It's pretty easy to write a review about a metalcore band these days. Why? Because they all sound like each other. The main ingredients are always the same: mostly vulgar, anger driven lyrics that attempt to hide the hatred without much success; screaming, growling or both hardcore vocals which only help to obliterate the horrible lyrics (a good thing); the obligatory clean vocals to offset the harsh; lots of intense heavy riffs based upon thrash metal; a few notorious, but predictable, blast beats and breakdowns; and, of course, little or no melody or guitar solos (only riffing, please). Sweden's Los Sin Nombre has all this nailed on their debut Blind Leading Blind. The title is quite apropos because it describes that state of current modern metal especially on the extreme side of metalcore or melodic death metal. To their credit, Los Sin Nombre caught my attention with some clever melodic, but heavier, metal segues on Breaking Silence and Enemy. But, otherwise, this is basically the standard fare one can find most anywhere around the world these days. With Los Sin Nombre, there's nothing new under the sun. Yawn.
The title, Blind Leading Blind tells it all for Los Sin Nombre's debut: another melodic metalcore doing whatever any other modern metalcore band is doing anywhere in the world. With Los Sin Nombre, and extreme metal in general, there's nothing new under the sun. Yawn.
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