It Prevails – Capture and Embrace

It Prevails Capture and Embrace:

Decent melodic hardcore. Doesn’t do anything new and you’ve heard the same sound plenty of other times. Still it’s not offense, just the tacks all kinda blend into one large screaming part with singing.

Rating: 9/15 chicks with snake bites and gauges.

Buried Inside – The Spoils of Failure

Buried Inside The Spoils of Failure:

The long awaited follow up to “Chronoclast: Selected Essays on Times Reckoning and Auto-Cannibalism.” This title seems a little less grand in comparison. Anyway if you like “Chronoclast” You like this album. They sound similar to each other and that’s for the best. Buried Inside have created a good working of Prog Metalcore. The music is complex and sections of it are repeated through out the album. Also realize the lyrics are most just sections of essays about different socio-political issues faced in the world. It’s a challenging listen, but worth it.

Rating: 13/15 citing parts of Essays instead writing lyrics

Bell X1-Blue Lights on The Runway

Bell X1 Blue Lights on The Runway:

Acoustic indie pop with a bit of country twang. The music and vocal harmonies are pleasant enough, but the lyrics run the gamut from average to a little goofy.

Rating: 9/15 Questions for this Mr. Wolf character

Southeast Engine- From The Forest to The Sea

Southeast Engine From The Forest to The Sea:

A musically solid and lyrically exceptional alt-country record. Some of the slower songs can drag a little, but all the up-tempo numbers are intense and rocking.

Rating: 13/15 Appalachian trains

Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3-Goodnight Oslo

Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 Goodnight Oslo:

Sweet and melodic rock provided by the Venus 3 complements the sensitive, but neurotic lyrics and singing style of Robyn Hitchcock. The music stays fairly simple allowing for the great vocal harmonies and lyrics to take precedence. Driving but moody goes well with a steering wheel in your hands.

Rating: 13/15 I wanna destroy yous

Ra Ra Riot-The Rhumb Line

Ra Ra Riot The Rhumb Line:

Indie pop, heavy on strings. Not bad but the singer reminds me of a cross between the singer from Keane and the singer from The Killers.

Rating: 11/15 Bands made worse by mediocre singers

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit-Selftitled

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Selftitled:

Radio friendly country rock. This sounds like a lot of bands getting airplay are going for. Clean production, three chords, and heartfelt lyrics. The difference being, Isbell is genuine and talented.

Rating: 12/15 Bands whose albums weren’t recorded in a basement on a Tascam