Tonight's contest is the metal equivalent of bringing a knife to a gun fight.
Every Time I Die win the honors, and the boys from Buffalo launch right into their 7th studio album From Parts Unknown. There's a palpable tone of restraint on this one, compared to their previous outburst Ex Lives... which isn't saying much, as this is still a machine-gun barrage, typical of ETID's guerrila tactics (twelve tracks, 31 minutes -- just business as usual, y'all). The slight increase in self-restraint lends focus to the po-mo hardcore, evident in songs like Old Light. This is still recognizably ETID, but delivering the goods has never sounded so instantly successful with them before now.
Let's turn our attention to the hapless He Is Legend. Their Heavy Fruit is exceedingly good at what it is, which is a swampy metal-themed rock album. We're not above such things here, by no means. And in another contest, against a Junius, say, or Lo-Pan, they might stand more of a chance. But they had the poor luck of drawing Every Time I Die as a competitor. They're obviously talented and special, but compared to From Parts Unknown, this album is toothless and overlong. Sorry, fellas.
Next up: Zig works out some aggression with Dead Congregation and The Haunted!