You will be viewing a list of the music I have been listening to or want to listen to so far this year. I am not a music critic so I am usually not very critical 🙂 I am also giving you my opinion so no hard feelings if insult “your band”. Enjoy!
Cage The Elephant
Thank You, Happy Birthday
Genre(s): Garage Rock, Alternative Rock, Punk Blues
Review: I enjoyed their first album and this one was no different. They changed their style a bit, but I think it is a good thing. The shrieking of lead singer Matthew Shultz is fantastic. I have gotten some strange looks from listening to this album but fuck’em I like the trippy nature their very unique sound.
Genre(s): Power Metal, Progressive Metal
Comments: I have not heard this album yet but I have enjoyed older albums from this band so hopefully it will not disappoint.
Times of Grace
The Hymn Of A Broken Man
Genre(s): Metalcore, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Post-Rock
Review: This was a pretty good album, what you would expect from Adam Dutkiewicz & Jesse Leach.
Genre(s): Groove Metal, Melodic Death Metal
Comments: I have not listened to this album fully yet, but from what I have heard so far they really put on their brutal shoes for this record. I also would like to point out that this is one of the few bands I like that primarily scream, I usually prefer a good mixture of scream and sing.
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review: I enjoyed the album, some really good songs. Evergrey never fails to disappoint. I just feel like I have been waiting for an album as good as Monday Morning Apocalypse and their last 2 releases have not resonated with me as much as that album.
The Scourge of the Light
Genre: Power Metal
Comments: I have listened to this album once and I always listen to an album about 5-6 times before I make a real judgement on it. Nothing stood out to me on the first pass, but we shall see.
Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Melodic Hardcore, Punk Rock
Review: This is one of my favorite albums so far this year, every song wonderfully crafted and performed. A bit less of Tim McIlrath’s trademark scream but I don’t think the album missed it. I have yet to be disappointed in a Rise Against record.
Under Your Skin
Genre(s): Hard Rock, Post-Grunge
Review: I really liked the album except for the continuing usage of songs like “Badass” & “Burn It Up”, they are reminiscent of “Click Click Boom” from the early Nu Metal days of the band. I like it when bands evolve and with the exception of the aforementioned songs (and a few songs on each of their other records) Saliva has really evolved over the years embracing the Post-Grunge style. Either way it is a solid album that I have listened to again and again.
Screaming Bloody Murder
Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Punk Rock, Melodic Hardcore, Alternative Metal
Review: Welcome Sum 41 back to the fucking table! I loved this record and was so happy to see Sum 41 back to their wonderful selves. Another one of my favorite albums of the year so far.
Dreaming In Black and White
Genre(s): Alternative Metal, Post-Grunge, Hard Rock
Comments: I almost forgot about this band and with 6 years in between their last album it is no wonder. I enjoyed their first 2 records and I hope to enjoy this one.
Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Post-Grunge, Hard Rock
Review: “These are my famous last words!!!” a great line to start off a truly excellent album. I thoroughly enjoy Dave Grohl’s scream throughout the album. They really brought a heavier nature to the album especially if you compare it to their previous album. There is not much else to say about this album except it is fantastic and should be listened to be all. I have been a longtime Foo Fighters fan and they have yet to disappoint me!
So you can get a feel from the list what my taste in music is, please let me know in the comments if I have missed a great album in these 4 months. I will be doing a review/comment of music I listen to every month so stay tuned for more.