The Philadelphia-based Powerviolence band Fluoride's self-titled debut album is an unrelenting exercise in raw aggression.
Several members of New Found Glory have long been involved in hardcore side-projects, but kept NFG around presumably to make a living. The band's never so much as hinted at a hardcore background, but here they mix these sounds to surprising effect.
The album starts out with the ambient, airy "Nexus", this combined with the excellent follow-up track "Tesla", pretty accurately aligns expectations for the album. What they offer right from the get-go is the yin-yang of their softest side, followed by their most straight-forward progressive death metal side, which works to make the remainder of the album more surprising.
The melodic punk veterans cast their technical prowess aside to unearth a refreshing, stripped down sound on their new EP, Black Out the Sky.
Compared with Lithman's work in The Residents, I'd dare say this release is a bit more accessible, but don't let this fool you... This band isn't "normal" by any means.
Relative to punk music, post-punk is less aggressive and more experimental. In fact, some of the most unique music of the time period, and still to this day, came from the period ranging from the late '70's through the early '80's.
By the time of Childish Gambino's debut EP in 2011, pretty much all the elements that make him great are already there - great lyrics and word play; generally soft and emotive, feelsy rap, though sometimes high energy with more stereotypical boastful and clever lyrics... really, it sounds exactly like Camp.
AFI's return to guitar driven rock-based '80s inspired pop music is a largely successful change in sound, though Crash Love ultimately proved to be the end of their mainstream popularity.
Anthrax's 2011 comeback record, Worship Music, featuring the return of "Classic Lineup" vocalist Joey Belladonna, is one hell of a return to form.
Before Rage Against the Machine, Zack de la Rocha was raging in a legitimate metallic hardcore band Inside Out. One of the progenitors of this mixture of genres, in fact.
Long Island’s Moon Tooth, one of the most exciting metal bands from the region, released unto the world a real gem of an album with Chromaparagon.