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on 14 October 2016
You looking for an introduction to metalcore? Look no further than this. It embodies everything the genre stands for: screamed verses, clean choruses, anguished lyrics; it has it all. It has all been done before, but rarely this well. This is what Austin Carlile is famous for. His screams on this bad boy are so polished, the technique measured and patient; it's worth the price of admission alone. Guitarist Shayley Bourget is in charge of the cleans, and they are superb as expected. Very smooth and commercial. Problem is, the choruses aren't all that memorable. It's more a case of watching the music unfold rather than looking for that one kick ass anthem.
It may have stupid song titles, it may be full of mindless beatdown grooves, but in the metalcore world, this album set the new standard. It ushered in a new generation of hardcore fans. Suddenly, people were no longer worshiping Underoath; instead there's 'That's The Spirit' and 'Restoring Force' flying off the shelves. Madness. Of Mice & Men have lost the plot, but this is a killer debut. Heavy, melodic, and damn impressive. Essential metalcore.