Sunday Spotlight: Stick To Your Guns

Today we are spotlighting the American hardcore band, Stick To Your Guns. Formed in Orange County, California in 2003, the group currently consists of members, Members of the band include Jesse Barnett (vocals), Andrew Rose (bass), George Schmitz (drums), Chris Rawson and Josh James (guitars). These heavy hitters of hardcore are currently signed to Pure Noise Records but previously worked with Century Media, Sumerian, and This City Is Burning in previous years. They released their first of six albums in 2005 titled, “For What It’s Worth“. It has been a consistent flow of music since then with of course five other full length albums, their most recent coming out in 2017, “True View”. They have one of the most distinguished and recognizable sounds in hardcore today, their influences play a big role in that and their influences consist of bands like, Propaghandi, Boysetsfire, Metallica, Trial, and Hatebreed. The band’s lyrics address subjects ranging from self-reflection to political and social statements.

From left to right: George Schmitz, Jesse Barnett, Chris Rawson, Josh James, and Andrew Rose

With over 15 years of experience as a band, these guys have toured an insane amount, all over the world; even being the first American hardcore band to perform in Kenya! They have hit the road with some legendary acts both as support and headlining. Some of the big names they have toured with are, Terror, Parkway Drive, Architects, Beartooth, Motionless In White, Attack Attack!, August Burns Red, Knocked Loose, Hatebreed, and Every Time I Die. Those names just barely scratch the surface looking at their tour history. THey have played major festivals all over the world like, the Vans Warped Tour, Impericon Festival, Full Force, Aftershock, Greenfield Festival, Rock USA, Download, Unify The Gathering, Carolina Rebellion, and Inkarceration Festival. They have the perfect sound for major rock and metal festivals, the crowds have no choice but to open up a pit.

Stick To Your Guns has been a band I have wanted to see for a few years and finally go the chance to see them in very early 2020. Jesse has some of the most consistent vocals I have ever heard live and they bring so much energy. I was happy to say my first time being in a hardcore pit was during some of their songs. Their music is constantly in my rotation for just every day listening. They have a classic hardcore sound that just feels like an icepick in the ears with awesome riffs, painful breakdowns, and amazing lyrics. They are a band that I show anyone who asks what hardcore is and what it is all about, along side bands like Madball and Terror of course. Stick To Your Guns is a band that I suggest everyone go see if they like heavy music, even if they don’t like their sound or style they will have fun just watching the crowd go crazy.

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Sunday Spotlight: Neck Deep

This week our spotlight is on the Welsh pop-punk heavyweights, Neck Deep. They began their career in 2012 in the town of Wrexham, Wales. Created after vocalist Ben Barlow found former lead guitarist Lloyd Roberts, under it’s title Neck Deep, the duo shared a track (“What Did You Expect?”) online. The song soon gained online popularity, leading to rhythm guitarist Matt West, drummer Dani Washington/Abasi, and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans being added shortly after. They released their debut album “Wishful Thinking” in 2014 and decided they were going to go all in on this project so they quit their jobs and dropped out of university for the band. They then went on to release their second album, “Life’s Not Out To Get You” in 2015 and the group skyrocketed into success after that album came out. Shortly after, Roberts left the band and current guitarist Sam Bowden took his spot. They have since released two more albums, “The Peace and the Panic” in 2017 and “All Distortions Are Intentional” in the middle of 2020.

From left to right: Matt West, Seb Barlow, Ben Barlow, Dani Washington, and Sam Bowden

Over the years these guys have hit the road a ton in headliner and supporting positions, getting to tour with some really big names such as, Bring Me The Horizon, Pierce The Veil, I Prevail, PVRIS, State Champs, Blink-182, Lil Wayne, A Day To Remember, Don Broco, All Time Low, Sleeping With Sirens, and The Maine. They have also been on various big name festival lineups like, Slam Dunk, Download, Hurricane Festival, So What?, Jera On Air, Reading & Leeds, and of course the Vans Warped Tour. They have steadily progressed with touring over the years to playing bigger and bigger venues with what seems to be every single tour. Along with playing new and larger venues every tour, they expand the places they tour; not just UK and North America, these guys are playing legitimately all over the world every year.

