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...
Song Review: Attila – “Ignite”

Song Review: Attila – “Ignite”

Band: Attila Song: Ignite Genre: Metalcore Date of Release: September 24, 2016 Location: Atlanta, Georgia For Fans Of: Vaping Oh, boy. Attila are back. I won’t bore you with their history — it’s likely you’ve heard of them by now and are familiar with their particular brand of cringe. So let’s get straight into it. Fronzilla opens with “It’s about that time / this the year we take shit off the internet / and take it to the streets, motherfucker”, and I’m immediately sceptical. He’s obviously talking about internet beef (unless his next project is going to be some avant-garde real-life meme performance art), and I I can’t help but be a little dubious of a bloke who wears singlets brandishing the slogan “SUCK MY FUCK” and posts bed-selfies on the reg. If Fronz did actually try to take anything to “the streets”, his dick would be violently punched off within 30 seconds for his $10,000 watch, or perhaps more likely, someone will take his invitation to suck his fuck too literally and he would perish in a bizarre sexual encounter with a group of randy Australian tourists. In the chorus he whines “Don’t give a damn what people say / Save it for another day / You gonna talk the talk then walk this way / Or save it for another day.” Basically, he’s challenging shit-talkers to take their internet grievances directly to the band themselves, to “the streets”, while simultaneously making it very clear that he doesn’t care what you think. In practice, feel free to talk smack on Atilla all you want, just make sure to...
Album Review: Sylar – Help!

Album Review: Sylar – Help!

Band: Sylar Album: Help! Date Of Release: 26/08/2016 Label: Hopeless Records Genre: Metalcore/Nu-metal Location: Queens, NY Reviewer: Alex “keep rollin’, rollin’, rollin’” Sievers For Fans Of: Any and all things nu-metal. Track Listing: 1. Help! 2. Soul Addiction 3. Assume 4. Me, Myself, & I 5. Doubting Out 6. Dark Daze 7. South Street Lullaby 8. I Know, You Know, I Know 9. Gambit Rogue Delight 10. Pleasure Paradise 11. Maintain Closure I’ve never once cared for guilty pleasures. Thus, I’ll gladly raise my hand when they start reading out names for the great culling of nu-metal fans via lobotomy. Linkin Park, Korn, Deftones, System Of A Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, and Disturbed – I love those bands, and nostalgia be damned, I still do. I’m not at all embarrassed to admit it. After all, if you’re embarrassed to openly admit you enjoy something, I feel that’s a telling sign you’re battling with some insecurity about how much you actually enjoy said thing. But we’re here to talk about Sylar’s new album Help!, not your insecurities. Sylar is one of many bands riding out nu-metal’s resurgence, of which is bound to end within the next 18 months (calling it now). However, the scene’s quickly approaching critical mass of this sound, and that means a host of severely average bands flooding in. For instance, From Ashes To New, Cane Hill, Gift Giver, & Darke Complex. As for Sylar, I wouldn’t count them among those aforementioned bands. While not original, they’ve got the chops to potentially outlive this returning trend, and keep their heads above the waters of forgettable background music...
Album Review: A Day To Remember – Bad Vibrations

Album Review: A Day To Remember – Bad Vibrations

Band: A Day To Remember Album: Bad Vibrations Genre: Metalcore/Pop-punk Label: Epitaph/ADTR Records Location: Ocala, Florida Reviewer: Alex “He actually bombed the Panhandle” Sievers For Fans Of: Breakdowns, sing-alongs, bands that don’t do anything different. Track Listing: 1. Bad Vibrations 2. Paranoia 3. Naivety 4. Exposed 5. Bullfight 6. Reassemble 7. Justified 8. We Got This 9. Same About You 10. Turn Off The Radio 11. Forgive And Forget Bad Vibrations, you say? Well, it is bad and their music causes vibrations in the air, so you can’t fault A Day To Remember for being honest. ADTR’s sixth album to date is the musical equivalent of an exasperated sigh, and it hurts to know that the band is capable of so much more. The group’s supposedly most “daring record” is also their weakest. There’s good reason why For Those Who Have Heart, Homesick, and What Separates Me From You are typically labeled as the band’s best works. It’s because they are really good fucking albums, plain and simple! But you could not pay me enough to like Bad Vibrations, not when this album goes in one ear and is shat out the other because I don’t want to subject my brain to any long-term issues. As cliché as it sounds, Bad Vibrations feels rather stripped back in its songwriting and its mix. But this is band that’s not really known for their complex, intricate compositions or musical technicality; they’re known for big breakdowns and even bigger choruses. So when you strip back their sound to the bone to hone in on the riffs, the vocals, and the drumming, there’s...
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: Cane Hill – Smile

Album Review: Cane Hill – Smile

Band: Cane Hill Album: Smile Genre: Metal, metalcore Date of Release: 15/07/2016 Location: New Orleans Reviewer: Laura Toft For Fans Of: Slipknot, Marilyn Manson Track Listing: 1. MGGDA 2. (The New) Jesus 3. True Love 4. St. Veronica 5. Fountain Of Youth 6. Cream Pie 7. You’re So Wonderful 8. Ugly Idol Mannequin 9. Screwtape 10. Strange Candy Remember that time your mate was like “Yeah, I’m in a metal band” and he sent you a track that was a 15 minute guitar solo with some terrible, terrible hard rock vocals? That’s definitely not what people mean when they describe Cane Hill as metal. Their debut album Smile keeps everything tight, meaning that it plays out as a clever, smug-core release that doesn’t emphasise skill but aggression, and in doing so, displays a show of talent that proves this band’s potential for greatness. From first track ‘MGGDA’ onwards, Smile is fierce without rest – filthy and fast guitars accompany smirking uncleans that you’d compare to Slipknot, or maybe even OTEP. On ‘(The New) Jesus’, Cane Hill are Depeche-Mode-gone-core, carrying out a rebellious extension of ‘Personal Jesus’, which points a middle finger to the idea of idolatry. They probably didn’t intentionally create that Depeche Mode link you make in your mind, but it’s evident nonetheless. There are a lot of tongue-in-cheek cultural references you can pick up on Smile, evident on ‘Fountain Of Youth’, which takes the concept of the good dying young and bolts off with it (in a far-from-cliché respect). And then there are the differentiated moments on Smile, where you’re pleasantly surprised that this record is more...