30 Silver Pieces
Melodramus = HIM + Incubus + 311
I confess, it took more than once through the album, but the Melodramus have officially won me over. Born from the school of 'melodic metal,' the group opts for singing over screaming and wins every time. The group rides on heavy guitar riffs and plenty of epic solos, all the while blending in keyboard effects without sounding corny or overdone. Though the ballads on the album aren't bad, the group really shines in their more upbeat numbers. If there is a disappointment to be found, it's that the album is split almost 50/50 between the two rhythms. While this is on the whole a great album, you'll likely want to check them out before picking this one up.