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Album Review: For The Win – “Heavy Thoughts”

Posted by Metal Riot on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 11:41 AM (PST)

“Give me a reason why I should stay.” “This is a song for the beaten and broken”. “You took everything from me.” “I’ll keep pushing on.” None of these are exactly original sentiments for an easycore record. That said, For The Win are good enough at what they do and if you are into this lighter cousin of metalcore you prob are more concerned with the general vibe, singing along and moshing to relatable riffs and themes than having the lyrics be on the Mars Volta end of the spectrum. Still, as the San Diego based band – newly signed to Victory – moves forward through their new record Heavy Thoughts, the moments of passion and clear conviction are pulled down by a lot of cliche. That said, I am sure this will do fine with scene kids. It isn’t on par with Homesick by ADTR but at least while you are listening to it the album is decent. It just doesn’t stick with you afterwards.

Don’t think I am being a hater. There are some very enjoyable melodic threads wound around the heart of these riffs, like a lighter Parkway Drive with more unabashedly giant pop hooks over the verses and breakdowns. “G Series” and the almost Foo Fighters-esque intro to “Nowhere To Run” might not break the mold but you’ll be humming along one way or another. Kyle Christensen is a very capable vocalist who just happens to sound like tons of stuff that has come before and the band throw in too many one note chug breakdowns that are the epitome of lowest common denominator. Like, they make some Bury Your Dead breakdowns look like rocket science.

I was recently watching Phil Anselmo & The Illegals cover “A New Level” with Rex Brown sitting in on bass from Download 2014. The riffs are signature no matter who plays them, and not just because they are from such a gigantic hit metal record. The parts are just memorable! Even when Dickelback covered “Sad But True” you can’t help but sing the main riff afterwards.  Or, say, the intro riff to Dagnasty’s classic “Circles”. It’s just undeniable, one of the best punk songs ever no matter which vocalist. In my opinion too many younger punk scene bands might be having fun but the commercial ambition tends to squash a lot of bands into a similar vein. It’s not bad music but it doesn’t grab with the intensity of risks paying off.

Like Homesick, the album ends with a high school heart strings radio emo ballad. The most telling number though, and also maybe the best song, is the fast kind of Jimmy Eats World sounding “All Or Nothing”, which is basically also what you will take away from this band. You’ll either love it or never care if you hear any of it again. With the country plagued by social horrors and scandal daily, we kind of need the punk of the world to be more like Downtown Boys, Oak and Le Butcherettes right now a lot more than more of this style that has been glutting the arteries of the scene since the early 00’s. Like, we get it.

Avenged Sevenfold release “Dose”

Posted by Metal Riot on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 2:30 PM (PST)

First came their cover of Mexican folk song “Malagueña Salerosa,” followed by a reimagining of Mr. Bungle’s “Retrovertigo.” Now Avenged Sevenfold continue the rollout of new tracks with the release of “Dose,” a song originally intended to be part of the track listing on newest album, The Stage.

“Musically, ‘Dose’ was supposed to be a Part 2 to “Roman Sky” and had a very cinematic feel, but we turned it into more of a tripped-out metal song,” says vocalist M. Shadows. “The lyrics were inspired by an unsolved mystery that dates back to the 1950s about an airline traveler who, if you believe the story, supposedly fell into our dimension from another. According to reports, he showed up in a Tokyo airport with a passport from a country that didn’t exist anywhere on a map. He was detained for questioning, but mysteriously vanished from a room guarded by immigration officials, taking with him all evidence of his existence. It ties into the theory that there are infinite possibilities of our lives being played out across space and time. Don’t know if the story is true, but I’m fascinated by that kind of stuff and thought it’d be a fun idea for a song.”

Check out the song, which almost comes off like A7X with a Soundgarden feel, below.

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SEEKER has been perhaps the coolest band on Victory for awhile now, completely uncompromising and out to craft their own approach. Bryce stops by today to take part in our latest edition of Formative Years!

Read BELOW for five records that molded his approach to chaos!

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Check out the new Hatebreed video for “Seven Enemies”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 6:41 PM (PST)

On my death bed I will probably ask the people planning on chiseling some silly bullshit on my headstone to instead use some Hatebreed lyrics: You want me to hold my tongue/Then why the fuck am I here?

