PRINT December 2010

Music: Best of 2010

Masami Akita

1 Maroon at ACB Hall, Tokyo Maroon invited me to see this show, and I was intrigued since I had heard they were a vegan straightedge metalcore band from Germany. Incidentally, it’s hard for me to go to concerts in Japan, because venues are generally not smoke-free, and I can’t stand smoking. I mentioned this to Maroon and they cheerfully made the event nonsmoking. (Thank you!) The show was great as well.

2 Maroon, Order (EMI/ Century Media) I also loved Maroon’s album. It’s metalcore with strong melodic death-metal elements that remind me of bands like At the Gates. But it’s well balanced with breakdowns and brutal sections. Very stylish.

3 The Red Shore, Unconsecrated (Rise) This Australian deathcore band made its American debut with this album from Rise Records, which compiles two of the group’s past albums, Unconsecrated and Lost Verses. (There’s also a bonus live DVD.) It’s hard

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