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The Blackest Beautiful an apt title for post-hardcore darlings Letlive.’s new record

Letlive. - The Blackest Beautiful

With The Ocean and The Dillinger Escape Plan out of the way, my next most anticipated album of the year has to be the recently confirmed new letlive. record The Blackest Beautiful. Whilst the former two are fine examples of metal and mathcore, this, the fourth full-length from the Los Angeles quinetet, is vitriolic post-hardcore at its finest.

Their last album, the sublime Fake History, was so good it was released a year after its original release when the excellent Epitaph Records picked them up. It was at this point that I found them, and so I’ve been waiting a fair little while for this follow up.

The wait it over now though, as the entire thing is now streaming on YouTube. Obviously it’s not the best quality audio as a result, but a lot of what’s great about this band comes from the intensity of the delivery – particularly that of mercurial frontman Jason Aalon Butler. I’ve long touted him (and the rest of the band, really) as the spiritual successors to east-coast legends Glassjaw. Butler gives performances alive with the same ardor Daryl Palumbo gave in the Long Island natives’ more hardcore days (Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence et al).

Halfway through my first listen, it’s already living up to expectations. I was worried it might not, but it’s really, really good. The band’s ability to segue from furious and energetic to superbly posty and delicate is testament to their abilities as musicians – their renowned live show aside.

Here’s the album in full (it’s a playlist, so it’ll run through all eleven tracks):

The Blackest Beautiful is due to drop on July 9th through Epitaph Records, and you can preorder it from the label here or iTunes here. The band will be heading out on full North American and European tours this summer and autumn to support it.

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