ISSUES - Headspace (Album Review)

Let's break down the first song, "The Realist" which is the first song off Issues' sophomore album, Headspace. There's a funky bass line by Skyler Acord and stop-start rifts from AJ" Rebollo. Then interwoven between the percussion grove of drummer Josh Manuel, you have the mixture of clean and unclean vocals of Michael Bohn and Tyler Carter. You can listen to this song five times and pick up on something different regarding song arrangement. There's scratching and even a synthesizer jam at the e

Pierce The Veil - Misadventures (Album Review)

It takes time to make the right album. Great bands are meticulous with this sort of thing as when it has to feel genuine. Time has to pass and life has to just happen. With an initial recording start date back in 2014, San Diego's own, Pierce The Veil set out to top everything that they had previously done up to that point. Fans salivated over a prospect of a new album given last year’s stint on Vans Warped Tour and the release of the single, "The Divine Zero". Good things come to those who wait

Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Album Review)

I always pictured Florence Welch as a mythical figure. With previous albums, Lungs and Ceremonials, you get the sense of a musical figure that's more like a spiritual experience. Songs like "Shake It Off" and "The Dog Days Are Over" were the makings of a champion, but with every heroine's story, there has to be some tribulations to even out the narrative. "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful" is where the heroine falls to earth a little bit broken by love or life in general. It's also a departure f

Bring Me The Horizon - Drown (Song Review)

"Drown", the first single after their acclaimed album, Sempiternal will be officially released on December 9th. If you look throughout the discography of Bring Me The Horizon, you almost saw this transformation coming. It took me a few listens to fully get into the track, but I had to understand that the band who made the vitriolic Count Your Blessings was gone. Oli Sykes has became more comfortable with his clean vocals and it’s actually kind of refreshing. There's substance here from young boy

Silverstein - I Am Alive In Everything I Touch (Album Review)

It's hard to believe that Silverstein has been at it for 15 years, but seven albums later, we got to see this band grow from a conventional hardcore band to the incarnation of post-hardcore and punk. One thing you can say about this band, throughout the years is there has been a constant stream of solid materials which may be hard to say for bands that have risen at the same time. In particular, it's tough for any band to make one conceptual album - let alone three within a career and have them