Your Place For -Core

Below you will find posts containing news, information, reviews and many other things about any subgenre of hardcore music you can think of.

Video Of The Week

-Video Of The Week-

Friday, April 29, 2011

Jonny Craig Kicked Out Of Emarosa

Sort of old, but it seems as though not many people know. Jonny Craig has officially been ousted from post- hardcore band Emarosa. When asked about it, the band had this to say:

"As of today, Jonny Craig is no longer a member of Emarosa. This decision has been a hard one to make, but we feel it is in the best interest for the band going forward."

To which Craig replied with:

"I got no hard feelings to any of the dudes in Emarosa I am more than happy to be with Dance Gavin Dance and working on my solo shit. Hope they can keep up."

Seems as though they couldn't handle the fact that he was doing heavy drugs and tricking people into buying macbooks from him. At least he went to rehab.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Quick Hiatus

Sorry about that quick hiatus everyone, got a little absorbed in life for a bit, but I am back and should be updating about every other day at the least. In the meantime, please check out the new video of the week. Defiler is a pretty sick up- and- coming band.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

New Arsonists Get All The Girls Song

Arsonists Get All the Girls have been in the scene for a while and have always been pretty different from most bands in their similar genre. This time around, they have cut most of the breakdowns out and have paved the way for a more groove- laden album. Check out their new songs on their Facebook. It requires a "like" to listen.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What is Metalcore

Recently a friend asked me to make an informational post about these sub- genres because it is sometimes confusing for people who have lives (unlike me) to understand. It is also hard considering that there is a lot of arguing when it comes down to it. This post will give brief summaries of multiple genres to let you make your own informed decisions. Here you go Xuian (go check out his sweetass blog at here)

A little history-
Metalcore originally started as a joke term to describe hardcore with metallic elements. Coined by Shai Hulud if I remember correctly. Since, it has evolved into something so much more.

A broad term used to describe many types of music with various sounds. Usually heavy and downtuned, with some technicality thrown in. Dark atmosphere. Too much to type really. Many sub- genres have been created to describe all kinds of different sounds. The music usually depends on the written music itself. Examples: Dream Theatre, Dark Tranquillity, Scar Symmetry.

A deviation of punk music with a much more aggressive attitude. The music isn't based on any sort of theory or skill, it is all pure emotion; negative or positive. It is completely based on the attitude you put in. Beats are very simple and riffs are generally only chord- derived with shout- out choruses and much crowd participation.. Examples: Crime in Stereo, H2O, Comeback Kid

An amalgamation of both aforementioned genres, metal and hardcore, the genres tries to blend the best of both worlds. A metallic twinge with the musical skill and heaviness, plus the attitude and presentation of hardcore. Metalcore has a MASSIVE spectrum. Bands range from the more metal side (Killswitch Engage), to more hardcore (Earth Crisis), and everywhere in between. Elitism arises often on both sides, and for some reason don't like the other. They try and shove metalcore to a sub- genre of one or the other, but truth is, it is BOTH. Examples: August Burns Red, I Killed The Prom Queen, Parkway Drive.

This can either be a mix of hardcore and death metal, or metalcore and death metal. The music almost always relies on it's brutality, and can either range from just very heavy and energetic, to blindingly technical or atmospheric. Vocals are typically a lot more death metal oriented. Utilizes tremolo picking, sweeping solos, fast double bass, blast beats and chromatic rhythms. Examples: Beneath the Massacre, Winds of Plague, Despised Icon.

Post- hardcore-
Generally utilizing any of the other core genres, and blending them with post- rock elements. Utilizes plenty of clean singing as well as screaming. Melodies are plentiful and often beautiful. The music is often very well written. Examples: Lower Definition, Dance Gavin Dance, Silverstein.

Term coined by one of the Meshuggah guitarists to describe Catch 22. Not exactly a genre, but it is a sound you get when you mute notes in a certain manner. Instead of the usual "jun - juns", it comes out as a sharp muted noise "djent - djent." Pronounced like gent with a hard D sound. Examples: Periphery, Meshuggah, Permillisecond, Cloudkicker.

Various extra tags can be thrown in before these genres to further describe their sound. Some included are: technical, melodic, progressive, generic.

First of all, these should only be to describe the general sound of a band, and the band should not be pigeon- holed into sounding exactly like every other band like them. Debating is stupid, because most of the time it is a matter of opinion. Don't let the label keep you from listening. Secondly, and I will say this with some passion, NOTHING IS DEPENDENT ON BREAKDOWNS. Breakdowns have occurred in both father genres for decades upon decades. Only in the past decade have they been utilized in the manner specifically for the crowd to react to. They are just fun to throw down to.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Too Much News...

