Melodic Metalcore

MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music online community, from the creators of progarchives.com

Melodic metalcore is a subgenre of metalcore, with a heavy emphasis on melodic instrumentation, blast beats, metalcore-stylised breakdowns and clean singing. The genre has seen commercial success for employing a "more accessible and commercial style" than typical metalcore. Many notable melodic metalcore bands have been influenced by melodic death metal.

Where metalcore evolved out of hardcore punk with added metal elements such as double bass drumming and thrash-like guitar and vocals, melodic metalcore often stemmed from metal bands adopting hardcore punk elements.

melodic metalcore top albums

Showing only albums and EPs | Based on members ratings & MMA custom algorithm | 24 hours caching

TRIVIUM Ascendancy Album Cover Ascendancy
TRIVIUM
4.26 | 23 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
TRIVIUM The Sin And The Sentence Album Cover The Sin And The Sentence
TRIVIUM
4.34 | 12 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
TRIVIUM Shogun Album Cover Shogun
TRIVIUM
4.22 | 27 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
PROTEST THE HERO Kezia Album Cover Kezia
PROTEST THE HERO
4.25 | 19 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Disarm the Descent Album Cover Disarm the Descent
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
4.33 | 8 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE The End of Heartache Album Cover The End of Heartache
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
4.06 | 14 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
SHADOWS FALL The Art of Balance Album Cover The Art of Balance
SHADOWS FALL
4.12 | 9 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Alive or Just Breathing Album Cover Alive or Just Breathing
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
4.03 | 11 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
SHADOWS FALL Retribution Album Cover Retribution
SHADOWS FALL
3.97 | 12 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
PROTEST THE HERO Fortress Album Cover Fortress
PROTEST THE HERO
3.84 | 21 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
SHADOWS FALL Somber Eyes to the Sky Album Cover Somber Eyes to the Sky
SHADOWS FALL
3.94 | 5 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
SHADOWS FALL Threads of Life Album Cover Threads of Life
SHADOWS FALL
3.82 | 10 ratings
Buy this album from MMA partners
This list is in progress since the site is new. We invite all logged in members to use the "quick rating" widget (stars bellow album covers) or post full reviews to increase the weight of your rating in the global average value (see FAQ for more details). Enjoy MMA!

