Eindhoven melodic metalcore mob The Royal decided to explore their darker side on their new album ‘Deathwatch’ with catchy riffs and heavy breakdowns being the aim of the game. The album sees the Dutch band bring a more epic-sounding and emotional side to their music that combines with the lyrics about life struggles for a powerful experience.
We caught up with Sem Pisarahu from the band who introduced us to Long Branch Records by picking his 5 favourite records to be released on the label.
TIME, THE VALUATOR – HOW FLEETING, HOW FRAGILE
A band that has their own identity from the start, ‘How Fleeting, How Fragile’ is a well written record full of clever grooves and beautiful melodies/chord progressions. The vocals are spot as well.
GHOST IRIS – APPLE OF DISCORD
‘Apple Of Discord’ is a solid record, the whole album sounds massive with punching breakdowns and nice clean parts. It sounds like a well-balanced record!
SHIELDS – LIFE IN EXILE
Shields broke up recently, but their latest record is so heavy yet really catchy when the choruses kicks in! The range in the screams is what made the songs so aggressive and heavy.
ANNISOKAY – DEVIL MAY CARE
Annisokay is a band that breathes metalcore from the very beginning! Every record they have released has been solid, and they have kept to their own, unique sound. That’s why I like this record because that’s the type of metalcore that made me start listen to the genre.
WALKING DEAD ON BROADWAY – DEAD ERA
With heavy breakdowns and epic symphonics, Walking Dead On Broadway has to be in our top 5 Long Branch releases. The different techniques in the vocals is what makes this record fun to listen to.
The Royal‘s new album, ‘Deathwatch’, is out now via Long Branch Records and you can download it on BandCamp here.
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