Category Archives: Hardcore Albums

Vanna, Deliver With New Album, ‘The Few and the Far Between’

Vanna has been prepping for the release of their new album, The Few and the Far Between, which was released today. The album which was produced by Jay Maas, is the fourth studio album from the Boston-based band. It is also the first album featuring Vanna’s new line-up after the departure of Evan Pharmakis and Chris Campbell. The new line-up sounds great and it is apparent that they are on top of their game.

The album starts off with the title track, “The Few and The Far Between” which is a great intro track that starts out with a pounding drum beat and guitars that are very ambient,  with Davey Muise’s voice above the track. This leads perfectly into the next track, “The Lost Art of Staying Alive.” This song has a killer riff, and when Muise says ‘And it Begins,’ the whole band comes in and delivers a bruising to the listeners ear drums. This track is followed by the song, “Year of The Rat.” “Year of The Rat“ is a great track that starts out with a drone intro, but then the band kicks in, and you can tell the band is in full gear. The chorus comes in next, and this is the only notable difference between the new material and old material as it features the clean vocals of Joel Pastuszak.  Pastuszak’s voice meshes perfectly with the band’s sound, and left me thinking that he was the perfect replacement for Pharmakis.

The fourth track on the record is entitled “I Told You I’m Fine.” This track definitely one of my favorite tracks on the album especially the very ambient sounding chorus. Next up on the record is  a song called “Casket Rhythm” I particularly like this song especially the riffs which to me sounded more metal than hardcore, they almost reminded me of Pantera the way they were so tight and punchy. The next song, “The Weekly Slap In The Face” was a reminder that this is a Vanna record.

“Please Stay” is the seventh track on the record, and is one of the best songs on the record. It has a unique feel, as it is very ethereal. The Lyrics on the song are very compelling and worth a closer look. This song is followed by another bruiser entitled “A Thin Place.” This is followed by the song “The Dreamer/ The Thief/ The Relic” which is a song that starts off with a very loose feel, but tightens up eventually. I particularly liked this song due to the fact that it showcased  Shawn Marquis’ tight bass playing . The album finishes up with the track “His Heels” which is a great track to end the album with, as it sounds like the Vanna we all know and love.

-B. Harlow

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Hatebreed’s New Album ‘The Divinity of Purpose’

Hatebreed have been spreading their instantly recognizable brand of metalcore around the world since 1994. The band has had a long career with many line-up changes, but what never changed is the brutal auditory assault lead by the hardest working man in metal, Jamey Jasta. Jasta and crew are back and have provided the listener with a new album consisting of 12 new tracks.

The Divinity of Purpose is the sixth studio album from Hatebreed, and let’s just say that its one of the best pieces of works that has been released in the metalcore genre in a longtime. The first track is called “Put it To the Torch,” and this song definitely shows the thrash influences that make this band so unique in the metalcore genre. The next track on the album is “Honor Never Dies,” and I enjoyed the lyrics on this one as I found them to be very meaningful especially when Jasta says “When your heart is questioned/When your beliefs are tested/Sometimes standing for what you believe/ Means standing alone.”

The next I took a liking to was the fourth track, “The Language” which is another song that really displays the band’s thrash influence, but when you hear Jasta’s vocal you instantly know, it’s Hatebreed. This track was followed by the fifth track on the album, “Before The Fight Ends You.” I particularly enjoyed this song especially for the syncopated Crowbar like riff.

The title track, “The Divinity of Purpose” was the next track that really got me going. I particularly like the bass solo at the front of the song and how it gradually built till the 34 second mark when the whole band launched in.

The Divinity of Purpose is a great record. The band sounds great and they’re righting songs that are 100% Hatebreed.

-B. Harlow

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Solid Groove: Auburn’s Debut Album “Parallels”

Auburn is a five piece from Massachusetts that was formed in 2006 and since then has found themselves atop of the heap of Boston hardcore bands, and rightfully so. Their sound is very heavy, yet has a very melodic side to it.  If I had to explain it I’d say it sounds like a mix of The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, and fellow New Englanders Vanna. With that being said I think we need to take a look at their debut full length album Parallels which was released in late 2011 by CI Records.

Parallels starts off with the very Devil Wears Prada sounding intro track “What Lies Ahead”, and the groove centered single “I’m Over the Ups and Downs” a great track that has a very catchy chorus, and a hilarious music video. The next track is entitled “Weary Bones and Watering Eyes” which is a straight up hardcore style song that has a killer breakdown about a minute and a half into it. The next track is entitled “Reminisce” which is a track that features a great mix of melody and screamed vocals. The next track that I took a real liking to was “Freeman’s Legacy” which reminded me of Vanna’s song “Trashmouth” off their 2009 album A New Hope. “Vivid Dreams”, The final track of the album is my favorite and it’s one of the most unique songs I’ve heard. The songs intro features a great acoustic intro that goes into an electric driven group sung chorus with random screams throughout.

Auburn definitely has a future in this business. They also have a big tour this month called the Launch tour! Be sure to check them out in a town near you!

-B. Harlow

Check Out Auburn’s Hilarious Music Video for Their Son “I’m  Over The Ups and Downs”

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Snapshot in Time: Every Time I Die’s New Album ‘Ex Lives’

Every Time I Die a five piece from Buffalo, New York is set to release their sixth studio album on March 6th via Epitaph Records. The new album entitled ‘Ex Lives’ was recorded during the summer of 2011 and features eleven tracks, and three bonus tracks.  The album also features unique cover art that was sent to the band via twitter. The artwork is a photo taken of a protester that was rallying at the G8 conference, and happened to be wearing an Every Time I Die t-shirt.

The album it’s self doesn’t vere much from ETID traditional sound which is a mix of balls out Hardcore, Metalcore, and Southern Rock/Metal. The album does however feature some interesting tracks. One of the most interesting is the track Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow’ which starts out with an awesome banjo riff that eventually gets doubled by guitars, which leads to a very groove centered hardcore song. The song also features an interesting part where the guitars sound as if they were played by Tony Iommi.

Also featured on the album is the single ‘Revival Mode’ which is a song which borders on classic rock or could be featured in Vocalist Keith Buckley’s side project The Dammed Things (Featuring members of Anthrax and Fall Out Boy). ‘Revival Mode’ is a great track which features bluesy guitar riffs and soulful singing from Buckley.  Another track that also got the video treatment (disturbingly) is the track , ‘Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space’ which is a great track that definitely does not veer from the ETID formula.

I can’t wait to go out and get this record! Every Time I Die will be touring through March, and in April will co-headline the final day of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival, with the newly re-formed lineup of Killswitch Engage.

Check Out The Music Video forRevival Mode’ Below:

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