The Color Morale

FILE UNDER: Post-Hardcore Self-Help Book

ROCKS LIKE: The Word Alive, Slaves, Emery

WHAT'S DIFFERENT: Color Morale frontman Garret Rapp almost exclusively crafts clean vocals on the Midwest escapees' fifth album. Enter guitarist Aaron Saunders, who is enjoying his increased presence by stomping around Desolate Divine with unforgiving low screams (“Clip Paper Wings,” “Walls”). TCM recorded with their biggest name producer to date, Dan Korneff, whose resume spans scene titans (Paramore, Pierce The Veil) and mainstream active rockers (Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach) alike. Accordingly, it's TCM’s most perfected offering yet.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: They've grown into modern post-hardcore headliners with a tough and tender balancing act (“Version Of Me,” “Fauxtographic Memory”). Rapp's raised confidence level completes upbeat numbers like “Misery Hates Company,” and that energy is kept in check by a total lack of balladry and a framework of chuggernaut riffs. Above all, Desolate is defined by melodies that bloom like confetti way up into space (“Perfect Strangers,” “Keep Me In My Body”). Brian Kraus

OUR PICK: “Misery Hates Company”

Fearless Records

Misery Hates Company