Defined as “Melodic Metalcore” from Birmingham, AL. Amnesty Please introduces their first full-length album, “Decisions”. I never wanted to review two bands from the same state in back to back weeks, but after I witnessed Amnesty Please live (their first show ever I may add), I had to review the album.
After the very melodic, easy going, mood setting intro that crossfades into the first song of the album, “Decisions (Featuring Matt Childers of Gatekeeper), the track takes you by storm. Heavy guitars, slamming drums, and vocals that cut through perfectly, this album demands your attention from the start.
I can’t think of a better term than “melodic metalcore” to describe this album, because that’s exactly what it is. The guitarists place so much feeling in the riffs. The lead guitars never seem out of place and compliments the vocals every step of the way. It feels very similar to early 2000’s hardcore throughout with the post production of today.
The drums on this album are a great fit. Grooves all day to give the tracks the power it needs especially during the breakdowns between all of the beautiful guitar riffs, melodies, and the wide range of vocal styles the album has to offer.
Speaking of vocal styles, I kind of expected the same thing throughout “Decisions” from Micah Rector. I was proven wrong pretty quick when the track “Collecting Dust” started to spin. Started like I expected, after a few changes throughout, he comes in with some clean like style that took me back to a feeling of early Deftones, and he done it perfectly.
“Decisions” took my opinion of local metal bands and dismantled everything I thought to be true. It’s not the same, and they made a statement they wanted nothing to do with sounding like the next band up. From any standpoint of a metal fan, you want this album in your collection and it’ll stay in your playlist for years to come.