally memorable; I can see it being a mainstay of their live set for a long time to come. Incredibly well written as a mosh...
Album Review: Hellions – ‘Opera Oblivia’

Album Review: Hellions – ‘Opera Oblivia’

Band: Hellions Album: Opera Oblivia Genre: Melodic hardcore Date of Release: 28th July, 2016 Location: Sydney, New South Wales Reviewer: Chris Giacca For Fans Of: My Chemical Romance but heavier. Sort of. Track Listing: 1. 24 2. Quality of Life 3. Thresher 4. Lotus Eater 5. He Without Sin i) Halation 6. He Without Sin ii) Heels of the Hands 7. Bad Way 8. Nightliner Rhapsody 9. Nuestra Culpa 10. 25 It’s 2016, picture the scene: the world is awash with discontent, and conflict. Terrorism runs rife amid a geopolitical landscape that is eerily similar to many pre-apocalyptic works of fiction that were dismissed as nonsensical and unrealistic. The choices in American presidency amount to a bumbling narcissist or a calculating sociopath. Pigs fly, unchecked, through the night skies. Hell freezes over, as the price of rent skyrockets to the point where heating is unaffordable. And Hellions release a good album Now, I know we’ve been pretty quick to take the piss out of them in the past, but this album is really fucking good. Naturally, when it was released, there was the normal cacophony of ‘OMG new Hellions guise!!11!!’ and whatnot from the usual UNFD sweaters, but this time was a little different. This time, the hype was actually warranted in full. So kick back, relax, and enjoy as I eat a nice, big ol’ serving of humble fucking pie. So starting off, I’d like to make a couple of observations, which may or may not have eluded the general populace. This album is titled Opera Oblivia, and a lot of people may have felt that it was...
Album Review: Storm The Sky – ‘Sin Will Find You’

Album Review: Storm The Sky – ‘Sin Will Find You’

Band: Storm The Sky Album: Sin Will Find You Genre: Alternative, post-hardcore Date of Release:5th August, 2016 Location: Melbourne, Victoria Reviewer: Chris Giacca For Fans Of: letlive, Issues, anonymous fucking Track Listing: 1. Second Best 3:08 2. Jaded Ghost 3:26 3. Carcinova 4:42 4. Medicine 4:23 5. Wake Up Sleeping 4:39 6. In Vein 4:05 7. Lilac 4:18 8. S.W.F.Y 3:31 9. Disappointed 3:14 10. Burning 6:21 Storm the Sky are back. They are now minus a pointless vocalist, but they are back, just the same. This album shows a marked divergence from their previous incarnation as a stock-standard post-hardcore band, and honestly, they are much the better for it. They have capitalised on the single best thing they have going for them – Will’s exceptional voice – and more or less jettisoned the detritus. However, this comes with a little bit of a caveat. The lyrics. Holy shit, seriously. I was actually really tempted to ditch reviewing this album, and just do a ’10 worst lyrics from Sin Will Find You‘ article, but I managed to restrain myself. Just. ‘Does it hold you back the way it breaks me that my baby is better than everything?’, for instance. Fucking hell. The whole album is full of super similar imagery, as if he ran out of metaphors two songs in. Hearts cold as ice, people fucking bed posts because the other person may as well not be there, bulk amounts of super edgy drug references, and an overarching theme of ‘I’m a piece of shit, but that’s pretty much all you deserve’ kind of gets old real quick. But...
Album Review: The Amity Affliction – This Could Be Heartbreak

