Nightmares in the Waking State, Pt. 2, by Solution .45

Solution .45 produced Part 1 in 2015. Part 2 came out in 2016.

It’s a pretty good album. It’s consistent with Part 1, and it flows well with Solution .45’s overall sound.

My favorite song is Mind Mutation, but Built on Sand is the most popular song on Apple Music.

This band is cool because of the dualistic vocals coming from the lead singer who does both the screaming/growling and the clean singing. He happens to have one of the most awesome male clean singing vocals around in my opinion.

So, check out this album and see what you think.


Desolate Divine, by @thecolormorale

If you haven’t discovered The Color Morale yet, now is the time! Check out Desolate Divine, their latest album.

This album flowed quite well. It’s a consistent songs-set, and it’s consistent I feel with the band’s other albums.

My favorite song was Lonesome Soul, the album’s opener. It has a really eery sounding melody for the opening salvo and opening verse. Instantly, it draws me in. Every time.

Other Apple Music listeners favor Walls.

Listen to it yourself. Which song do you favor most from this album?

Death Resonance, by @Soilwork

Soilwork re-released several songs and freshly released some new ones in their latest album, Death Resonance.

Helsinki is a popular song on Apple Music as well as These Absent Eyes. I was drawn in by Forever Lost in Vain.

Overall, it’s not a bad album at all. It helps introduce new listeners to older material while still offering something for long-time fans.

Are you a Soilwork fan? Give it a listen and maybe you will become one or maybe you’ll find a new fan favorite.

This Could Be Heartbreak, by @amityaffliction

Amity Affliction has produced some really good songwriting in the past, and I was hoping for more of the same.


One song from this album is really quite impressive and stands out to me above the rest, and that was Blood In My Mouth. I’ve added it to my Best of 2016 Playlist as a result. Not because of the lyrics, but because of its drum and guitar work.

Did any of the songs on this album stand out to you?

Periphery III: Select Difficulty, by @PeripheryBand

Periphery is a cool progressive metal band. One of the things I appreciate about them is how they name their albums—it’s easy to track! Their latest album is Periphery III, subtitle Select Difficulty.

It’s pretty entertaining throughout. It’s certainly consistent with their prior albums. And it’s quite accessible—anyone not already a metalhead might hear this album and become one.

Popular songs on Apple Music are The Price is Wrong and Marigold, while my favorite is Flatline due to its melody, hooks, and overall composition.

So, check it out for yourself and see if you like it!

Selves We Cannot Forgive, by @BCInitiate

The Black Crown Initiate is a pretty heavy band that loves to write really long songs. I love them for it. And they somehow balance their heaviness quite well. Their latest album, Selves We Cannot Forgive, is no exception.

My favorite song is Sorrowpsalm with its contemplative metal, its crescendo and build. But in my opinion there is not a single bad song on the album.

Popular songs from the record on Apple Music are For Red Cloud as well as Selves We Cannot Forgive.

Give it a go and let me know what you think!

Dark Matter, by @TheWordAlive

I’ve enjoyed a bunch of The Word Alive’s songs in the past, so I was really looking forward to enjoying their latest album, Dark Matter.

When I came to this song, Made This Way, it completely took me off guard in the best way possible. The rhythm. The melody. The clean vocals. The screaming. The double-bass fills. Just. Wow.

Other Apple Music listeners seem to really enjoy Trapped the most, but I just wasn’t drawn to it like I was with Made This Way.

Have you listened to this album? Which songs did you like the most?