There’s plenty of music released every single month, and with each Monthly Music Roundup article, we share some quick reviews of several releases from throughout the month that we personally enjoyed and want to cover.
Forest Green “In Waves”
Forest Green have released their debut album, titled “In Waves.” The album kicks off with two of its most upbeat tracks: “5’6” Ain’t Bad,” where the hard hitting drums and bass accompany an impressive vocal performance leading up to the song’s huge and memorable chorus, and “Ivory,” where the drums and catchy lead guitars drive the upbeat intro and verses before a chorus filled with emotional vocals and instrumental performances. “World Of Red,” one of the biggest standouts on the whole album, contains some slightly darker instrumentals and more raw vocals, both of which bring some pretty catchy composition, and the very energetic and passionate “Kiss From The Sun” is one of the catchiest songs found on this release. The title track “In Waves” is one of a few more midtempo tracks on the album, led by harder hitting drums and bass and impressive vocals before the instrumentals really kick in during the chorus. “Softly” and “My Window” are two more darker tracks, and have some more very impressive vocal performances that add so much emotion to each track, and “Dead In A Dream” is another one of the most memorable tracks found on the record. “Kiss From The Moon” contrasts quite a lot from its counterpart (“Kiss From The Sun”), as it’s much slower and softer and more laid-back overall, bringing a nice change of pace to the album, and another slower track, “This Is Forever,” is a hard-hitting closer that concludes the album pretty well. Filled with many solid and pretty memorable performances, “In Waves” makes a good debut from Forest Green.
Modern Color “From The Leaves Of Your Garden”
Following the release of their sophomore album “Time Slips Behind Us” back in 2017, Modern Color have returned with their third album, titled “From The Leaves Of Your Garden.” The album starts off strong with “Lavender,” with hard hitting instrumentation and vocals that bring so much emotion from the moment they come in. It’s one of a few energetic tracks on the album, the others including “Jacaranda,” one of the fastest tracks on here with intricate instrumentals and passionate vocals that bring catchy melodies and even some aggression here and there as well, “Head Change,” which contains another memorable chorus and brings a tempo change later on before its much slower and softer ending, and the dynamic “X51,” which has more raw vocals and faster instrumentals in the verses followed by a more melodic pre-chorus and a harder hitting chorus. The album has a few tracks that are more midtempo, such as the catchy “Invisible Ink,” bringing softer, cleaner guitars in the beginning and a catchy bass solo later on before a harder hitting bridge, the darker “On & Off,” which is a lot more laid back as it leads up to a huge chorus where the instrumentals really start to kick in, “Alone” and “Out Of Reach” (which let the drums and guitars shine), and the powerful closer “Pale,” which has some of the most aggressive and overall most emotional performances found on this album, especially in the vocal department. “Empty Room” starts out on the slower side before the drums make it more upbeat, and it brings a good mix of softer and harder hitting sections. “Smiling Face” is much slower but still brings powerful instrumental performances, and amongst all of these tracks is “Sage,” an interlude with a dark tone that makes it fit perfectly on the album. The performances throughout this album, as well as the composition delivered through them, are intriguing, and that makes “From The Leaves Of Your Garden” an interesting LP from Modern Color.
Same Gods “Worried Eyes”
Same Gods have released their debut album, titled “Worried Eyes.” The album begins with the more midtempo debut single “Remission,” where the vocals and drums really stand out, especially leading up to the song’s huge chorus. “This Time” is hard hitting initially before the slightly softer verses build up to the more aggressive chorus, and the dark composition and energetic instrumentation found on “In Circles” make it engaging and interesting to listen to. “The Dark” and “Arrogance” are two of the catchiest and most memorable tracks offered on the entire album, and the very energetic “Midnight” brings some catchy instrumentals before the darker closing track and titled track “Worried Eyes” slows things down a bit. With its catchy, interesting performances, “Worried Eyes” is a good debut for Same Gods.
