Artist Of The Week - Anchor & Braille

It's been about three years since we've gotten an album from Anchor & Braille, the indie side project of Anberlin's Stephen Christian, but this week, on July 31st, the band's sophomore album will be released. The Quiet Life is a collection of haunting melodies and catchy percussion, certainly a maturation of sound since 2009's Felt. The Quiet Life is available now in stores and online through Tooth & Nail Records.

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My Devil In Your Eyes

Artist: The Color Morale
Album: My Devil In Your Eyes
Release Date: March 8, 2011
Label: Rise Records

In the metalcore and post-hardcore scenes these days, there are of lot of same sounding bands out there, that don't show much creativity and variety. The same scream-sing-scream-breakdown formula  is something found in many of these bands as well. There are still a small amount of bands that can actually do metalcore/post-hardcore right, and The Color Morale are one good example. My Devil In Your Eyes, the band's Rise Records sophomore release, packs in plenty of down tuned riffs, growls, and well done clean vocals that aren't high and whiny, with a hopeful message of leaving hard things in the past behind and moving on.

Vocalist Garret Rapp's scream of "Dreams, are forever!" starts off the great opener "Nerve Endings." I couldn't have asked for a better starting track, as the song makes you want to dig further into the album. "Human(s)being" has a chorus that demands attention, with strong, commanding clean vocals, and "The Dying Hymn" hits hard with the poignant lyrics of "The world can't make you faithless, when faith is first, where is your faith?"

A message of hope is found on "Walkers," stating "We are not useless," which follows after a song dealing with tough issues in life ("Be Longing Always"). The album's most unique track, and perhaps its highlight, "Demon Teeth," is filled with a chaotic element, similar to Underoath, and an unexpected chorus full of great harmonies that comes out of nowhere. Some of the album's best melodic parts come on "Falling Awake" and "This Lost Song Is Yours," the latter being made up completely of clean vocals. A bit of ambience comes into play on the haunting closer, "fill;avoid," which poses the closing words "You made me from dust, but not dirt."

Overall: The Color Morale are showing to be one of the best up and coming metalcore/post-hardcore bands in the scene today, a statement proved on their sophomore release, My Devil In Your Eyes. A great vocal performance from vocalist Garret Rapp on account of both his growls and clean vocals, not to forget his honest and relatable lyrics, are pulled together with chugging riffs and blast beats. There are a few times throughout the album that I feel the breakdowns aren't always as strong as expected, and that the band would experiment more with the chaotic style of "Demon Teeth," but those things are my only complaints. The Color Morale have a bright future ahead of them, and will be sure to gain attention with their solid new effort.

Rating: 7/10

Tracklisting:

  1. Nerve Endings
  2. Human(s)being
  3. The Dying Hymn
  4. Be Longing Always
  5. Walkers
  6. Demon Teeth
  7. Falling Awake
  8. Quote On Quote
  9. This Lost Song Is Yours
  10. fill;avoid
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