So lately I realized I have no been posting personal enough things, just news. So I decided it might be time for me to write a review. I have yet to do that, so I suppose it is due time. Even if you don't know the band you can just pick one and I will do it. So here is the list:

The Contortionist - Exoplanet
Fact In Enraged Minds - Serpentines
State of East London - Repugnant
Silverstein - Recovery

Thank you for reading my blog everyone. Just got back into the habit of getting back to all the blogs I follow. Expect a lot more meaningful posts from now on. In other news, check out my friends band Never Means Nothing on facebook. They are decent for a pop - punk band. The tracks are pretty rough, but they are beast.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Monsters Decide to Call it Quits

Deathcore/ Nu Metal band Monsters has decided to end the band. Not much was said in their statement, so I won't even bother. Apparently it is on good terms, and they all just decided to part ways. There will also be a farewell show. I am a little confused, because they just released an album a few months ago, as well as signed themselves to Emmure frontman, Frankie Palmeri's label. New album was kinda bad anyway. But I will still spin The Righteous Dead once in a while.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Have Heart

Not much else to say dudes. Inspirational. Such a positive band with such dedicated fans. Wish I could have scene them myself. I also wish they were still together.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Asking Alexandria Singer Needs Rehab

There seems to be an influx of crazy shit happening with bands lately. Check it out. Not a big fan of the band, and here is why. They came to my town and were really insulting. Just not nice people.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Not Another Teen Blog Post....

Yeah, this is a music blog. I am sorry that I have really been slacking lately in the post and Morning Coffee department. To those of you that have still been supporting me, thank you very much. I promise I will return the favor soon. Unfortunately between a girlfriend, new job, and an up- and- coming band it is very hard to find free time to do this.

Now on to the post. Time to interact with my followers. I want to hear the best 10 metal, hardcore, punk, etc. performances you have ever seen in the comments section below. Let's see what you got.

My personal list?
Misery Signals
The Dillinger Escape Plan
The Chariot
The Ghost Inside
For the Fallen Dreams
Within the Ruins
Veil Of Maya
Winds Of Plague
Despised Icon
Parkway Drive

Monday, March 28, 2011

Trapped Under Ice Singer Calls Out Fan

Hardcore band Trapped Under Ice apparently fought a kid for jumping on the singer when he was stagediving. Even if you don't like the band, funny video. (Sorry for the short post, I have to go to work.)

Friday, March 25, 2011

New Periphery Song

Progressive metal/ djent/ shredcore band Periphery has released a new song. This track "Frak the Gods" is going to be put out on their forthcoming ep Icarus EP. I am not gonna lie to you, this track is beyond sick. It far surpasses anything else on their first full length put out by Sumerian. Great production, amazing vocals, and as always, Bulb never fails to deliver some crazy guitar work. Here is the link to the Metalsucks post with the song in it. Happy listening!

I Killed the Prom Queen Is Back!

One of the most essential metalcore bands in the past decade is Australia's own, I Killed The Prom Queen, has been slated for it's return. I am personally fucking (pardon my language) STOKED. This band has been a part of my music collection for some time now, and I had discovered them at the time just before they broke up. Of course I was a bit of a sceenie- weenie in this stage ugh... So I did not exactly appreciate them the way they deserved, but now I can't go a week without listening to some of their better songs.

They announced officially on their Facebook that they were to return. According to various internet sources, it has been found that Jona (guitar) will be doubling shows with previously posted band, Bring Me The Horizon, as will JJ Peters (Drums) with his hardcore band Deez Nuts. No original vocalist would come back so they decided to pick up the vocalist of Geelong's deathcore band, The Red Shore. Go ahead and take a look at this post in the Wiki article.

"On 9 March 2011, the band announced an Australian reunion tour with The Amity Affliction, Deez Nuts, and Of Mice & Men as part of the Destroy Music Tour in May 2011. It was confirmed that Butcher and Crafter will not return as vocalists.
On 10 March 2011, it was confirmed that Jamie Hope (ex-The Red Shore) will be taking over lead vocals for the tour. It was confirmed via the bands official facebook page this re-formation and line-up is permanent, and not just for one tour. Guitarist Jona Weinhofen has confirmed the same day that he is not planning to leave his other band Bring Me the Horizon and that he will remain in both bands."

Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Bring Me The Horizon Video...

