Top Five Post-Hardcore Albums Of 2013

1. Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal

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Gone are the days of the almost indecipherable vocals of Oli Skyes. The screams of ‘Alligator Blood’ are instead swapped with the echoing cries of heartfelt resentment and pain in the bands fourth release. Turning over a new leaf may just be the best thing yet to happen to Bring Me The Horizon.

Relatable is one word to sum up the album. The common emotions shared by us all have been turned into a masterpiece of music to evoke even the most callous of hearts. The lyrics are the cornerstone of the album in which everything else relies upon “I’m scared to get close and I hate being alone, I long for that feeling to not feel at all”. The music itself is glitchier than playing GTA and has a sound more processed than burger cheese, but this combination provokes wonderment, why has this been missing from your life until now?

So with Sempiternal defining a new area in their existence, the band have really proved that screaming “Let’s play a game of Russian roulette” isn’t really the only thing they are good at.

2. letlive. The Blackest Beautiful

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11 tracks of bitterness towards the world, letlive. exposed the many things that anger them in their third album The Blackest Beautiful. Punchy yet eloquent in it’s lyrics and message “We’re here to fulfil every one of your dreams,
A small nominal fee, it only costs you your soul.” Full of songs to get you riled and rallying, the album is no holds barred in its oppositional message and hate of the media.

Vocalist Jason Butler makes sure you’ll always be able to hear him with his powerful delivery, perfect for the hard of hearing. The albums filthy, distorted vigour and franticness shows that letlive. really haven’t held anything back. In fact the album should come with a warning before listening. A quick cry of “release the kraken” would be appropriate.

3. Arcane Roots, Blood & Chemistry

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Putting their own spin on things has always been an accomplishment for three-piece Arcane Roots (perfectly seen in their cover of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ for Kerrang’s Nirvana covers CD) but now after a string of EP’s including previous release Left Fire it was time for Arcane Roots to showcase their special skill to the best of their abilities with their debut album Blood And Chemistry.

Twisty, twirly and intricate like a thousand overlapping spirograph sketches, these guys are committed to the confusing disarray of noise they innovate. Listening to the album is like riding rapids, unpredictable and fast paced. Andrew Groves’s masterful vocals take the spotlight until out of nowhere they are displaced with frenzied screams, just as strikingly in effect. The over all sound of the album coincides with the math-core mayhem created by Rolo Tomassi, its technicality propels the album to glorious heights to be enjoyed by those who appose the bland and hail grandeur.

Enter Shikari, Rat Race

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Short, sweet and straight to the point is the order of business on Enter Shikari’s latest EP Rat Race. As per usual it’s a politically charged masterpiece full of philosophies capable of turning David Cameron and co into mindless insomniacs. It may be four tracks long (including a remix of track ‘Radiate’) but what it lacks in length it makes up for in bite.

Not afraid to progress, the album is filled with new concepts. ‘Paddington Frisk’, 1:16 in length but with the attitude of a 50-foot Pterodactyl, there’s no messing about when giant dinosaurs are involved. If you don’t experience the epic proportion of this EP in the unapologetic synth bashing you’ll feel it in the almighty breakdowns. Although some changes have been made, the potent lyrics have not been sacrificed “To take away our expression, is to impoverish our existence”. The message is inescapable so instead of running from it, just sit down shut up and listen to this political injection of revolution.

Baby Godzilla, Knockout Machine

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Newcomers to the scene Baby Godzilla have received more hype than the royal baby this year. Unlike future King George, Baby Godzilla are neither sophisticated nor majestic (as perfectly demonstrated in the video for ‘Trogloraptor’ where the band are filmed downing Jäger until they throw up).

Knockout Machine comes with an explicit warning, certainly not one for the faint hearted. If they offend you, they simply don’t care. Baby Godzilla are the rebellious teenager finally getting to cut loose for the first time. Their overexcitement sends them into a fit of euphoria. They are diligent in their approach to chaos but with the perfectly in time blows to guitar and drums somehow their routine is composed.

The energy achieved is what you’d imagine an air crash collision to be like, messy but damn impressive. Announced onto the line-up for next years Kerrang! Tour, Baby Godzilla have exploded onto the scene in true firecracker style. 2014 will hold big things for the four extremely noisy lads from Nottingham who smash things up as if they were playing whack a mole with life.

Words: Rebecca Rayner

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