Album: Marrow Leech
Genre: Blackened Deathcore
With modern Deathcore becoming more and more Brutal with each release of different bands, you can only wonder how much heavy tones you can add into this genre. Dan Watson, vocalist of Enterprise Earth and ex Infant Annihilator, decided to make a new project that encompasses that exactly.
Ranging from your typical new wave heavy toned Deathcore, that seems to be influenced massively by Brutal Death and Slam, has a bit of Blackened variation in riffs and ambience, this album is nothing shorter than a truly malevolent Deathcore release.
This album is a great blend of brutal and grim riffs, deep low/harsh high vocals, dark sounding ambience with some piano segments and finally a few slams and lots of slow tempo beat downs. Production quality is great as well!
Now with the positives comes the negatives, and honestly this may come as a personal pet peeve but I couldn't get around to the excessive use of slow beat down breakdowns, especially when changing from slightly fast riff sections that could of been provided with a hard hitting breakdown.
The obvious programmed drums can be quite distracting and I wish there were more Blackened elements, like the minimal piano ambience sections, I feel could of been implemented with more variation and undertone lead keys.
Overall this album is worth a listen, especially for fans of Dan and his previous contributions in IA and his current band Enterprise Earth. I am eager to hear more from this project, with hopefully more Blackened elements!
Album: Black Flame
So it seems the UK Metalcore band BT are back with another amazing album, without ever straying too far from their original sound!
After hearing this album a couple of times, I got to express that it's really good and actually a better improvement from Earthbound, which wasn't an album I was too keen on.
This album retains their usual mix of harsh and serenading clean vocals as asual, melodic Metalcore riffs that most bands lack now a days, some heavy breakdowns, really good groove parts and the studio quality is pretty good. Some songs are better than others granted, but each song has something good to offer.
The main negatives I'd give this is that it isn't as heavy and melodically thrived as their older albums, the cleans were great as usual from Jason Cameron, but I feel lacked the power and drive he had in the previous albums too. Finally, although their production is good on this, I feel it could of been better, especially considering they left Nuclear Blast and are in "Music For Nations" now.
Overall its a good album that I feel would deal a better experience live for sure, and it's different a step in the right sound direction ever since Earthbound.
Fav songs: Black Flame, The Age and Stormbringer and Peacekeeper.
EP: Aseity: I
Genre: Progressive Deathcore
After a 4 year gap of no new album releases, they finally managed to get a new vocalist that will definitely set them back on track.
Since their previous full length from 2014, "Eschatologies" they showcased their talented potential and skill with their unique sound, and this new EP featuring their new vocalist "Dilan" definitely proves this well.
With a release of 6 new tracks, each one has a variety of sounds and progressions that you'll appreciate and be surprised with awe at how good they can compose.
Mixing the heavy and gritty sound of modern Deathcore with actual Progressive melodies and structures, every song won't leave you bored. From heavy grooves/breakdowns, enchanting undertone melodies and technical drum work to a mix of vocal techniques and even some fitting cleans, this release truly has something for most modern metal fans to appreciate.
I wouldn't say there's much negatives on here, I personally think some parts of the vocals feel drowned out at times, but the production is still professional, and I'd say the only song that I didn't feel fit too well with the rest of the tracks would be "Decades", which is a heavy banger, but feels less melodically intricate amongst the rest.
Overall, its an amazing release that most of us Nexilva fans have been eagerly and patiently waiting for, and it's not everyday that a personal friend of mine gets the opportunity to fill in for vocals in such a quality band with high potential!
Give this album a go, especially if you're fans of bands such as Veil of Maya, Entheos and I, Valiance.
Fav songs: Redeemed, A Temporal Divine and The Twilight Prison.
Genre: Progressive Metalcore
It's always a sad time when a talented and uprising band, announces their last release. Being a fan of this band for years, ever since I discovered them when they had released "Efficacy" back in 2013, its been a great experience to see how the band developed their sound over the years.
Although they mainly released just EPs through their discography, every EP has been nothing less than amazing in their unique approach at Progressive Metalcore.
This EP encompasses most of what they've achieved over the years, filled with technical grooves, melodic riffs, quality poly-rhythmic breakdowns, strong vocals with some cleans and finally, production quality is top notch!