Neck Deep solidified themselves years ago as a top tier pop punk band and after the release of that second album which is considered to be one of the best pop punk albums of all time, the guys have tried experimenting with sound and style changes much to the delight of some listeners and to the chagrin of many others. These guys have made a name for themselves, they are branching out and trying to create something new that they hope the people will like. They have many years left in their careers so we can all expect to keep seeing their name show up on the charts with new music. They are one band that is at the very top of my must see bands list as I have not seen them live yet but, I absolutely will when they hit the road in North America next.

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Discography Disputes

We are introducing something new to Live From The Pit! Every week we are going to be looking deep in to the entire discographies of some of ours and your favorite artists. We will then be talking a little bit about each LP they have released and then will be ranking them from our least favorite to our favorite. We are going to be looking at many different artists from many different genres for these weekly posts so, we would love for you guys to let us know of a particular artist that you would like for us to rank their discography. For this first Discography Dispute we are going to be looking at the band Beartooth. I know no other artists discography as well as I know Beartooth’s so it seems like the right place to start.

Starting out here as our least favorite album is their third full length release ‘Disease’.

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Released in 2018, this album was an experimental album from the Columbus natives that came with mixed reviews from fans as well as a lot of air-time from radio stations across the country. With a less metal-core driven sound and a focus on hard rock/radio rock. Beartooth was able to have great success with album sales and their tour dates to support the album were packed out almost every night. They began getting a ton of major festival slots post album release as well. The overall sound of the album was different than what fans were used to which was a disappointment to some and an improvement to others.

Next we have their 2016 album, ‘Aggressive’.

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This album was highly expected to be something very special and although a very very good album, it was considered by many to be a rehash of their previous LP. At the time of the album release, Beartooth was red hot with popularity. They had solidified themselves as a band that was going to be around for awhile. They really had the word “aggressive” stuck in their heads when they were writing and recording the songs for the album. This album is full of aggression and passion which can be heard in any number of tracks from this album. At this point they were going full steam ahead in touring by hitting the road with acts like Bring Me The Horizon and Slipknot. With tour mates like them, going out on their own to promote the album was very easy, having gotten their names further out there than they already were.

Now, our favorite Beartooth album is their 2014, debut album ‘Disgusting’.

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This record is not just our favorite Beartooth album, but it is widely considered to be their best album. Fresh off the ‘Sick’ EP, Beartooth dropped an absolute bomb on the metal-core community by releasing one of the most well received albums of that year. This album was a very fresh sound for metal-core that had been transitioning into a different sound over the past few years. For a band that started off as just a random side project, they released an extremely important album that would force them to go headstrong in touring and putting out new music for the masses to listen to and show to their friends. Disgusting has so many songs that are still in their rotation for shows even after two more full length releases and an upcoming full length to be released this year. Disgusting is a seriously wicked influential album that will be in the music libraries of metal-core listeners for years to come.

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Interview with Chris Allen of Ali In The Jungle

We got the chance to sit down with Chris Allen of indie/alternative band Ali In The Jungle. We talked about some awesome stuff with Chris that we just know you will love to read about. It was really cool hearing about the background and style of the band and some generally interesting information.

Spencer Davis: “Who or what inspired you to become a musician?”

Chris Allen: “I was about 10 when I started learning guitar, and if you’d asked me then, I
probably would’ve said Avril Lavigne or my guitar teacher. I don’t think there are
any figures I could point to who made me want to choose music as a career, it’s
more the sense of fun I get from playing live and from creating music that I’m
proud of.”

SD: “How would you describe the music you create?”

CA: “I like to describe it as ‘innovative indie’. Our music isn’t confined to one genre, instead we genre-hop all over the place. All our songs have a sense of humor and playfulness.”

SD: “Who is one artist you would love to collaborate with?”

CA: “We’ve never done any collaborations before — it would be great to work with someone whose sound was completely different to ours. Maybe Loyle Carner, or someone who is into chill hip-hop, who could lend a different flavor to our music.”

SD: “What’s your favorite album of all time?”

