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metal/hardcore songs of the day. March 3, 2009

Posted by Jordan in Album Reviews/Thoughts, Music.
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“The Great Red Shift” by Most Precious Blood. that song has SO. MUCH. GROOVE. omg. it’s awesome, and I REALLY need to see them live. actually, homeboys need to tour again so that I have the opportunity to see them live, but still. you know what I mean.

“Social Jihad And Genocide. The Only Certainty In An Uncertain World With No Promise Of Tomorrow” by Misericordiam. The fade-in/blasting intro to that track is SWEET. It’s simple and gratuitous and trendy and uses pig squeals, but whatever. It rocks. They, also, would be fantastic to see live.

“The World’s Havoc” by Maroon. Again, like the Misericordiam track, there are some concessions that have to be made when talking about this band, if you’re going to be honest. It’s Gothenburg-influenced German metalcore, in much the same vein as Neaera, Heaven Shall Burn, and Caliban (all those bands know each other really well, so that shouldn’t be a surprise), so it’s kind of derivative by nature. However, that doesn’t mean that it still can’t be enjoyable to listen to, and this song, in my opinion, has one of the best breakdowns EVER at the end.

“Spearheading The Spawn” by Neaera. More of a melodic death metal vibe going on here, as compared to the above Maroon song, which is more of a At The Gates-meets-Hatebreed kind of thing. LOVE the intro to this song. It’s obviously heavily layered and over-produced, and you can make the argument that it sort of takes away some of the song’s impact, but it still rips. Also, the instrumental outro part is FANTASTIC – the kick drum fills are awesome. I like songs like that – ones that feel like they don’t have to end just because the vocals do. Another good example is “Eyes Of A Criminal” by Chimaira.

Pantera – Official Live: 101 Proof. The whole album. Show me a metal live album that sounds better and has more groove than this one, and I’ll get a mirror, hold it up to your face, and show you a liar. There is no such thing. It’s amazing – Dimebag’s guitar sounds like it’s on fire (in a good way). There are no words for how powerful this band was, and for how much I wish I could have seen them play live and just completely rip some place apart.

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