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Record Review: Phantoms – ‘Screaming on the Inside’

I happen to enjoy Florida’s production of metalcore more than it’s oranges or theme parks. Phantoms from Jacksonville are not an exception, especially with their melodic. sometimes edging-on-symphonic brand of it. Their latest release, and second under their current name, Screaming on the Inside, is a fun blend of all the things you’ve heard under the metalcore label. Is it fun? Yes. Is it catchy? Yes. Will my head bang to it? Yes. What about my arms? Yes. “If I rip out your tongue will you cry about that?” Yes.

The downside is it actually uses too much clean vocal for my taste. Phantoms also don’t seem like the kind of band that will produce meaningful and deep lyrics, but offer more in the way of reckless abandon, head-moving, fist-throwing kind of shit that is always a good time. Get your copy of Screaming on the Inside August 25th, 2017 via Outerloop Records.

Four Star Rating

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Record Review: Shattered Sun – ‘The Evolution of Anger’

Probably not too many people are aware of the band Shattered Sun from Alice, Texas, but the band have been around for a few years with two previous records and a third newly released, The Evolution of Anger. So what is that next evolutionary step? Based on what the band has to say, it’s action.

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RECORD REVIEW: The Acacia Strain ‘Gravebloom’

The Acacia Strain are sixteen year veterans of the aggressive music scene and their latest product, Gravebloom, shows they know what they’re doing, but also that they’re not afraid of experimenting. Hailing from a small, old, western Massachusetts town that would have inspired H.P. Lovecraft, the band excel at making brutal music with a dreary overtone. Basically, they create the aural equivalent of a winter night in a foggy, empty New England town – harsh and unforgiving.

Gravebloom is slow, sludgy, and depressing and tends to blend together at times. Then it changes to a frenetic pummeling assault without warning. The title track maintains a faster pace than “Model Citizen” or “Worthless,” which are good representations of the record overall, and then it switches gears with a melodic instrumental section. “Abyssal Depths” is slow enough to be boring, but it’s an outlier. The album sounds like it’ll play much better live while you’re swinging your fists and hitting your friends. I still recommend checking it out.

Three Star Rating

RECORD REVIEW: Gideon’s ‘Cold’ is bold and emotional

Gideon have made themselves a staple in the hardcore scene during the last several years, and it’s no wonder why. With commanding vocals, charging breakdowns and emotional lyrics, this Alabama-born band have everything fans could want, which they showcase brilliantly on their new record, Cold.

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RECORD REVIEW: Fit For An Autopsy Confront Current Events with ‘The Great Collapse’

Fit For An Autopsy’s fourth studio album is the manifestation of years of global tragedies and catastrophes that have come to a boiling point for the band. The Great Collapse sounds like how you feel if you’re fed up with hearing about bombings, unusually destructive natural events, and everything terrible in between.

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RECORD REVIEW: Within the Ruins ‘Halfway Human’

Massachusetts metal masters Within the Ruins are releasing their fifth album, Halfway Human. It is political, personal, progressive, technical, and triumphant. It is a record that’s easy to lose yourself in both lyrically and instrumentally. Halfway Human is full-way wonderful.

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Record Review: Lorna Shore ‘Flesh Coffin’

What’s Lorna Shore? Black metal not from Norway you say? Technical black metal deathcore? From New Jersey? And it’s actually good?

The answer to all of those questions is simply “yes.” Lorna Shore have been around for a few years. Building on the strength of their first album, Psalms, they have crafted a fast-paced, brutal and philosophical full-length that should surely propel them to the forefront of the genres they dabble in. Flesh Coffin, which arrives officially on February 17th, 2017, is a foray into the mysteries of death and life and what they mean. “Denounce The Light” forces you to wonder how far you would go to keep living once your time has passed. “the//watcher” suggests your life is not your own. Throughout the album, the bass drums and relentless shrieking often drown out the inquisitive lyrics and render them nearly unintelligible, but that is par for the course with heavier music.

You can feel the heat from the burning churches when Flesh Coffin comes on. Lorna Shore’s black metal side is on display in this release. The technical, progressive and deathcore elements show through as well, making the album fun, brutal and potentially overwhelming. It is an album to look forward to and listen to repeatedly as every playthrough will offer you a new perspective.

Four Star Rating

by David Marulanda

RECORD REVIEW: Megosh’s ‘Apostasy’ Earns Them The Spotlight

With the release of their debut full-length, Megosh has earned themselves a spot amongst the top post-hardcore players. Apostasy is utterly enchanting and impossible to resist. The record starts off on an electrifying note with “Checkerboards & Cigarettes” and only increases its bold sense of creativity from there. “Desparada” is a track we challenge you to rid from your brain after just one play while “Carrying Fire” is one that will reach into the very ventricles of your heart.  Apostasy deserves your attention, and it will command it.

RIYL: Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa, Coheed & Cambria 

NEED-TO-KNOW: Crystal Lake – ‘True North’

Crystal Lake‘s new record True North instantly tops the must-have list for fans of all genres of heavy music. It’s got the instrumental complexity that metalheads love, hardcore heaviness (“Six Feet Under”), killer metalcore vocals, and even electronic and rap influences. OK, we know some of you instantly got scared at the mention of the “R-word”, but trust us, “Hatred” is one of the best songs on the album.

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Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, Crystal Lake have made a name for themselves internationally with their first couple of records, and True North is going to push them over the edge. No matter how heavy they get, they are equal parts melodic and artistic, as exemplified by the title track on the new record. This is an example of a band whose cover art does their sound complete justice. Their most beautiful musical moments sound like watercolor brought to life.


If you don’t buy this album, you’re making bad choices with your life. It is nothing short of sensational.

 

 

 

 

RECORD REVIEW: To The Wind – ‘The Brighter View’

“Brighter” is a relative term. There isn’t much brightness in To The Wind’s The Brighter View. It’s loaded with anger fueled by resentment. It’s full of self-doubt and self-loathing, but there is always a faint glimmer of hope.

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