SH*T THAT CAME OUT YESTERDAY – THE AUGUST 2ND, 2011 EDITION
Sorry for being late this week, as some external problems prevented me from publishing on time. There’s really not a whole lot coming out this week, which is fine, because we’ve had a ton of killer releases over the past few months. Anyways, on to the reviews.
Battlecross – Pursuit Of Honor (Metal Blade)
The follow-up to 2010’s independently released Push Pull Destroy continues down the same path as its predecessor. The band follows the style of many neo-thrash bands, which is stylistically awesome, if not the most original music. This is the band’s first release for Metal Blade. Stream “Breaking You” right here on MetalSucks and watch the brand new video for “Push, Pull, Destroy” here.
Bury Your Dead – Mosh N’ Roll (Mediaskare)
Bury Your Dead have yet another CD of by-the-numbers metal/hardcore in Mosh N’ Roll. Full of chunky guitars and mosh parts, the album doesn’t really do anything that hasn’t been done before, but fans of this style will dig it. All of the songs on the disc are named after Kurt Vonnegut books, except the title track. This is the band’s first record since former vocalist Mat Bruso rejoined the band.
Dead And Devine – Antimacy (Distort Ent.)
A fairly standard metalcore band, mixed with some obnoxiously melodic chorus vocals, and an extremely fine-filtered instrumental sound as well. Some may find this appealing… I do not.
Harvest – Years Of Defiance. Years Of Disgust (Good Fight Music)
Harvest, initially active from 1994-1999, are back and this 7” is their first taste of new material. The first two songs, “Our Legacy” and “Death Is Not Enough”, are brand new tracks, and the other two tracks are unreleased material from the band’s initial run. The band play an older style of metalcore, and they’re pretty damn good at it. The band is also hitting the road, playing a string of dates around America this summer.
Malefice – Awaken The Tides (Metal Blade)
UK metal band Malefice’s third album embodies many of the best attributes of Swedish melodic death metal: frantic drum paces, melodic yet heavy guitar lines and aggressive vocals. The band’s third album is a must-have for any fans of classic releases from At The Gates and In Flames.
Mariachi El Bronx – Mariachi El Bronx (II) (ATO)
In April 2007, the punk/rock outfit The Bronx decided to undergo a major change in style, in what was later announced as a side project labeled Mariachi El Bronx. After the initial self-titled album was released in September 2009, they have stuck to an old trick and released another self-titled record (All three of The Bronx’s records have been self-titled). It’s hard to describe this, as I don’t listen to mariachi or traditional Latin music, but it’s a mariachi album from punk rockers.
Powerwolf – Blood Of The Saints (Metal Blade)
If you like your metal epic and hooky, this band is for you. Heavy on the organs and melodic vocals, the tunes are catchy and tight as well. The limited edition release will come with a 26-minute CD of orchestral music based on Powerwolf music. This is the band’s fourth record, the follow-up to 2009’s Bible of the Beast.