Zozobra, the sludge/post-metal group led by Caleb Scofield (Cave In, Old Man Gloom), just released their pummeling new mini-LP, Savage Masters, on Brutal Panda Records on 04/02/13. This album marks the first release from the band since 2008′s Bird of Prey on Hydra Head Records and features contributions from Cave In bandmates Adam McGrath (guitar) and J.R. Conners (drums). The end result of this 15 minute album is an unrelenting hardcore-influenced, sludge metal assault on your ear holes. Continue reading
New Jersey metallers Beyond Dishonor was recently passed my way and I must say, this is something I can get down to. After one single listen to one single song I immediately went to their Facebook page and gave them a like. This song jams and I’d love to review this album if the band gets a hold of me (cough, hint, cough). The writing is not predictable and monotonous like most metalcore/hardcore acts and vocalist Reese Dunlap is a set of lungs man, his screams are gnarly!!!! Watch the new music video they just released “Heisenberg” and see for yourself!!!!
First, I’d like to preface this review with a bit of a confession… with the exception of a few bands, namely the still-active metalcore greats, today’s metalcore scene appeals very little to me, and in fact, often even causes quite a few feelings of outright contempt. After years of listening to some of the bands that helped define the sound of the genre, I have all but entirely quit caring about it. It has become so saturated with shitty bands that I no longer put forth the effort to find worthwhile new bands or albums. In this regard, I’m essentially reliant upon my friends to give me a heads up when something good does come out. Despite actually being a former listener/fan of Shai Hulud, I honestly don’t know if I would’ve given this album much of a chance without being asked to write this review. Luckily for me, however, this is one metalcore (in the original, “metallic hardcore”, sense of the genre) album that isn’t going to fly under my radar.
Road To Horizon released this little piece to show off that they are coming back in 2013. New tunes, new riffs and some pretty aggressive moments for this type of music. Clean singing that will swoon any pre-teen girl and screams that will call to boys of the same age. This EP just plays out to the younger generation and I know the next time I walk into a Hot Topic I’ll be hearing this over the PA.
Watch out 11 year old cutters, the loyal fans of Hatebreed are out to get your beloved Justin Biebar. On the charts that is, so don’t point your self inflicted wound razors at them or anything. Hell smoke some weed and chill.
It’s definitely a special RISE AND GRIND this morning considering HEADBANG OR GTFO HAS SURVIVED ONE FULL YEAR!!!! How did I celebrate? I drank one beer and played video games. Fuck yes! Rock the fuck out this morning and listen to Converge, Insect Warfare, Trash Talk, Gallows, Murder Construct and Dying Fetus. Wake the fuck up and RAGE!!!! Kick today’s ass and never look back. A major thanks to anyone who spent more than 10 seconds on here and actually read some of the things I posted. Thank you to the Facebook fans! Thank you American Aftermath, Heavy Blog Is Heavy, Metal Review, Metal Titans, MetalSucks and Metal Injection. Thank you to all of the PR people I’ve worked with and the tour managers that were cool. A HUGE thank you to the labels and bands that sent me music and worked with me. You’re all kick ass in my book. Headbang. \w/
First up is Testament with a new metal as fuck track “True American Hate”. This toe tapper should definitely perk up your Wednesday morning.
Next up is some headbangin’ hardcore brought to you in part by the band Gallows. Full of groove riffs and gang vocals, this song is pretty good. I’m not even a fan of this particular genre of music but I enjoyed it. Check out the new Gallows track “Last June”.
Odium, an unsigned Canadian band that has potential. The music is pretty good but I don’t like the vocals singing on the track. The growls are fine but the singing makes it too close to Five Finger Death Punch to me. Which I can’t stand. The song/video is still worth checking out so DO IT!
Odium – “At the Bottom”
You know….I don’t give a FUCK about lyric videos anymore. The only useful thing about them is that it’s new music. Other than that, do you companies/bands really think I sit there and watch these things? No, I press play, alt-tab and listen to the music while working. With that said, I was actually digging this song. I wish I knew the lyrics though.
Holy SHIT this band rules!!! Randomly got their music for review earlier this year and I haven’t stopped listening (and loving) this album since then. It’s fun to listen to, it’s highly entertaining and interesting, has great grooves and can be both ultra heavy and calm and soothing. It’s like getting black out drunk and getting laid and waking up half way through. So exciting and unique. Exotic Animal Petting Zoo is this week’s wreckommendation!!!! Listen. Headbang. Sing along. Enjoy.
In my opinion, this is fresh and these guys deserve huge press and an even bigger audience. Their music is brilliant. Be sure to check them out on Facebook!!!!
Try not to laugh during the Bret Michaels video. I couldn’t help it. “Singin’ songs, Jager bombs” has me cracked the fuck up. Hahahahaha!
Next up is The Ghost Inside. It’s alright music but I thought having a wolf lick a knife was pretty dick.
