Friday, January 06, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat – Extended Solid State Records Edition

Before looking ahead to the great releases to come from 2017, I want to take a look back at 4 of the best releases of 2016 from one of my favorite labels, Solid State Records.

Wolves At The Gate – “Asleep” (The Ohio post-hardcore standouts recently released their third album, Types & Shadows and it finds the band diving deeper past the genre’s limits with a sharp, Thrice-like sense of melody, personal yet highly relatable lyrics and a hard-hitting heaviness for their best album yet.)  

Silent Planet – “Panic Room” (The experimental L.A. based Christian band’s stunning sophomore album, Everything Was Sound was released last summer and it blends together the quirky, art-core tendencies of mewithoutYou with complex metalcore along with intelligent, thought-provoking and empowering lyrics.)

Norma Jean – “Forever Hurtling Towards Andromeda” (After almost twenty years, the veteran metalcore band continues to create chaos with their seventh album, Polar Similar, released last fall.  Alongside vocalist Cory Brandan’s most honest and personal lyrics to date, the band matches the intensity with Deftones-esque melodies and an abrasive heaviness created by their low-slung, Southern metal-inspired riffs and rhythms that have always set them apart.)  

Fit For A King – “Dead Memory ft. Jake Luhrs)” (The Texas Christian metalcore band recently released their fourth full-length, Deathgrip.  Lyrically, the album deals with death and all of its painful and ugly emotions with a sense of grace and hope that is inspiring; set to their beautiful yet brutal technical musicality and anthemic Texas-sized hooks.)


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