August 25 Release Music Reviews
"All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell" By PVRIS
Genre: Alternative Rock/Electropop
Pvris is one of the bigger buzz bands on the scene right now with the success of their debut album White Noise in 2014. With their follow up All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell the band doubles down on their pop sensibilities straying even further away from their post-hardcore roots. Cries of "sellout" are unlikely to be heard from the band's fans however as the new record sounds like a natural progression in the band's development. While there's less distorted guitars and an uptick in the pop elements the album is just as dark and angsty as its predecessor with frontwoman Lynn Gunn drawing inspiration from her personal demons. And there are still the big catchy choruses that aided the band's swift rise for fans to sing along to. While the record isn't as deep on quality tracks as White Noise there's still plenty of highlights in tracks like the danceable "What's Wrong" and the emotionally soaring "Heaven". While the album doesn't surpass the band's debut it still avoids the tag of sophomore slump.
"Eloquent Demons" By Bobaflex
Genre: Hard Rock
Bobaflex is a band that has their style and sticks to it like glue with every release. Their latest effort Eloquent Demons is no different. Modern hard rock with loud guitars, anthemic choruses, and full song harmony vocals all delivered with a rebellious hellion attitude. It can come off a little cheesy at times but Bobaflex seems to embrace this quality without a care to give. And if the listener can accept the style for what it is there's plenty of fun to be had with Eloquent Demons. "I Am A Nightmare" and "Moon And The Shadows" are headbanging, upbeat rockers. "Real Sadness" is lead by a sinister main riff that holds a lot of groove. And Pink Floyd cover "Hey You" is nicely done with heavier guitars being the main difference from the original. Overall the album is a solid, fun record for fans of straightforward, ballsy rock and roll.
"Galaktikon II: Become The Storm" By Brendon Small
Genre: Melodic Death Metal
Brendon "Good At Too Much Stuff" Small returns with the second helping of his solo Galaktikon project. This one will better satiate hungry Dethklok fans eager for a new record as Small brings back the Nathan Explosion-style growled vocals and puts them to great use on tracks like "My Name Is Murder" and "Some Days Are For Dying". However Small's strong clean vocals bring welcome diversity to the album and are highlighted in tracks like "The Agenda" and "Nightmare". The epic Dethklok vibe is still strong with technical guitar work, tasteful keys, and Gene Hoglan's machine gun percussion as powerful as ever. While the Dethklok name may have been taken from Brendon and company the talent and style still lives and fans of both Metalocalypse and melo-death in general will find plenty to enjoy in the album nicknamed "The Dethalbum IV".
"Strength In Numbers" By The Haunted
Genre: Thrash Metal/Groove Metal
The Haunted's ninth studio long player Strength In Numbers walks a nice line of modern thrash and groove metal. It switches between tempo testing blazers like "Tighten The Noose" and mid tempo headbagers like "The Fall". The record didn't instantly grab my attention but upon repeat listens you can really appreciate some of the tasty riffs found within. "This Is The End" is a definite stand out with its lumbering groove creating a unique sound from the other tracks. And "Preachers Of Death" sounds like it was borrowed from Lamb Of God's playbook albeit with some more melodic elements than LoG usually employs. Overall the record is a solid effort for these veteran thrashers with plenty to like for any metal fan.