CA: “A very frustrating question! It’s a toss-up between ‘Parallel Lines’ by Blondie, for consistency & hit-rate, and ‘Is This It’ by The Strokes (mostly because of nostalgia). But I find it very hard to pick favorites!”

SD: “If you could open for any artist, who would it be and why?”

CA: “Probably Vampire Weekend. They’re not a world away from our sound and it would be amazing to come on stage after them. Plus I’d love to hang out with them in the green room.

SD: “What are your favorite and least favorite venues?”

CA: “To play at, I would say MK11. They’ve recently got a massive new venue area with a large stage, better mixing desk and superb sound. We supported Beans on Toast there back in March and it was some of the best sound mixing we’ve had, plus the organizers are fantastic. I refuse to pick a least favorite venue! There have been some grotty toilets over the years though…”

SD: “What does your writing process look like?”

CA: “Usually, one of us will come up with a chord sequence or part of a song, and work on it with one other person. For example, Tim will write a chorus and share it with Sam, and they’ll try and write more for it. Then they’ll take it to me and Ali and we’ll jam over it to try and get more ideas, or add existing parts that we’ve written if they go well together. Then we refine it over a period of months, sometimes years (!) until the finished song has the precise emotional impact that we think it should have.”

SD: “What is your favorite song you’ve written?”

CA: “My personal favourite is ‘Drunk Generation’. It’s a heck of a lot of fun to play, even though it’s exhausting because it’s so relentlessly fast-paced. I play bass on it which is a fun variation for me (I usually play guitar). We usually play ‘Drunk Gen.’ last, to cap off our sets, and it always goes down a treat. Here’s a video of us performing it live, supporting Beans on Toast back in March (remember live gigs?): Ali In The Jungle – “Drunk Generation” (Live from MK11)

SD: “What is coming up next for you guys?”

CA: “We’ll be doing some recording in mid-December, which I’m hugely looking forward to, so we’ll be putting out a few singles and maybe an EP or two throughout 2021. We’ve just released the music video for “People Change” and we’ll be releasing Behind the Scenes footage before too long, so make sure to follow us on social media.”

Music Videos:

https://www.facebook.com/AliInTheJungle/

https://www.instagram.com/aliinthejunglemusic/

Sunday Spotlight: Silverstein

This Sunday our spotlight is on Canadian rock band, Silverstein. Their band name is a reference to Shel Silverstein, a popular children’s author, whom the band loved and read as children’s tales. They formed in the year 2000 in their hometown of Burlington, Ontario and their members currently consist of, lead vocalist Shane Told, lead guitarist Paul Marc Rousseau, rhythm guitarist Josh Bradford, bassist Billy Hamilton, and drummer Paul Koehler. Since their beginning they have released a total of ten studio albums, four EPs, a compilation album and a live DVD/CD have been released. With seeing great success from their sophomore release Discovering The Waterfront. As a band they have sold over 1 million albums worldwide over their tenure. The band has previously worked with the labels, Victory Records, Hopeless Records, Rise Records, and are now signed with UNFD. With as many years as they have under their belts they have a ton of touring experience all across the world.

From left to right: Paul Marc Rousseau, Josh Bradford, Shane Told, Paul Koehler, and Billy Hamilton.

The band has hit the road a ton over the years, supporting different acts and also headlining several tours with some great supporting bands. Some of these artists are Hawthorne Heights, August Burns Red, Beartooth, Pierce The Veil, Anti-Flag, Creeper, Tonight Alive, Memphis May Fire, Good Charlotte, and Dance Gavin Dance. They have many festival appearances over the years with numerous summer runs on the Vans Warped Tour where every once and awhile would link up with their good friends in Beartooth to form super group “SilverTooth”. Along with those festival appearances they have rocked out on stages at festivals like, So What? Fest, Stay Warm, Slam Dunk, Trees, Hevy Fest, Self Help Fest, and Unify the Gathering. They always put on a very tight performance where the crowds give it their all and enjoy every last bit of their set performance.

