Hey! Listen to Like Rats!

Like Rats sound like Black Breath – except if Black Breath sounded more like Obituary than Entombed – and, if that sounds like something you might like then you’ll probably like Like Rats. There isn’t a whole lot of nuance to Like Rats’ sound. Death Monolith is one of those…

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Trivium – What the Dead Men Say

Trivium have had a colorful career. From blowing up in 2005 with their sophomore release Ascendancy to creating a widely beloved genre-defying masterpiece in Shogun, they’ve known various heights of acclaim. In Waves is also generally quite well-lived, but then things got a bit shakier. They went through various drummers, frontman Matt Heafy had problems with his voice, and some of their albums weren’t as widely appealing as their older work. To some, this might sound like the story of a band past their prime. That’s not necessarily true, as none of their albums in this period were bad per se, but the reception from the fans was more mixed. Every new album would get compared to heights of previous releases.

All of that changed in 2017; things took a turn. With the release of The Sin And The Sentence everything seemed to align and bring the band to new heights. They found a new drummer that elevated their sound in Alex Bent, they found a new sound that elevated their recent trajectory, and Matt’s Twitch streaming career took off, growing the band’s audience in new ways. Of course, with every major milestone album in a band’s career, one question lingers: What happens next?

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Drain – California Cursed

When did hardcore stop being fun? Not to start this review with a sweeping generalization, but it feels like the mainstream music press has been fawning over a wave of “edgy, “unique” hardcore for the sake of celebrating something different. I’m all about infusing adventurous songwriting into the hardcore and…

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Polaris – The Death of Me

Polaris’s debut record, The Mortal Coil (2017) was the first album I ever reviewed for Heavy Blog. While my life remains largely unchanged since then, a lot of has happened for the band in the interim. At the time of their debut, the Sydney act were an undeniable local act…

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Loathe – I Let It in and It Took Everything

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.   That there has been quite the buzz around Liverpudlian quintet Loathe since their debut EP, Prepare Consume Proceed, dropped in 2016 makes the existence of skeptics and detractors as inevitable as a rabid and dedicated fanbase.  Their first full-length, The…

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