melodic metalcore online videos

melodic metalcore New Releases

.. Album Cover
New Beginning
Album
TORN VISIONS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Illusions
Single
TORN VISIONS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Holding On
Single
TORN VISIONS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Kingdom Of Ruins
Single
TORN VISIONS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Renaissance Noire
Album
SPOIL ENGINE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
September
Album
NO DROP FOR US
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Ocean
Album
EXPOSED TO NOISE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Deadringer
Single
MELTDOWN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
World Unseen
Single
MELTDOWN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Conspire
Single
MELTDOWN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Bleeding
Single
MELTDOWN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Senses Overload
Single
MELTDOWN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Who Am I
Single
MELTDOWN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Deadringer
Album
MELTDOWN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Breathe
Album
THE ANCHOR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Through Rose
Single
THE ANCHOR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Revive
Single
THE ANCHOR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Hunger: Lust: Death: Pray
Album
SILENT FRACTURE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Bring Me Home
Single
SILENT FRACTURE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Wicked
Single
SILENT FRACTURE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Nightmare
Single
SILENT FRACTURE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Lie​.​.​. Truth
Single
EXZOUST
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Forevermore
Album
EXZOUST
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
I. Mea Culpa
Single
EXZOUST
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Shaped By Fire
Album
AS I LAY DYING
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Blinded
Single
AS I LAY DYING
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Shaped By Fire
Single
AS I LAY DYING
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Redefined
Single
AS I LAY DYING
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Orphans
Album
THE AGONIST
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
As One We Survive
Single
THE AGONIST
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
In Vertigo
Single
THE AGONIST
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Equinox
Album
CITY STATE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Endless Cycles
Album
MURDER IN RUE MORGUE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
From Chaos To Ashes
Album
PROTOGONOS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Clarity
Album
THROUGH DREAMS & DISTANCE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Void
Album
WAR OF AGES
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Sulphur And Salt
Single
WAR OF AGES
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Night Maze
Album
RESILENCE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Low
Single
WAGE WAR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Wage War
Album
WAGE WAR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Devil
Single
THE ANGELS LEASH
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
In Pursuit Of The Sun
Album
THE ANGELS LEASH
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Feel
Single
DEADTHRONE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Premonitions
Album
DEADTHRONE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Sydewynder
Album
SYDEWYNDER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Chasing The Heavens
Album
MY DILIGENT FUTURE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Let Me Wake You Up
Single
MY DILIGENT FUTURE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Ultra
Single
MY DILIGENT FUTURE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
On My Way
Single
MY DILIGENT FUTURE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Heartless
Single
MY DILIGENT FUTURE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Atonement
Album
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Embers
Album
SABLE HILLS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Low
Album
THECITYISOURS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
If You Know, You Know
Single
THECITYISOURS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Don't Wait For Me
Single
THECITYISOURS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Bare Bones
Single
THECITYISOURS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Hope Less
Album
INFINITE SLEEP
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Dissolving Clouds
Album
ACT ZERO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
All Black
Album
PITCHBLACK
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Ihateu
Single
PITCHBLACK
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Graveyard
Album
PITCHBLACK
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Color Of Our Fears
Album
ETERNAL CLOSURE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Defying Gravity
Single
ETERNAL CLOSURE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Enchanted
Album
SQUARE TORPEDO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Love On Delivery
EP
SQUARE TORPEDO
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The New Chapter
EP
REJECT THE SICKNESS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Stages
Album
ENSLAVED BY FEAR
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Constellations (Remixed)
Album
AUGUST BURNS RED
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Attitude
Album
WHERE THE OCEANS FALL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Never Setting Sun
Album
LAMENT (CT)
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
From Where I Draw My Strength
Album
DIEUPONADAY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Upside Down
Album
EYES WIDE OPEN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
One Last Breath
Album
EZOX
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Artificial Care
Single
FROM THIS DAY FORWARD
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Restoration
Album
FROM THIS DAY FORWARD
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Destroy - Create - Transform
Album
I SET FIRE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
War Is My Mantra
Album
OCEANS BENEATH US
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Wasteland
Album
THIS LAST WORLD
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Shattered Expectations
Album
WORLD IN SILENCE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Ill Sun
Single
OVER CLOUDS CORRUPTION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Follow The Light
EP
OVER CLOUDS CORRUPTION
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
A Path Made By Walking
Album
OCEAN OF PLAGUE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Steep Rise
Single
OCEAN OF PLAGUE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Infinity
Single
OCEAN OF PLAGUE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Enough Is Enough
Single
OCEAN OF PLAGUE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Expanse
Album
LEVELER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Army Of Iron
Single
LEVELER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
First Breath
Album
BEHIND THE WOODS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Reborn
Album
AS THEY RISE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
House Of Cards
Album
EXILENCE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Dark Side
Album
GREEDY BLACK HOLE
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Suntrackers
Album
DRAKKEN
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Deathwatch
Album
THE ROYAL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Peace
Album
DEMON HUNTER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
War
Album
DEMON HUNTER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Sun Will Drown
Album
WAIT FOR THE DAY
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Through The Tides
Album
THROUGH THE TIDES
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Micro
EP
JINJER
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Faces
Album
A LONG WAY TO FALL
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Reflections
Album
SCREAMS OF SYRENS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
The Bright Beyond
Single
SCREAMS OF SYRENS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
A New Era
Single
SCREAMS OF SYRENS
Buy this album from MMA partners
.. Album Cover
Hartgeld Im Club
Album
CALLEJÓN
Buy this album from MMA partners

melodic metalcore Music Reviews

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Atonement

Album · 2019 · Melodic Metalcore
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Kingcrimsonprog
2019’s Atonement is the 3rd album since Jesse Leach rejoined the iconic metalcore band, Killswitch Engage. I’ll skip to the end right away and say this album is no disappointment. There are a bunch of new songs fit for any future KSE live sets or compilations.

The sound, performance and production are all top notch. More or less similar in quality to the past two albums. Sonically; it is crystal clear and perfectly produced. As classy as you can get without tipping over into overproduced. The band pound away with the same ratio of aggression and contemplation, and nail it perfectly.