There's not much negatives I'd give it, as majority of this showcases what they were capable of for years. I would of appreciated if they had more of their heavier and complex side to them, like from their first releases.
Overall, its an amazing and heartfelt release, with each track having a slightly different tone and approach, especially the last track having the most emotional feel to it, closing the album perfectly as a sign of gratitude to their fans.
I wish the best of luck to their future endevours and projects, hopefully they can continue musically with new bands, as they're truly talented and underrated musicians!
Fav tracks: Echo, Five-0, Look to the East.
So tonight I was looking for a new anime to watch, and I encountered this classic Space Opera/Mecha movie named "The Five Star Stories." This one single movie, released back in 1989, is basically just a manga adaptation, covering the story up to the first volume it seems. This movie was honestly gorgeous in terms of character and animation design. The mechas are detailed and amazing, but it's to be expected, especially seeing how Studio Sunrise, same studio connected with the Gundam series, was involved in this.
The story is pretty unique, based in the year 2988, involving God-like themes in a planetary war era of the future. The mechas, aka "Mortar Headds," are piloted by a super skilled "Master" and a "fatima" which are artificially created females that were made to control the mecha via mentally connected computer systems.
Overall its a good anime movie if you're into beautiful gothic esque characters, especially "bishounen" protagonists, detailed and epic mechas and 80s aesthetic space dramas! Just wished there was more battles, especially with the mechas, but this was more of an introduction to the manga tbh, something I'll have to look into.
Album: Eternal Nightmare
2018 seems to be another good year for Deathcore, especially with one of its pioneering bands, Chelsea Grin, releasing a powerful album to set in stone!
Although it truly is a shame that Alex, the original vocalist, left due to medical/personal issues, Tom Barber, ex vocalist of Lorna Shore, stepped in to take over the vocals in the band. His vocals are prominently powerful both studio wise and live, proven not only in his LS shows but the latest shows that CG has played with him thus far. I'd say he's a good pick to replace Alex. "Eternal Nightmare" proves to be a step forward in the right direction of this band's evolution of sound, as the prior album "Self Inflicted" didn't really leave much of an impact imo. This album delivers that Brutal and dark sound of Deathcore, both in modern and old ways, with a significant change in studio quality and the vocals provide a powerful and driving push for the instrumentation in this. It's filled with head pounding breakdowns, malevolant riffs and ambience, amazing solos and finally strong vocals that dwell more on the low ends.
Now for negatives, this is an obvious as most fans have stated, with the replacement of vocals there's a lack of nostalgia from Alex's vocals that could of contributed to the darker parts of the album, such as his highs, which this album lacked. More undertone ambience like that of their Evolve EP would of been great to build upon their dark tones, and finally more melodic Blackened riffs like that of My Damnation had would of made this a perfect comeback.
Overall, this was a great Deathcore album that will grow on you more with more listens, and I can only imagine how insane the shows will be with the catchy and hyped breakdowns this provided.
Fav songs: Dead Rose, Across The Earth, 9:30, Limbs, Hostage.
I recently watched and finished the 2003 anime "Texhnolyze" which was directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki under the studio Madhouse, and produced by the one and only Yasuyuki Ueda, whom was involved with the cult classic, Serial Experiments Lain.
The main reason why I wanted to mention Lain, is because this anime is quite similar to that of its psychological mindfuck plot, except instead of leaving you with an existencial crisis, it'll leave you with a nihilistic one. This anime is very gray and dark shaded, no happiness and a lack of hopeful symbolism. Just a story about a dystopian era where humanity is split between a secluded underground city named Lux, and the fading memory that is "The Surface." In the underground city, there's a main character named Ichise, whom loses his arm and leg only to be "texhnolyzed", which is a running moral theme in the city, with different groups that either use such modifications to their advantage to take over the city, or ones that are almost religious in the way they see it as dehumanising themselves.
Theres more to it but I won't spoil it for anyone else, if you want a slow burn anime with a good building plot, detailed bloody action, mysterious characters, psychological messages and a brilliant soundtrack including a song made by Gackt himself, then I'd highly recommend Texhnolyze!...just be prepared for a depressing anime experience btw.
