Recommended download: Remembering Never – From My Cold Dead Hands
Wow, look at that. It’s on time this week. I’m getting back to a semi-regular schedule this week, thankfully. I’ve got some short album reviews this week, as well as a few small news bits. Enjoy.
Silverstein – When Broken Is Easily Fixed: One word for this album, amazing. I’ll admit, these days it seems that screamo/hardcore bands are a dime a dozen. Everyone’s doing it. Well, not everyone is doing it as well as Silverstein. I’ve noticed something with most of the screamo bands that are out there today. You either get a vocalist with excellent screams and mediocre singing, or you get a vocalist with excellent singing and mediocre screams. Shane Told, Silverstein vocalist, offers up the top notch shit in both areas. These guys offer up the best in aggressive, energetic, emotion-laced hardcore. This is truly one of the best albums I’ve purchased since Avenged Sevenfold’s Waking the Fallen. This is the perfect album for fans of A Static Lullaby, Finch, Thrice, and Story of the Year.
Recommended tracks: Giving Up, Smashed Into Pieces
Alexisonfire – S/T: Proof that screamo/hardcore isn’t dying out anytime soon. On their debut album, Alexisonfire dish out 11 tracks of pure, nonstop energy. The harsh, throat scratching screams backed by mind-blowing instrumentals makes for a winning combination. They have excellent lyrics as well. Lyrics which make the listener think, and at times will have you wondering “what the hell were they thinking about when they wrote this.” Granted, they’re not exactly doing anything new or innovative, but one listen to this album and you’ll know they’re definitely not just another screamo band. For fans of A Static Lullaby, From Autumn to Ashes, and Funeral for a Friend.
Recommended tracks: 44.Caliber Love Letter, The Kennedy Curse
Vaux – There Must Be Some Way to Stop Them: After first hearing Ride Out Bitch, then seeing them perform at Warped Tour 03, I’ve been meaning to pick up their album. But instead, I waited. What the hell was I thinking? I tried to come up with a way to describe this bands sound, and this is the best I came up with; Grungy garage rock and Hardcore had a hot and steamy one night stand, and Vaux is the bastard child that came afterwards. I think the first line of the first track says it all though, “This is the anthem of the year and I’m fucking gold.” There’s really nothing more to say other than give it a listen, you won’t be disappointed. In fact, after listening to this album the only thing I was lacking was an explanation to why it took me so long to finally buy it. For fans of Snapcase and The Bronx.
Recommended tracks: Set It To Blow, Ride Out Bitch
Keep an eye out for the Rock Against Bush Volume 1 album, which is being released in April on Fat Wreck Chords. The compilation will contain 26 songs, 18 of those will be unreleased. There will be unreleased songs from Alkaline Trio, The Ataris, Against Me, Anti-Flag, NOFX, and others.
The Warped Tour Internet presale has begun. The cost is $23.74, which gets you a ticket to the event as well as a copy of the Warped Tour 2004 Compilation CD. Warped Tour
That’s it for this week. Stick a fork in me because I’m done. Thanks for reading.