A Dark Orbit – The Voyager EP

A Dark Orbit The Voyager EP :

“Yawn, another dark wave band that should have stopped in the 90s.” I f that was your first thought when reading the name of the band and album, well I can’t blame you. But all is not what is it seems, rather this a metalcore band in the vein of Coalesce. The band plays well and the singer does a good job of matching the music. There is nothing earth shattering here, but it’s different enough so that I can tell this band from the thousand other metalcore bands out there. Though the last track does see the band effectively using drum machines and keyboards to create a sound that Curlupanddie flirted with briefly. This a good introduction to a band that maybe something big in the future.

Forever is Forgotten – The Architecture is Burning

Forever Is Forgotten The Architecture is Burning:

If one were to take Fantomas’ Suspended Animation album and shove the tracks together so they create 10 longish tracks, this the album you would get. The music jerks around constantly, unable to focus on one idea. The problem is that makes this album sound like it’s full of short demos crammed together, not thought out songs. There are glimmers of good ideas, but these quickly disappear to be replaced by something either annoying or just played out. The only consistent aspect of the album is the vocals that, regardless of song change, keep doing a monotonous growl. Hopefully their next release will be more thought out than this.

Paira – The Barnacle Cordious

Paria The Barnacle Cordious:

There has been a movement lately in heavy music to throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. The logic being that if you cram your songs full of odd and different parts then they will be good. Truth is this writing style doesn’t work all that well. It makes songs feel half-finished and just incomplete. There are some bands who can make this style work, Lye By Mistake for example, and this isn’t one of them. It’s a shame because this band is technically very good and shows sings of good writing. The problem is these good parts disappear quickly into a haze of sweeping arpeggios and such. This is a decent album that’s marred by what feels like showing off. Hopefully future releases will show more cohesive writing.

The Blinding Light – Junebug

The Blinding Light – Junebug

It’s been awhile since The Blinding Light have released something. Yet age has not rusted this thrashing machine. Rather this is some of best material the band has put out ever. The musicianship has increased dramatically since The Glass Bullet EP. Brian Lovro still sounds like Scott Kelly of Neurosis. There are some neat audio tricks on the album, like the panning spoken word on “Void”, that add a unique touch and separates these guys from the thousand other metalcore bands out there. An album that’s taken like 5 years to write, but was defiantly worth the wait.

Dorcia – Tourist

Dorcia Tourist:

These dudes have one pimped out Myspace. It’s too bad that is the best thing I can say about them. Don’t get me wrong, these guys aren’t horrible. They are just generic. This is metalcore in the the vain of Evergreen Terrace, though slightly learning towards the metal more so than the core. But you’ve heard all of this before. Gang vocals? Yup. Odd electronic interludes? Yeah they’re here. The songs tend to blend into eachother into one bland pile. Again not a bad band, but they don’t stick out in a crowded genre.

Scryer – Necessary Evils EP

Scryer Necessary Evils EP:

This is an interesting listen. There is gamut of styles on this album, some work and some not so much. The vocals are usually shouted reminding me at times of Refused. The lyrics are at times cringe-inducingly bad, but these moments tend to be followed up by an awesome musical passage so the embarrassment is lessened. Yet sometimes the lyrics are good. Over all Scryer show off good musicianship and creativity all while having a sound that could easily be played on the Radio.

The Number Twelve Looks Like You – Worse Than Alone

The Number Twelve Looks Like You Worse Than Alone:

After listening to this, I’m disappointed. The first half of this album just falls flat. Bad vocals, lame music. Then it picks up and gets to show off why people like this band. So really an uneven affair that should have been cut short and called an EP.

Old Man Gloom-Christmas

Old Man Gloom Christmas:

Old Man Gloom continue their trend of making droney metal-core, except this time around they add droney accordion-core to the mix.

Rating: 12/15 down tuned sludge epics

Burst – Conquest: Writhe

Burst Conquest: Writhe:

These guys try, ya gotta give em that. Yet sadly that’s not enough to make this album really good. They try to be progressive, hell they even have Merzbow show up. But still it’s kinda boring and just very meh. Also may I suggest the vocalist try screaming a different way? It may help in the future.

Rating: 9/15 great ideas, just bad execution

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