Nov. 13, 2018


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The Pitch: No nonsense, djenty metalcore from Brighton, UK's Jonestown via Long Branch Records. FFO: After The Burial, Within The Ruins, Architects

What I Like: Even if you're not big on metalcore, don't go anywhere just yet. Jonestown don't sing, they don't do big, melodic choruses, and they aren't particularly radio friendly. Think of them as falling somewhere between After The Burial and Meshuggah, with listed influences that include the likes of Gojira, Lamb of God, and Strapping Young Lad. Compositions are virtual groove machines; positively overflowing with hooks that are as catchy as they are pummeling. The guitars are like rabid beasts circling their prey to the beat of the ever-pounding drums. Frequently they break rank in a glorious display of djenty riffage as on "Cut Throat Lane." Dyatlov is relentlessy heavy and inconceivably consistent. Every time I said, "This is the best song," the next song was even better.

Critiques: Another album offering little in terms of new ideas or variety in terms of songwriting, but makes up for it in terms of sheer enjoyability.

The Verdict: Dyatlov is a hell of an album, and perhaps my favorite metalcore release of the year. I would hope that even the most hardened death metal fans might sind something to enjoy in this one. Jonestown aren't bringing anything new to the table, but they are filling an important niche of the genre that has been quickly shrinking in favor of more melodic sentiments.

Flight's Fav's: Burn Victim, Novae, Cut Throat Lane

- Review by FlightOfIcarus

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