Sunday, July 6, 2014

CD Review: Hardcore Metal Returns To The Charts With New Music From Linkin Park And The Amity Affliction

Hard rockers Linkin Park return with their sixth studio album "The Hunting Party" which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Album chart upon its release in June. The album is a return to their heavier rock sound which is definitely felt on the opener "Keys To The Kingdom." The album was self-produced by Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson and shows an edgier feel to their music as they continue to incorporate hi-hop vocals ("All For Nothing") and soaring harmonies ("Until It's Gone") into their overall sound. The heavy, nu-metal appeal of "Guilty All The Same" and the punk-rock speed of "War" shows Linkin Park's span of producing great, adrenaline pumping anthems. The grand metal attack of "Rebellion" and the epic feel of the closer "A Line In The Sand" have Linkin Park pointing in the right direction that long-time fans should be pleased with. Linkin Park will begin their U.S. tour in August. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about the latest album "The Hunting Party," please visit linkinpark.com.


Australian hardcore metal band The Amity Affliction return with their fourth studio album "Let The Ocean Take Me," which debuted at #1 on the Australian album chart and #28 on the U.S. Billboard album chart. As their popularity continues to grow in their home country, this album is a breakthrough for them in America. The aggressiveness of the lead single "Pittsburgh" showcases the differences between vocalist Joel Birch and Ahren Stringer as they look to capture every avenue of the metal community with their sound. The album's second single, "Don't Lean On Me" has a more epic feel as the sound of the instruments are huge and take center stage over the vocals. They venture into the nu-metal sound of "The Weigh Down," which is one of the heaviest songs on the album, while "Death's Hand" has drummer Ryan Burt changing rhythm while keeping a speed metal feel to the song. The duel guitar attack of Troy Brady and newcomer Dan Brown gives strength to songs like "Never Alone" and the album closer "Give It All." The Amity Affliction are heading out on the road in Australia in August, before hitting U.S. shores in September. For a complete list of tour dates and for more information on the new album, please visit theamityaffliction.net.

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