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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v8n41 (10/07/2009) » Section: Left of the Dial

Every Time I Die - New Junk Aesthetic

This has gotta be something of a banner year for Buffalo’s Every Time I Die. While the local metalcore heroes bid an “artistic differences” adieu to long-time drummer Mike “Ratboy” Novak, they managed to lock in big tours in Europe—including a slot on the overseas Taste of Chaos—and a new record. Their fifth full-length album (and the band’s label debut on the Epitaph imprint), New Junk Aesthetic is a storming barrage of the band’s serpentine, tear-the-house-apart riffing, and their speeding, start/stop histrionics remain at the surface. But a deeper listen to this hike into the heavy reveals the band’s hardest and most focused effort to date.

The Black Heart Procession - Six

Owls, candles, drugs, witches, whores, the devil, love, and the occult. If there is one thing San Diego’s Black Heart Procession have perfected with their aptly titled sixth album, it is documenting the night. Their dark yet lush corner of indie rock makes good company for all things nocturnal—and I can’t think of a better way to ring in another October. Six paints darkly opaque scenes of forgotten ghosts and loves gone awry, told with an attitude of indifference mixed with a hint of self-destruction. That said, is it weird to say that this album comes off as comforting rather than grim?

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