Yesterday I got an email from reader Ryan Benjamin telling me that this band called Journal blew him away. Not long after, Vince Neilstein over at Metalsucks posted about them. In between bouts of homework, I figured I’d give them a shot. Much to my surprise, Journal were absolutely amazing. Think spastic mathcore along the lines of Dillinger Escape Plan and The Crinn, but with a more progressive approach to songwriting with choruses and streaks of melody splattered across the page before going back to business as usual. Their new album, Unlorja (which is an anagram of Journal!) is fantastic. Buy it right now or SO HELP ME. At the very least, listen to some of the tracks of the album below. Chances are, if you’re reading this and typically enjoy the same music we do, you should enjoy this.

– JR

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