Silverstein has been a band over the past two decades that has really paved a way for the bands that came after them, always touring with a slew of different artists that they are always going to give tips and tricks on how to make it in this all but easy music scene. They are running on all cylinders and have no plans of stopping any time soon. Their last album was met with tons of positive reviews, they have a 20th anniversary tour planned for whenever they can hit the road again which is going to draw thousands and thousands of fans every show. They are cementing their legacy as a legitimate powerhouse of a post-hardcore band. We can only hope that the success they have had continues for these genius minds we all get to experience whenever we pop in some ear buds.

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Sunday Spotlight: Don Broco

Our spotlight this week is on personal favorite of ours over here at Live From The Pit. The band we are spotlighting this week is Don Broco, this alternative rock band hails from Bedford, England. They formed in 2008 and the lineup currently consists of vocalist Rob Damiani, guitarist Simon Delaney, drummer and vocalist Matt Donnelly, and bassist Tom Doyle. They are currently signed to Sharptone Records which they released their latest album Technology on. Their sound has been described as alt-rock, pop-rock, and post-hardcore, if you know anything about those genres you will know that there are few similarities between the three. This just goes to show the diversity and creativity these guys put into their music. With a sound as unique as theirs they have been known for their awesome live performances supporting other artists, headlining their own shows, and playing festival slots.

From left to right: Tom Doyle, Rob Damiani, Simon Delaney, and Matt Donnelly

These guys have been together for awhile now so naturally, they have hit the road a lot in the past thirteen years and have supported some huge names like, You Me At Six, Dance Gavin Dance, Billy Talent, 5 Seconds of Summer, Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park), and Bring Me The Horizon. Now, they have had many headliner tours over the year, especially in Europe where they have received support from the likes of, YUNGBLUD, Issues, Trash Boat, Neck Deep, and State Champs. They have appeared at festivals like, Reading & Leeds, The Vans Warped Tour, Slam Dunk, Sonic Temple, Rock am Ring, Download, Hit The Deck, and this next years Riot Fest. All of these shows they have played have been filled to the brim with material from any of their three LP’s and four EP’s they have released over the past years as a band.

I have had the pleasure of seeing Don Broco three times in the past in both the festival and club scenes. Each time I have been thoroughly impressed with how the shows that they put on, the high energy music coupled with high energy playing has and always will get the crowd going and excited. It has always been circle and mosh pits galore when Don Broco hits the stage, with the occasional wall of death of course. Now currently working on finishing up their fourth full length album, I believe Don Broco is going to hit us hard with the unique and creative sound that has made the who they are today. As a huge fan I already know the other fans are eagerly awaiting a release as it has been over a year since we have received new music from the British alt-rock front runners.

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Interview with Blackjack Love

We got the chance this week to sit down with the heavy blues and rock band Blackjack Love, they hail from Woking, England. Some of their bigger influences include artists like Led Zepplin and Queens Of The Stone Age. Fresh off their debut album “Bullets & Blues” we got to ask guitarist and front man Azza some awesome questions we know you’ll love to read.

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Spencer Davis: “Who first inspired you to become a musician?”

Azza: “My uncle was my biggest influence in music. I used to go to record shops with him as a kid. He used to make me tapes of all different music, The Clash, Curtis Mayfield, The Damned, Rage Against The Machine, Booker T & The MG’s. All sorts really. Playing guitar, was probably the first time I saw the video for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. “

SD: “How would you describe the music you guys put out?”

A: “Heavy Blues / Rock n Roll baby. We got this whole stoner rock desert vibe going on with a hint of balls & a Tarantino-esque groove.”

SD: “Who is one artist you would love to collaborate with?”

A: “Josh Homme from Queens of The Stone Age. I think we’d make some really great music together.”

SD: “What’s your favorite album of all time?”

A: “What’s Going On? By Marvin Gaye, or What’s The Story Morning Glory by Oasis.”

SD: “If you could open for any artist, who would it be and why?”

A: “I think honestly, our stuff would sit well with The Black Keys. I think that would be a good night. “

SD: “Favorite concert you’ve been to?”

A: “Arctic Monkeys at Earls Court was a banger. When they released that AM album. They were on top form. “

SD: “What are your favorite and least favorite venues?”

A: “The IndigO2 is a pretty cool place to play. Least favourite…….there was a place in Leeds that I can’t remember the name of, but it was a fucking dive man. & not in a cool way.”

