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Islander’s muscular, doom-struck music harkens back to the nu-metal sounds that bands like P.O.D. and Deftones championed in the early '00s. The South Carolina quartet’s debut album, Violence & Destruction, is both aggressive and apocalyptic, unleashing visions of mayhem amid scalding riffage and hammering drums. Frontman Mikey Carvajal commands the spotlight with a blend of harsh and clean singing that suits his lyrics' emotionally volatile content. Andrey Murphy’s guitar work is both agile and brutal, fusing hardcore ferocity with a touch of funkiness (especially on “Coconut Dracula”). Violence & Destruction's songs definitely aren't feel-good anthems. Whether the tracks slowly seethe (“Pains,” “Kingdom”) or explode with manic energy (“Side Effects of Youth”), the band’s obsession with humanity’s self-destructive side is nearly constant. In tracks like “Counteract” and “Criminals” (the latter featuring P.O.D.’s Sonny Sandoval on vocals), Carvajal defies the madness of the world with froth-mouthed fury. A sense of redemption hovers over the chaos, heard most clearly in the title track's churning battle cries.

Customer Reviews

Holy Crap!!!

Well, maybe not crap, but it certainly is Holy Awesome! Sounds like a mix between Sublime, POD, and Deftones. I just got an iTunes card for my birthday and decided to preorder the new WOVENWAR cd. Well I just heard two songs off this album after reading the HM Magazine review, and I see why they gave this a perfect rating! Well I just cancled my pre-order and bought this immediately! Last time I felt this way about a band was when I heard RED for the first time before they became big. Mark my words, these dudes are gunna be HUGE! BTW, the lyrics are on point, and real! God Bless you guy, ROCK ON!!!

Great First Album

I had only heard Coconut Dracula on the radio before lat night when I seen them live with Korn.They were great.Islander really puts on a good show and have alot of energy!When a band can get you moving like they did...that shows something.I recommend picking this album up and checking them out.


Wow, really good. Haven't heard a new good hard rock band with such melodic tones in ages! Very fresh


Genre: Hard Rock

A throwback to the emotional alt-metal of bands like Deftones, Glassjaw, and Far, Greenville, South Carolina's Islander merge driving metal with soaring emo to create their ripping sound. Made up of singer Mickey Carvajal, guitarist Andrew Murphy, bassist Chris Doot, and drummer Eric Frazier, the band was founded in 2011. In 2013, Islander were signed to Victory Records, where they released their debut EP, Pains., later that year. Continuing to build hype, Islander went into the studio with Alkaline...
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