Unusually for Killswitch, there is a guest vocal performance from an outisder, from Testament’s Chuck Billy. They add him over one of the thrashier songs (‘The Crownless King’) and he really suits the music. Also; in contrast to the outsider guest spot, and in a nice mirror to Jesse Leach’s guest vocal performance on The End Of Heartache, during the time that Howard Jones was the singer, now that Jesse is the singer, Howard Jones pops up here for a guest vocal performance, on the track ‘The Singal Fire.’

I’m not just saying it due to the above fact, but the best song on the album is definitely ‘The Signal Fire.’ Next time I see Killswitch I really hope they play it live.

Other highlights include the opener ‘Unleashed’ and ‘I Can’t Be The Only One’ (which I imagine will become a single and a live favourite). I am also rather fond of ‘Know You Enemy’ which channels Dimebag at times in the riffs, and the album closer ‘Bite The Hand That Feeds’ which is arguably the fastest and heaviest one on this album. There’s plenty of new songs to get excited about, and very little if any in the way of filler.

Initially I was a bit sceptical about this album before getting it, as they said it was their most diverse album to date, and then the first song they released from it, ‘I Am Broken Too’ wasn’t exactly a big rager like ‘In Due Time’ or ‘Strength Of The Mind’ or ‘This Is Absolution’ …and I feared that they might be loosing their touch. Luckily the album is not all in that style anyway. And furthermore, do you know what? The more I listen to that song, the more I like it. It may be a bit mid paced and overly earnest, but dammit if that chorus doesn’t sound better and better each time I play it. As long as there are ragers there too, it doesn’t hurt to have a calmer moment to break things up.

Overall; this is a very strong album and a welcome addition to the Killswitch catalogue. If you don’t like Killswitch already, it won’t change your mind, for all the media talk of it being their most diverse album, it pretty much sounds like modern Killswitch and nothing else for the majority of its duration, but if you like modern Killswitch you shant be disappointed, as it is an expertly performed, produced and written modern Killwitch album, and that’ll do just fine.

ATREYU In Our Wake

Album · 2018 · Melodic Metalcore
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Kev Rowland
I first really started paying attention to Atreyu with the release of 2004’s ‘The Curse’, but although I grabbed all their albums up to 2009’s ‘Congregation of the Damned’ I hadn’t realised they had got back together after the hiatus following that to release an album in 2015, and here they are now back with the next, the seventh in their career. It is hard to believe that Atreyu have been together for twenty years now, as they still sound as angry as ever, mixing that aggression with melody and metal to create a sound designed to throw a mosh pit wherever they play. I also put them into the same category as Killswitch Engage and Avenged Sevenfold, all bands out there creating their own masterpieces and not worrying about the rest of the scene. There are parts of “The Time Is Now” which one would say belongs far more in the canon of their recent touring partners Slipknot than Atreyu. These guys have been turning it up and cranking it even harder than they used to, and took inspiration from their classic ‘Lead Sails Paper Anchor’ as they experimented and brought all the ideas under the Atreyu banner.

There is a freshness, which has been brought about by the way of working. “Every song with the exception of two was fully written in the studio,” says Brandon Saller (drums, vocals). “We’d split off into groups and crank out two ideas per day. We’d never written a fresh idea from scratch every day. Spontaneity makes things flow so much better though. We also never spread an album out like this either. We laid the foundation with five recordings, sat with them, and finished with a better picture of where we wanted to go.” Atreyu are very much back, and this reminds me so much of why I loved ‘The Curse’ when it was released. Methinks I need to dust that one off and put it on, as this has reminded me of what a poweful band they are. Superb.

TRIVIUM The Sin And The Sentence

Album · 2017 · Melodic Metalcore
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Kingcrimsonprog
Let me say this quickly before you stop reading. This album is a fucking masterpiece. A gigantic game-changing triumph we didn’t expect! This is hands-down the best album of their career and a new high for the subgenre. An almost from out of nowhere about-face turn, skyrocketing them from diminishing returns to champions. No, I wasn’t expecting it either, but go with me on this…

Right, still reading? Ok, with that out of the way. Lets do the review.

