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Today's Full Day in Rock Report

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

All of today's top music news stories

Led Zeppelin Preview Unreleased Studio Track

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

Led Zeppelin are sharing a preview of 'Keys To The Highway/Trouble In Mind', an unreleased track that will be featured on the forthcoming reissue of their 1970 album, 'Led Zeppelin III.'

Foreigner, Styx and Don Felder Stream New 'Hotel California'

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

Foreigner, Styx and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder have released a stream of their new version of the Eagles classic 'Hotel California', which is part of their forthcoming compilation album The Soundtrack Of Summer

Robert Plant Says There Is 'Zero' Chance of Led Zeppelin Reunion

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

Bad news for Led Zeppelin fans: the band won't be performing live soon- if ever. Robert Plant was a little more dire when asked about a reunion show.

Ben Harper Hints At Retirement

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

Ben Harper has described himself as an 'over-achieving slacker' and admitted he's amazed at his own success. And he's suggested he might end his touring career within the foreseeable future

William Hurt Quits Gregg Allman Biopic

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 5:00pm

A spokeperson for William Hurt has confirmed the actor has pulled out of the lead role in the Gregg Allman biopic, 'Midnight Rider' following the death of 27-year-old Sarah Jones in an accident during filming of the movie in February
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Since 2010, Escape the Fate have seen some serious changes. From switching labels to the departure of bassist, Max Green, to finally solidifying a new lineup, it has no doubt been a transitional period for the group. Nevertheless, after three long years of Escape the Fate fans starving for a new album, it has arrived…or, rather, has dropped like a musical bomb. After their 2010 self-titled album provided some seriously heavy tracks and some ripping guitar riffs, only the term “tough act to follow” comes to mind. And yet, the band has exploded back on to the scene for their 2013 album, Ungrateful, and have managed to outdo themselves. 

The title track, “Ungrateful”, opens the album with an aggressive welcome. It is loud, fast, emotional, and 100% Escape the Fate. With the delicate balance between growls and melodies mastered, Craig Mabbitt jolts the listener into a state of excited anticipation for the remaining ten songs. It is no surprise that “Ungrateful” was the first single released: it is an absolute powerhouse of a song.  Alternatively, songs like “Picture Perfect” offer more delicate lyrics, layered over a still electrifying guitar, sounding slightly like an ‘80s power-ballad.

The rest of the album follows suit, staying true to the metal-core roots of the band, while also offering ETF’s typical catchy choruses. Inevitably, the chorus to “One For the Money” and “Forget About Me” will be playing on repeat in my head. All the songs offer an upbeat, rock vibe simultaneously making me want dance and fight: the delicate but excellent balance only achievable by artists in the post-hardcore genre.

The only potential criticism could be that all the songs sound similar. However to me, this means Escape the Fate has finally mastered their distinctive sound.  As a fan since 2008, I can hear the band growing more mature with each album. While many underground groups are selling out or breaking up, Escape the Fate continue to modify and grow. They use new production methods to enhance their sound, not cover it up. Overall, I can say that Ungratefulhas far surpassed my uncertain expectations and Escape the Fate has defended its spot within the ranks of my favorite bands.