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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

Sammy Hagar Open To Van Halen Reunion Including David Lee Roth

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

Sammy Hagar says that he is open to the idea of a Van Halen reunion tour that would also feature David Lee Roth but he would only do it for the fans and the situation would have to be right

Rush Premiere Long Lost Song

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

Rush are premiering a 1974 performance of an unreleased song, 'I've Been Running', as a preview to their 40th anniversary box set, 'R40', due November 11

Slipknot's Corey Taylor Challenges Gene Simmons' Claim

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor says he understands why Gene Simmons declared 'rock is dead' - but he completely disagrees with the Kiss star

Avenged Sevenfold Documentary Coming

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

Avenged Sevenfold are working on a documentary due out next year. The film will chart the band's career from shortly before the death of drummer Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan until the present day

Dave Grohl Already Planning Next Foo Fighters Album

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

Dave Grohl says his plans for the next Foo Fighters album will make Sonic Highways look like 'kindergarten.'
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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.