The Banner : Your Murder Mixtape
There must be something in the water in Hoboken, New Jersey. Listening to the latest offering from The Banner leads you to suspect that it might just be blood. The album's opener Zombie Onslaught sets the scene, starting as it does with a sample of a news report telling of cannibalistic murders. Death, destruction, murder, terror, zombies - these are the subjects dealt with by The Banner and their songs. At least, that is what they would have us believe. I'm not entirely convinced . . .
Though Zombie Onslaught and Apocolypse are largely self-explanatory and in keeping with the themes above, to explain the main theme of the rest of this album requires me to use a particularly offensive four-letter word that you're simply not supposed to use when referring to extreme metalcore: Love. Yep, this album - despite the deceptive title of Your Murder Mixtape - is essentially a love album. Sure, it may be the kind of love that invariably ends in violence or murder, but it's love nonetheless.
Whatever the subject, pretty much every track on Your Murder Mixtape is really well put together, and the album as a whole works really well. A fantastic blend of guitars, drums and the odd well-placed sample accompanies the furiously vivid lyrics - brilliantly delivered by lead vocalist Joey Southside - and the whole affair is made all the more listenable by superb production.