Read more thoughts/impressions BELOW and see band pics from Warped and Mayhem (RIP).
Read more thoughts/impressions BELOW and see band pics from Warped and Mayhem (RIP).
Clover just recently recorded and mashed out a beastly single “Glory Days” on their own, with my old engineer/guitarist buddy D. James Goodwin at The IsOkOn in Woodstock, NY mixing it (he’s worked with Devo, Murder By Death and my old band Fuse, to name a few). Subsequently, there is now more awesome heavy music in the fuckin’ world!
these are your glory days. enjoy it while they last. everything you’ve done has been pure shit. you will amount to nothing. everyone will forget you. I hope this memory lasts your life. when you look back, I hope you think of me. these are your glory days. enjoy them while they last. you make me sick. I don’t buy your bullshit. choke.
Clover are one of the more rugged bands in the current East Coast hardcore/metal underground in terms of full commitment to accepting the joy in whatever level they are at while beating the shit out of everything in sight with jackhammer riffs in order to make damn sure the whole world knows they exist. I cannot fault this method.
Bassist M. Guthaus checks in with us BELOW.Add to My Radar
“I have my own ideals that I stick by and am not gonna be swayed by someone
telling me the Mongolian or white community is the superior race over everyone
because of this, this and this? I’m gonna tell you ,”so is my dick, bro.” –
Mike Luciano (vocals)
Metalinsider is one of my very favorite and consistently good metal sites out
there. They published a piece about how melodic metalcore band The Paramedic
have an ex drummer who is running for office with the “Traditional Worker’s
Party, which was created by a white supremacist that speaks out against Jewish
The Paramedic are a mixed race band and yet have also had controversy surround
them due to a t shirt perceived as violent against women and for a blog post
by vocalist Mike Luciano about Caitlyn Jenner that some took as anti-trans. I
am bi sexual and didn’t read the post as anti trans, rather that Mike felt
dubious of Jenner’s authenticity as a person in general. Some people are
concerned that because of the t shirt and the Caitlyn post that now with the
ex drummer’s party affiliation, perhaps The Paramedic are all really fucked up
I have been in an on and off feud with Coheed & Cambria for years and want
peace with them but also stand my ground because I was there when Claudio met
my very real sister Cambria at a Woodstock concert I booked years ago. I have
known the Coheed guys for years and we have a very fucking crazy history. My
sister was at times told degrading things over the years or I was also
bullied and shit on by their fans because they don’t understand why it still
angers me that Claudio Sanchez has never acknowledged she exists.
My dad just died and family and true stories are more important to me than ever. I have
been in this scene 20+ years both signed and unsigned and I feel everyone has
a right to be heard, myself included. Even if that means a huge band might
have to admit they have downplayed an often troubled relationship over the
years with a family that hasn’t always appreciated their actions. Shit, their
first drummer Nate Kelley is my best friend and STILL people are stubborn and
hold onto their illusions.
Having just this week been trolled on Metalsucks by a Coheed fan who compared me to
Justin Lowe’s pre-death rant in a derogatory and not “concerned for my mental health”
way, I know how ugly things can get and also how one sided or lacking media
coverage can be, inexplicably. I’m manic depressive but take Paxil.
I also remember how happy people were when The
Paramedic first arrived on the scene and reading about how they were really
connecting with fans in (i think) an old AMP Magazine article.
I reached out to vocalist Mike Luciano, who doesn’t know me. I’m not biased. I
wanted his side of things. I have written good and critical things about the
Paramedic before. I think Mike’s voice is one of the coolest things about the
band but that some of the songs have been meh compared to others.
I didn’t expect to hear back, honestly. Instead Mike took an hour out of his
day and was more of a straight talker than the majority of the thousands of
bands I have literally interviewed.
He wrote me: “I’ve never been one to attack anyone or any music mag of any type unless they are wrongfully publishing things. Naturally, much like anyone else, if I feel attacked im gonna push back twice as hard. As long as there is nothing like that going on during the interview I don’t see why this can’t be extremely productive for both of us!”