Trivium have had a funny old career. Their output has been really varied. They’ve done some really heavy and some really melodic stuff. They’ve done some technical progressive stuff and some simplistic groovy stuff. They’ve gone brash and brutal and they’ve gone mature and commercial. Not only has their music been really varied but so have the reactions from both their fan-base and the critics for every album. Every new album seems to sees them pick up new fans they’ve never had before and lose diehards who hate the new material or direction. Critics in one territory or from one background may hate the early stuff and love the mid career stuff and its vice versa with critics from another territory or background. Some albums are beloved in Germany but forgotten in the UK. Some are cult classics in America but underrated gems in Europe.

Me, I’ve liked every single one of the bands albums. A few of them I’ve loved. Like the majority of fans I’d say the best three are Shogun, In Waves and Ascendancy. I also have a huge soft spot for Silence In The Snow too due to its Classic Metal and Power Metal vibes but I understand how some fans of the heavier or techier stuff aren’t into that one.

This album, even with all that said, is just straight up and unarguably in another damn league. The energy in the performances; the fantastic satisfying crunchy production, the best and most diverse vocals of their career, the best drummer they’ve ever had hands-down… these are all factors that elevate this album above the rest of their discography. As are the songs themselves.

The songs are some of the most diverse, inventive and interesting songs they’ve written musically and structurally to date. They mix a vast array of styles that the band have dipped their toes into over the years and a lot of new stuff to. They have some of the band’s most interesting and memorable riffs and solos to date. They take twists and turns you don’t expect and catch you off guard. They showcase all of the musician’s talents at times but leave space for the lyrics and vocals to take center stage at other times. Sometimes they’re haunting and beautiful and sometimes they’re furious and heavy as balls, just riffing the fuck out of a big groovy riff.

Do you remember back when Machine Head were new and they were the cool new thing, and then they altered their style and tried new vocal techniques and production styles and lots of fans jumped ship but then The Blackening came out, all full of energy and anger and just plain amazing songs and suddenly tore everyone’s heads off and now Machine Head are bone-fide legends? This album is Trivium’s equivalent of The Blackening. It doesn’t sound anything like it, but that step-up in quality and energy and absolute revitalization of their career? That’s the same!

A lot of people online and in print have been going nuts over The Sin And The Sentence and justly so. In a recent interview Trivium mainman Matt Heafy said that the band decided they would have to write the best album of their career or else give up because they are always second guessing themselves and changing their styles and going through as many drummers as Spinal Tap. Well, Trivium ‘aint giving up now, because this is unequivocally their best ever work. Maybe its because Paolo is writing more of the songs than Matt. Maybe its because they are letting some of their Black Metal and Skate Punk influences mix into things instead of trying to purely do a mix of Groove Metal, Thrash Metal and Classic Metal like their original mission statement. Maybe new drummer Alex Bent just injected a new lease of life into them like Todd La Torre did to Queensryche. I don’t know why, but this thing is just on a whole other level.

Its quite a diverse album that really doesn’t sit in any one space for too long. ‘Betrayer’ mixes Ascendancy-era brutality with Pennywise style Punk and a happy Power Metal lead guitar sheen, but ends up with blast beats in the middle. ‘Thrown Into The Fire’ is the darkest and heaviest thing they’ve ever done at times and has undertones of Dimmu Borgir, but then at other times is just an absolute riff and solo school that…ok maybe this one does sound a bit like The Blackening actually. ‘The Wretchedness Inside’ is the kind of thing they were doing on the heavier deep-cuts from In Waves mixed with some jaunty Prong-style disco beats and a guitar effect than almost recalls Damageplan on their weirder songs like ‘Blunt Force Trauma’ or ‘Explode,’ it also has a strange midsection that remind’s me of Slipknot’s ‘Custer’ but then it has one of the most satisfying and heavy riff-out moments like Messuggah or something and that transitions into really pretty, clean Maiden-esque guitar lines. ‘The Heart From Your Hate’ is probably the most conventional song on the album, and it mixes their ‘In Waves’ and ‘Brave This Storm’ style staccato riffing with their ‘And Sadness Will Sear’ style mature The Black Album-worshiping stuff.