SD: “What does your writing process look like?”

A: “I usually start with by noodling on an acoustic guitar. I use a lot of weird/open tunings & just jam shit out. Then I’ll put random words together to decide on a melody & it all falls from there really. Most of what I write, I have no idea what I’m writing about until I read it back & go “ah that’s clearly about…..” I can’t sit down & force myself to write about anything in particular. Nine out of ten times I just write & see what comes. A lot of them a made up stories, some about love, anger, whatever comes to fruition.”

SD: “What’s coming up next for you guys?”

A: “We have a whole bunch of new material to get finely tuned, then head back into the studio. We have a new single coming out early next year too so keep your ears to the ground. “

Music Videos:

https://www.facebook.com/blackjacklovemusic/

Sunday Spotlight: Wallows

Under our spotlight this week is the American alternative rock band Wallows. Wallows is currently a three piece band formed officially in 2017, though playing under different names throughout the past decade. The band currently consists of Dylan Minnette (vocals, rhythm guitar, and keys), Braeden Lemasters (vocals and lead guitar), and Cole Preston (drums and backing vocals). Since they released their first single, ‘Pleaser’ under the moniker “Wallows” they have skyrocketed in popularity playing some legendary venues such as the Troubadour, and the Roxy both historical venues in Los Angeles. They managed to sell out multiple shows at both rooms having only released two singles prior. They have also embarked on countless tour dates since their official name change.

From left to right: Braeden Lemasters, Cole Preston, Dylan Minnette

Some of the popular names that Wallows have hit the road with over the years are, Briston Maroney, Remo Drive, Penelope Isles, and Vampire Weekend. Those artists have been included mainly on North American runs but even a world tour they set out on. Along with those tour dates, Wallows has played slots on some absolutely huge festival stages. Some notable festivals include The Vans Warped Tour, Bunbury, Camp Flog Gnaw, Austin City Limits, Mo Pop, Shaky Knees, Coachella, and Reading. There catchy songs with great choruses and hooks makes them a great festival band as there will always be people who do not know them, watching their set and some are bound to like some of the songs and check them out afterwards on streaming platforms. Their sets both in clubs or at festivals from what I have seen are energetic, the stage lights are well thought out, and the fans always participate with all their energy.

Wallows is becoming one of the most hyped and anticipated bands in alternative music today, with the guys being as young and as talented as they are there is nothing stopping them from becoming the next huge thing in alternative music. With more material put out on platforms, tours, and festival appearances I have no doubt in my mind that they will be massive headliners one day

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Sunday Spotlight: Movements

Our spotlight this Sunday is on the post-hardcore band Movements. Hailing from Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the band currently consists of singer Patrick Miranda, bassist Austin Cressey, lead guitarist Ira George, and drummer Spencer York. Movements formed in 2015 and is currently signed to Fearless Records. Movements quickly found success after the release of their debut EP Outgrown Things which was produced by Will Yip. Soon after their release of Outgrown Things they took off by touring with Real Friends on a quite unconventional tour playing bowling alleys and skate parks.

From left to right: Spencer York, Austin Cressey, Ira George, and Patrick Miranda

Since their beginning in 2015, Movements has rapidly become very popular do to their vigorous touring and their release of music at the heightened time of the emo revival. Movements have toured with some pretty great names like, Boston Manor, I The Mighty, The Story So Far, Turnover, Good Charlotte, Mayday Parade, and Pierce The Veil. Along with some great tours both headlining and supporting, Movements has appeared on numerous festival bills such as, Welcome to Rockville, Epicenter, Sonic Temple, the Vans Warped Tour, Slam Dunk, Sad Summer, and the ever popular Minecraft server festival, Block by Blockwest. A crowd favorite because of their tightness as a band and the crowd activity and participation, Movements is being one of the most popular bands in the scene today.

With their newest album, No Good Left To Give Movements used 2020 to their advantage by pushing their new record and releasing awesome merch that fans have eaten up like putting out limited amount of their legendary “fish shirt”. With tour plans ready to go as soon as the world is, Movements is going to be continuing to keep their names in everyone’s mouth’s. They have got unlimited potential that I believe they will be fulfilling over their career.