09/13 Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
09/14 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
09/15 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
09/16 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
09/17 Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom
09/18 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
09/19 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
09/20 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
09/21 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
09/22 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
09/23 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
09/24 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert House
09/25 Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
09/26 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
09/27 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
09/28 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
09/29 Pomona, CA – The Fox Theater
09/30 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
10/01 Tucson, AZ – The Rock
10/03 Austin, TX – Emo’s East
10/04 Dallas, TX – House of Blues
10/05 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/06 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
10/07 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10/08 Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans
10/09 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
10/10 Richmond, VA – The National
10/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
10/12 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
I want a recording studio in my room!
June 19th kids. That’s when the new album comes out.
Cancer Bats upbeat rockin’ album “Dead Set On Living” reminds me of just good times, drinkin and being with friends. The music reminds me of Black Label Society A LOT; the writing style, techniques and harmonics make this highly noticable. The riffs are catchy and I found my self really getting into the songs and headbanging a lot. Groovin’ along with the tunes as I worked. I really enjoy Liam Cormier’s vocal style, it’s unique…he has this tone that isn’t super low, super high nor is it bad in any way. It’s very fitting with the music and gives the album more of it’s own personality. The sound of the album is good, the rhythmic drumming patterns and bass work make the album sound powerful but without going overboard. It will definitely rock your house at the next party you throw, which I suggest playing this album if you have people over for some beers and good times. This is definitely one of those albums.
Legendary hardcore/metal innovators, Shai Hulud, are preparing to record their fourth album (second for Metal Blade Records) in April 2012. This album will serve as the follow up to 2008′s critically acclaimed Misanthropy Pure. Matt Fox, Matt Fletcher and co. have completed writing the new album, and have confirmed that they’ve enlisted the production talents of original Hulud vocalist and current New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert, the vocalist on Shai Hulud‘s debut full length album “Hearts Once Nourished With Hope And Compassion”! Gilbert’s production resume includes work with H20, A Day To Remember, Terror, Trapped Under Ice, Set Your Goals, and more.
Chad Gilbert elaborates: “Matt Fox from Shai Hulud hit me up while on tour about potentially producing their new album. I immediately thought it could be an interesting and fun team up but I really wanted to hear new demos before agreeing. He sent me a few new songs and I was pleasantly surprised! The songs were awesome and felt very classic; the melodic hardcore metal they are already admired for but taken to another level. I think with us teamed up we can make the best Shai Hulud record yet!”
Matt Fox adds: “It started with this riff. Like a lot of albums do. It’s a pretty cool riff, Chad liked it, so I showed him a few more. He seemed to like the others, and had some really cool ideas for them, too. This was a few years ago, and that’s when we first entertained the idea working on a record together.
At least he doesn’t want to watch you suck his dick?
Upon A Burning Body, not a band I listen to on a regular basis……actually not one I listen to at all. Not that they are bad but I usually default to Whitechapel and Suicide Silence for my deathcore needs. As I listen to this track, I realize that there is nothing particularly great about it. Just another track that says “Fuck” real loud and has gang vocals. Yawn. Well, I’m not impressed. Maybe next time.
Wasaga Beach, ON’s melodic deathcore band THE TIDE WILL TAKE US has announced it will be officially releasing its full-length album “Putrid Dynasty” produced by Jon Howard of Threat Signal and Bjorn “Speed” Strid of Soilwork on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012.
The album is the follow up to their self-titled 5-song debut EP, produced by Kent Sheehey (The Vegas Wake Up) and is a sonic fury that is immediately audible as it rips, pounds and rages through your ears. Song names like “Choke On Your Regret”, “Putrid Dynasty”, “Concubine Queen” and “Metastasize & Consume” demonstrate TTWTU‘s reach to the deepest, darkest abscesses of the listener’s brain before even a single note sounds and conjures grotesque imagery.
“When gearing up to record “Putrid Dynasty” we wanted to expand our sound, but also keep the same feel as our self-titled EP. Working with two professional musicians was quite the change, though, as it pushed us to write the best material we’ve written so far. It was a hard adjustment to make and was also very intimidating to work with Jon Howard, Canadian native and vocalist of Threat Signal, but just as rattling if not more to work with Björn “Speed” Strid of the Swedish Metalcore act Soilwork. We got to explore various tone options for drums, guitars and bass and the vocal tracking was extremely fun and experimental. We are very proud of our full-length album “Putrid Dynasty” and we are very excited for its May 2012 release,” commented TTWTU guitarist Mike Longeri.
Blackened Hardcore? Never thought I would see those two words together. Never thought they would work so well together too! Unsacred, hailing from Virginia, produce an almost entirely new sound of metal. With the epic feel of black metal, the violent behavior of hardcore tempos, Unsacred mesh together a sound that is frighteningly good. The EP they have on their bandcamp is great and I fully enjoyed it from start to finish. The vocals are loud and obnoxious like a good hardcore/punk band, the riffs are superior and the drum work holds things down really tight. I love it when the band slows it down just a little bit and adds that third element to the party, sludge. This band nails 3 genres really well and blends them all together to produce something new, something great. Check them out on their bandcamp and their Facebook page! w/