When I reviewed Jonestown's EP, "The Erebus And The Terror," in late 2014 (check out review here), I gave it a ringing endorsement and it was easily one of the five best EP's of 2014. I also knew back in 2014 that Jonestown had something special. Their music was angry and honest (which is very evident) but the musicianship, song writing and vocals on that 2014 EP also told me that Jonestown would be a force to be reckoned with in the future. Bro-Metaler's, that future is NOW. Jonestown's new full length album, due out 3.15.16, titled "Aokigahara," is just as angry and honest as, "The Erebus And The Terror," while adding even more heaviness and still showcasing amazing musicianship, song writing and vocals.
"Aokigahara," is a flat out phenomenal album. The riffs, drums and bass are top shelf and are so technically spot on that at times they could even be described as progressive. The lyrics are angry and thoughtful, while the vocals are aggressive but still manage to "soar" and even feel melodic at times. Quite frankly, the fact that the music is, "heavy" and can still "soar," is amazing and is what veteran bands strive for and Jonestown have pulled off on, "Aokigahara."
All eight tracks on "Aokigahara" manage to showcase something a little different with out straying from the path of the album. The opening track, "Deliverance" is a crushing straight forward metal track that will have you instinctively balling up your hand into a fist (this is no joke it actually happened to me) and then listen to the impassioned, "Cenodoxus" and tell me your heart rate doesn't immediately go off the charts when you start screaming, "I CAN SEE, WHAT YOU ARE!" My favorite track of the album, which just happens to be the title track, is a complex layering of sounds and vocals that truly showcase the sound of not just the album but Jonestown as a band.
Jonestown's new album, "Aokigahara," is a true showcase of one of metal's real up and coming bands. It is angry and aggressive, heavy and technical and most importantly, honest. With a Bro-Metal rating of, 9.5/10, "Aokigahara" is destined to be one of the best albums of 2016 and Jonestown has taken another big step towards their destiny of metal domination. -Bro