Then we talked on the phone. Read it BELOW.Add to My Radar
To be honest. After The Burial are not a band I’ve really checked out much. I know they have been around awhile and have a lot of fans. Just never really investigated them. That said, it’s sad to learn of the passing of their guitarist Justin Lowe, recently reported to be suffering from mental illness. As a manic depressive person myself I can relate to this. I was in a suicide ward once.
For all the jokes out there about husbands of the year Scott Stapp and Wes from Puddle of Mudd playing in traffic or getting Mel Gibson in Conspiracy Theory or riding Airport baggage carousels, this type of stuff is really sad on more human levels. Depression and mental health should be treated more seriously in this country.
Find out more HERE.
Seems like Justin was a real talent and touched a lot of hearts.Add to My Radar
Your favorite mostly PMA metalcore band and mine Killswitch Engage are always miles ahead of most of the pack, and new song “Strength In Mind” has one hell of a grooving riff. The band performed the new tune at a Toronto stop, some of the only new material since Disarm The Descent we’ve heard with the exception of the rad Game Of Thrones track “Loyalty”.
Jesse Leach remains one of the most chill and inspiring frontmen and it is cool as hell to also hear him admit in this video that the Red Sox blow.
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Yogi Watts of Demon Hunter has had some fiery demons fight back, unfortunately.
“Yogi and his expectant wife, Cara, returned home from a doctor’s visit and discovered their apartment building had burned down. They lost all of their belongings. Their baby is due any day. Please help our friend, brother, and bandmate however you can.”
Donations are now being collected for Watts and his family via Gofundme.com.Add to My Radar
The track is one of 4 bonus tracks that appear on the upcoming Deluxe Edition of the band’s latest LP ‘Unconditional’, which will be released this Friday.
In addition to the acoustic version of “Beneath The Skin,” the LP features the new tracks “My Generation”, “Stay The Course” and an acoustic version of “Need To Be.” The music video for “Stay The Course” can be viewed here.
Guitarist Kellen McGregor says, “It’s always enjoyable to reimagine songs acoustically as we’re primarily a band that writes heavy music with a lot of riffing. ‘Need To Be’ made sense to choose considering it’s already a softer track from “Unconditional” & lends itself nicely to an acoustic interpretation. Reworking ‘Beneath The Skin’ was a fun challenge due to its heavier nature, but the process was very rewarding & it turned out more amazing than we could have possibly imagined.”
The Deluxe Edition was remixed & remastered by Brian Hood (Being As An Ocean, Sworn In) at 456 Recordings.
Hardcore/metal hybrid pranksters Shai Hulud retain their bite/whimsy and demonic charm release after release. Matt Fox leads his band of mighty heroes on tours aplenty, but this one ought to be special. I feel also that they should write a song called “The Misanthropic #rapsongs of #ShiaLaBeouf” so that Shai Hulud would show up in more search engines. I’ve been listening to these dudes all week. Excelsior!
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I love that The Devil Wears Prada always make me reasses intial impressions on repeat listens, at least since their early days. Prada have subtly tweaked their sound in ways fans have accepted more than, say, Job For A Cowboy with each release. It’s hard to pin how some bands can be succesful at this with fans while others aren’t as embraced.
I like that TDWP “never sounded quite like this” each time, while still retaining trademark elements, dissonance, screaming, some catchy
hooks for the new school emocore kids and weird textures. The Chariot was another band that managed to evolve really distinctively, whereas while the new JFAC proggier direction yielded some cool results, you’d be hard pressed to peg it as the band you knew even an album ago.
Prada meanwhile have been perfecting their approach with each release since Dead Throne. Their themed Zombie EP is a well loved “aww shit” classic to many of their fans, some of their heaviest yet well developed tunes. I like the idea of themed concept EPs a bit more than stringing a story through many albums ala Coheed, for example. I mean, it’s cool to follow a lengthy intertwined tale as in King Diamond’s Them and Conspiracy albums, but then you have the cases of Geoff Tate from Queensryche calling his post-Queensryche band Operation: Mindcrime or Metallica’s “Unforgiven pt. 15″…and that gets to be painfully desperate, grasping at the last straws of a once glorious concept. Prada have decided to put more substance in their albums both long and short, with consistently superior long players and EPs with short little punch to the gut/head concepts that are easy to participate in with enthusiasm for a bit before moving on to the next material.
