Jan 26, 2019
93
“This shit ain't heavy metal”. Damn right it isn’t, but even if you wear Black Dahlia tanks, you should give this album a shot or two. Bring me the Horizon come back more than three years after their fifth release That’s the Spirit with a new full length album, titled amo. Inspired by love, this record goes from alternative rock to EDM and from trap to pop rock, which creates a fresh sounding, catchy collection of songs with a lot of curveballs.

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Jan 20, 2019
70
Deerhunter’s new album sure had some hype behind it after the release of three great singles. Reviews of leaked material already started showing up at the start of the year, which looked very promising. Does it live up to the hype? For me maybe not entirely, but I did enjoy it a fair bit.

The album starts off with the harpsichord-led track Death in Midsummer, which also is one of the highlights on the record for me. I really like how it begins with only a few instruments and vocals ... read more
Jan 15, 2019
80
In preparation for the concert of Amorphis and Soilwork last Saturday, I listened to Verkligheten, which only came out a day before. It didn’t hit me at first. I sure liked it, but it wasn’t that special to me. When I came back to it a day after the show I was stunned. Soilwork does so much right on this record, riffs, drums, vocals, production, it just sounds great. Swedish melodic death metal is still alive and kicking and I can’t get enough of it.

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Dec 30, 2018
85
Between the Buried and Me released not one, but two new albums this year. Automata I and Automata II follow the story of a man, whose dreams are broadcasted publicly for entertainment purposes by a company called Voice of Trespass. I didn’t have the chance to dive deeper into the story yet, as BTBAM’s lyrics can be a bit vague, but I do think it’s a really interesting concept. Since the two albums are so related to each other and the length is only just over an hour, I decided ... read more
Dec 30, 2018
85
Between the Buried and Me released not one, but two new albums this year. Automata I and Automata II follow the story of a man, whose dreams are broadcasted publicly for entertainment purposes by a company called Voice of Trespass. I didn’t have the chance to dive deeper into the story yet, as BTBAM’s lyrics can be a bit vague, but I do think it’s a really interesting concept. Since the two albums are so related to each other and the length is only just over an hour, I decided ... read more
Dec 29, 2018
85
With their new release, Stranger Fruit, Zeal & Ardor perfected the sound they pioneered on their first release, Devil is Fine. The first thing you’ll notice when you listen to both projects next to each other, is the enormous leap in production between them. Stranger Fruit sounds a-ma-zing. Bombastic instrumental parts with a great bass and drum sound behind it. Vocals that, even with the effects used on them, sound alive and beautiful at the singing parts, while dark and demonic at ... read more
Dec 26, 2018
80
Greyhaven released their sophomore album in March, but it slipped by me up until recently. The song Echo and Dust Pt. I was featured on a music-podcast I listen to and it had me hooked instantly (for Dutch people reading this, go listen to the Zes Losse Tanden podcast, it’s great for discovering new music). The vocals on this album are exactly what I like. The amazing screams remind me a bit of the vocals on Beartooth’s first record, just a little more versatile and brutal at some ... read more
Dec 24, 2018*
83
Epic. That’s the first word that comes to mind when listening to this album. Heavy, dynamic instruments, great clean vocal melodies and growls that you will feel in your bones. Amorphis new album came out pretty early this year, but I just couldn’t get enough of it. This is probably due to the fact that with Queen of Time they created such a compelling and exciting record by using lots of different sounds and styles, what kept the album interesting every time I listened to it. ... read more
Dec 23, 2018
75
I’m going to kick of my top 15 list of 2018 with Constant Image by Flasher, a post-punk album with some indie influences. The thing I love about this album is the chill vibe it has, it's really great to listen to this when you just want to relax or lay down for a while. The moment you put up the first song, Go, you’ll know exactly what I mean. I love this opening track, it works great as an intro to the rest of the album, like a build-up for what’s to come. The next song, ... read more
Dec 10, 2018
85
Era from Belgian band Off the Cross is not just a metal EP, it’s an EP that crosses the line between a metal band and an orchestra, which creates a beautiful, big, melodic sound, while being heavy at the same time. The production of the tracks is just amazing. All the instruments take their rightful place and sound really clear. At the same time, the brutal vocals pierce right trough the wall of instruments, what results in hard-hitting songs that’ll keep you on the edge of your ... read more
Dec 8, 2018
50
AFI is back just short of two years after their last full length release The Blood Album. With a new 15-minute-long EP, called The Missing Man, they lean even more into a rock sound than they already did. Even though the punk-influence can still be heard on tracks like Trash Bat and Get Dark, it definitely has a softer sound to it. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, only the songs we get on this project are mostly forgettable. AFI lacks interesting sounds on this release, which is a ... read more
Dec 2, 2018
78
Portrayal of Guilt’s first full length record shows lots of potential. Its blend of post-hardcore, punk and black metal vocals creates a fast, hard-hitting and emotional ride. With a runtime of only 22 minutes consisting out of 10 tracks (8 if you don’t count the small instrumental interludes), it’s an album that goes by fast. Even though it is what you would expect from a punk influenced record, I was surprised when it suddenly ended, as I was expecting more. While ... read more
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