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Daylight – ‘Jar’

Rating: 5/5

 

Daylight has been around the block, and has been evolving with each EP, but on their debut full length they have finally hit perfection.  Clocking in at 41 minutes ‘Jar’ is a calming, aggressive, grungy and dirty, work of art reminiscent of 90’s grunge. The first two singles released are dark and heavy (“Life In A Jar”) and melodic and relaxing (“In On It’). Not only is the music great, but record label Run For Cover has put out a wonderful package including CD or LP, posters, a T-shirt and a booklet for one affordable price. We aren’t even half way through the year yet, but Daylight may have taken the number of record of the year with ‘Jar’. (Run For Cover)

 

Similar Cuts:  Nirvana – ‘In Utero’

                         Basement – ‘Colourmeinkindness’

Daylight – ‘Jar’

Rating: 5/5

 

Daylight has been around the block, and has been evolving with each EP, but on their debut full length they have finally hit perfection.  Clocking in at 41 minutes ‘Jar’ is a calming, aggressive, grungy and dirty, work of art reminiscent of 90’s grunge. The first two singles released are dark and heavy (“Life In A Jar”) and melodic and relaxing (“In On It’). Not only is the music great, but record label Run For Cover has put out a wonderful package including CD or LP, posters, a T-shirt and a booklet for one affordable price. We aren’t even half way through the year yet, but Daylight may have taken the number of record of the year with ‘Jar’. (Run For Cover)

 

Similar Cuts:  Nirvana – ‘In Utero’

                         Basement – ‘Colourmeinkindness’

Filed under Daylight Jar Daylight Jar Reviews

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Transit – ‘Young New England’

Rating: 4.5/5

 

With every release Transit keeps overdoing themselves. ‘Young New England’ is the bands catchiest, most inviting release yet. The first single “Nothing Lasts Forever” demonstrated that pure catchiness before the album was released. The title track on the record is that bands most creative song yet, belting out a sing along, group vocal chorus, drinking anthem perfect for any night out on the town. The title ‘Young New England’ is felt throughout the album, showing the bands pride of where they’re from and giving insight on how they grew up. Transit has once again produced an album that will end up on most years end lists for sure. (Rise)

 

Similar Cuts: A Loss For Words – ‘No Sanctuary’

                         Motion City Soundtrack – ‘My Dinosaur Life’

Transit – ‘Young New England’

Rating: 4.5/5

 

With every release Transit keeps overdoing themselves. ‘Young New England’ is the bands catchiest, most inviting release yet. The first single “Nothing Lasts Forever” demonstrated that pure catchiness before the album was released. The title track on the record is that bands most creative song yet, belting out a sing along, group vocal chorus, drinking anthem perfect for any night out on the town. The title ‘Young New England’ is felt throughout the album, showing the bands pride of where they’re from and giving insight on how they grew up. Transit has once again produced an album that will end up on most years end lists for sure. (Rise)

 

Similar Cuts: A Loss For Words – ‘No Sanctuary’

                         Motion City Soundtrack – ‘My Dinosaur Life’

Filed under Transit Young New England Transit Young New England music reviews

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Bands To Know: DISCOURSE
South Carolina’s straight edge brutes Discourse are one of the best up and coming bands in the hardcore scene. Since releasing their self titled ep on Bitter Melody/Headfirst! the young hardcore quartet have recently been busy doing some dates with Bent Life, and even tore up South By Southwest festival in Texas. Look out for a new 7inch EP out this spring on Mayfly Records!

Rocks Like: Earth Crisis, Reign Supreme, Foundation

Bands To Know: DISCOURSE

South Carolina’s straight edge brutes Discourse are one of the best up and coming bands in the hardcore scene. Since releasing their self titled ep on Bitter Melody/Headfirst! the young hardcore quartet have recently been busy doing some dates with Bent Life, and even tore up South By Southwest festival in Texas. Look out for a new 7inch EP out this spring on Mayfly Records!

Rocks Like: Earth Crisis, Reign Supreme, Foundation

Filed under Discourse Straight Edge Discourse Straight Edge Discourse South Carolina

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TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2012

1.     Basement – ‘colourmeinkindess’ (Run For Cover)

Before ‘colourmeinkindess’ Basement was just a good band. This record elevated them to a great fucking band.  This is one hell of an emotional, driving, and soothing farewell record. Lets hope they’re back soon.

2.     Title Fight – “Floral Green” (Side One Dummy)

For the second year in a row Title Fight has crept up on almost everyone’s top 10 list. ‘Floral Green’ is a more matured, and all around perfect version of the band.  These guys just cant do wrong.

3.     Converge – ‘All We Love We Left Behind’ (Epitaph)

Converge has always been a diversely perfect band. Record after record they never disappoint and ‘All We Love’ is what you would expect from them but so much more at the same time.

4.     Make Do & Mend – ‘Everything You Ever Loved’ (Rise)

Make Do & Mend’s sophomore record is the most underappreciated album of the year. “Everything You Ever Loved’ is emotional, uplifiting and perfect. Whether it’s a dark day, or a great day, this album has something to relate to.