Not many people liked this band passed when they were deathcore. I mean let's face it, as our musical tastes evolved, BMTH fell way behind. I personally have always thought they were pretty catchy, minus the whole "we are big rockstars now, so we get to act like douchebags" thing. Well their new songs have legitimately gotten well... Good. It may be hard to believe, but I can already see why. Since his departure from Australia's I Killed The Prom Queen, I have always enjoyed the works of Mr. Jona Weinhofen. He is a great guitarist. He brought a lot to the table for Bleeding Through (wow there are a lot of name drops in this post), and now is bringing that creativity to BMTH. Upon first hearing their new single, I could not believe that the band who had previously written an album full of Bury Your Dead and UnderOATH (more name drops, yay!) rip- offs was so good. Then I remembered why. Good luck Jona, you need it. ANYWAY, back to the news. There isn't much to say. Good song, decent video. Here ya go viewers.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Endless Steppe

Some of you may know just how it feels to have a genuinely small music scene where you live. My town is no exception. In my opinion, it is very rare for a band in this genre of music to create music that is catchy, and has some talent behind it. Well there is one band here doing just that. They may have dumbed their sound down a little bit to bring out that catchy element, but my good friends in The Endless Steppe have released a record to be reckoned with. While my opinion may be a bit biased since they are such good friends of mine, I personally think it is only a matter of time before they go places.

NOTE: While this is (yes), a deathcore, please do not let the term scare you away. Give them a chance. I mean it's free, what do you have to lose?

The Endless Steppe

Carne Asada Fries
Beneath The Hide
Deuce No Challenge No Blitz
John WB/ Harvey Djent
Macho Man Randy Savage


Homefront: Songs For the Resistance

I know this isn't a a video game blog guys, but this soundtrack is really, really good. The covers are all really well done and have their own flair. My only problem is the mixing isn't that well done. The tracklist is as follows:
  • War Ensemble - As I Lay Dying
  • Fight the Power - The Dillinger Escape Plan feat. Chuck D
  • Uprising - iwrestledabearonce
  • War Pigs - The Acacia Strain
  • One - Periphery
  • Fortunate Son - The Ghost Inside
  • For What It's Worth - Winds of Plague
  • Us and Them - Misery Signals
  • Masters of War - Arsonists Get All the Girls
  • War - Oceano
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday - Veil of Maya
Here is the link for your free download.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Misery Signals, The Acacia Strain, The Ghost Inside and More Announced...

To release some cover songs for Homefront. Bands included are: Misery Signals (HOORAAAAAAYYYYYY AGGGGH *seizure*) Veil of Maya, As I Lay Dying, Periphery, The Ghost Inside, The Dillinger Escape Plan and many more. Here is the article posted on

"A number of heavy bands look to be involved with the soundtrack to the upcoming video game “Homefront“. Misery Signals most recently entered the studio to track an as-yet unspecified cover for the game. Other artists expected to appear on the soundtrack include As I Lay Dying, The Acacia Strain, Periphery, The Ghost Inside and more.
Further details are expected soon, while the game is on course for a March 08th release date on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC platforms."

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

For The Fallen Dreams Loses Founding Member

Melodic Hardcore/ Metalcore pioneers For The Fallen Dreams have just recently lost their drummer. Co- founder of the band, Andrew Tkaczyk, has left this message to anyone interested in hearing what had happened:
"After starting this band with Jim almost 8 years ago in 2003, I can say that my life since then, has been nothing short of amazing. I have had experiences and seen things that a lot of people will never get the chance to, and I'm very greatful. I've been lucky enough to travel to places like Australia, UK, Europe, Mexico, Canada, and our own beautiful country dozens of times, to play shows and live my dream. Recently I hit a point in my life/music career where I had to make a decision that was not easy to make. I realized that it was the right move for me to step down from FTFD. This in NO way whatsoever has anything to do with any of the guys in this band. It was a personal choice that had been building up inside me for months, and it only felt right to go the path that I've chosen. Jim, Dylan, Kalan, Jaime, and anyone else who has been in this band and shared these times with me, I thank you. You all have played huge and important roles in my life. I'll never forget the times we shared.

"I wish the guys in FTFD the BEST of luck as they are recording their 3rd full length record as we speak. I guarantee all of you that this happening will not affect or slow down this band at all. They're going to make an amazing record for you guys. All of these guys are still some of my best friends and this doesn't change that. With that being said I'd like to make it clear that this also is not the end for me in music. I will be pursuing other projects in time, and I will still be writing music and releasing material on my own. I will also be writing for some other bands as well. Once again I'd like to thank everyone in FTFD, Ryan "Dog" Nelson, Craig @ Rise Records, Pantheon Agency, and anyone else who has helped FTFD grow over the years. I love you all more than words can describe!"

