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Today's Full Day in Rock Report

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

All of today's top music news stories

Fake Scott Weiland Arrested

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

News broke on Thursday that former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland was arrested on July 26th, but as the story developed it was established that the person arrested was an imposter

AC/DC Member Confirms Band Will Tour

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has confirmed that the Australian rockers will tour again despite a shakeup in their lineup earlier this year when Malcolm Young stepped away from the group for health reasons.

Slash Calls Says Media Causing Guns N' Roses Conflict

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

Slash says he blames the media for creating tension between him and his former Guns N' Roses bandmates

Band Offers To Pay To Play Super Bowl Halftime Show

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

It was reported this week that the NFL reached out to Coldplay, Rihanna, and Katy Perry and offered them the coveted Super Bowl halftime show if they were willing to pay the sports league for the gig. Now one band has issued a counter offer to the NFL.

Foo Fighters Release Sonic Highways Trailer

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

'I really believe that the environment in which you write or record an album influences the musical result.' That's the quote, courtesy Dave Grohl, that opens the trailer to Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways
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Since 2010, Escape the Fate have seen some serious changes. From switching labels to the departure of bassist, Max Green, to finally solidifying a new lineup, it has no doubt been a transitional period for the group. Nevertheless, after three long years of Escape the Fate fans starving for a new album, it has arrived…or, rather, has dropped like a musical bomb. After their 2010 self-titled album provided some seriously heavy tracks and some ripping guitar riffs, only the term “tough act to follow” comes to mind. And yet, the band has exploded back on to the scene for their 2013 album, Ungrateful, and have managed to outdo themselves. 

The title track, “Ungrateful”, opens the album with an aggressive welcome. It is loud, fast, emotional, and 100% Escape the Fate. With the delicate balance between growls and melodies mastered, Craig Mabbitt jolts the listener into a state of excited anticipation for the remaining ten songs. It is no surprise that “Ungrateful” was the first single released: it is an absolute powerhouse of a song.  Alternatively, songs like “Picture Perfect” offer more delicate lyrics, layered over a still electrifying guitar, sounding slightly like an ‘80s power-ballad.

The rest of the album follows suit, staying true to the metal-core roots of the band, while also offering ETF’s typical catchy choruses. Inevitably, the chorus to “One For the Money” and “Forget About Me” will be playing on repeat in my head. All the songs offer an upbeat, rock vibe simultaneously making me want dance and fight: the delicate but excellent balance only achievable by artists in the post-hardcore genre.

The only potential criticism could be that all the songs sound similar. However to me, this means Escape the Fate has finally mastered their distinctive sound.  As a fan since 2008, I can hear the band growing more mature with each album. While many underground groups are selling out or breaking up, Escape the Fate continue to modify and grow. They use new production methods to enhance their sound, not cover it up. Overall, I can say that Ungratefulhas far surpassed my uncertain expectations and Escape the Fate has defended its spot within the ranks of my favorite bands.