Black Out The Sun
Label: 7Bros. Records
Coming off of five straight Top 20 albums, Georgia's stalwart nu/alt-metalers devote most of their ninth studio set to contemporary smackdown screamo, not turning legitimately heavy until wah-wah cruncher "Decay," the ninth song. "Dark AM" is the only real hint at industrial or funk, and the record's most interesting bit -- 28 seconds of sparkling stained-glass goth -- is saved for the intro of final cut "Murder Bar." There are a few passably AOR-like guitar solos, but the primary mode is post-grunge binge-and-purge, eventually shivering into acoustic-strummed dreariness in "Got a Feeling."