Their guitarist followed up with this statement:

"When Andrew came to me about his concerns I was completely floored. I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue the band we started, without him. To be honest, For the Fallen Dreams was on thin ice. There was a period when we thought this band was done, with everyone headed separate ways. It was hard to accept but giving up just didn't feel right. After weeks of soul-searching, and speaking with friends and loved ones, I spoke with the remaining members of the band and we decided to stick to it and write an album about all of the obstacles we overcame during the last record cycle.

"There is absolutely no bad blood between Andrew and the members of this band. He's a talented musician with a future ahead of him, we wish him the best. We are currently in talks with a few amazing drummers to fill the spot full-time, but haven't made any decisions yet. If anyone is interested in trying out, we are open to any video submissions (

"Moving on, we are two weeks in at Diamond Studios in Ocala, FL with Tom Denney until March recording our third full-length album. It is expected to be released in the spring-time so keep your eyes open for new songs! Our friend Will Weatherly from Ocala is taking on drum duties in the studio. He's an experienced studio musician and is bringing a lot to the table for the record. Fans and supporters, DON'T WORRY!!! We have a lot of great tours coming up, on top of our most exciting record to date. 2011 is already shaping up to be a great year, as well as a new era for the band! Stay tuned." 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Emmure Single

...-Core (as to not start fights) band Emmure has released a new single, and I am not gonna lie. I am really stoked on it. It took what I liked about The Respect Issue and Goodbye To The Gallows, and put it into this song. Their new album comes out relatively soon. I would buy it if I were you. It is gonna be sweet. Do it. NOW. DOOOOOOO IT. Anyway, heres the song...

So Very Sick...

So everyone, I am very sorry I have not been posting so very often as of late...
For all 8 of you who care... I am pretty sick right now. It blows
MOVING ON. Exciting shit happening. I am going to make up for those missed few days by making some posts RIIIIGHT NAO on everything I should have before.
Reading them would be greatly appreciated.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Tsop Wen

I am a very happy camper, seeing as how the Winterizer What-The-Butt-F**k-Ever Tour is coming up this Sunday. I was never a massive fan of the band The Chariot, but they are really talented with a lot of heart in their music. I feel like they are a cross between newer The Dillinger Escape Plan and older Norma Jean. Although I feel as though I may get clobbered by some big- ass cymbal, the live show should be fun. In this week's aptly named section "Video Of The Week" I have uploaded an example of why you should try and see them yourself. Josh Scogin is a beast. Funny that they are playing with Silverstein. Speaking of which, have you heard their new stuff?! Leaving Victory made them really cut loose. Check it out if you can.

More next time on....TALES OF INTEREST!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Atreyu Goes On Hiatus

Remember way back in middle school when you had that one gateway band into heavier stuff? Or more legit stuff. Atreyu was that band for me. It kind of sucks in a way I suppose, though I have had no interest in the for an extended period of time. Enough rambling of me back when I thought tripp pants were kind of cool...
SO. The official word on the subject is that they are just tired of touring and they need a break after a very full 11 years as a band. Even though they need to die after turning on their roots (this may just be the part of me that doesn't like selling out talking) they will not. They are returning as soon as everyone is rested up and everything.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Monsters S/ T

The new release from deathcore band Monsters has just been released through Franki Palmeri's record label False Prophet. If you want my completely honest opinion, it is definitely a little lack- luster. I was pretty excited for this album, but it is kind of forgettable. The first release they made was really good. It was catchy with some good tech parts. I just can't get into the whole I- am- gonna- rap- while- playing- this- breakdown kind of thing. Maybe it will grow on me. Who knows. Give it a try for yourself.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Some Non- sense

Sorry for the sporadic updating everyone. I have just been so busy with life OUTSIDE OF THE INTERNET. What blasphemy, right? Anyway. I manage to catch part of Greeley Estates at a show last night. They were alright but I ended up leaving because a few friends and I opted to go to Ihop instead. They weren't playing so well anyway.