5.   Verse – ‘Bitter Clarity, Uncommon Grace’ (Bridge Nine)

After a few years on hiatus Verse came back and put out their best record to date. ‘Bitter Clairty’ is very unique for a hardcore band. Its angry, calming,  and full of rage all at once. Think Rage Against The Machine of hardcore.

6.   Code Orange Kids- ‘Love Is Love//Return To Dust’ (Deathwish)

There’s not a lot more you can say about this young group’s debut than amazing.  These guys, and girl, really nailed it on the head on this long awaited album, which turn out to be one of the best hardcore records of the year.

7.   The Early November – ‘In Currents’ (Rise)

A few years off really served Ace Enders and the boys well. ‘In Currents’ is their most perfect, catchy mature and memorable album to date.

8.  Stick To Your Guns – ‘Diamond’ (Sumerian)

STYG may be the most hardworking and positive band in the hardcore scene today. ‘Diamond’ is honest and pissed off all while conveying a positive message.

                  

9.   Expire – ‘Pendulum Swings’(Bridge Nine)

Midwest Blood in the house. Expire’s debut album for Bridge Nine is killer. You’ll be moshing in your room to this soon enough and that’s for sure.

10.  Every Time I Die- ‘Ex Lives’ (Epitaph)

Sure it sounds like just about every other Every Time I Die record with a twist but it’s still fucking awesome.

Filed under Top 10 records of 2012 basement title fight converge make do and mend verse code orange kids the early november stick to your guns expire every time i die top 10 2012

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Code Orange Kids – ‘Love Is Love//Return To Dust”
Rating: 4.5/5
 Look out Converge and Verse, because Code Orange Kids have given you a run for your money as best record that heavy music has produced this year.  The young quartet from Pittsburgh’s debut full-length for Deathwish is nothing short of awesome. ‘Love Is Love//Return To Dust’ teeters of evil and crushing to melodic and soothing throughout.  Its very exciting to see such a young band make such a great record, so lets hope they have a good 4 more full lengths left in them after ‘Love Is Love’. (Deathwish)
 Similar Cuts:  Converge – ‘Axe To Fall’
                        Nails – ‘Unsilent Death’

Code Orange Kids – ‘Love Is Love//Return To Dust”

Rating: 4.5/5

 Look out Converge and Verse, because Code Orange Kids have given you a run for your money as best record that heavy music has produced this year.  The young quartet from Pittsburgh’s debut full-length for Deathwish is nothing short of awesome. ‘Love Is Love//Return To Dust’ teeters of evil and crushing to melodic and soothing throughout.  Its very exciting to see such a young band make such a great record, so lets hope they have a good 4 more full lengths left in them after ‘Love Is Love’. (Deathwish)

 Similar Cuts:  Converge – ‘Axe To Fall’

                        Nails – ‘Unsilent Death’

Filed under Code Orange Kids Love Is Love Return To Dust

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Parkway Drive – ‘Atlas
Rating: 3.5/5
 Parkway Drive has pretty much been the champs of the worldwide metalcore scene for years now. On they’re 4th album they deliver more crushing, melodic, brutal hardcore driven metal. The only thing keeping ‘Dark Days’ from a 4 is its tendency to sound like ‘Deep Blue’ part 2. Despite sounding like their last record, they do experimenting with some new things such as Linkin Park esque dj scratching on one track.  ‘Dark Days’ is a super solid record in the end, but Parkway may never top ‘Horizons’.  (Epitaph)
Similar Cuts: Parkway Drive – ‘Deep Blue’
                        Betrayal – ‘Abandonment’

Parkway Drive – ‘Atlas

Rating: 3.5/5

 Parkway Drive has pretty much been the champs of the worldwide metalcore scene for years now. On they’re 4th album they deliver more crushing, melodic, brutal hardcore driven metal. The only thing keeping ‘Dark Days’ from a 4 is its tendency to sound like ‘Deep Blue’ part 2. Despite sounding like their last record, they do experimenting with some new things such as Linkin Park esque dj scratching on one track.  ‘Dark Days’ is a super solid record in the end, but Parkway may never top ‘Horizons’.  (Epitaph)

Similar Cuts: Parkway Drive – ‘Deep Blue’

                        Betrayal – ‘Abandonment’

Filed under Parkway Drive Atlas

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Bands To Know: PENTIMENTO

 Buffalo rock quartet Pentimento are on the rise and don’t plan on stopping. After releasing their catchy, emotional and unique self released, self-titled album this fall they’ve earned a lot of well-deserved attention. Pentimento formed in 2010 and things just keep getting better for them.  You can catch them on a number of end of the year shows, but also be on the look out for new tours this spring!

 Rocks like: Transit, Daylight, The Swellers

Bands To Know: PENTIMENTO

 Buffalo rock quartet Pentimento are on the rise and don’t plan on stopping. After releasing their catchy, emotional and unique self released, self-titled album this fall they’ve earned a lot of well-deserved attention. Pentimento formed in 2010 and things just keep getting better for them.  You can catch them on a number of end of the year shows, but also be on the look out for new tours this spring!

