I don't know why in the hell I decided to do this. Maybe it was my masochistic side showing through. Maybe I needed a challenge. Maybe I just wanted to rip into something. For whatever reason, I have decided to listen to my Trustkill Records compilation that I got attached to a recent In Flames album (or was it Bleeding Through?). This is a metalcore/hardcore label with only a couple of bands that are clearly more metal than core. I think I may have listened to it once before and it was so bad that it's been in storage for some time. Now I have dug it out for all of you people to enjoy. I'm not sure why I just didn't trash the damn thing.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE: "SUFFOCATING UNDER WORDS OF SORROW"
You see, here's one of my problems with metalcore. The stupid-ass song names. This doesn't even make sense. It's a frail attempt to be poetic and sensitive. Musically, this band sounds exactly like Avenged Sevenfold, which is to say really fucking bad. This band has been making a lot of noise lately which is terrifying. That's all we need is more watered-down bullshit. NFM.
THROWDOWN: "SPEAK THE TRUTH"
One of the few metal bands on this thing, Throwdown is a really poor Pantera clone with some Hatebreed thrown in. I like Pantera fine, but not many of their copycats. And I really dislike Hatebreed. I'll pass, thanks. Still, it's better than most of the crap on this thing.
HOPESFALL: "BREATHE FROM COMA"
I don't think I can make it through this thing. You go on without me. Apparently, my CD player hated it too and stopped suddenly in the middle of the song. Having been rejuvenated, I will move on to the next song. Oh, NFM, some post-hardcore/emo shit.
IT DIES TODAY: "FREAK GASOLINE FIGHT ACCIDENT"
This is another metal band with melodic death metal influences mixed in with some hardcore. This song sounds great, but maybe I'm just thinking that because of how bad the last track was. The clean vocals are a little overdone though, and the breakdown is pretty bad as well.
FIGHT PARIS: "100 PROOF WOMAN"
I can't even find this band on Wikipedia. Bad sign. This is really bad. My head hurts. NFM. Skip button please, I can't handle this.
ROSES ARE RED: "300 MOTION PICTURES"
AHHH! What the fuck is this?! NFM.
BEDLIGHT FOR BLUE EYES: "EPHEMERAL ADDICTIONS"
What the fuck kind of name is this? This is some sort of emo shit. I hate emo shit. Skip button. NFM.
MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD: "SHARK ETHIC"
Okay, this one starts out really cool, with one hell of a buildup, but then goes exactly nowhere with it. It's all eerie and powerful but then we just have a typical metalcore song. NFM. At least this song is listenable and I made it through more than a minute of it. The vocals are awful though.
OPEN HAND: "CROOKED CROWN"
My head hurts really badly right now. This is just pathetic. NFM.
TERROR: "KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT"
Okay, I can handle some tough-guy hardcore right now. This is much pretty than the crapfest that was the last song. This band sounds exactly like Hatebreed. NFM.
WALLS OF JERICHO: "THERE'S NO I IN FUCK YOU"
I wonder if Helloween can sue for defamation based on this horrible hardcore band naming themselves after one of their albums? I doubt it. Anyway, hardcore band + female vocalist = instant record deal, despite considerable lack of talent. NFM.
BLEEDING THROUGH: "SWEET VAMPIROUS"
Only the third band on this thing that I would classify as metal. Bleeding Through mixes black metal, melodic death metal, and some hardcore influences. They have a distinctive riffing style that is very heavy and is often accompanied by keyboard flourishes. They do have lots of breakdowns, but are generally not terrible. In fact, I like Bleeding Through okay. Not enough to go out and buy their albums all the time, but enough to be able to listen to them.
THIS IS HELL: "MOVING TARGETS"
Hardcore punk. NFM. Go the fuck away.
CRASH ROMEO: "DIAL M FOR MURDER"
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FIRST BLOOD: "NEXT TIME I SEE YOU, YOU'RE DEAD"
My doctor says I can no longer listen to this. In the trash it goes.