A Great Suggestion: Do not, and I repeat do not dance in pac- sun jeans. I was dancing for a friends local band, and went to do a mule- kick. The next thing I heard was an awful ripping noise and I felt like I needed a musical number like in Spongebob. Cuz nobody ever wants to dance with the fool who went and... ripped his pants... It split down the leg all the way to my knee, and also right near my crotch. Not fun America, Not fun.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Dillinger Escape Plan on Tour

A band with a truly indeterminable genre. If I had to give them one, it would probably be metal-pop-math-beer-steroid-insane-prog-post-fuckasscore.

Moving on....

TDEP is going on tour this summer with Deftones. What an odd combination (even though it's fucking sweet) I highly recommend going to see them, they put on one of the most wil live shows I have ever seen.

Here are some dates:

4/14 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
4/16 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
4/18 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
4/22 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
4/25 Kansas City, MO @ Harrah's
4/26 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
4/28 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
4/29 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
4/30 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
5/1 Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Theatre
5/4 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
5/5 Hampton, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino
5/6 Providence, RI @ Lupo's
5/7 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
5/9 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
5/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
5/11 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
5/13 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
5/14 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Whitechapel Replaces Drummer

Deathcore enthusiasts Whitechapel will be replacing their former drummer Kevin Lane. The only reason I could seem to dig up so far is that he would like to return to school in their home state of Tennessee. He will be replaced by more- than- capable- ex- drummer of Knights Of The Abyss, Ben Harclerode. It seems that there is a lot of action stirring up with some of the older deathcore bands nowadays. I still hope Elysia gets back together.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Years!

Sorry it took me so long to make a new post. Along with the stress of trying to find a job and balancing my personal life I recently hadn't gotten around to updating this thing.

Nobody cares about this why am I talking....

Hopefully 2011 brings in some more sweet albums just like 2010. I know in a few more days the Monsters debut comes out. The new Sea Of Treachery is pretty sick. Maybe not as good as previous works, but is still catchy.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rumors About Elysia's Return..

It has been rumored that deathcore stalwarts Elysia may return to the stage. While this may not be too wow- inducing considering their last album was a lot less enjoyable than Masochist, vocalist Zach Vargas is said to be returning as well, which is exciting enough in itself to make up for it. So you may now once again proudly don your "Elysia Hates You/ You Make Me Fucking Sick" tees.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

TWA Seeks a New Bass Player

Phoenix metalcore quintet The Word Alive has parted ways with their bassist and is now seeking another. If you are interested and meet the criteria posted by them, shoot them an email at

Monday, December 27, 2010

Canadian Band 'Counterparts' Releases New Matierial

As of the past few weeks, Canadian young- bloods Counterparts have released two new songs that were not on their full length entitled "Prophets." Support this tremendously good band and go earn them some listens. The first song is called To The Grave, and the second is (You Think You're) John Fucking Locke.

Misery Signals, The Ghost Inside, For The Fallen Dreams

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Runner- Ups for 2010

Here are some albums that were also great from the past year, but just didn't quite make it into my top 10. Here are the 5 that I wish I could have picked, but just didn't quite hit the mark.

I recommend these 5 albums to anyone who loved the previous albums from these bands.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Still Remains to Reunite

It seems as though metalcore pioneers Still Remains have gotten back together for... well... "x" amount of time. It is unsure whether or not this change will be permanent or just for the last tour of Haste The Day. The best part about this is that they have gotten back together with a majority of the line- up from their best album, Of Love and Lunacy. I personally hope they can throw another great album together. They are one of the few gateway bands who got me into any sort of heavy music.


To anyone who had even looked at this damned thing so far, thank you and merry Christmas. Have a brutal one.

Figured it might be relevant to mention that Emmure has finished their new album, and it will be released in February. Hoping it isn't really awful because I loved The Respect Issue and Goodbye To The Gallows. Felony definitely wasn't the best on album, but they are pretty sick. I feel like trying to rap was a bad idea.

Happy holidays!

Friday, December 24, 2010

My Top 10 of 2010

So, I feel each year there are many relevant releases when it comes to core albums. Some range from extremely talented musicians, to ones that have the ability to write a riff that doesn't ever leave your head. While I feel that my love for technically proficient music may overshadow some of the more catchy options, here is my.... drum roll please!


Album - Invade
Band - Within The Ruins
Short Description:
I have always enjoyed the furious wankery of Within The Ruins. Creature unleashed a flurry of complicated and equally brutal riffs. This years album, Invade, also does just that.Catchy and technical.

Album - Oceans
Band - Beneath The Surface
Short description:
Deathcore can be a very hit- and- miss genre for most people. Lately, even myself has grown a bit tired of it. This album saved my hope for deathcore and is pretty awesome. Nothing is particularly inventive, but it is still a fun listen.