Haha. But in all seriousness, Hatebreed are back with a new video for “Seven Enemies”. Check it out below. It is particularly Hatebreedy, so turn it up and get reminded what dedication to hardcore means.

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photo by Danielle Dumbrowski

All Out War have never been shy about confronting the ugly side of humanity through some of the heaviest music around. The Newburgh underground metalcore legends style just gets more potent with age and their new material has been as strong as a lot of the classics.

New album Give Us Extinction has a killer team attached, tracked at West West Side Studios (Hatebreed, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Turmoil) – the album was recorded and mixed by the legendary Steve Evetts and mastered by Alan Douches — with cover artwork by Alexandre Goulet. Guest vocals are provided to the tracks “Choking On Indifference” and “Cybergod” (Nausea cover!) by Emily Muscara (Straphangers) and the track “Carcass Rot” by Michelle Eddison (ex-Starkweather). Organized Crime Records will release the album on LP, CD, and digital formats on August 11th; preorders will be issued in the coming days alongside audio samples and more.

Tracklisting below. Support one of the realest of the real heavy bands.

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Miss May I release new video for “Shadows Inside”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 5:28 PM (PST)

Miss May I have always seemed confident in who they want to be as a band. The group work hard to connect with fans, stay their course and release album after album with a dedication not so common these days when fair weather scene tourists run amok. Currently on the road winding up a run with Obey The Brave and Auras, Miss May I are continuing to prove that supporting them is to support a band who are invested in making a long term impact in the metalcore and hard rock scenes.

Now you can check out the new title track from the band’s perhaps most mature effort yet Shadows Inside. The album is perhaps the most assured the band have ever sounded. The fast parts are faster, the guitar playing is near impeccable and the arrangements maximize energy as well as set up the hooks for numerous pay offs throughout the release.

Speaking about the title track for Shadows Inside, MISS MAY I lead vocalist Levi Benton states, “Not only does this song open up our new record, it also sets the tone for the record. This album is all about changes throughout life, good and bad. It’s about the past that lives within everyone; their ‘Shadows Inside’. The lyrics talk about how great new things can give light to your past and put you in a better place.

Sharing some details about the creation of the music video for “Shadows Inside”, Levi adds:

We have quite a few videos and we’re always trying to change things up. With this video for ‘Shadows Inside’ we not only wanted to recreate the cover of the record in real life, but we also wanted the performance to be abstract. We had black lights and used old lens effects from the 90’s to achieve a very classic look and something totally different for us.

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Parkway Drive announce select N American 2017 dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 3:30 PM (PST)

 

Parkway Drive have announced a brief headlining metalcore tour with friends The Word Alive and Wage War in tow:

We’re excited to announce a select run of shows in the U.S. and Canada this June. These will be our ONLY North American shows for 2017, so don’t miss out!! Joining us will be The Word Alive andWage War. Tickets on sale this Friday APR 14.

6/20 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
6/21 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
6/22 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
6/23 Montebello, QC @ Rock Fest
6/24 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
6/25 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
6/26 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts

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European metalcore band The Royal‘s new album Seven  sees the band growing even more formidable and driven. “Viridian” is one of the most impressive tracks and fans of Parkway Drive, faster As I Lay Dying, Misery Signals, Blessthefall and more will surely add this band to their list of must haves.

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 Betraying The Martyrs new record The Resilient  more than proves they are here to stay and should not be underestimated. We spoke a few months back with vocalist Aaron Matts about the Paris, France based Sumerian rockers latest, what goes into songwriting and more.

 

This interview was originally published weeks ago with a different intro but was lost in the malware issue we had that wiped about a year of site content. I had enough of it backed up that I was able to rebuild it for the fans of this young, bright metalcore act and for readers who maybe even missed it the first time.
Check it out BELOW.
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For this generation a lot of self-esteem comes from the phone or a picture like on Instagram. A Facebook comment. Since we didn’t have that when I was a kid we would talk about bands, shows, ideas. So I try to get back to that with my daughter or my circle of friends. – Jamey Jasta.

