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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

Black Sabbath Plan Final Album and Farewell Tour

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

Black Sabbath are to record a final album together and will launch their final tour, Ozzy Osbourne has exclusively revealed to Metal Hammer

Break Made In Metallica Murder Case

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

The Virginia State Police announced that they have found a forensic link between Morgan D. Harrington, who disappeared and was later found murdered following a Metallica concert in 2009, and the abduction of Hannah Graham earlier this month

Former KISS Songwriter Arrested For Child Pornography

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

Stephen Coronel, a former KISS-affiliated songwriter, has been arrested for five counts of child pornography after authorities traced images back to his computer

Guns N' Roses Planning Busy 2015

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba is sharing an update on the band's plans for 2015 which he says will include a lot of touring and the band putting together a new album

Judas Priest Kicking Off 40th Anniversary Tour This Week

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

As Judas Priest prepare to kick off their 40th Anniversary tour this Wednesday (Oct 1), singer Rob Halford says his is looking forward to hitting the road once again.
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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.