Alexisonfire – Watch Out!
Would people go see Alexisonfire's sophomore album played in its entirety? Considering they sold 1,000 discography vinyl boxsets at $250 a pop last month, we think yes.
Dead Poetic – New Medicines
Coming from the previous generation of post-hardcore, Dead Poetic's contemporaries were more Finch, Beloved and Emery than Dance Gavin Dance, Of Mice & Men and D.R.U.G.S. That mid-'00s movement of bands captured the energy and crowd involvement of hardcore shows without the risk of a stray fist to the face. They went on to release one more album, 2006's Vices, before disbanding the following year.
Senses Fail – Let It Enfold You
As a whole, this one may be a stretch, but the debut album from Buddy Nielsen and co. had its share of screamo delights. “Rum Is For Drinking, Not For Burning” broke onto MTV's airwaves as the band sailed across a sea of CGI. “Lady In A Blue Dress” showed off their melodic sweetness as Nielsen displayed his sour side (“Don't try to be cute with me/Because I know you hate yourself”). You know they'd bring the house down with “Buried A Lie,” leaving an older crowd gasping for their teenage breath halfway through.
Jimmy Eat World – Futures
The fifth studio album from Jimmy Eat World actually changed producers in the midst of recording when Mark Trombino was replaced by Gil Norton, who had just worked on Dashboard Confessional's A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar the year prior. Although it was a tense turn of events at the time (Trombino had previously worked with JEW on Static Prevails through Bleed American), everything turned out fine. We think an anniversary tour would seriously—wait for it—”Kill.”
Converge – You Fail Me
Out of Converge's two decades of existance, not many lines stick out more than when frontman Jacob Bannon cleared his throat to declare “This is for the hearts still beating!” on You Fail Me. Sitting somewhere in the middle of their discography, it was the band's first release for Epitaph Records and would help define their modern sound. They added dramatics to their eternal darkness (the title track) and slow-cooked smash parts to their blistering beats (“Eagles Become Vultures”).