REVIEW: Underoath reunite – and reinvent – on new album “Erase Me”

Reunion albums can typically go down one of two distinct paths. After years away from releasing music, many bands pick up right where they left off before their breakups, making up for lost time by either returning to their roots, or by continuing to progress the sounds of their most recent material. This is a respectable path, and gives successful bands who may have been gone for several years or more the ability to reconnect with their old fanbase while still pushing themselves artistically. However, once in a while a major band will reunite and go down a very different path. Channeling the members’ changed musical visions and life experiences in their years apart, these bands attempt to redraw the core boundaries of what they stand for artistically and sonically. The resulting works are less reunion albums than they are “reinvention albums”.

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Album Review: Slaves – “Beautiful Death”

We recently had the opportunity to review Slaves newest album Beautiful Death, officially being released tomorrow, February 16th via SBG Records. Beautiful Death, produced by Erik Ron (Panic! At the Disco, Set it Off, Hands Like Houses), is set to be the band’s most powerful release to date. Vocalist Jonny Craig comments, “With this album, I feel like I have the chance to be the person I was supposed to be the entire time.” Wow is he right, every song on this album is unique sounding instrumentally with the common themes of persistence (seen in songs such as “Patience is the Virtue” and “The Pact”) and heart-break (seen in songs such as “True Colors” and “Deadly Conversations”) reappearing throughout.

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