THE TIME IS NOW
Modern rock group Duress carve out a comfortable niche for themselves on the 10-track THE TIME IS NOW. Falling into the alternative rock category somewhere in between Coheed and Cambria and 30 Seconds to Mars with proggy nuances and electronic manipulations galore, songs like the title cut send you into an alternate universe with the space-aged guitar sounds, while the acoustic guitar-led "Dumbfound" gives off a Puddle of Mudd vibe before it explodes into a huge rock anthem chorus. There's a bunch of solid rockers here too, such as the ball-draggingly heavy "Overbored" and the atmospherically well-textured buildup that leads into "Knew It All Along". If you dig The Used, Incubus, and Three Days Grace, Duress would fit nicely into your collection.