Metalcore has always been a bit of a shotgun wedding. There was no reason that screamed verses and cleanly sung choruses were supposed to be put together, not to mention becoming the blueprint for an entire genre of music.

Growing up in Upstate New York and coming of age principally in the late ‘90s, Earth Crisis was a big f’n deal in my high school.

Every genre goes through fallow periods, where the bit hits stop coming, and eventually people stop paying attention.

The struggle between brutality and melody is something that has come to define much of the modern metal movement.

Still banging out original, old-school metalcore after more than fifteen years on the circuit, God Forbid continues to pound heavy on the hearts and minds of fans across the country. Fresh on the road with thrash legends and fellow Jersey-borne musicians Overkill, God Forbid is bringing their new album "Equilibrium" to the masses. Singular front man Byron Davis sat down with me to talk his band, the music industry, New Jersey and how Predator owns everyone.

To say that I was less than enthused about putting This Is Hell's "Black Mass" on my 'to-do' pile is probably an understatement. The band's press speaks volumes about the prowess of this evolving hardcore crossover band that lays down sobering, realistic lyrics....snore.

Now, this is what we like to see. As Unearth gets older, they seem to be learning more and more about how to become the best band they can be. Each album from the metalcore sentinels has been better than the previous, and “Darkness in the Light” continues that impressive trend.