Every time Silent Planet puts out new music, every metal fan eagerly awaits Garrett Russell’s detailed lyricism, and every time, too, he seems to outdo himself. This is again true with Where The End Began, the band’s third full-length, as the entire group tightens up their instrumentation, letting the academic vocalist do his work without overshadowing their relentless metallic pummel. The result is an all-time classic metalcore album: It’s potent, momentous, and deeply stirring.
Who would’ve thought that, seven albums into their existence, mewithoutYou would put out their best record to date? But that’s exactly what the indie rock outfit has done with [Untitled], an absolute storm of an album that finds the members exploding with a musical intensity and poetic vigor we haven’t seen from them since the mid-2000s. Instead of painting on their canvas, they light it on fire. As the embers rise, the band rises with them — straight to the highest point of their career.
No other band in metalcore serves up the mix of fury and emotion that Fit For A King has, and they follow the trend with another hard-hitting record in Dark Skies. Unlike its predecessor, the songs are much more personal and introspective, dealing with topics from depression (“Shattered Glass”) to forgiveness (“Oblivion”). When they’re not a freight train of big riffs and breakdowns, they’re gliding with the most memorable choruses the genre has to offer — see “The Price Of Agony”.
On No Closer To Heaven, it was becoming clear that The Wonder Years was ready to move on from pop-punk. Sister Cities finds the band confidently taking this step forward — and not because their old style was too worn, but because they had reached the maturity that this new direction seemed fitting. From the mid-tempo rocker “It Must Get Lonely” to the stripped-down guitar ballad “Flowers Where Your Face Should Be,” everything feels simultaneously natural and invigorating.
Following up a stellar sophomore effort in Dealer, Foxing turned up the ambition and relied on a much wider musical expanse on the even more impressive Nearer My God. With experimental indie rock tendencies guiding the emo players, songs like “Lich Prince” and the title track thrive off jangly guitar chords and floating choruses. It’s on the latter, too, that the band builds up and crashes down with utter seamlessness, making us as listeners realize that we’re listening to something important.
6. Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
7. Pianos Become The Teeth – Wait For Love
8. Night Verses – From The Gallery Of Sleep
9. Listener – Being Empty : Being Filled
10. Many Rooms – There Is A Presence Here
11. Pinegrove – Skylight
12. Mitski – Be The Cowboy
13. Jeff Rosenstock – POST-
14. Vein – Errorzone
15. Basement – Beside Myself
16. The Story So Far – Proper Dose
17. Greyhaven – Empty Black
18. Big Red Machine – Big Red Machine
19. Turnstile – Time & Space
20. Trash Boat – Crown Shyness
Most Anticipated: La Dispute – Panorama
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