When an artist releases new material, people find a way to hate. Often times people say, “This fucking sucks, go back to your old sound,” or “You have stayed the same, this is shit.” In rare occasions staying the same is beneficial, allowing time to develop what will become a signature sound, or some can evolve into something greater to provide constant refreshing music. Sometimes finding the sweet spot of good quality music, whether you change a lot or stay the same, can take time. These bands found their way somehow after years of perfecting their art.
The blackened deathcore group have adequate music throughout their discovery, but nothing that feels special. The grim quartet consists of musicians who taught themselves because they love heavy metal, an incredibly admirable. They did strike gold on their 2014 release with Die Without Hope, a gruesome, yet honest approach that took their instrumentation to a more complex and melodic route while holding down heavy breakdowns. Lyrically the songs made their usual topic of depression, suicide, and other related issues into a deeper and honest perspective. Ever since the band launched the phenomenal followup Slow Death, an EP titled Bury Me In Blasphemy, and will take the black metal elements along with all that they have learned into the next album sometime this year.
#4: Breaking Benjamin
Breaking Benjamin hit hard with each release; however, their quality significantly increases after every album. Since getting new members, the band rekindled a creative fire that takes their typical sound into new heights while still being is so recognizable from their music.
#3: Fit for a King
For a band that has dropped plenty of solid metalcore albums, the Christian metalcore outfit has found themselves a perfect blend of evolution and staying true to their roots. Their last release, Dark Skies, builds off of the direction of the excellent Deathgrip. With a blend of deathcore and metalcore, Fit for a King has a future to place themselves at the top of the food chain in this scene.
Originating as a group who leaned fully into black metal, the Polish metallers have transcended into a blackened death metal outfit who have improved not only their theatrics but their songwriting too.
After recovering from cancer, singer/guitarist Nergal gathers the band to create one of the best records of their career, and in recent years for extreme metal. The Satanist was a statement to the world of not only their return but for world domination. The album features plenty of strong tracks but has the greatest finale in history with O Father O Satan O Sun. Now after having a strong followup with I Loved You at Your Darkest, it appears Behemoth will not be going anywhere anytime soon.
Another band who has always put out consistent work while rising to something greater. While Ghost’s first two albums stand strong, but Meliora and Prequelle show how these Swedish rockers are the most innovative band in the modern landscape of the genre. Elevating their lore behind their characters and music, they will go down in history for their unique direction.
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