Top 20 Albums of the Year List!

This year has been a struggle for everyone, luckily we have all been gifted great music to help us get through this year. It honestly felt like we were receiving new albums and songs weekly which of course, brought a lot of smiles to the faces of the listeners. This list was compiled by myself (Spencer Davis) and it is essentially my twenty favorite albums from 2020. We saw quite a variety in the genres of albums released this year so this list is full of different types of artists. If you feel like an album that you loved deserved to be on this list, feel free to let us know! Now, on with the list!

20. Immortal- Lorna Shore

Album Artwork by: Caelan Stokkermans

The third studio album release from Lorna Shore, their first with new label Century Media, and the first and last with vocalist CJ McCreery who left Pennsylvania band Signs of the Swarm to replace former Lorna Shore and now Chelsea Grin vocalist Tom Barber. Produced by Josh Schroeder this 45 minute record is full of symphonic deathcore that will give old and new deathcore listeners something fun to check out.

19. Hello, It’s You- Bearings

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The official sophomore release of Ottawa, Canada base pop-punk band Bearings. This ten track album produced by Courtney Ballard and released on label, Pure Noise Records is chalk full of pop-rock, pop-punk, indie-pop, and emo rap songs that will make casual listeners turn their heads and draw attention from the unknowing listeners.

18. Honeymoon- Beach Bunny

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The debut studio album from Chicago basement indie-rock and power-pop four piece Beach Bunny, was released on Mom + Pop records and was produced by Joe Reinhart. This record came with almost exclusively, positive reviews and made its’ way onto album of the year lists such as, The New York Times‘ Best Albums of 2020, Rolling Stone‘s Best Albums of 2020, and charted very strongly on both those lists. It is well worth a listen from fans of the genre and those who are not fans of the genre.

17. No Eternity in Gold- Like Moths To Flames

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The fifth studio album released by Like Moths To Flame is just a shade under 40 minutes of modern metalcore, filled with nasty riffs, breakdowns, and the always desired “blegh”. Co-produced by Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland and released under UNFD Records after all their departure from Rise Records who released all of their previous LP’s and EP’s. For those who are fans of Architects, Wage War, Northlane, and Polaris, give this album a rip I know you’ll like it.

16. I Disagree- Poppy

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With her first release on new record label Sumerian Records, Poppy brings us a ten song genre-bending album with four bonus tracks on the deluxe edition that will confuse listeners in the best way possible. Co-produced by Chris Greatti and Zakk Cervini, this record came with mostly favorable reviews and made its’ way onto the Revolver and Kerrang best albums of 2020 lists among others.

15.  I Let It In and It Took Everything- Loathe

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The sophomore studio album by British heavy metal band Loathe was produced by Loathe, mixed by George Lever, and mastered by Jens Bogren. This album drew a lot of attention towards the group with heavy metal listeners praising this record and speaking of it in very high regard. With its’ base heavy metal sound with influences that can range from anything between metalcore to melodic shoegaze. Truly a unique experience to listen to.

14.  Internal Incarceration- Year of the Knife

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With the release of their second full length album in two years, Delaware based straight edge hardcore band Year of the Knife, took on the task of dealing with the emotional toll that the brain can bring to a person every single day. This release retains the rawness of previous releases while spreading a good message through brutal hardcore. Production from Kurt Ballou of Converge brings major credibility and even more hardcore credit to this awesome piece.

13.  Razzmatazz- I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME

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The debut studio album from the Fearless Records two piece is nothing short of wonderful. Dallon Weekes formerly of Panic! At The Disco really made sure to give it his all on the alt-pop duos first full length. Filled to the brim with synth, saxophone, keys, strings, and percussion, IDKHOW put their best foot forward with production from Tom Pagnotta, Brian Phillips, and Dallon Weekes. The vocals are beautiful and the melodies are infectious, a must listen record.

12.  Manic- Halsey

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The release of her third studio album, Halsey did what she always does and releases art. She described this record as changing its mind as much as she does. This record has countless genre influences while still revolving around Halsey pop sound. She handled most production work herself but brought in a plethora of special guests for help such as, Benny Blanco, Jon Bellion, Lido, and FINNEAS. This record is Halsey at her best that we have seen.

