It’s about time I review this album. Avenged Sevenfold‘s The Stage was one of the 2016 releases I anticipated the most, even though nothing much about it, including its name or even its release date was correctly known until the very day it was released. This once pure metalcore band left us with a controversial traditional sounding heavy metal album three years ago, so as per usual I was curious to see what direction Avenged Sevenfold would take on this adventure, thinking they have covered everything possible by this point. Then a few weeks before the album was released, the title track came out.
Looking back, I may have gone too easy on Green Day‘s trio of albums released in 2012 when I reviewed them. But hey, that was in the first few months of me having a blog so I hadn’t found my comfort in objectiveness quite yet. Really what happened was Green Day got a little too comfortable and loose and did something that many people just didn’t get. But unlike 21st Century Breakdown before it, this time Green Day didn’t get much support. I think this grounded the band, particularly Billie Joe Armstrong, and the band subsequently took a four year break from recording. Their return to the record shelves was a few weeks ago with the release of Revolution Radio. Did the band make the most of their break?
Alter Bridge is that rare band in the modern day who are such professionals that no matter what they do, you have to respect it. They have a confidence that I don’t think any other band rightfully has and with it they have produced album after album of pure unmatched drive and power. With their fourth album Fortress released in 2013, they went back to a familiar formula after experimenting in fine form on AB III (an album which I openly gushed about in my Fortress review) and this time around on their new album The Last Hero they continue with that formula that made their first two albums such great fan favourites.
“Kick assed chilled out rock” is a quote that Free From Gravity has in their Facebook page to help describe their sound. I’m glad it’s there, I would have otherwise had trouble trying to analyze the sound on their new EP Saints & Sinners without simply calling it a rock EP. I still don’t think the UK band should limit themselves to just that description though.
It was two years and four days ago that I saw The Pack A.D. open for Alice In Chains, prompting me to buy their then most recent album Do Not Engage after having a pleasant encounter with them between sets. You can read my review of that album here. The rock duo was five full length albums deep at that time and I had in fact heard their name thrown around every now and then before then, but seeing them perform that day was exactly the push I needed, otherwise I wouldn’t be here reviewing their recently released sixth album Positive Thinking.
We Are The Catalyst is a Swedish alternative metal formed in 2012. Since their formation they’ve modestly released an EP and a full length album on Ferocity Records. We Are The Catalyst’s sound isn’t unlike other alternative metal bands, but what sets them aside is the way they compose and deliver their music, which they hope will be shown on their upcoming second album Elevation.
Trapt is a band that has been around for longer than I realized. I first heard of them when they played at the first Crüe Fest in the summer of 2008, but I didn’t realize they had been around for over a decade before then and were four albums (three major label) deep into their recording careers. Another eight years later and Trapt is set to release their sixth major label studio album DNA.