Erabella “The Familiar Grey”
After releasing their debut EP “Kingdoms” back in 2018, Erabella have returned with their sophomore EP, titled “The Familiar Grey.” The EP opens up with its title track “The Familiar Grey,” which quickly showcases the band’s melodic hardcore influences in both the instrumental and vocal performances (both of which show a lot of emotion as well), as the song leads up to its huge, memorable chorus with a combination of clean and unclean vocals. “I Wish You Weren’t Welcome” begins with a harder hitting intro before the instrumentals take a step back to let the heavier vocals shine during the verses, and those louder instrumentals return just in time for another upbeat chorus before the emotional bridge, which showcases the vocal talent once again. “Casket Talk” seems to lean more towards the hardcore side with the harsher vocals and the darker, faster paced and overall more aggressive instrumentation shown in the beginning, while the pre-chorus and chorus contain some of the melodic hardcore influences from the previous two tracks before the song gets heavier and more energetic once again and eventually slows down for the breakdown that concludes it. “Hesitation Anxiety” also brings a ton of energy and aggression as well (but mixes in a couple of melodic moments in the vocal performances), “Don’t Forget October 3rd (Year 11)” brings some catchy, upbeat instrumentals and a more melodic chorus, and the EP closer “Baldelaire” brings so much emotion and really showcases the talent of each member of the band, letting those emotional vocals shine just as much as the instrumentals. Its more melodic chorus is another one of the most memorable ones on the EP and it makes a solid closing track for the release overall. From the interesting performances to the emotion found within them, “The Familiar Grey” is a solid sophomore effort from Erabella.
Then Falls The Sky “Break Free”
After releasing their debut EP “Set On Rising” last year, Then Falls The Sky are back with their sophomore EP, titled “Break Free.” Lead single “Blinded” starts things off, bringing lots of synths in its intro, followed by more aggressive vocals and instrumentals shortly after. The bass and guitars get to shine a lot as they drive the verses, where the shouted and screamed vocals bring a lot of emotion, and the more melodic guitars that come in during the chorus add more to that section of the song. “Complacent” is a bit slower, but instantly brings some aggression before catchy riffs and a mix of clean and unclean vocals drive the song. “Reasons” is more energetic, shown clearly through its instrumentation, and the song’s huge chorus mixes some clean vocals in amidst all the aggression before the bridge gives the listener another solid vocal performance with lots of emotion. The more midtempo “Scars” focuses on the band’s metalcore influences with its aggressive vocals, and it contains an impressive guitar solo later on. “The End” combines the various influences found throughout this EP, and brings a heavy breakdown before the cinematic closing track “Momento” really shows off the instrumentals. “Break Free” brings a mix of influences under the heavy music umbrella, and overall, it’s a pretty good sophomore EP with a lot of potential.
Weigh The Anchor “Right At Home”
Following the release of their sophomore EP “Different Ways” last year, Weigh The Anchor have dropped their third EP, titled “Right At Home.” “Medicate” opens up with catchy and upbeat instrumentals, while the vocals get to shine during the verses and pre-choruses, bring equally as catchy melodies before the huge, harder hitting choruses where the instrumental performances contain plenty of emotion. “Abrasive” is a bit more upbeat and energetic, with some really catchy guitar and bass riffs driving that faster paced rhythm. The chorus on here is very memorable, and the vocals in the second verse are a bit more raw, adding some extra emotion to the track. “Clandestine” brings even more energy, as well as another memorable chorus with some catchy melodies and riffs before a slightly heavier bridge, where the vocals are a bit more raw and bring some aggression to the song before the final choruses come in. “Discourse” is a lot slower in comparison to the previous three tracks, and is a lot softer instrumentally as well, primarily driven by guitar and an emotional vocal performance. The added vocal harmonies really bring more to those vocals, and the vocals shine even more during the bridge, putting on the most emotional performance in the entire song. With its constantly catchy composition and mix of melody and aggression “Right At Home” is another solid EP from Weigh The Anchor.