After binge watching these past three days, and experiencing the final episode a day after it's initial release, I have only but to admit, "DARLING in the FRANXX" is one hell of an addicting feels trip.
Imo it's the best Anime of 2018 to air, and with good reason. Animation and design is full of vibrant color and detail, music is gorgeous, characters are quite unique, even with a bit of typical anime traits and the storyline and plot will leave you wanting to find out what's next with its dramatic and emotional twists.
At first, I thought this was like a combination of Evangelion with Kill La Kill, with its post apocalyptic mecha elements and obvious lewd innuendos, that seriously can be taken out of context every episode haha but as you watch on, you'll catch a more serious undertone slowly growing, elaborating in the indoctrinated fortress the young pilots are in, and the adorable but bittersweet love connection Hiro has with Zero Two.
Overall its a definite must watch for anyone who loves mecha, action and romantic drama styled anime, Atsushi Nishigori and the team behind this series did an amazing job at making @darlinginthefranxxofficial a reality! <3
Not gonna spoil it for anyone there, you'll have to watch it for yourself, trust me the end will leave you crying with so many emotions like it did for me, with a cherished message and memory for all. It definitely one of the best examples of modern Anime done right! And if that's not enough to encourage you to watch, then Zero Two's adorable smiles and "daaarling" quotes will sure do it ;] #bestwaifu2018#darlinginthefranxx#hiro#zerotwo#anime#2018anime#review#otaku#animereview#atsushinishigori#mecha#scifianime#mechaanime#romanticdrama#cyberpunk#trigger#triggeranime#darlifra#waifu#darling#japanese#japan#klaxosaur#franxx#kissofdeath#squad13#strelizia#parasites#nineiota#jian
Album: The Sin and Doom Vol. II
After 5 years of patiently waiting for another new album from this band, they delivered and gave us more than we expected honestly!
This album, with a sequel name of their 2005 demo "The Sin and Doom", truly brought out the relentless Deathcore approach they've had for years without drastically changing their sound.
Production wise, its on point as always. As for music wise, let's just say there's enough head pounding breakdowns for that mosh adrenaline, groovy and somewhat melodic riffs in some tracks, that are reminiscent of old Whitechapel. Each song is packed with vocal and instrumental work with no breaks or interludes. Vocals are still as harsh and heavy as ever, with some songs showcasing how deep Brook Reeves' vocal chords can go. Finally as for the lyrical themes, they still carry that serious religious approach, being a Christian band and all, but their lyrics are the kind that don't put you off in a cringey way, but rather you'd want to Crowdkill Satan in the pit kind of way ;] As for negatives, the only things it lacked was more of their old melodic riffs and solos they had, along with more groovey passages and hyped breakdown leads like that in Death, Ascension, Resurrection and There Will Be Violence.
Overall, this is a killer of a 2018 Deathcore album, which won't disappoint long term fans of this band, the 5 year wait was worth it trust me.
Fav songs: War Music, Paved With Bones, The Serpants Tongue, Everything's Fake.
Band: SEVER BLACK PARANOIA
Being a fan of this Japanese band of recently, I've really come to appreciate the unique and quality production approach of this band. Each release of theirs have been brilliant and not to mention steadily getting heavier, metal and electronic wise.
"Species" is their recent release, which is truly surprising how quickly they release new material, like their recent EP, "Flying Leap" that was released not too long ago.
This single features 3 songs, one of which being an Electronic song without any Metal elements. The way they incorporate Metalcore/Post-Hardcore, with the typical Japanese Metal/Rock approach in vocals and melodies, is catchy as it is, but their electronic elements add more flavour to their addictive recipe! Mixing sounds of heavy hardcore/hardstyle beats and melodic catchy synths, make this a great extension to the sound similar in their previous EP, and strengthens the hope for the next release.
I can't really say there's much negatives, they pretty much uphold their sound and approach perfectly in their own way, and there's not much improvement needed in this, all I want is another full album like "Eliza" but with this style and production.
Overall, I'd recommend this band to anyone who's a fan of hard hitting Metalcore with catchy Japanese styled Post-Hardcore vocals, melodic and distorted dance music and a band that promises to deliver amazing music regularly with quality production!