If a band chooses to write a song exceeding five minutes in length, not only should it immediately catch the listener's attention, but also hold it there. Unfortunately for With Our Arms To The Sun, their technical writing skills and musicianship can feel repetitive and the track "Tessellation" (taken from A Far Away Wonder, out September 23, 2014) loses the listener in the first two minutes.
Norwegian band, Shevils, dropped their single "Shivers" on August 21st, 2014. The 4-piece hardcore group packs a lot of shredding and smashing into "Shivers," with gnarly riffs, thrashing drums, and gang vocals taking over the chorus. Shevils isn't kidding around with this one, try listening to this song without singing along to the gang vocals, I dare you.
"Won't turn Back," the brand new single from Canadian rockers Our Lady Peace, is a bit of a departure from what I've come to expect from the band. This 3 minute song is a slick, catchy pop-infused tune that seems to me as if it was written exclusively for radio.
Waterbodies' new single, "What the French Call 'Les Incompétents'", is clearly inspired by Home Alone and fuelled by old school pizza chains. The Canadian trio had the option to make Macaulay Culkin proud with a The Pizza Underground-styled song, but luckily for us, they took it in the other direction and produced a solid, modern tune that's a must-add to your Summer playlist.
Nevada Rose is taking metalcore to a whole new level by adding a super-heavy dose of electronica. Super charge your Summer music collection with the track "Meet Me At Midnight" off their new album, Paint Me In Light.
If you're looking for a Summer song to play on repeat and sing/shout along to with your friends, this might just be it. Off of Fever Charm's Sound of Summer EP (released June 6, 2014), "Still Have You" has most of the mixings that make a great song. "Still Have You" boasts a catchy chorus, a solid bass line, tight drumming, and perfectly timed, Summery, guitar solos.
Anathema is certain to take any music fan who gives them a chance on a spiraling, emotional roller coaster with the title track off of their upcoming album, Distant Satellites.
So when it comes to music, everyone thinks they're professional critics, like me, and a cool thing to do in the metalcore/post-hardcore scene is to put down aspiring bands, while the bands push really hard to create music and the critics jerk off to anime and take selfies of their pre-pubescent bodies that make Maury shake his head.
There are few things in life better than a well-timed breakdown, and Within The Ruins knows all about that. Check out the lyric video (see below) for their new track "Gods Amongst Men." It comes complete with exhilarating solos, vigorous riffing and a breakdown that every metalcore fan will be obligated to throw the fuck down to. The band's new album, Phenomena, will be available on July 22nd via E1 Music /Good Fight Music and let's just say that this girl can't hardly wait!
Avengers rejoice! The band has officially released their third single, "This Means War," off their sixth studio recording, Hail to the King. Considering the album debuted at number uno in the US, it comes as no surprise that this track, like the majority of the Hail to the King, is another gem.
"Get Out! Get Out!", the latest single from the UK-based alt-metal act Kill The Silence is a
catchy, punchy affair that is as raw and heavy as it is infectious. With vocals alternating between sweet and growly soaring over the top of thundering, hypnotic driving rhythms that propel this song along at a mid-tempo speed, I would definitely categorize Kill The Silence more along the lines of heavy, hard rock rather than metal.
These two songs are "teasers" of what's to come on the as-yet-untitled, Autumn 2014 debut release from The Skull. When I read the bio I knew right away I was going to dig this disc; the band, comprised of ex members of Trouble and Sacred Dawn, lay down two of the strongest, doomiest tracks I have heard in quite some time.
The Henry Maneuver – if you haven’t heard of him already, well, you need to pay attention. This guy is certainly one musician to look out for. The first time I saw Henry in the flesh was with his previous band in a tiny venue in Baltimore. I was just blown away by his sheer musical prowess - it's enough to make you question how many instruments does one have to master before it becomes too much.
"Never Thought This Would Happen" is the first single from the upcoming new record (due out in Summer of 2014) by Canadian rockers Arkells. Upon first play I was immediately caught up in the hypnotic, driving baseline and couldn't help but move to the beat.
The first thought that popped into my mind as "The Gold Room" sparked into life was how similar vocalist Robin Graves was to Sempiternal-era Oli Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon). That's where the similarities end though because Red Seas Fire are much more about bludgeoning you with crushing, juddering riffs, if "The Gold Room" is any indication.
Welsh rockers The Dirty Youth have been knocking around the scene for almost six years now and their full-length debut, Red Light Fix, certainly brought them to the attention of the UK rock scene. Moreover, it resulted in them twice being personally invited onto the Download Festival bill at the request of Download head honcho Andy Copping. Well, we're now into 2014 and "Alive" is the first taste of their forthcoming album Gold Dust and what a way to start the ball rolling on a massive year for the band.
Teen Agers' full-length I Hate It is an album of temperate pop-punk anthems lost between the genre's generations of relevance, whose punch neither regains that 90's bubblegum swagger or the crunch of the recent attempts at a reprise. Yet there are moments of consummation on one track, and while it won't redefine an album, it certainly helps define Teen Agers' sound.
"Got It Memorized", the first song on Mothertone's new 6-song EP simply titled IV, opens with a delightfully doomy, Black Sabbath-inspired riff and builds from there into a rather solid mid-tempo hard rocking tune.
"No Model", the debut single from Tunbridge Wells rockers Ugly Love sees them smash together a cocktail of pop, punk and rock to create a rather fun four minutes. With a hook the size of an elephant, their sound is one that will instantly get your foot tapping or, should you catch them live, have you nodding along with your pint.
Fans of Linkin Park are in for a treat with the group's brand new single "Guilty All The Same". Featuring rapper Rakim, the song is the first to drop from the band's upcoming sixth studio album. Clocking in at almost six minutes, the song is a little unconventional from what we've come to expect over the years from Linkin Park. It begins with a huge epic intro, before the familiar vocals of lead singer Chester Bennington come in about a minute and a half in.