Each month seems to start off nice and slow and then by the time it’s over I wonder where it’s gone. The past three weeks I’ve been wrapped up in the whirlwind of starting my second year of grad school (stay out of school, kids).
Here are the four albums that got me through this month, while I was reading like my life depended on it.
- First on the list is Crossfaith’s Ex_Machina. Crossfaith is one of those band’s I’ve never really known about before, but this album really left a lasting impression. From the introduction “Deus Ex Machina,” the album has my attention. I’m always pleasantly surprised when electronic music can not only keep my attention, but enthrall me. “Freedom,” with the guest vocals by Rou Reynolds (Enter Shikari) is another stand out track. The album also closes with a fantastic cover of Linkin Park’s “Faint,” which is a stand out point for me. It features vocals from Masato (Coldrain). Crossfaith’s Ex_Machina is your one-stop shop for all things electronic metalcore this year.
- Soreption’s Monument Of The End comes out of the gate hard with “The Anti-Present.” I just recently got back into the first couple of Quake games because they were on sale at the beginning of the month for Quakecon. Soreption makes a great soundtrack for killing baddies (sorry, Trent).
- Next on the list this month is The Five Hundred’s Bleed Red. Self-described as technical, melodic metal, this UK group offer a refreshing combination of melodic and brutal. Every track is something different. From the dragging, almost-doom inspired elements present in “Smoke & Mirrors” to the operatic vocals on “Seduced By Shadows,” this album keeps giving from start to finish.
- Last on the list for this month is Amity Affliction’s sixth album Misery. Misery’s combination of metalcore, current pop sensibilities and some electronic elements makes it almost a fun album, if it weren’t for songs such as “Feels Like I’m Dying,” “Burn Alive,” “Kick Rocks” (“Just kick rocks, kick rocks / ‘Til your heart stops beating / Chew glass, chew glass / ‘Til your mouth starts bleeding”) and the title track.