Full review BELOW.
The Royal‘s Dreamcatchers is pound for pound ahead of most metalcore bands, a refreshingly convincing motivational record in an increasingly banal (the last few years) genre. The Royal guys are not bereft of imagination or so limited by cliche as many bands in the genre, instead pushing themselves and focusing on songwriting, while remembering what they loved about metalcore in the first place. Plus, how many metalcore clips do you know that open with a Huxley quote?
Check out the Netherland’s finest’s new vid for “Arga” BELOW.
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Parkway Drive are really at their most unstoppable at present, playing to huge crowds, dropping a Rage cover of “Bulls On Parade” (fun and heavy, but guitar tones didn’t do the groove justice) on a sea of mostly white fans. And now in this bad ass “Vice Grip” clip the metalcore band stole the best video of the week away from Slipknot’s sort of redundant “Killpop” (a great song musically and performance-wise, but the visuals seem dated and the lyrics, while super catchy, sound like a bad torture porn. Not my fave thing to know some of the meatier headed maggots are singing ,“I guess there’s nothing left to do, but have my way” ).
Anyway, new Parkway album IRE is due in September but fans can sing along with the bro “yeah yeah yeah” chant now and watch the Aussies dude it up in the desert. The footage of the band jumping out of the airplane together is really pretty fuckin’ cool and you can’t help but feel their bond and like these guys have the scene in the palm of their hands right now! Many solid songs and a dedicated drive is making this band new fans everyday, deservedly.
Pump up the jams BELOW.Add to My Radar
“Of Mice & Men regrets to announce that the remaining dates of the ‘Full Circle Tour’ will be cancelled. Therefore, tonight’s show at Soma in San Diego and Tuesday’s show at El Plaza Condesa in Mexico City will no longer go ahead. Lead singer Austin Carlile was admitted to a hospital yesterday morning and per doctor’s orders has been kept in overnight for evaluation. The band regrets not being able to perform for their fans and hopes to be back in both cities as soon as possible. Refunds for both shows will be available at point of purchase, however Of Mice & Men are planning to reschedule both shows for a later date in the year. We will have more news on this in the the coming weeks and tickets holders are welcome to retain their tickets, as they will remain valid for these rescheduled dates.”
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For as long as I can remember, All Out War have been the band who can shut up any conversation about crossover “not working”, get a metalhead or hardcore kid to think differently in the face of the undeniable onslaught or remind even the most violent prone, anger processing pit cowboy that the songs they brawl to should still be about something. NYC Bowery Electric release show ought to be nuts.
Mike Score, one of my all time favorite people in the scene, checks in to deliver the knowledge on the much anticipated return DYING GODS. Here’s where to order Dying Gods from All Out War:
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Rockabilly hero Danny B. Harvey paired with ex-Cycle Slut From Hell/She Wolves/Star & Dagger legit metal lifer Dava She Wolf? Sign us up! If you crave a sleazy, whiskey soaked grit to your rock n' roll (with more than a hint of bar brawl or floor crawl inducing Link Wray and Motörhead inspired antics), proceed directly to your pre-scheduled bangover courtesy of the new Fine Spirits EP. Harvey has worked with rock and metal people before ranging from Lemmy to David Vincent, but this new EP of slinky, kinky and far from watered down boozy crawlers is infectious and downright reckless. Each song on the EP will crawl into your ear and possess you to slink and shake while being as heavy as C.O.C. but as wild as the West. The replay factor on this is huge. Let's hope Harvey & Wolf keep this going awhile, cuz it sounds fun for them but is really fun for us! Check out our favorite track "The Prowl"! It packs a slow motion groovy wallop.