Northlane - Alien
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Based on 25 ratings
2019 Ratings: #540
August 2, 2019 / Release Date
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UNFD / Label
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Ahh. That's more like it, Northlane.

A few weeks ago, I reviewed Northlane's 2015 album Node. It had a tendency of being a boring node of an album, and I really wasn't feeling it. However, on Alien, Northlane has shown SIGNIFICANT signs of improvement. Their sound has undergone a full makeover, going from crystal-clear, precise progressive metal to electronic-tinged industrial metal (with elements of nu metal, alt-metal, etc.), and I'm lovin' it! The boring sound was half of the ... read more
All the worst elements of metalcore come together on this album. Stale production, lackluster vocals, crappy generic riffs we've heard a thousand times, and just an overall feeling of cheapness. Let's leave this kind of rock in the past, ok?
An absolutely phenomenal album. It's loud, it's relentless, it's ambitious, it's creative, and it's the best Northlane have ever sounded. Evolution has taken place not just in their move from experimental metalcore to an electronic/metal hybrid sound, but in their lyrics too, being far, far more introspective than ever before. Even the weakest track, Paradigm, must be commended for its execution and power. Highlights include the whole damn album, but specifically Eclipse, Bloodline, Details ... read more
This album is really interesting especially from a predictable genre like Metalcore, with a lot of experimentation and different influences reach from Industrial to even some trance influenced breakdowns. While the album didn't blow me away (some songs did absolutely nothing to me) it was really enjoyable overall. Also the production is way better than their last album, I just fucking love how ridiculously low the guitar tunings are lol.
Favorites: Talking Heads (wished the whole album was so ... read more
If you've listened to a tonne of Aussie Metal Bands like I have you will know which band is who cause they are all pretty much different from one another, having more diverse discography's and higher standards than most bands overseas. Northlane is one of those examples expanding their sound even more so than others this probably gonna be album of the year for me.

Fav tracks: (pretty much everything)
Least fav track: Rift
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Track List

  1. Details Matter
  2. Bloodline
  3. 4D
  4. Talking Heads
  5. Freefall
  6. Jinn
  7. Eclipse
  8. Rift
  9. Paradigm
  10. Vultures
  11. Sleepless
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Added on: June 17, 2019