RIYL: Memphis May Fire, Periphery, Woe, Is Me
Issues has had quite a bit of issues since its inception this year. Three of the members of Woe, Is Me jumped ship to create a new musical endeavor. What is really, really obvious from the onset of the band’s maiden release is that Issues has decided to do exactly what it wants with the music. Within Black Diamonds, there are so many genres that weave themselves in an out of any given song that it’s really tough to understand how the result isn’t atrocious. There are heavy doses of djent, metalcore, dubstep, R & B, and even nu-metal, most often in each song. It would be a stretch to call the result anything progressive, but there is a progressive mindset that permeates the band’s output. This is eclectic metalcore, and it somehow works, really well. “King of Amarillo” starts off the album with djenty riffs while Tyler Carter’s familiar voice trades off barks with croons. The weird moments come early and often, but one notable moment is with “Love Sex Riot”, which features Fronz of Attila. The song channels some long-long nu-metal band, but the groove and melody is strong enough to carry whatever amateur-hour angst the song carries. The major flaw with Issues lies with the borderline-awful lyrics, which belie the band’s nu-metal influences pretty heavily. Thankfully, it is easy to ignore the sub-par lyrics due to the fun of the music. Despite how horribly wrong Black Diamonds should sound, Issues has undoubtedly released one of the most fun metalcore releases this year, against almost all odds. – by Nicholas Senior
>> Classification: Eclectic Metalcore
>> Recommended Tracks: “King of Amarillo”, “Princeton Ave” and “Her Monologue”
>> In Conclusion: Whoever thought combining metalcore and djent with nu-metal and dubstep would go over well is slightly crazy, but Issues has certainly managed to prove how fun it can actually be with its debut EP.