11. Wake Up, Sunshine- All Time Low

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With the release of their eighth studio album, pop-punk veterans and legends, All Time Low put out somewhat of a sentimental record with pulling out some classic sounds but keeping things new and fresh for our ears. Production took place in drummer Rian Dawson’s house so most of it was done by the band with some help from Zakk Cervini and Andrew Goldstein. Filled with serious heavy hitters like Monster (feat. blackbear), Wake Up, Sunshine was an album that 2020 listeners deserved to get.

10.  The Death of Me- Polaris

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The Death of Me is the second full length release from Australian metalcore leaders Polaris. Produced by the band alongside Lance Prenc and Scottie Simpson, this powerhouse was released under labels Sharptone and Resist Records. Staying true to who they are Polaris filled their ten tracks with mind numbing riffs, awesome choruses, and head splitting breakdowns.

9. Pink Elephant- Stand Atlantic

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Another sophomore album for the list comes from Australian pop-punk squad Stand Atlantic. Not sticking to the sound they were known for previously, Stand Atlantic gave us something new and exciting to check out while always keeping roped in with their pop-punk sound we heard on Skinny Dipping.

8. GLUE- Boston Manor

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Coming from Pure Noise Records, Boston Manor released their third full length album GLUE in the early half of 2020. Met with critical acclaim, GLUE piggy backed off of their last full length album, Welcome to the Neighborhood. Boston Manor took their tone from their sophomore record and expanded upon that working with different tones and themes for this thirteen song record.

7. ANTI-ICON- Ghostemane

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With his eighth studio album, Ghostemane puts out his most anticipated work, he described this record as, unparalleled, unrivaled, and career-defining. His genre-fluid style of music and art is at full power in this record. There truly was not an album remotely close to what Ghostemane gave to all of us this year and the success is well deserved.

6. The Bastards- Palaye Royale

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With their third album release, Palaye Royale put out their most aggressive sounding album yet with their label Sumerian to promote it. The three brothers had no issue getting wild, sounding crazy, and being ballzy with the messages of their songs, the tones they wanted to have and reception they wanted for the album. Some of their best work so far and will be a stepping stone to stardom for the boys.

5. Underneath- Code Orange

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With their fourth album release, Code Orange shocked a lot of people while simultaneously impressing them and drawing in loads of new fans. Released under Roadrunner records and produced by Jami Morgan, Nick Raskulinecz, and Will Yip, this record is layered with guitar parts, electronic parts, intense rhythm, and mental vocals that will knock you to the ground. This album was a huge step for the hardcore music scene.

4. How To Survive A Funeral- Make Them Suffer

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Australian metal band Make Them Suffer put out their fourth studio album under Rise and Greyscale Records. This record brings a really interesting sound to this new era of metal that is creeping its’ way into music today. With metalcore guitar parts and vocals, breakdowns, and heavy drum fills this record has the typical flare we would expect from metalcore but the kicker here is the clean vocals and beautiful piano parts that make this album stick out.

3. Tickets To My Downfall- Machine Gun Kelly

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Dropping his rap sound and picking up a pop-punk sound we have not heard outside of Blink-182 in a long time, Machine Gun Kelly released Tickets To My Downfall through BadBoy and Interscope Records. This release coupled with the deluxe edition of itself is just what pop-punk needed to bring the genre back into the spotlight of music today.

2. POST-HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR: OCTOBER- Bring Me The Horizon

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Produced solely by Oli Sykes and Jordan Fish, this Bring Me The Horizon release came with a lot of great reviews. Being praised for its’ variety and uniqueness, this record takes us through the entirety of Bring Me The Horizons discography in just nine tracks. From their deathcore beginnings to the more radio rock friendly tunes today, this album is going to become a classic in the coming years.

  1. weird!- YUNGBLUD
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Last but not least, sophomore album weird! by British rocker YUNGBLUD. Taking a different approach to the music he releases Dominic Harrison seems more optimistic rather than angry. This seems to be all of his best work slammed together into one album. You will get a little bit of everything on this album and it will all make you bob your head and smile, or bang your head and scream!