Don Broco – Amazing Things

Part super cool nu metal, part cheesy pop music. I’m back an forth between how much I like the first part and how much the second detracts me. Overall I try to focus on the good bits and those are really-really good. It would be good to see them live to see how this whole things play out, usually on a concert you see their true self.

Slipknot – The End, So Far

I admire that this album starts with a song that’s not typical for Slipknot, it almost sounds like Queens of the Stone Age for the vocals or Nine Inch Nails with the piano. Mature, thoughtful, with lots of fine details. Still I can see how this is a Slipknot song: I can feel how it reflects the journey and experiences that these individuals have gone through. Just looking at the side projects and solo career of Corey Taylor, it is so well reflected in Adderall how he brings back his own development to the band.

Besides this aspect, the record at length has everything Slipknot owns, even pushing their signature nu metal further to heavy metal. Amazing album as always, scratches all my Slipknot itches, it just delivers.

LONELYOUTH – Floating in a Negative Space

Nu metal with all that you’d expect from a melodic modern metal band. I like these young new bands so much who doesn’t get bogged down by “oh this has been done before” and create something that’s clearly along the lines of a genre that’s sometimes considered past tense and moved over, and still can hit their own voice and create something great.

Korn – The Nothing

I haven’t been expecting a Korn album this good in this lifetime. Well, in full honesty I also haven’t been looking for it. From their debut up until the turn of the millennium I was all up for everything Korn, then probably life just moved on. Interestingly some same-era stuff, like Deftones for example, stick with me way more and longer, but I never really got into a Korn relistening frenzy. And this time this new album came, and it has some of the same sound that is Korn in a very original way but also I see how it’s new and relevant. It has its hooks to cater for different audiences but still it’s completely true to its own roots and sound. I like this a lot.

In a way I have this feeling lately that I’m reliving an era of my childhood. Looking at the news it’s new Tool album released, Diablo 4 announced, Rage Against the Machine reuniting, watching a Pet Sematary remake, etc. But at the same time, some of these things are truly good output, at least as for the music part (and even D3 haters are optimistic about D4). I hear so much whining about the music industry being shit, music review media going down, and all that, but I love how so much great new music is being released. Well, whiners gonna whine.