Album Review: Bring Me the Horizon – amo

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Sony; 2019] Rating: 6/10 Key tracks: “ouch”, “mother tongue”, “heavy metal (feat. Rahzel)” Bring Me the Horizon’s career has been controversial since day one; from metalheads bashing the “pseudo-metal” image of the band to fans complaining that “Drown” wasn’t heavy enough, the hate for Bring Me the Horizon always remains…

Nelsonville Music Festival announces Thee Oh Sees to 2019 lineup

By Marvin Dotiyal, Features Editor [Photo courtesy of Thee Oh Sees/Nelsonville Music Festival] San Francisco psychedelic punk outfit Thee Oh Sees will join the 15th annual Nelsonville Music Festival held on June 6-9, 2019 along with headliner Death Cab for Cutie and many more artists. Read More: Nelsonville Music Festival announces Death Cab for Cutie…

ACRN’s Top 25 Albums of 2018

2018, a compelling year for rising artists from a web of musical trajectories. 1. Noname – Room 25, [Self-released; 2018] By Kwase Lane, Staff Writer Everything that someone could love about Noname’s music is taken to the next level in Room 25. One of the great things about Noname is that she doesn’t wear out…

ACRN’s Top 10 Disappointing Albums of 2018

1. Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, [Domino; 2018] By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor From the minute that lead singer Alex Turner sings the first line, we can immediately tell that Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is an Arctic Monkeys album. Unfortunately, all other uncanny stylistic choices have gone by the wayside. Sometimes, choices…

ACRN’s Favorite Tracks of 2018

Jon Fuchs, Music Director: Dean Blunt – “Chancer (feat. A$AP Rocky)” It’s crazy that the best hype track of 2018 is a minimal masterpiece with no actual beat at all. Acting as the opening track on his latest EP, Soul On Fire, Dean Blunt’s “Chancer” is based solely on a constantly looping strings sample, Blunt’s…

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…