After a lengthy law suit with Victory Records, A Day To Remember’s Common Courtesy shows that they have not yet lost their momentum. Tracks such as “Right Back At It Again” express that ADTR is nowhere near being done with their career and shall not lose sight of why they began. Common Courtesy includes all of the elements that fans love about A Day To Remember from their well-known breakdowns and catchy hooks. Common Courtesy is a reminder that A Day To Remember has stayed true to their sound throughout their entire career is something admirable that not many bands have succeeded in doing.
It’s certainly no Fake History, but letlive.’s The Blackest Beautiful has earned its way to my heart. The album contains excellent tracks such as “Banshee (Ghost Fame),” “27 Club,” and “Virgin Dirt.” letlive.’s unique style has not been lost in this record as many of their tracks incorporate some punk-inspired music with a hint of jazz mixed into one interesting metalcore album. The passion that is thrown into these songs is evident in both the vocal and instrumental elements of the record. The fact that letlive. can conjure up an album such as The Blackest Beautiful that includes many different musical influences and not sound like a convoluted mess reminds me why I call letlive. one of my favorite bands.
August Burns Red’s album Rescue & Restore incorporates influences from all over the world and gave the record an awesome twist. Though this record is on the softer side of ABR’s talents, Rescue & Restore still holds true many of the band’s signature styles. Jake Luhrs’ unclean vocals are not lost in this album, but they are simply not the focal point of the record anymore, which allows the instrumentals to become a more important aspect of the band. Luhrs also experiments with some spoken-word which give the record an interesting twist. With excellent tracks such as “Fault Line,” “Provision,” and “Animals,” the record is certainly a success. August Burns Red’s record Rescue & Restore is easily one of their best to date.
The Devil Wears Prada’s album 8:18 is easily one of their best records to date. The album is significantly darker than anything they’ve ever written. It’s pretty easy to forget that TDWP began as a Christian metalcore band, but this album has brought that all back to light. Instead of forcing religion down our throats, though, the main theme seems to revolve more around the main point of the passage in that sufferings will lose meaning in the afterlife, with the songs seeming to be more of a compilation of stories of suffering. 8:18 has some of the TDWP’s best tracks, including “In Heart,” “Martyrs,” and “War.” The Devil Wears Prada’s record 8:18 excels in creating a new sound without losing too much of the band’s signature sound.
With their release of Sempiternal, Bring Me The Horizon has finally put out something worth listening to. BMTH has proven that a band can completely change their sound and still keep everything that people love about them. The band toyed with new electronic sounds and clean vocals, which has surprisingly led to incredibly well-rounded record. Singer Oli Sykes maintained the unclean vocals that many of BMTH’s longtime fans love while throwing in some different vocal styles such as spoken-word. A band that can make a successful record that appeases its old fans and incorporates enough new elements to reach out to a different audience has done something excellent in my books.
Most Anticipated: La Dispute
After posting one of the most cryptic videos I have ever seen, La Dispute has announced the release of their upcoming third full-length album Rooms Of The House. The video has created a lot of buzz about the album’s direction as it appears to be a physical deconstruction of the band’s most previous record Wildlife. Personally, I am incredibly interested in seeing what the band has in store for us as their sound can only be labeled as experimental post-hardcore. La Dispute never ceases to amaze me with the great risks they take and I’m certain that Rooms of the House will not disappoint me nor the group’s dedicated fans.