For fans of the band’s heavier side ‘Sever The Hand’ pretty much alternates between especially crushing groove metal riffing and pissed off Thrash Metal sections throughout. Fans of the band’s cleaner more commercial side won’t be disappointed either. Although this is one of the band’s heaviest and most progressive and technical albums yet, there’s still some stuff to get into if you prefer the heart-throb-Heafy stuff they previously showcased on ‘Dying In Your Arms’ and the like. ‘Endless Night’ for example lives in that sort of territory. Its just got a hell of a lot more energy, verve and attitude to it. The drums and background guitars give it a cool sort of Coheed & Cambria quality rather than just radio rock.

I’d try to pick out highlights but the album doesn’t sit in any one place long enough (hell the songs don’t either) to really establish a good version of it. I wouldn’t cut a single track and I’d like to see each of them live. Its all great. Its all interesting and diverse. That’s “diverse,” yet really cleverly constructed and naturally flowing though, not wacky-“diverse” were stuff that doesn’t fit is just smashed together. This is an album you can listen to over and over again and find new depths, new nooks and crannies. ‘Oh hey I didn’t notice that cool drum fill before’ sort of stuff. Not “why are they playing a bassoon over old-school Tampa Death Metal riffs during their Lady GaGa cover?” sort of stuff.

Its hard to hand out a man of the match award either. Matt’s voice is so much better than its ever been (check out ‘Beauty In The Sorrow’). Paolo’s songwriting is so much better than its ever been. Corey’s guitar solos are just as good if not better than they were on the glorious guitar-line fueled Silence In The Snow. Oh yeah, and there’s Alex Bent, whose drumming absolutely makes the album. More than the cherry on top its almost the whole goddamn cake.

Overall, the Sin And The Sentence is an utter masterpiece. If you like Trivium do not miss out on this at all. If you used to like them and stopped, don’t you dare miss out on this one either, this is the one to get back into them on, seriously. If you’ve never listened to them I strongly urge you to change that. I’d even go as far as to say “If you only get one Trivium album, make it this.” This isn’t just a good Trivium album, or a good album, this is a game-changer.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Incarnate

Album · 2016 · Melodic Metalcore
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Kingcrimsonprog
Incarnate is the Massachusetts Metalcore band Killswitch Engage’s seventh full-length studio album (or sixth if you count the 2000 self-titled one as a demo, which some people do) and their second since original singer Jesse Leach returned to the band after a three-album absence. It was released in early 2016 and had the very unenviable task of following up their critically acclaimed (and in my opinion amazing) Disarm The Descent album from three years prior.

As with most of the band’s work it was produced by guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and released on Roadrunner Records; with the same line-up of musicians since their debut (Justin, Joel, Mike and Adam), and the music is a continuation of the same musical formula they’ve been working from more or less since the beginning. At this point, its safe to say you can kind of guess what the album will sound like, at least broadly.

Some fans, reviewers, publications and podcasts that I respect didn’t give this album the strongest reception at the time. A lot of the criticism was either ‘heard it all before’ or else ‘not as good as Disarm The Descent.’ For me, I never find the ‘heard it all before’ issue a problem, if its good its good as far as I am concerned, and this album is definitely good. I am not the harshest critic of music in the world. I won’t just lap up any old crap but I won’t throw a band I love under the bus just for repeating a formula or having one album be especially good doesn’t ruin everything else for me.

There is some variety on the disc and there are occasional riffs and moments that definitely haven’t been heard before from this band. The almost Djenty rhythm on ‘Strength Of The Mind’ doesn’t sound like anything on The End Of Heartache at all, for example. If they vastly changed their sound too far, people would cry ‘sell out’ instantly, so this slow and very gradual evolution while staying within the boundaries of sounding like themselves is for me the best way to go. Its like Motorhead. Nothing on Ace Of Spades sounds like On Parole anymore and there’s plenty on March Or Die sounds nothing like Ace Of Spades anymore either and yet we all know that (say it with me now) ‘every Motorhead album sounds the same!’