Album - Option Paralysis
Band - The Dillinger Escape Plan
Short Description:
Dillinger always manages to put out a unique record. End of story.

Album - There is a Hell, Believe My I've Seen It. There is a Heaven Let's Keep It a Secret
Band - Bring Me The Horizon

Short Description:
Bring Me The Horizon. Many of you may or may not like the band. Regardless, you have to recognize how much an improvement was made on this album. Some of the songs are not so great, but the good ones are really GOOD. Enough to make this at number 7. The songwriting has moved passed the generic deathcore, and then an album that only consisted of Bury Your Dead and UnderOATH rip- offs.
Listen to the single and decide whether or not you like the change.

Album - Perspectives
Band - House Vs. Hurricane
Short Description:
Synth- laden post- hardcore. What isn't to like? Don't judge it by the millions of other really bad bands that use the same formula, because this band is... well... fucking sick to say the least. A few complicated melodies and synth to add a sort of dystopian atmosphere. Best of all, it comes from Australia!

Album - Symptoms + Cures
Band - Comeback Kid
Short Description:
In short, CK is in touch with their roots. While this album may not be as good as Wake The Dead, it sure as hell holds up to the standards created for them. Throw in a little more melodic punk influence than the usual hardcore formula, and songs such as Balance are what you get. A record that is strong enough to stand on it's own, and will get many plays from anyone who can appreciate the band.

Album - Breathless
Band - The Eyes of a Traitor
Short Description:
TEOAT is a band I have had my eye on for a while. The 5- piece powerhouse has consistently written fresh music. While the last album saw our young blood writing in a more melo- death style, this years Breathless really shows what the band has got. Some djent, some melody, some atmosphere. Not every song is a hit, about 85% of the album is more than enough to keep me replaying it.

Album -S/ T
Band - Periphery
Short Description:
Oh Bulb, how you have done it again. Meshuggah needs to move out of the way, because I feel Periphery may catch up to their legacy in the coming years. Mind blowing drums and lead lines cover groovy rhythms, and music that twists and turns with the vocal stylings of Spencer Sotelo.

Album - Exoplanet
Band - The Contortionist
Short Description:
I won't lie, I hated this album at first. While that is a strong word, I feel the only reason is because they changed up their sound a lot from the spacey deathcore that it used to be. Now it has grown on me a little bit, and while it cannot compare to Apparition, it is still really fucking good. The new vocalist needs a little work, but the rest of the band proves to be more than capable of writing a good piece of music. I mean, they would have had to considering Ken Susi agreed to produce them.

And now for #1.
WARNING: Fanboy- ism ahead

Album - [Id]
Band - Veil Of Maya
Short Description:
And while I wait for the new Misery Signals to drop, this is one of the few albums I listen to on a regular basis. Veil Of Maya blindsides you in a RIGHT- IN- THE- FUCKING face kind of way, with the title song. Complicated rhythms lead into the song "Unbreakable", which is probably one of the strongest on the record. Technicality and a very unique style are displayed by the only guitarist in the band, Mark Okubo. The vocalist spits out positive sounding lyrics. The drums play some mind blowing polyrhythms and make the album a whole. Codex is my personal favorite song, as it reminds me a lot of The Common Mans Collapse and is probably the most melodic of all the songs. In my opinion it exemplifies most the sound that Veil Of Maya has created.

Thus concludes 2010 in review. While there are still many albums I would have liked to put on here, I find that these 10 are easily the best. Thank you for reading!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Getting started...

Today is the day I finally decided to create this blog, something I have been wanting to do for a while now. Hoorah! Now that is out of the way and I can get on to the point. "Clear The Pit" will be my means of writing review for albums and live shows that I have seen recently, or listened to recently. For the most part, the content will be about or involving music that have been stamped with the label -core. Some posts may be about a live show, some may be about an album, who knows? Even some new posts maybe, if they are relevant.

Anyway, the point being is that this will be my place to jot down everything I feel about bands as I see or hear them. I have quite an unhealthy lust for the genre, and is one of the few things I can honestly say I know a lot about. I see shows often. I perform in a band called Dawn Brings Revenge, and intend to take our show on the road. I wish to share my knowledge and opinions with people who may see the music the same way I do.

Okay Chris, enough rambling about yourself here...

The next post will come fairly soon. As I have yet to keep a consistent schedule for myself, this blog will be updating regularly, but with no set agenda. I have no idea what this next post will be, but you'll know as soon as some crazy idea pops into my head.