Misery Signals – Ultraviolet

It’s difficult for me to find a place to begin, and that’s because I will admit freely and with full transparency that Misery Signals is my favorite band of all time. I would go so far as to say that I might be one of their biggest fans ever, having…

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The Acacia Strain – Slow Decay

“IT FEELS LIKE HELL.” Nothing describes Slow Decay, the tenth studio offering from core titans The Acacia Strain, better than its own opening decree. After the surprise Christmas release of critically acclaimed It Comes in Waves, the band hinted there was more to come. Little did we know they’d follow…

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Protest the Hero – Palimpsest

In prog metal circles, Protest the Hero are held in high regard as being incredibly influential, with at least two albums comfortably sitting in the rank of being outright masterpieces. 2005’s full length debut Kezia was a compelling conceptual record telling the story of the eponymous protagonist being tried and…

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The Ghost Inside – The Ghost Inside

As we sit in the year 2020 with all of its ups and downs, I can’t help but think that there’s really nothing more uniting than the story of the underdog. Everybody in the world loves a come back story. Nothing is more encouraging than seeing the little guy dust…

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END – Splinters From an Ever-Changing Face

Something, something, the sum of its parts, or whatever. Anyone coming to END and asking “what do you get if you cross Counterparts with Fit For An Autopsy and Dillinger…” is already doing themselves a disservice. They’re loaded with preconceptions and they’re not asking the right question. The question actually…

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156/Silence – Irrational Pull

The choice to leave the label system and release a new LP on their own is one that 156/Silence made without hesitation; taking their future firmly in their own hands and making sure that new LP Irrational Pull gave no quarter. The Pittsburgh metal/core outfit stirred the pot quite successfully…

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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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