 Rocks like: Transit, Daylight, The Swellers

Filed under Pentimento

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Converge – ‘All We Love We Left Behind’

Rating: 4.5/5

 Converge just isn’t capable of disappointing. ‘All We Love We Left Behind’ is somewhat different from the normal Converge, while still being technical, sporadic, heavy, and even calming like they have on previous records. ‘All We Love’ shows the bands ever-changing maturity at its finest, while still displaying elements from their earlier stuff like ‘Jane Doe’.  Watch for this one to be on most end of the year lists. (Epitaph)

 Basement – ‘Colourmeinkindness’

Rating: 5/5

 Lets cut to the chase: Basements second and final record before going on hiatus has surpassed many greats as the best record of the year.  UK lads Basement earned a lot of recognition with their first effort ‘Wish I Could Stay Here’, but recently decided of call it quits. ‘Colourmeinkindess’ is perfect in every way. It combines the modern ever-growing emo style, with heavy gritty 90’s rock. Every song on ‘Colour’ is perfect and will be embedded in your skull for a long time to come. It’s sad to see them go, but one thing is for sure, Basement is ending on the best note possible. (Run For Cover)

Trash Talk – ‘119’

Rating: 3.5/5

 Trash Talk’s first album for rap group Odd Future’s label, is nothing less than hardcore.  ‘119’ is the same fierce, fast band as heard in previous releases, but more defined and pissed off.  “Blossom & Burn” slows it down similar to the song “Hash Wednesday” off their previous record ‘Eyes and Nines’, and the track also features hardcore vocals by Odd Future rappers Tyler The Creator and Hodgy Beats. Be weary of talk that Trash Talk has sold out by being on a label distributed by a major, for ‘119’ is some of their best material to date. (Odd Future)

Filed under Converge Basement Trash Talk 119 All We Have We Left Behind Colourmeinkindness Odd Future Reviews

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Title Fight - ‘Floral Green’Rating: 5/5Title Fight has done it again. The bands second full length ‘Floral Green’ is perfect in so many ways. While staying with their signature sound, Title Fight shows even more how they have matured. ‘Green’ shows the more punk side of the band at times (“Calloused”), and even slows it down showing their indie side (“Head In The Ceiling Fan”). While their debut full length ‘Shed’ was near perfect, ‘Floral Green’ is perfect, proving to be one of the two best albums released thus far this year. (SideOneDummy)
Similar Cuts: Jawbreaker - ‘24 Hour Revenge Therapy’
                     Basement - ‘I Wish I Could Stay Here’

Title Fight - ‘Floral Green’
Rating: 5/5

Title Fight has done it again. The bands second full length ‘Floral Green’ is perfect in so many ways. While staying with their signature sound, Title Fight shows even more how they have matured. ‘Green’ shows the more punk side of the band at times (“Calloused”), and even slows it down showing their indie side (“Head In The Ceiling Fan”). While their debut full length ‘Shed’ was near perfect, ‘Floral Green’ is perfect, proving to be one of the two best albums released thus far this year. (SideOneDummy)

Similar Cuts: Jawbreaker - ‘24 Hour Revenge Therapy’

                     Basement - ‘I Wish I Could Stay Here’

Filed under Title Fight Floral Green

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The Contortionist - ‘Intrinsinc’
Rating: 3.5/5

The Contortionist’s second full length is an adventure. While keeping the technical death metal like sound of their first album ‘Exoplanet’, they experiment more with their experimental side. ‘Intrinsinc’ is a great album, but the only downfall is that it is very close to being a Between The Buried And Me record, while not completely ripping them off, which isn’t a bad thing. (Good Fight)

The Early November - ‘In Currents’
Rating: 4/5

Its been almost six years since emotional pop punk act The Early November broke up. In the six years members have dabbled in other acts but none as renowned as their former group. ‘In Currents’ is the first album since their Billboard chart hitting, monumental triple disc release ‘The Mother, The Mechanic, and The Path’ in 2006. ‘In Currents’ bring back the ‘The Rooms Too Cold’ era of emotional pop rock side of TEN that we all grew to love.  Let hope they’re back for good.(Rise)


Such Gold - Misadventures
Rating: 4/5

Such Gold’s long awaited full length debut is worth the wait. ‘Misadventures’ is the bands best release to date, and first for label Razor & Tie Records. It is packed with pop punk hooks, catchiness, and some songs even offer the more hardcore side of the band. Vocalist Ben Kotin belts his best performance yet on ‘Misadventures’ as well, making it one of the best records so far this year. (Razor & Tie)


Xibalba - ‘Hasta La Muerte’
Rating: 3.5/5

California brutes Xibalba are hard at it with undoubtedly the heaviest record that will come out this year. ‘Hasta La Muerte’ molds riffs similar to”deathcore” music into hardcore, which lands somewhere along the lines of what Harms Way is doing as well. One thing is for sure, ‘Hasta’ is the heaviest shit that you will hear all year long.(Southern Lord)

Filed under Such Gold Misadventures Xibalba Hasta La Muerte The Early November In Currents The Contortionist Trinsinc