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MetalMatters: January 2020 - One Year Anniversary

The new year, and the new decade, kick things off in the most promising way possible as a combination of newcomers and established acts produce amazing works across death, black, metalcore, power and thrash metal.

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Converge: The Dusk in Us

Having acquired an abundance of experience and wisdom through their 30-year existence, post-hardcore legends Converge return with their ninth album in The Dusk in Us, crafting a record that balances between youthful angst and calmed maturity.

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The 20 Best Metal Albums of 2017

There's common ground between all 20 metal albums despite musical differences: the ability to provide a cathartic release for the creator and the consumer alike, right when we need it most.

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Architects: All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

Architects' seventh album is an ambitious, unforgiving wake-up call from a band that's staring into the abyss.

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After the Burial: Dig Deep

Next generation metalcore pack leaders navigate the death of guitarist Justin Lowe and nonetheless make a triumphant future genre touchstone.

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As Blood Runs Black: Ground Zero

Basically, Ground Zero is a kind of mindless metal album.

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Exotype: Exotype

Exotype is a prototype for what can be done with metalcore, and, in terms of mindless sheer enjoyment, this LP does deliver the goods.

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Memphis May Fire: Unconditional

Despite a tighter focus and compelling theme of faith, Memphis May Fire still wallows in the mediocrity of the faux-hardcore.

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Killswitch Engage: 29 January 2014 – Dublin, Ireland

The first gig of a tour can sometimes mean the band will sound a bit blunt around the edges, but not even severe jetlag can put a stop to Killswitch Engage.

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KEN mode: Entrench

KEN mode's noise-rock growl is unmistakable, but Entrench's 11 songs favor a crueler, more cantankerous metalcore sound -- with the album's lyrical themes of perseverance and doggedness reflected in its fighting stance.

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Parkway Drive: Atlas

The Aussies have returned to form after a brief experimental style shift on their previous album, and they've gotten even better as a result.

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Buried in Verona: Notorious

Despite adding two new guitarists and a new bassist in advance of their third album, the best and most distinctive thing about Buried in Verona is still Brett Anderson's powerful shouted vocals.

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The Ghost Inside: Get What You Give

Get What You Give's unrelenting generic songwriting makes it yet another addition to the growing body of work that suggests metalcore is on its last legs.

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Five Finger Death Punch: American Capitalist

The most popular metal band in America makes the most unnecessary blunders to spoil what is otherwise a pretty good third album.

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Maylene and the Sons of Disaster: IV

Amid a return to their highly-favored early sound, the Southern metalcore group has decided to expand their vocal styles as well. These two things together will leave you feeling somewhat perplexed.

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Falling in Reverse: The Drug in Me Is You

After returning from two years of incarceration, scene bad boy Ronnie Radke is back in action in the form of his new post-hardcore outfit Falling in Reverse. One thing is clear – he’s pissed.

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Oh, Sleeper: Children of Fire

Children of Fire shows that Oh, Sleeper, like the majority of Christian metal bands, can do well even when they're for the most part sticking to the trappings of metalcore.

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Trivium: In Waves (Special Edition)

The album cover looks like something out of a generic post-apocalyptic landscape. The music within sounds like something out of a generic metalcore record.

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Unearth: Darkness in the Light

The rest of modern metal would do well to heed this latest clinic by Unearth on the lost art of consistency.

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Times of Grace: The Hymn of a Broken Man

The pair behind the most influential record in all of metalcore has returned with another record full of musical genius and lyrical soul-stirring.

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Chiodos: Illuminaudio

If you have an angst-ridden teen in the family with an unrefined musical palate, well, here's a good present for the holidays.

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Norma Jean: Meridional

After four albums of not being able to pick a style, Norma Jean settle for using a little bit of everything, and it works surprisingly well.

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Haste the Day: Attack of the Wolf King

The Indiana metalcore quintet is still going strong despite losing more members. But they're starting to lose their core sound as well.

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Parkway Drive: Deep Blue

The Australian group is still flying high on their third album, but it falls far short of their previous success.

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Eyes Set to Kill: Broken Frames

Led by the Rodriguez sisters and a new screamer, Eyes Set to Kill has hit its stride once again with Broken Frames.

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Heaven Shall Burn: Invictus (Iconoclast III)

With one of the most intelligent, well-composed albums released in the past decade, Heaven Shall Burn set a new standard of greatness in the metal scene worldwide.

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Woe of Tyrants: Threnody

Ohio-based quintet Woe of Tyrants craft a magnificent album with a unique genre-fusing sound, proving that they have staying power beyond many of their peers.

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Bleeding Through: Bleeding Through

The Orange County six-piece is finally free of their contract with Trustkill Records, but their newest album lacks the cohesion of their final release on their old label.

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Bullet for My Valentine: Fever

This album shows the Welsh metalcore group at their best and their worst. Ultimately, though, the biggest problem is that they still aren't reaching the quality level of their debut album.

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Mutiny Within: Mutiny Within

Rising stars of metalcore deliver an album that reinvigorates the entire scene and sets an impossibly high standard for future bands to follow.

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Demon Hunter: The World Is a Thorn

Christian metalcore veterans Demon Hunter deliver the most powerful album of their career, weathering the storms of adversity to bring about an incredible offering of diverse metal.

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As I Lay Dying: An Ocean Between Us

As I Lay Dying really tighten the screws on their fourth album.

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