Someday Came Suddenly: Celebrating 10 Years of Crabcore

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor It’s 2008. You’re contemplating your MySpace profile song at a sweaty Warped Tour set with your long-haired friends in their deep, black V-necks and the tightest jeans with just enough stretch to land the spin kicks. Metalcore was rapidly changing at the time, with more commercialized exposure and an influx…

Album Review: Architects – Holy Hell

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Epitaph; 2018] Rating: 6/10 Key tracks: “Mortal After All”, “The Seventh Circle”, “Doomsday” It was already hard enough for British metalcore act Architects to top All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us. After the tragic loss of guitarist and core songwriter Tom Searle, the band was running on empty. Like a…

Cursive – Vitriola

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [15 Passenger; 2018] Rating: 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “Pick Up the Pieces”, “Remorse”, “Ouroboros” “Society has got a heinous case of crabs / everybody’s got an itch to scratch,” sings Cursive frontman Tim Kasher, vexed with utter bitterness, resenting the mess of a political climate that America limps through today. Though…

Ten Years Today: Bring Me the Horizon – Suicide Season

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Visible Noise / Epitaph; 2008] Original release date: September 29, 2008 Memorable tracks: “The Comedown”, “Diamonds Aren’t Forever”, “Suicide Season” Remember Bring Me the Horizon before Jordan Fish joined and diluted the band into a typical, edgy, radio-rock fad? I sure do—especially the part where each BMTH release continually raised…

Group Feature: ACRN’s 2018 Summer Bangers

Summer definitely puts us in all kinds of moods… Here’s what the summer of 2018 sounded like for ACRN! Devon Hannan, Editorial Director: Dance Gavin Dance — “Care” This post-hardcore track has all of the ingredients necessary for a certified summertime banger. From Dance Gavin Dance’s latest chaotic album Artificial Selection, “Care” is about a…

Album Review: Dance Gavin Dance – Artificial Selection

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Rise; 2018] Rating: 7.5/10 Key Tracks: “Son of Robot”, “Story of My Bros”, “Flash” Leading the scene with an eclectic musical twist and awe-inspiring talent, no band has grasped and cultivated post-hardcore like Dance Gavin Dance. As a polarizing band marking three different “eras” for each vocalist change, 2016’s Mothership…

Album Review: Escape the Fate – I Am Human

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Better Noise; 2018] Rating: 5.5/10 Key Tracks: “Four Letter Word”, “I Will Make It Up to You”, “Digging My Own Grave” Post-hardcore has grown to become an ambiguous umbrella term for associating with classic acts like Thrice, but also with more experimental, jazzy hybrids like Dance Gavin Dance and straight-up…

Ten Years Today: Panic! at the Disco – Pretty Odd

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Fueled By Ramen; 2008] Original Release Date: 3/25/08 Memorable tracks: “Northern Downpour”, “Nine in the Afternoon”, “That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)” A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out by Panic! at the Disco was the first ever album I bought for myself. During then, I exhausted that album to the…

Album Review: Turnstile – Time & Space

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Roadrunner; 2018] Rating 6.5/10 Key Tracks: “Big Smile”, “Generator”, “High Pressure” The definition of East Coast hardcore would be inadequate without its founding fathers like Minor Threat, Bad Brains and Born Against, but it would be dead without modern successors like Turnstile. As a band that has been pushing boundaries…

Ten Years Today: Eyes Set to Kill – Reach

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [BreakSilence; 2008] Original Release Date: 2/19/08 Memorable tracks: “Liar in the Glass”, “Behind These Eyes”, “Violent Kiss” It’s not a surprise if people don’t remember Eyes Set to Kill or haven’t even heard of this band before. To be fair, they were one of those MySpace “-core” bands that were…

Group Feature: ACRN’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2018

Will 2018 be as bright as 2017 for music? Here are our most anticipated albums of 2018! Jon Fuchs, Music Director: Current Joys – A Different Age Nick Rattigan has never made a bad record before. Whether it’s with guitarist Jacob Rubeck as Surf Curse or by himself as Current Joys, every record he’s been a…