It’s always a pleasure to interview Hatebreed as one of the most consistently heavy, scowling bands in the world are actually some of the most down to Earth and grateful dudes in the business. Hatebreed are a band whose (cough) perseverance makes me never believe haters or doubters in my own life who say things can’t be
accomplished, the worm-tongue types or divider who will whisper negative mantras or lazy couch warriors who give up too soon for want of trying rather than take a hard
fucking look at why they are such losers.

New album The Concrete Confessional proves this unkillable band never settle for living in the past or resting on their laurels. It is a barrage of meaningful and
impactful tunes that will earn more praise and respect from anyone worth a shit. There are some bad ass pre-order packages up HERE.

Album deets from the press release:

The Concrete Confessional was recorded in Connecticut, produced by long-time collaborator Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel), and mixed by Josh Wilbur(Lamb of God, Megadeth). Artwork was created by Marcelo Vasco (Slayer). The new music is crushing and heavy with provocative lyrics that touch upon a number of topics that have become front-and-center in today’s New Normal: the rise of terrorism, police brutality, moral decay, greed and betrayal, increased divisiveness, and the fading promise of the American Dream, potently covered on the track “A.D.”

Read more below.

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Candace Kucsulain has been an underdog, a hardcore heroine, a mom, a fighter
and much more. Her band Walls Of Jericho are true veterans of the metalcore
scene, trench fighters who have done a lot over the years until a recent near
decade break between albums.

One listen to Napalm Release No One Can Save You From Yourself will not only
knock the dust from your skull but you’ll be really thankful the Detroit
natives are back to shitkick some sense into the current crop. Through and
through this album is a fierce winner, full of engaging topics, inspiring
motivational lyrics, ballistic breakdowns and crowd friendly chants that don’t
suck. Prepare to get very fired up.

It was great to talk to Candace about her career, her beliefs and how this
time it was very cool having everyone in the band contribute something to the
lyrical hardcore cookpot.

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Killswitch release “Cut Me Loose” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 10:37 AM (PST)

killswitch-engage-incarnate-250x250At the end of the day Killswitch Engage are on top because regardless of whoever is at the mic the band simply have better songs than most of their peers. New tune “Cut Me Loose” continues this tradition with some awesome performances and varied sounds from the whole band.

One thing that is cool about Incarnate‘s tracks we have heard so far is that it doesn’t sound like the band tried to make Disarm The Descent or Alive And Just Breathing pt. 2 with Jesse. That would be a mistake as those records are great on their own.

Still, the new stuff fits well within KSE’s very well established vibe.

There is even a beautiful reservoir shot  at the end that looks like where I grew up in Upstate, NY and kind of sets a tone for holding strength when set against the raging near deathcore heavy hardcore clang of the end riff.

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The Word Alive release new video for “Sellout”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 10:19 AM (PST)

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A lot of bands over the years from Stray From The Path to GnR to RATM have had videos with civil unrest in them. Even more bands have had performance videos to the point where many acts hate making them. It is a testament to the passion The Word Alive bring to the table that they are able to combine both and make it work, if also reminding how sad it is there is still unrest in the world . Will humans get their shit together someday?

See “Sellout” Below.

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Metalcore trench fighters Walls Of Jericho have a new song perfect for relentlessly moshing or relentlessly never giving up and weight lifting, etc. Which might sound patronizing except it is awesome and will make you want to get jacked and defeat all your demons. That is always a good thing in this dumb world of morons.

Their new record is called No One Can Save You From Yourself, due out on March 25 on Napalm.

According to vocalist Candace Kucsulain, “This is dedicated to my brother Larry Kucsulain who lost his battle to cancer this day last year.” 

My dad also died of Cancer about this time last year, so #fuckcancer and three cheers to WoJ. They slew when I saw them open for Life Of Agony recently.

This band is kicking ass hard again lately and we are lucky because they have always been a guiding light for inspiration and acceptance in the scene. Plus, they always bring the mosh and have done their time in the underground with pride instead of whining.

Bullet For My Valentine release “Worthless” Video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6:27 PM (PST)

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Watch the new hard rocker with metal flourish “Worthless” from Bullet For My Valentine from new album Venom HERE. These guys have worked very hard and held it together for the scene over the years. Support!

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