Sure; there will always be a few Melodeath influenced riffs, a few Groove Metal and Hardcore influenced breakdowns, a light/heavy change up dynamic, a pinch harmonic here, some very sparingly-used blast beats hidden there. At least one slow track. A clean arpeggio style intro here, a sparingly used death growl backing-vocal there. But hey, that’s what we love about the band to begin with, right? This album is chocked full of great memorable moments. There’s absolutely tonnes of individual parts that catch your attention and make you pull a satisfied face as they slam into that riff or that groove or as that tasty drum fill sneaks in etc. They may have been doing this formula for years but that also means they’ve had a lot of practice getting it right!

Highlights include for sure the three most famous tracks ‘Hate By Design,’ ‘Strength Of The Mind’ and ‘Cut Me Loose’ as well as the very strong ‘Until The Day’ and the opener ‘Alone I Stand.’ If it were just these tracks it would be an absolutely astounding album. I guess there may be a little filler, but overall it is a pretty strong album.

Placing it in the band’s discography, I would agree with the majority of people that it isn’t as strong as Disarm The Decent which is actually my number one favourite album by the band, and it may not be strong enough to count as my second favourite either sure, but it is far from their worst album and far far from any sort of disappointment. Material from this album live is absolutely crushing. Tracks from this album in best-of playlists sit well beside any of the previous material. When anything from this album comes on on shuffle or random it makes me sit up and smile.

Another thing to point out for praise here are the lyrics. I’ve spent the past five years in a really depressing environment, (and especially the past two), watching people die almost every few days, watching people get told they have HIV, watching people in the grips of diseases and cancers that have damaged their brain so much they don’t recognize their own husband’s face, seeing the ravages of addiction on the body and mind and all the horrible health complications from it they don’t tell you about. Just a real swirling vortex of constant human misery. When I bought this album it quickly became my walking to work album for its amazing, positive, uplifting lyrical content. ‘Who can raise you from the fall and save you? Only you. Who can take the pain away and change you? Only you. Gather all your pain and suffering: Turn them into strength and weaponry to overcome the enemy that’s in you, that’s in you!’ – Hard to argue with that! Its great how this album makes you feel inside yourself, as a person. ‘Inspirational‘ is a very cheesy and overblown word to use in a review for a Metalcore album but here it almost seems fitting.

Overall; as long as you aren’t sick of the formula, I fail to see why you wouldn’t enjoy this album if you are an existing fan. If you are a new fan and haven’t heard everything already and so again aren’t sick of the formula, I fail to see why you wouldn’t enjoy this. In terms of ranking and being an amateur critic sure, I can see albums to say it isn’t as good as, but on its own merit it is a really strong, really enjoyable record and a very worthy addition to any fan’s collection. Some of those riffs, some of those breakdowns, some of those choruses will stick with me forever and if like me, you were a bit too put off initially by any of the negative reviews out there to try it right away, rest assured this album is absolutely worth checking out and a really respectable entry in the band’s discography.

JINJER King Of Everything

Album · 2016 · Melodic Metalcore
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Nightfly
King Of Everything is the second album from Ukrainian metal band Jinjer. The band combines metalcore with groove metal and dare I use the word, djent.

The band are great players and lay down some complex grooves but their biggest strength lies in vocalist Tatiana Shmailyuk who has a beautifully expressive and powerful voice when singing in clean tones. She can also scream and growl with the best of them but becomes more anonymous in this mode. Despite the fact that the album gets a bit samey at times with relentless staccato riffs the ten songs are largely enjoyable with some strong hooks. They’re certainly at their best when Tatiana sings cleanly adding some melody over the largely percussive nature of the material. Fortunately she uses her clean vocals quite a lot but I’d be more than happy to hear her sing like this all the time. The band does let up on the barrage of riffs occasionally – mainly towards the end, Pisces being a prime example, injecting some welcome mellower moments and colour. The short Beggar’s Dance that closes the album is a surprise and has a jazz feel with a bossa nova groove. Whilst leaving metal territory a bit more of this sort of thing could have benefited the album quite a lot by adding more variation.

