November was a pretty light month when it came to album releases. It's to be expected for the end of the year, though. Most artists know that the late fall season isn't really the ideal time to release a full-length, because it's easy to get lost in the mix of pre-holiday scrambling and post-summer apathy. Still, there were at least 2 brave groups who dared to release some shockingly good material in the month of November. Here are 2 two bands and their 2 albums, both of which deserve your attention.
Doom Loop is a fuzzy, distorted and noisy mess. It’s angsty, it’s loud, and incredibly rough around the edges; above all of these though, it’s a damn good time. For an artist that’s previously focused on mellow ambience, Cristopher Browder (lead vocalist and leading man behind Mansions) well, he threw all that junk out the window in favor of crunching guitars, production that guises sloppiness, and straight up emo-rock aggression. Make no mistake, for all the talk of rough noise, Doom Loop will win your heart, if not on the first rugged romp, then after a few loud repeats.
Buy Mansions - Doom Loop
While the title Death Chorus reeks of underage metalcore faux-toughness, it is, when donned by Polar Bear Club, a perfect idiom that sums up their harsh breed of punk that has been fused with their newfound pop appreciation. When fans—myself—included, first starting sampling the new sound of Polar Bear Club, it was an all-out bloodbath. Gone was the throat-curdling snarl-sing of vocalist Jimmy Stadt replaced with a somewhat nasally somewhat New Found Glory’s Jordan Pundik meets Rise Against’s Tim Mcllrath typical pop-punk vocalist whine. Turns out though, it suits Polar Bear Club more than you’d initially think. With the unnecessary need to impress the edgy turned off, the group can meander through the lighter side of themselves, giving rise to an upbeat and hook-laden affair from a group that’s no longer afraid to show a softer side.
Buy Polar Bear Club - Death Chorus