Yet another hardcore album finds its way into my hands for review. American Me’s third album, appropriately titled “III” released through Rise Records piqued my interest in the Portland, Oregon natives’ music. The bands Facebook states:
Originally formed as a side project of It Prevails in 2006, American Me ended up going full time to pursue a heavier endeavor. Since getting signed to Rise Records, the band has released 2 full length albums and 1 EP, and soon to come 3rd full length. American Me has toured the US since 2007-present, as well as Japan in early 2011.
Now for a band with such a sound as American Me, it is odd to see them on a roster aside bands carrying the label of ”Rise-core.” American Me is definitely more pissed off and heavier than most of the bands on Rise, but it’s not a bad thing at all. The first thing I noticed about the album is how quickly I listened through it. Most songs on “III” fall short of the 3:00 mark, but none of them seem to be “short” per-say. All in all, I actually found myself enjoying “III” for the most part. I was turned off a bit by the sound of the vocals at times, but other than that, “III” is a solid album. It comes out of the gate hitting hard and continues to deliver until the albums end. Not listening to any of the bands previous albums, “III” definitely makes me want to at least give American Me’s other albums at least one listen through. This type of music definitely isn’t my favorite at all, but I found myself banging my head along while listening through this album.
All in all, I’d say it’s worth a listen. Nothing revolutionary, but not bad in the least bit.
Short review: Heavy, short, and hard hitting songs. Standard hardcore right here.
Listen to this track: “Submissioner”