Valley View Music
Valley View Music

Archspire – Relentless Mutation

You know when bands are technical for technical’s sake? Relentless Mutation is, thankfully, not that. This is absolutely top-notch Technical Death Metal – well-written, well thought-out, and features a merciful run time…. do we really need 50+ minute injections of TDM?

Incubus – 8

While Trust Fall (Side A) hinted at a return to form, Incubus’ 8 is quite a disappointment, made worse by sub-par audio engineering and production provided by, inexplicably, none other than Skrillex.

Burial In The Sky – Creatio et Hominus

The album starts out with the ambient, airy “Nexus”, this combined with the excellent follow-up track “Tesla”, pretty accurately aligns expectations for the album. What they offer right from the get-go is the yin-yang of their softest side, followed by their most straight-forward progressive death metal side, which works to make the remainder of the album more surprising.

Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms

You’ve fallen asleep and have awoken in 2006. You turn on the radio and the first thing you hear is “Misery” by Creeper. You sign into MySpace and see they’re touring in direct support of My Chemical Romance’s Black Parade tour and mark it off on your calendar… then you really awake, and ah fuck. Alas, it’s 2017!