The Best Hardcore / Metalcore / Deathcore - Metal Storm Awards 2016
|1.||Nails - You Will Never Be One Of Us||143|
|2.||Oathbreaker - Rheia||89|
|3.||Whitechapel - Mark Of The Blade||73|
|4.||After The Burial - Dig Deep||68|
|5.||Every Time I Die - Low Teens||26|
|6.||Forevermore - Integral||16|
|Morrow - Covenant Of Teeth||16|
|8.||Architects - All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (write-in vote)||12|
|9.||Killswitch Engage - Incarnate (write-in vote)||9|
|10.||Carnifex - Slow Death (write-in vote)||8|
|Ewïg Frost - No Dice||8|
|12.||Heaven Shall Burn - Wanderer (write-in vote)||7|
|13.||Hatebreed - The Concrete Confessional (write-in vote)||5|
|Kvelertak - Nattesferd (write-in vote)||5|
|15.||Jinjer - King Of Everything (write-in vote)||4|
|16.||Jared Dines - The Dark (write-in vote)||3|
|Ignite - A War Against You (write-in vote)||3|
|Knocked Loose - Laugh Tracks||3|
|19.||Erra - Drift (write-in vote)||2|
|Night Verses - Into The Vanishing Light||2|
After The Burial bounces back stronger than ever with its most inspired and passionate release to date. Dig Deep does exactly what its title states, pulling out of the depths the most complex and innovative songwriting the band has unleashed since the classic Rareform. Dig Deep contains some of the most stunning guitar work of any release this year and goes to great lengths to fit those works of art into suitably auspicious songs - all in all, a fitting tribute to Justin Lowe and proof that After The Burial will continue to be one of the most outstanding names in its genre.
Every Time I Die can wrangle hard-hitting hooks out of these chunky, punky grooves and alternatively heavy rants, marred by free-flying guitar garnishes that add a variety of odd flavors to Low Teens. This is a hardcore album through and through, but Every Time I Die takes enough creative liberties to make Low Teens a jarring, idiosyncratic, and memorable release.
Forevermore laid down some highly purposeful aggression and melody to create a clear picture. Yes, aggression AND melody. The balance of these is so well done, which is what keeps the sound fresh through all tracks on the aptly named Integral. Progressive elements dazzle this record and show incredible depth and texture, combined with sometimes heartbreaking guitar leads that smoothly caress us, while other times they rip mercilessly through our ears. Along with great yells and extreme vocals, subtle harmonies in the clean vocals give extra texture, layers, and a very slight creepy vibe that is most welcome.
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Knocked Loose is here to bash your skull in with the rawest hardcore riffs on the block and vocals that could shear a sheep. There's no room for posturing or image-selling or core kid antics here. All Laugh Tracks wants to do is crush opposition with heavy chugging and raw anger. If you've lost faith in modern hardcore, if you think that the scene has gone to the dogs, Knocked Loose will set you straight. Wait, no. Knock you loose. Yeah.
Anopheli, who did pretty well in last year's MS awards, will instantly recognize and appreciate the cello-infused, post-hardcore / crust punk goodness on display here. That's because Morrow is the sibling band of Anopheli, featuring almost all the same members. Yet despite the unmistakable comparisons between the two bands, Morrow stands out in its own right, as Covenant Of Teeth is a dark, heavy, atmospheric whirlwind of aggression and emotion.
"How tough am I? HOW TOUGH AM I? I had a bowl of Nails for breakfast this morning."
"Without any milk."
All-encompassing brutality. Complete sonic devastation. Head-crushing hardcore hell. This is the legacy of Nails.
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Converge-ish aggressiveness. Of course, that's not all of the influences here. But who cares about the genres anyway? Just listen.
Oathbreaker is a dark and multifarious band that produces virulent and unsettling music; they aren't for everybody, but that's no excuse not to give Rheia a whirl.
Whitechapel dudes might signal a new direction for the band. While the aggressiveness and traditional breakdowns do still exist, a slightly softer, more melodic musical approach can't be denied. Production-wise, the bass is very heavy in the mix and Phil Bozeman does not only deliver a solid vocal performance throughout, he shines with his clean vocals, especially on "Bring Me Home".