The 2018 Arsies: January 31, 2018

January 31, 2018 arse

Listen to today's competitors on Spotify


The comparison between today's contenders reminds me of the legacy of the VW Bug. Northlane's modern rendition has an undeniable sheen of not-quite-rightness about it, but if you give it a chance, it'll unerringly show you how sleek, streamlined, and infectious it is. Conversely, The Haunted's classic sound takes a little while to warm up, but when it's at full speed, it is an irrepressible juggernaut that will really fuck you up when it runs you over. I really, really wanted Northlane to win today, but listening to both albums back-to-back today, I had to admit that The Haunted's Strength In Numbers is more deserving of a spot in the Quarterfinals next week. More's the pity.
Tomorrow, the Round of 16 comes to a close, with a battle between Set And Setting and Bison.

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