6 Album Reviews: We Are The Fury, The Ocean, Dillinger Escape Plan, more…


We Are The Fury

There’s a growing trend among the men in contemporary emo-pop bands to wear eyeliner. We Are The Fury, though, take it so far that it could make David Bowie or Boy George jealous. In part because of look and aided by their music, they’re one of the few bands out there making glam-rock a legitimate genre again.
Venus was the Roman goddess of love and fertility. And that may be the only goddess that the guys in We Are The Fury pray to, because nearly all the lyrics on “Venus” are about meeting random girls, and having a “good time.”
Their choice of overly metrosexual attire and cunningly sexual lyrics are what make We Are The Fury such an infectious pop-punk band.
For fans of: Head Automatica, The Academy Is. or Taking Back Sunday

The Ocean

This double-disc album is close to hardcore, but with way too much melody for such a label. The Ocean could also be described as similar to Mastodon, but that wouldn’t do them justice either. Imagine a band that has song structures comparable to Mastodon and the industrial groove of Meshuggah and you may have a feel for The Ocean Collective (or just The Ocean, as they are commonly referred to).
The riffs are massive and ultra-heavy, but there are some delightful softer melodies thrown in, making the perfect counterpoint to the heaviness. The songs can jump from slow to super-fast in the blink of an eye. This doesn’t mean that it’s spastic, it just means that there is a wide variety of styles used.
The second disc is more sludge-like than the first and uses quite a bit of keyboard backing along with some actual symphonic elements, thanks to The Berlin Philharmonic.
This album is definitely worth a listen.
For fans of: Burst, Mastodon or Intronaut

Dillinger Escape Plan
“Ire Works”

The tech-metal masters return with a new album chock full of rowdy-as-hell tunes.
There are the expected tech-metal spazz-fests that randomly turn into jazz, and there are the interesting songs that could easily be classified as pop.
The guitar playing and drumming is quite fantastic — they’ve come a long way since their first album. If you’ve heard them before and didn’t like it, you might want to give them a second chance with “Ire Works.”
For fans of: Converge, Botch or Between the Buried and Me


The sophomore release from the spacey sludge band Rosetta is simply amazing. The fuzzy, droning guitars are complimented by tons of echo and ambient sounds that bring you into outer-space while the hoarse yells pull you back down to earth. Rosetta has a Neurosis-esque vibe without sounding like a clone.
For fans of: Neurosis, Isis, Pelican or Mouth of the Architect and Me

“Palace of Mirrors”

This six-piece outfit from California’s most recent album is instrumental rock that makes use of a number of exotic instruments. It’s a strange album, with songs that sound like folk music, others resembling lounge music mixed with surf rock, gypsy music with blast beats touches of jazz and country. A large variety of song styles and structures keep this instrumental album from becoming stale.

“The Last Gasp”

The masters of gory death metal return with 11 tracks of disgusting (yet hilarious) goodness. The lyrics consist of outrageous, medical-term-heavy gore. Speedy guitar riffs and extremely technical solos are the standard. Vocally, there are high screams, low growls and best of all: deep, guttural growls. This album has more of a thrash feel to it than their earlier Mondo Medicale. showing that the band has grown in the 5 years since that album.
For fans of: Carcass, Ghoul or Engorged.