Mötley Crüe is a Grammy Award-nominated American hard rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981.
Greeley Estates was one of PureVolume’s top 10 unsigned artists with over a million plays—an accolade supported by having album sales in the top 10 on Smartpunk since October 2004. Their distribution record further secured them a position on the Smartpunk chart for "Sales of All Time". They signed to Record Collection, and they were on every date of the Vans Warped Tour in 2005.
Confide is a Christian metalcore/post-hardcore band from Los Angeles, California, which was formed in 2004. Confide was originally started in August of 2004, by Aaron Van Zutphen and Josh Plesh, as a deathcore act. In this period of time, they released two EPs, “Innocence Surround” and “Introduction”. In 2007, Former vocalist Josh left the band, replaced by current frontman Ross Michael Kenyon, previously from the UK band Penknifelovelife.
Many bands come and go in this over saturated world of music. But No Assembly Required make many appear lackluster in comparison.
Over two years in the making, Black Ocean is both intriguing and unsettling as an album. The music is devastatingly heavy and raw yet does not pull from any of the ephemeral trends suffocating the metal and hardcore scene as of late. The juxtaposition of the album’s dark, horrific concept to the epic and ethereal universe of sonic texture results in an effort that will no doubt secure Century's foothold in the heavy music community. The only question that remains is if that community is prepared for the sheer, crushing force of sonic annihilation that is Century.
Vomit, boobs, bongs, masks, booze, destruction - just another debaucherous day in the life for the boys in Hollywood Undead. Check out the new video for the song, “Undead”, directed by cutting-edge, controversial music video director Jonas Akerlund (Blink 182, Rammstein, Metallica). Part hip-hop, part rock, one-hundred percent Sunset Boulevard sleaze, Hollywood Undead got their start by posting a couple of their songs on the internet, and within a day, they had a slew of friends and plays. They inked a deal with A&M/Octone in 2008, and the rest is history. On September 2nd, Hollywood Undead will drop a musical bomb with their debut album, Swan Songs, which concocts an explosive cocktail of hip hop, rock and metal, forging an alternative style that's primed to blow the scene up.
From the straight, galloping metal attack of “Sabbat” to the nearly 12-minute brooding and brewing “Peripherals” and the progressive juxtaposition of the focus track, “Thujon,” Hollow Corp. intriguingly melds a host of metal styles together that one may not first think conceivable. But, much like fellow, like-minded countrymen Gojira, Hollow Corp. manages to pull off a sound both progressive and pummeling without feeling standoffish. All the while, the breadth of Cloister of Radiance is both epic in scope and monstrous in sound, progressively roping in a wide array of sounds and subgenres, yielding a metallic outing with three songs over the eight-minute mark and nearly as many metal genres within its grasp.
On May 14th, 2008, Motion City Soundtrack brought motion to our city of Toronto along with soundtracks off their most recent album titled Even If It Kills Me. Walking to the show was a drag because it was raining so hard, but once I got there the sun came out and things went smoothly. On the band's dry bus I managed to catch up with bassist Matt Taylor and drummer Tony Thaxton. Check it out.
On May 10th, 2008, People in Planes came overseas to pay us a visit from Cardiff, Whales for a short week to do some promotion for themselves. I met up with them at the Spoke Club which is some fancy-ass club for people involved in media and entertainment. After the interview (where we spoke with vocalist Gareth Jones & guitarist Peter Roberts) I got to…
The epic quest of finding one’s identity might be one of the most universal themes found in the pursuit of art. The hopeless wandering replaced by the hope-filled breakthrough has been chronicled time and again in painting, sculpture, prose, poetry, film and, certainly, music. The men who make up the rock band RED have been through those trials themselves. They’ve taken those experiences to heart, mixed them with a plethora of influences – be they observations on art they admire, or communications with fans they adore – and now burst forth with a dynamic new set of songs geared toward finding who we truly are, inside and out.
Bringing to mind an amalgamation of bands like Lifetime, CIV, New Found Glory, the Movielife, and early Saves the Day, the Bay Area's Set Your Goals straddle the line between pop-punk and hardcore. They burst onto the scene with a 2005 self-titled EP on Straight on Records. Comprised of vocalists Jordan Brown and Matt Wilson, guitarist Dave Yoha, bassist Joe Saucedo, and drummer Michael Ambrose, the guys later rechristened their eponymous EP Reset for an April 2006 reissue on Eulogy that included a bonus track and enhanced video footage. They followed up three months later with their infectious debut full-length, Mutiny!, which blended rousing melodic hardcore with insightful, positive lyrics and ample pirate references.
Forming in Reading in 2006 around the core of James and synthster Dan Coop (alongside Rob Bloomfield and guitarist Morgan Quaintance), they pricked ears with the incessant electro-sex insistence of ‘Let’s Make Out’ in 2007 – featuring vocals from Death From Above 1979’s Sebastian Grainger. But they followed its dancefloor devastation with a debut album, 2008’s ‘You Have Know Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into’, that was too spikey-around-the-edges to fit into any scene, too unpredictable to slot into a pre-conceived genre and too smothered with imagination for the mainstream to digest so easily. ‘We Are Rockstars’ splurged and frazzled like Daft Punk’s sadistic stepsons; ‘Battle Royale’ sounded like The Prodigy fighting an entire legion of Transformer arcade machines to the death; and ‘Epic Last Song’ was (relatively) self-explanatory. As was ‘Attack Of The 60ft Lesbian Octopus’. Obviously
The Sword is an American heavy metal band from Austin, Texas.
Movie TrailerThe music industry is changing rapidly. Record sales are down, artists are making less money and mediocrity holds sway. Yet there are more bands than ever before, more competition for success. More people seem to want to make music as a living. Most work years for little or no money, just to receive even the tiniest drop of success. Why is this?…
On May 14th, 2008 Evergreen Terrace came strolling through the slums of Toronto and we figured we'd meet up with them and ask them what the heck was up.
Toronto's own No Assembly Required are back with their 2008 release The Great Tribulation (royal blood records/northern storm).
The year summer started in May! Misery Signals made it all happen when they came over the border for their show at the Pheonix on May 14th and brought a whole lot of melodic riffs and hard-pounding breakdowns along with them. Their new CD Controller is not out yet but they happen to give us a little taste of it that night. Want to know what ingredients go into…
"Soldiers of Misfortune" — the first track from Filter's newest album Anthems for the Damned, isn't a modern day anti-war protest song, but suffice it to say, the current Middle Eastern nonsense was at the forefront of his mind when he was in writing mode.
As I Lay Dying came through Toronto on Wednesday May 14th at the Phoenix and we managed to ask lead guitarist Phil Sgrosso some deadly questions on their tour bus. The band was headlining the tour and put on a perfect show. We wouldn't be surprised if there was a kid in the mosh pit who died that night listening to As I Lay Dying as he lay dying.
May 4th was both a sad and rad day in Toronto, Canada. Sad, because it marked the last time that Industrial Metal pioneers Ministry were to play our city, and rad, well because we go to see them! What was even MORE rad, was that Meshuggah was their supporting act. Being a band who loves to play in Toronto and always gets a HUGE Canadian reception, it was no surprise then that rhythm guitarist Marten Hagstrom was kind enough to take time out to chat. We talked about the tour, playing with Ministry, the facts behind their punishing new effort, obZen and recording drums in a barn.