DEAD ON ARRIVAL: What happened to you Metallica? You used to be cool.

This Dead on Arrival is a little different, normally done about an album, game or movie. This time, about four concerts that haven’t even happened yet. Say whaaaat?!

Metallica’s 30th anniversary is this year, and to celebrate they will be playing four shows December 5th, 7th, 9th and 10th at the Fillmore for $6 a show or $19.81(get it?) for all four. Really? One of the biggest metal bands of all time, playing shows at a historic intimate venue and I don’t have to max out my credit card? Sounds pretty fucking awesome! Wait…What’s the catch?

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DEAD ON ARRIVAL: Opeth Is No Longer Opeth.

I just want to start off by saying that I have a bit of a bias in this review: Opeth is my all time favorite band. I even have their logo tattooed on my right forearm to prove how much I obsess over them. There has never been a Progressive Metal band with such musicianship and talent like these guys. When people think of Opeth, they think of masterpiece albums like Ghost Reveries and Blackwater Park, which included equal amounts of ear-raping death metal and somber acoustics with beautiful clean vocals. These Swedes have been doing that for over 20 years, and we still can’t get enough of it. In 2008, they released Watershed which was still metal as fuck, but leaned a bit more towards their softer side — but even still, it was goddamn amazing. We couldn’t wait to hear what their new album would bring. After three years of waiting, they finally released Heritage… and it wasn’t exactly what anyone expected.

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DEAD ON ARRIVAL: For the Failing Dreams

Check out our newest guest contribution from Randall Woo of Union City, CA. Let him know how he did in the comments section below. If you’d like to write a guest contribution for Wrecked, get more info here.

-WR

For fans of: Bury Your Dead, A Day to Remember, etc

It pains me to write this, but For the Fallen Dreams have lost it. Each iteration has become more watered down, more predictable. With the departure of drummer of Andrew Tkaczyk (to fellow melodic hardcore enthusiasts The Ghost Inside) FTFD have taken on a more straightforward sound akin to a straight-ahead mix of Bury Your Dead and A Day to Remember. Gone are the intricacies of their first two albums, to be replaced by chugging breakdowns and sing-along choruses repeated ad nauseum. They hinted towards this sound in 2009’s Relentless, but have fully embraced it on Back Burner.

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DEAD ON ARRIVAL: As Blood Runs Black’s New Album Runs Dry

For fans of watered-down versions of All Shall Perish, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Bury Your Dead, etc.

I’ll give them this: As Blood Runs Black has somehow found a way to make deathcore watered down enough to appeal to a mainstream audience. But what you’ll find in Instinct is an unoriginal, uninspired, and breakdown-dependent excuse for an album, with a laughable Tron-like album cover.

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DEAD ON ARRIVAL: Emery – We Do What We Want

For fans of whiny screamo.

I enjoyed Emery for a hot minute back in 2005 after The Question was released. Since then, I completely lost interest in the band grew up. I saw they had a new album out, which dropped today (March 29) entitled We Do What We Want. Two listens in and I think I’ve had enough of their stubbornness.

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DEAD ON ARRIVAL: The Human Abstract – Digital Veil

Every once in a while, I am unfortunate to hear an album so awful, so unimaginative, and so boring that I will physically take the CD and throw it out of the window of my car while driving down the highway (see: St. Anger and The Fall of Rome by Winter Solstice). Yes, I still listen to CDs. They just sound better.

I can proudly say to you that another album now holds this distinguished honor.

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