Fallujah – Dreamless (2016)

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Author: Gay For Gary Oldman

Artist: Fallujah

Album: Dreamless

Genre: Progressive/Technical Death Metal/Deathcore

Label: Nuclear Blast America

 

 

In December 2014 I named Fallujah’s The Flesh Prevails as my album of the year. I then proceeded to not listen to it since. I loved the album for combining many subtle differences in the multitude of metal styles into a singular, cohesive sound which sounded ultra-modern without straying from a familiar sound. To borrow a phrase, it seemed to me “as forward thinking as a Ronin sculpture on a freight train.” However, my own personal tastes shifted somewhat from the style, and with few other comparable bands I enjoyed, they became much neglected.  Continue reading

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Iwrestledabearonce – Hail Mary (2015)

Artist: iwrestledabearonce

Album: Hail Mary

Label: Artery Recordings

Author: Bloodshot Grub

iwrestledabearonce is not a well-respected band, but I picked up this review because really enjoyed one of their prior albums enough that I wanted to see what they were up to. IWABO seem to be known more for their schtick than their music, and while that perception is not entirely unjustified, Ruining It for Everybody was a surprisingly good album with numerous poignantly sentimental moments that were actually somehow reinforced by the juvenile humor. Yes, they’ve always been gimmicky pop-metalcore, but they’re also a band that went for something different and, at times, pulled it off. Even when they weren’t that great, they were at least interesting. Now it seems they’ve decided to stay interesting by subverting expectations of being interesting… by being less interesting. They’ve dropped the schtick on this one and are aiming to be taken seriously, to be judged on their musical merits alone. Continue reading