It seems rare to find a post-hardcore band carrying a unique sound. Being as an Ocean. although classified as melodic hardcore, has an infectious and refreshing sound. Being as an Ocean’s second studio album, How We Both Wondrously Perish, showcases the band’s full range of talent. The album starts with a mellow musical introduction before quickly defining the band’s unique hardcore sound. Steady drum beats, chants and screams will have fans of Counterparts and Hundredth nodding their heads with approval. Instead of constantly driving the hardcore sound at every turn on the album, melodic breaks take the listener a roller coaster of tones and moods, painting the album’s story. Unlike many hardcore albums that grow tired with each derivative song, How We Both Wondrously Perish is peppered with melody and spoken-word, standing out from the rest. As for the clean vocals, Michael McGough’s voice is all icing on the cake; the album will be successful across the board.
At their core, Atreyu is a hard rock band with metal riffs and pop choruses. Now, after more than 20 years, the band has stepped boldly into their next chapter with a change in lineup and an album that proves the lifeblood of Atreyu is stronger than ever.Full Feature More from Atreyu
With influences that span Miles Davis and Stravinsky to Geddy Lee and Les Claypool, jazz metal force Imperial Triumphant is the epitome of genre-bending. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt spoke with the band about their unique style, the massive bass presence in their music, and the rise and fall of civilization.Full Feature More from Imperial Triumphant
Death metal is no longer strictly a one-kind-of-sound genre but a cloud under which many elements have formed. We have assembled five must-hear death metal acts you should be listening to now, each distinctly set apart from another in form, yet still brethren in the death metal community.Full Feature More from In-Conquered
When rock emerged from blues and 'heavy metal' began to surface, faith-based metal acts also rose to start their own journeys. Initially shunned by both believers and non-believers, they were fighting for their spot at the table, ultimately building a legacy that would go on to change the genre forever. HM presents an oral history of the beginning of Christian metal music, featuring Guardian, Tourniquet, Holy Soldier, Whitecross, and, of course, Stryper.Full Feature More from Guardian