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Killswitch Engage live at Download Festival, 2012 : In pictures

Pictures from American metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage‘s performance at 2012’s Download Festival.

Venue : Donington Park

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album review : Dead Throne (2011) – The Devil Wears Prada

album : Dead Throne

artist : The Devil Wears Prada

genre : Metalcore

year : 2011

To derive pleasure out of anything in this world, one needs to understand that you’d be wholeheartedly satisfied only if both the sides are willing to adjust on aspects that are very tiny when seen from a distance. The distance need not be physical, but it is emotional as well. Be it a relationship, or the topic I’m concerning myself with at the moment – music. This five-lettered word is like a glove for protection from almost everything, because had there been no music then life would have really sucked.

Now here I am onto a band I recently got introduced to through myself. I know internet is a bitch but it isn’t all that bad. It all began with my urge to checkout the bands under Rise Records, and hence I discovered this six-piece band from Ohio, USA named The Devil Wears Prada (TDWP) . The band is no longer with Rise Records (they are signed to Ferret Music now), and Dead Throne is the fourth album in their discography. To best describe the music played by TDWP I’d say they have all the intentions of making it sound metalcore which is an amalgamation of heavy metal and hardcore but they do brush this school of music called post-hardcore.

I like my music to be loud except when I want it to be soft. Well, yea I was not getting anywhere with that. Dead Throne packs together thirteen tracks of intense metalcore chasing the listener to every nook and corner of their senses, sounding glamorous at the same time. Moments on few of the tracks are very much throwing light on the fact that they have never been cloned before. Check out sections on Untidaled, Vengeance, Chicago.

As a complete package there are tracks like Mammoth, Born to Lose, Holdfast where we are tied to our places with the only movement allowed being our body parts trying to play along with the band. The entire process of fitting in a pattern and then executing it to make it sound like how it does on a few others like My Questions and Constance definitely takes a little more than just the ability to play instruments.

Flaws are there, and flaws are going to make me write a better review next time and will make the band make even better music in future. The moment flaws disappear there comes an end, and The Devil Wears Prada are enjoying their stuff too much to do anything like that. What particularly comes into my notice are parts where change of mood doesn’t fit in the flow. Kansas and Forever Decay, although are good compositions, have areas that could well have been tweaked to sound better.

Dead Throne would be remembered for it’s richness, abundance, brutality, melody and for the fact that the entire force of The Devil Wears Prada comes down upon the listener like the most thrilling roller coaster, except that the coaster stops after some time but here the band keeps entertainment alive every time you decide to play the album in its entirety. The Devil Wears Prada is a convincing metal outfit.

Rating : 4/5

album review : Leveler (2011) – August Burns Red

album : Leveler

artist : August Burns Red

genre : Metalcore

year : 2011

There is no reason for a website like Encyclopaedia Metallum (known to everyone as metal-archives) for not listing a band that is as metal as you’d expect a metal band to be. Maybe even more. Yes, as I said Metal Archives does not have a page for August Burns Red which according to me is not cool.

This band cracks a new hole with every new album of theirs, and while they are at it they also make sure they do something that has not been done before by them. As I’m increasingly getting drawn to their music on Leveler, I must also add that their last release Constellations was one of the mightiest metal releases of 2009. Complete with bone-breaking and irresistible compositions. On Leveler too, August Burns Red present metal in a plural fashion by giving several meanings and interpretations to the dimensions of music.

The band with a fresh set of twelve tracks (that’s minus the bonus songs) for the year 2011 take the listener on top of a high mountain and then push him or her down with full force. The entire album is how you enjoy your ride while coming down from there, hitting rocks and rolling along the way. And to my surprise they even have midi version of their opening track Empire. The least I can do is use it as my ringtone, to show them my respect.

The entire release is packed with evergreen riffs full of melodic patches. They win your heart with a tightness that would help you ease out your hatred for anything while they are on.

I, for once, cannot sit still when an August Burns Red album is played. They just pick you up and get you going. Leveler, too, has ultimately been produced with the sole purpose of making your neck muscles stronger.

Rating : 4/5

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