Overall then King Of Everything is a very good and enjoyable album but does give away most of its secrets on the first listen and a few standout tracks could have nailed it for them. Definitely a band worth keeping an eye on in the future though.

melodic metalcore movie reviews

SHADOWS FALL Madness In Manila: Shadows Fall Live In The Philippines 2009

Movie · 2010 · Melodic Metalcore
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Kingcrimsonprog
Madness In Manilla is a live DVD/CD combo released in 2010 by the Massachusetts based American Metalcore band Shadows Fall, which was recorded live at Summerslam Festival in the Philippines back in 2009. The performance features a career spanning sixteen-track setlist that is balanced and which covers all the band’s most well known material as well as a few less expected numbers for variety.

This DVD is a proper full-length concert video of a single concert, as opposed to how either their previous DVD, The Art Of Touring or for example Down’s Diary Of A Mad Band were set out. Luckily for most concert fans, the set isn’t interspersed with home video footage or animations either, just the live performance from beginning to end.

The band play on a large outdoor festival stage along to an incredibly detailed light show, with all sorts of rotating, panning and altering lights, spots and colour changes, as well as lots of dry ice.

The camerawork features lots of movement, with all sorts of cranes and dollys employed along with the usual camera crew, the whole operation is a lot more complex and professional than any of the band’s previously available live videos from bonus discs and such things.

You get a lot of coverage of the instruments being played which is always a plus for viewers who are musicians and a good cover of the band’s famously proficient drummer Jason Bitner. What you also get to see a lot of is singer Brian Fair windmilling his knee-length dreadlocks, which is an interesting sight all things considered.

Whilst there are a lot of positives to be said about the visuals, there are some issues in the shot matching, occasional framing problems and the dry ice can effect the picture quality, it switches from incredibly high resolution shots on cranes and not so great images on handhelds. Furthermore the menus are cheap looking and basic so it isn’t as absolutely perfect as some bigger band’s festival DVDs or equally sized band’s indoor concert DVDs, but is still a strong release overall.

Standout tracks include the furious performance of early classic ‘Crushing Belial,’ which is opened with an enthusiastic yet expletive description of its epic status by Brian, which gives you a good idea of the energy and attitude that then goes into the ensuing performance. Other highlights include the Grammy nominated set closer ‘Redemption’ as well as the newer track ‘War’ which hammers away at a relentless pace.

Additionally; there are bonus features, which include four more live videos for ‘The Light That Blind,’ ‘Redemption,’ ‘Venous’ and ‘Thoughts Without Words,’ from Japan, The Philippines and Korea respectively, although the quality obviously isn’t as high as the main feature.

The sound and mix are great, so judging the product overall; the only real problems with the DVD apart from the previous mentioned visuals are subjective problems with Shadows Fall in general. If for example, you think their material is samey then sixteen tracks in a row may be a bit much for you, and similarly if you are used to their super-polished studio sound, then the live backing vocals or clean sections may well sound odd or strangely out of place.

Otherwise however, Madness In Manilla is a very good release from Shadows Fall that I would definitely recommend to fans. Due to its high sound quality and expansive setlist, it would make a fine introduction to the band for newcomers as well.

Artists with Melodic Metalcore release(s)

melodic metalcore Index

Member Zone

Username:
Password:
Stay signed in

Metal Subgenres

Artists Alpha-index

MMA TOP 5 Metal ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
METALLICA
Buy this album from our partners
Moving Pictures Hard Rock
RUSH
Buy this album from our partners
Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
MEGADETH
Buy this album from our partners
Powerslave NWoBHM
IRON MAIDEN
Buy this album from our partners
Are You Experienced? Proto-Metal
JIMI HENDRIX
Buy this album from our partners

New Metal Artists

New Metal Releases

This Is Rock Hard Rock
GALLOWS POLE
Buy this album from MMA partners
Carcinoid / Gosudar Death Metal
GOSUDAR
Buy this album from MMA partners
Abandon All Faith Death Metal
STRIGOI
Buy this album from MMA partners
Deliver Us Some Evil Deathcore
RAZE YOUR GODS
Buy this album from MMA partners
Noisy Night Fever Deathcore
BROKEN BY THE SCREAM
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Metal Online Videos

Broken By The Scream -????????-
BROKEN BY THE SCREAM
Bosh66· 11 hours ago
Broken By The Scream -?????-
BROKEN BY THE SCREAM
Bosh66· 11 hours ago
More videos

New MMA Metal Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Metal News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Follow us

Buy Metal Music Online