Album Review: The Amity Affliction – This Could Be Heartbreak

Band: The Amity Affliction Album: This Could Be Heartbreak Genre: Post-hard-bore/metalcore Date of Release: 12th August, 2016 Reviewer: Chris Giacca For Fans Of: Listening to the exact same thing ad infinitum Hey kids! Today, I thought I’d have some fun and try out a concept I’ve been sitting on for a while, waiting for the exact right moment to bring it to fruition. In this review, I’m going to make a called shot. I’m going to review this new Amity Affliction album before actually listening to it. That’s right, don’t adjust your filth-encrusted screens, you read 100% correctly. I am so supremely confident that this album will be every bit as generic, formulaic, and terminally forgettable, that I am going to write the entire review, titles omitted of course, and then if any amendments are required, I will notate them at the bottom of the review. Sound like fun? No? Well get fucked, because I’m doing it anyway! Now, before I really get started, I just want to address something briefly. The Amity Affliction deal with criticism both terribly, and publicly. Both Joel and Ahren – read: the only two members anyone gives a shit about – have a history of totally pissing their giant knickers on Twitter, and it’s always funny. They typically accuse people of Tall Poppy Syndrome, which is hilarious. Newsflash: sometimes, people have valid points, and it doesn’t relate to how famous you are. Sometimes, when people say that all your songs sound the same, they are just telling the truth. Sometimes, it’s not so much Tall Poppy Syndrome, as it is I Listened To...
Album Review: Nails – ‘You Will Never Be One of Us’

Album Review: Nails – ‘You Will Never Be One of Us’

Band: Nails Album: You Will Never Be One of Us Genre: Powerviolence/Hardcore/Hm-2core Date of Release: 17/06/16 Location: California Reviewer: Benjamin Muir For Fans Of: Full of Hell, Code Orange, Weekend Nachos Track Listing: 1. You Will Never Be One of Us [1:30] 2. Friend to All [0:46] 3. Made to Make You Fall [0:56] 4. Life is a Death Sentence [1:39] 5. Violence is Forever [3:27] 6. Savage Intolerance [1:47] 7. In Pain [1:02] 8. Parasite [0:55] 9. Into Quietus [1:34] 10. They Come Crawling Back [8:15] It’s hard to say anything about Nails that hasn’t been said before. So let me put my best foot forward. I personally don’t mind Nails, but if you weren’t a fan of Nails before You’ll Never Be One of Us – well, you’ll never be (One of us?). The contentious title of the album and several interviews surrounding it have ruffled a few feathers on the internet, prompting accusations of elitism and scene bullying – what little of the media isn’t already raving about the record that is. Unprofessional Twitter responses from the band aside, the general consensus from what I can gather as to what is inferred by said title is that “us” are people who have “dedicated themselves” to music and who are “doing it for the right reasons” (to borrow Jones’s own words on the matter) – whatever that means. It definitely won’t get album title of the year, that’s for sure, but with the hype that is already brewing, it may already be a contender for heavy album of the year in a lot of people’s books. As...
Album Review: Too Late – Too Late [Self-Titled]

Album Review: Too Late – Too Late [Self-Titled]

Band: Too Late Album: Too Late [Self-Titled] Genre: Modern hardcore Date of release: 23/06/2016 Location: Auckland, New Zealand Reviewer: Benjamin Muir For Fans Of: Staunch, Life’s Ill, R I F F S Track Listing: 1. Nothing (1:02) 2. Morality (2:08) 3. Belial (1:39) 4. Leviathan (1:38) 5. Damocles (1:56) 6. Congregation (2:14) 7. Void of Sin (2:54) 8. Doctrine (2:41) 9. Abraxas (1:57) 10. Thamas (1:57) 11. Cursed (2:05) Before taking on this review, I hadn’t heard of Too Late. Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, the band was described to me as a “hardcore band with no weird shtick or bullshit”. All too often phrases like this are thrown around with a certain air of insincerity or uncertainty about them; but this is not one of those cases. As advertised, Too Late’s self-titled release is precisely that. I was almost fooled into thinking that this was a metalcore album based on the intro track; I was however pleasantly surprised when instead of Gothenburg harmonies I heard the comforting mid-range growl of of a 5150 (probably with a Tubescreamer in front) that is almost suggestive of hardcore itself in the 2010’s … and good lord does it sound good. It’s formulaic, but it’s hard to not appreciate how perfectly said formula is enacted in this album. While I wasn’t particularly keen on the intro track, the second – ‘Morality’ (which I have a feeling may become a single at some point) was absolutely fantastic. The riffs, as mentioned before were prime and the solo was impressive. While not every song on the album stood out in that capacity, I enjoyed...