1. Last Resort -Papa Roach
Golden oldie alert! Thanks to the recently released album Teenage Dirtbags, the ultimate compilation album of pop-punk classics, I’ve been dancing around my kitchen singing songs that I was listening to when I was fourteen. Despite bringing back bad memories of check-board sweatbands and dodgy Myspace poses, it has made me rekindle my love for Californian four-piece Papa Roach. You’ve all got to admit it, you know the opening lyrics to Last Resort after all these years and it is a badass song. Choppy vocals, old school rock and a heap load of eyeliner (courtesy of frontman Jacoby Shaddix, not my fourteen year old self). You can’t go wrong with this forgotten gem.
2. Violence (Enough is Enough)- A Day to Remember
I have been waiting for a new ADTR album since 2010, not cool. So when the genius’ behind songs such as; I’m Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of? and You Be Tails, I’ll Be Sonic, released a track from their long-awaited album Common Courtesy, ‘excited’ didn’t quite cover it. I wasn’t disappointed, this track is killer. Yes it’s one of the most metal influenced songs of theirs, but the lyrics are still prominent and packed full of imagery. I’ve listened to this song at least once a week since it was released in December, and with Common Courtesy available for digital download on October 8th, my addiction to this song has got worse. Phew, only four days to go…I’m not a fan girl…honest.
3. Her Portrait in Black- Atreyu
After tidying my room – don’t faint Mum if you’re reading – I stumbled across my Underworld box set. For those of you who don’t know the franchise, ladies it’s kind of like Twilight, but it isn’t an abomination. And guys, well, it’s Kate Beckinsdale in PVC. In 2003 the second film of the series Underworld: Evolution was released with Atreyu providing an epic soundtrack. Unusually for most bands, the drummer, Brandon Saller, provides the clean vocals in the chorus which go hand-in-hand with the growls of frontman Alex Varkatzas. The highlight of the track is the feature guitar instrumental; it’s intricate and melodic, leading on to a full guns-blazing bridge into the final chorus. To put it simply: it’s beautifully metalcore.