Archive for April, 2011

                 With musical giants such as Asking Alexandria and We Came As Romans dropping and planning to drop new albums, it’s a difficult time for up and coming hardcore bands to emerge. One of the most talented bands that has been covered up by the recent hardcore albums is Swedish band Adept. With their new album “Death Dealers” hitting the shelves this past month, the foreign band has stolen the hearts of many and then torn them to shreds (in the best way possible) with brutal breakdowns and a gargantuan range of screams.

                “The Ivory Tower” was released as a single before “Death Dealers” was released, and it embodied what Adept was all about. Carefully worded and savagely executed lyrics were woven in between heavy guitar and thrashing drums, creating a mosh pit of music. It left me listening to it on repeat every once and a while; I couldn’t get enough of it. I couldn’t wait for the album.

                Once “Death Dealers” came out, Adept immediately brought me in with “First Round, First Minute” which mixed heavy double bass, guitar riffs, and the oh so welcome lyrics “drop it like it’s hot” and “here we f***ing go.” The album continued with giant bass drops and (of course) breakdowns, but I found it difficult to get through the entire album. All of the songs had a similar tone, open with drums and guitar, throw in a breakdown, show off the low screams, and end. Even though songs like “Death Dealers” and “The Ivory Tower” threw in the much needed deep lyrics and catchy chorus, it couldn’t compensate for the ten other nothing-out-of-the-ordinary melodies.

                One thing that I was absolutely hated about the album was the lack of high-pitched screams. Adept’s first full length album, “Another Year of Disaster,” was filled to the brim with screeching high screams that brought emotion into the screams. This album has lost all of that emotion and replaced it with monotonous lows. Whenever songs like “No Guts, No Glory” featured a speck of a screech, my heart jumped a little bit in hope that more would follow. I was (and still am) disappointed.

                Though the album was boring at times, I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it. I can’t nod my head during some of Adept’s catchy breakdowns, I just wish there weren’t so many.”Death Dealers” could easily drop four or so songs to be a better quality album; after all, quality is better than quantity (especially in music).

Overall rating: eh, satisfactory

~K

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Reckless And Relentless Track List

Posted: April 14, 2011 by storkmusic in Track List
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No. Title Length
1. “Welcome”   1:49
2. “Dear Insanity”   3:09
3. “Closure”   3:58
4. “A Lesson Never Learned”   3:54
5. “To the Stage”   3:30
6. “Dedication”   1:03
7. “Someone, Somewhere”   3:37
8. “Breathless”   4:10
9. “The Match”   4:15
10. “Another Bottle Down”   3:34
11. “Reckless & Relentless”   4:08
12. “Morte et Dabo”  

We’re taking off!

Posted: April 13, 2011 by storkmusic in Misc
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Sometimes change goes unnoticed, merely adding an element that nobody can quite describe. Other times it fuels harsh criticism and deep nostalgia. In Asking Alexandria’s third full length album, Reckless and Relentless, both transformations blended for a slightly unsettling, yet moderately enjoyable album.

The pre-released song, Morte et Dabo, gave undeserving hope to those with an obsession for Asking Alexandria’s harsh breakdowns and talented high screams. Although it gave a new perspective to the band, it is still quite different from the general sound of the album. Deserving or not, audiences expect consistency from a band. This unrealistic expectation is often crushed, but can be reconsidered when altered aspects outweigh previous antics.

 The intro, Welcome, begins with a melodic, synthesized orchestra and breaks into screamed to vocals. At this point, I was not yet disenchanted. The balance of screamed vocals and clean vocals was relative to expectations in most of their songs, such as: Closure, A Lesson Never Learned, To The Stage, Breathless, and The Match. However, the other few songs were a grave upset, lacking the intense breakdowns and screamed vocals that were desired. Even in the songs with the optimal balance, the clean vocals were quite different from their previous album. It may be the band simply developing into their niche, but some are left unimpressed.

 Lack of enjoyment may be in part the listener’s fault.  Most bands will not remain identical for their entire career. Asking Alexandria was a fairly new band, and change in style should have been expected. Despite criticism of their “generic” tactics, they add a unique sound to the metal-core/ post-hardcore genre and have hooked many fans worldwide. They will be playing on the main stage this year at Warped Tour, and despite results from some of their other concerts, are expected to have a loyal audience.

Overall Rating- The awkward mark between satisfactory and pleasant.

~R

Work In Progress.

Posted: April 8, 2011 by storkmusic in Uncategorized

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