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.

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Sluts – Self Titled

Sluts Self Titled:

What sounds doe the phrase “Boston Melodic Hardcore” invoke when you hear it? Well that’s what you get on this album. It’s nothing super bad, but really nothing genre breaking either. Meat and potatoes really. They sound like a slowed down Daggermouth to be honest. So if you like that band, you’ll dig Sluts.

Obits – I Blame You

Obits I Blame You:

Your hipster friends are raving about this album, aren’t they? It’s a piece of indie rock that goes for a retro feel. You can dance to it and makes a suitable soundtrack to that next roof or loft party you go to. Yet Obits does nothing new. This sound has been done many a time and this release doesn’t do anything to improve on it. So like your hipster friends it’s more imitative instead of innovative, but it’s still worth a listen.