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All Mosh, All Misery

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2013 was a more than solid year for deathcore (a dirty word these days I understand but how else do you want me to describe it? Breakdeathscreamstep?) with releases from Fit For An Autopsy and Conducting From The Grave among others. 2014 looks like another good year in the making for fans of this much maligned subgenre. We may only be two weeks into the new year but already there is something new to shout home about. With thanks to staff member Nayon who brought this band to my attention, I present to you: All Misery. View Full Article »

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Mexican deathcore outfit Arcadia Libre are a band I’ve been watching for a while. Their debut EP Alpha was pretty good, but they’ve released a single from their upcoming release Et Omega, and it’s on a completely different level. ‘Salvaje’ — which will be made available to download on Christmas — is a flurry of crushing riffs. Tight drumming, aggressive vocals and well-placed chugs, it’s all here. This makes me really excited for the upcoming release, and if you’re like me, worry not, because it will be available early next year. In the meantime, check the song out right here and get ready for Et Omega!

-NT

Becoming the Archetype – I Am

Becoming The Archetype

I Am

01. The Ocean Walker
02. The Time Bender
03. The Eyes of the Storm
04. The Sky Bearer
05. The Machine Killer
06. The War Ender
07. The Weapon Breaker
08. The Planet Maker
09. The Sun Eater
10. I AM

[09/18/12]
[Solid State Records]

American progressive metalcore band Becoming The Archetype are an interesting sort. Their earlier albums featured standard metalcore enhanced by death metal musings (in a different manner from regular deathcore). Conversely, their previous album Celestial Completion was heavily influenced by popular progressive deathcore and post-metal bands. It had a different sound that was simpler, but also more ambient, featuring clean vocals and post-metal style instrumentation accented by syncopated guitars. Now they’ve come out with a new record just a year after Celestial Completion, but they’ve also lost many members in the transition. Now armed with a new singer, bassist and drummer; their new album I Am offers the potential for yet another change in direction. But does the end result actually sound different? Never mind that, is it even any good? Let’s take a look.

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Arcadia Libre – Alpha

Arcadia Libre

Alpha

01. Alpha
02. 115
03. El Cazador
04. Beta
05. Exotránsito
06. Omicron
07. Imagen y Semejanza
08. Liberate

[06/11/12]
[Self-released]

As of the past few years, there have been many deathcore/djent bands that have gathered a small but dedicated following online, but there are so many of those bands that it’s hard to pick out the ones that are truly special. Arcadia Libre are one of those bands, and they’re from Mexico. To be honest, they’ve been pretty unimpressive with their first few songs, but when they changed direction from standard fare deathcore to an aggressive form of metalcore/djent, they defined their own sound. They’ve finally released their EP Alpha for free, and it’s not disappointing.

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