Bloodbather – Pressure
Florida’s Bloodbather is one of the newer bands to embrace and reformulate the angst-ridden, chunky metalcore of old, and one of the newer bands to do it right. On their new release, Pressure, the quartet pay homage to the sounds of older acts like Disembodied, as well as toy with a more beatdown-oriented version of the style like contemporary acts such as Knocked Loose, Code Orange or Jesus Piece. The result is a short, but sweet recording of genuine bitterness and ignorantly heavy riffs. The guitars hammer upon the listener with palm-muted, chugging breakdowns, galloping stampedes and plenty of throat-slitting, dissonant attacks. The rhythm section throttles beneath the metallic onslaught above, adding even more grit and heaviness to an already gritty and heavy record. Everything is then topped off with vitriolic vocals that spew vengeful prose atop the instrumentation. It’s nothing revolutionary by any means, but Bloodbather‘s Pressure sounds and feels legitimately pissed off, and there are moments in these trying times where unabashedly angry music like this is necessary. Listeners looking for a new release to punch someone to should look no further.
Release Date: January 1, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “The Final Request”, “Pressure” and “The Hunt”
For Fans of: Disembodied, Martyr A.D., Knocked Loose, Incendiary and Code Orange
No Right – Unjustified
No Right’s debut EP, Unjustified, is a furious blitz of modern, chaotic metalcore that will have hardcore fans of all shapes and sizes elated and enraged. This San Francisco outfit is yet another young band to sit at the crossroads between modern hardcore and the ugly, dissonant early days of metalcore. But unlike most of their contemporaries, No Right doesn’t feel like a rehashing of what came before their time. Instead, these Californians make it all their own on this rampaging, 19-minute release. These six tracks are full of insurmountable ire and batter and bruise listeners down to the last second. The guitars unleash a maelstrom of riffs that shift back-and-forth between high octane metallic hardcore and angular mayhem. The instrumentation is filled to the brim with unpredictable, off-kilter shifts in rhythm and grinding violence. Palm-muted, skull-caving breakdowns transition flawlessly into spiraling, knife-like licks, and further into chugging dissonance flawlessly. The drumming is the perfect blend of pummeling and erratic, helping maintain the intensity of the six-stringed Hell. Topping it all off is absolutely vicious, scathing vocals that rip through the skin like razors. From start to finish, Unjustified is punishing. No Right is definitely an act to watch.
Release Date: January 4, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “Unjustified” and “(un)Conditional”
For Fans Of: Vein, Axis, .gif from god, Turmoil and 100 Demons