I only got to see the group once before they called it quits, I never got to see the group play any material off their first and only full-length “Twelve Years,” a truly stunning piece of music, especially for being an initial release. Songs such as “Deadfriends” and “Heard It In a Song” are some of the finest examples of recent emo/punk, and highlight the best attributes of the short-lived group. The anticipation for vocalist Tym’s new side project Some Stranger is already eating at me.
After eleven years, six albums, multiple line-up shifts and hundreds of thousands of fans, it’s safe to say that members of Every Time I Die know what they’re doing. The hardcore quintet has done a great thing with “Ex Lives.” They’ve successfully combined elements of metal, punk, grunge and even a little bit of folk for good measure to give fans a listen they won’t soon forget. Songs such as “Revival Mode” and “Partying is Such Sweet Sorrow” equally show the fun that’s had in their music, as well as the well-documented fact that they will not be forgotten anytime soon.
Pennsylvania’s own Title Fight, one of the biggest up-and-comers of the emo/hardcore genre, has crafted an even larger improvement over the group’s already impressive discography. At a median age of about 22, the group’s third studio album “Floral Green” shows the band’s early signs as maturity as artists. “Floral Green” could go down as the 21st century aggressive version of Weezer’s “Pinkerton,” as tracks such as “Secret Society,” “Sympathy” and “Head in a Ceiling Fan” show how far the group has come in such a short amount of time. Color me impressed, boys.
To say that fun. exploded in 2012 would be a horrific understatement. With members coming together from The Format, Steel Train and Anathallo, the band’s ability to channel rock giants such as Queen and concentrating that focus into creating some of the year’s biggest radio hits, is nothing short of incredible. Look no further than singles “Some Nights” and “Carry On” for proof, which prove to be equally anthemic as they are effective. In a year as bleak as 2012, Lord knows we could all use a little fun in our lives.
And now on to the main event. In a year with so many fantastic heavier releases, The Chariot , hailing from, Douglasville, Ga. really stepped up to the plate and delivered not only the group’s finest release to date, but also the best album to come out in 2012. Tracks such as “First” and “Love” really stand out and show the group’s always improving versatility and creativity as artists, while closer “Cheek” is a manic, perfectly arranged demonstration of the band’s ingenuity in creating some of the best hardcore in today’s always evolving alternative scene.