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Seneca: Reflections
3 out of 5 skulls

Seneca
Reflections

To tell you the truth, I was close to not even giving this one a chance. I’m not particularly a fan of the emocore-esque clean […]

Gomorah: By The Means of Violence
3 out of 5 skulls

Gomorah
By The Means of Violence

As far as debut albums go, this one ain't half bad. It's a more aggressive approach to metalcore that's a slight hybrid between that genre and more hardcore influences — without fully being caught up in the "deathcore" label.

Don The Reader: Humanesque
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Don The Reader
Humanesque

Taking on influences from Every Time I Die to Coalesce to The Dillinger Escape Plan, this debut effort is massive in terms of its scope and sound. Often teetering on the edge of a cavernous precipice Don The Reader real themselves back in with a belying structure that could turn on you like a rabid dog going for the jugular at any moment.

The Perennial: The Disparagement of Indifference
3 out of 5 skulls

The Perennial
The Disparagement of Indifference

It's always nice to be able to throw in a disc (especially one self released as The Disparagement of Indifference) and just be able to rock the fuck out. The four primary tracks on this EP are full of power, vehemence and energy.

Fracture Point: Inherit the Downfall
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Fracture Point
Inherit the Downfall

With the overall sound of a much more mature, seasoned group, Fracture Point's Inherit the Downfall is one hell of an impressive debut album. The group combines several elements of metal from various genres into a groove oriented powerhouse.

Left to Vanish: Versus the Throne
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Left to Vanish
Versus the Throne

Side stepping the deathcore label that's hurtling down the tracks at them, Left To Vanish employ ambient guitar tones, a few atmospheric elements and catchy grooves to create a brutal, yet smooth brand of aggressive metal.

In Cold Blood: s/t
3 out of 5 skulls

In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood

Thick, hardcore influenced breakdowns mix with melodic leads and hooks to create an slightly more aggressive take on metalcore in general. Just try and ignore the turntables.

Enemy of the Sun: Shadows
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Enemy of the Sun
Shadows

Enemy of the Sun's Shadows is one hell of a disc. Building on a base comprised of pummeling thrash, the band add in melodic elements, acoustic pieces as well as death metal influences.

Stigma: When Midnight Strikes!
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Stigma
When Midnight Strikes!

Stigma mixes a variety of metalcore, death metal and thrash elements into a seemless, violent attack on the senses. Not simply relying on blindly tearing through brutal riff after brutal riff, the band incorporates impressive grooves and guest appearances to complete this album with great success.

Geryon: Demo 2008
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Geryon
Demo 2008

Any labels out there looking for quality talent and a seasoned sound need look no further than the Bay Area's own mythical beast, Geryon.