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Exhorder have returned to thrash once more. The newest band lineup features founding members Vinnie LaBella (guitar) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) along with Jason Viebrooks (HEATHEN) on bass, Marzi Montazeri (ex-SUPERJOINT RITUAL, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) on guitar and Sasha Horn (FORBIDDEN) on drums. If you have ever enjoyed albums by bands like Pantera or Byzantine and somehow don't know Exhorder, you ought to go do some catch up homework. While you are at it check out Kyle's time in Alabama Thunderpussy as well, cuz that was also awesome. The band will perform Slaughter In The Vatican, and sophomore album, The Law, in their entirety on Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10, respectively, at the St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York. Additionally they play a sure to be off the walls homecoming show in New Orleans at Southport Hall on February 12. Exhorder have signed a worldwide management deal with All Independent Service Alliance (AISA) .
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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.
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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.
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“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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Fit For A King (FFAK) has released a new video for the song “Hooked”. The band are really energetic and enjoyable live regardless of your faith and have serious drive any metalcore fan who really cares about the scene and not trends will connect with. The band embody this and it is evident. The new video was Directed by Ryan Valdez who previously helmed the FFAK videos for “Hollow King” and “Keep Me Alive”. The video was shot in a warehouse outside of Dallas.
Watch official video for “Hooked” Here
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Rise Of Doom are a rock solid new metalcore band from France who are better than about 80% of the pack, which means they certainly deserve to be on the radar of all metalcore fans. The band show a lot of promise on the very heavy yet colorful and effective self-released Purgation. Check out our interview with some of the guys BELOW.Add to My Radar
I liked Option Paralysis a bit better than One Of Us Is The Killer, though the recent album from The Dillinger Escape Plan was also rad and every video has been downright, uh, killer?! The band are one of my all time faves but I haven’t felt startled by their material since the really innovative (and underrated) Ire Works. BUT, the new stuff since that record has still been great if kind of establishing a kind of new standard DEP sound, more or less. Their videos, however, continue to startle.
Mitch Massie worked on this new video with the esteemed band of spastic yet poppy Faith No More disciples. Ruling the math core scene still to this day, you’ve got to respect Dillinger and this video is another fine entry in a storied legacy.
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I was never into The Devil Wears Prada early in their career. I couldn’t get past the hokey or long song titles that weren’t as interesting as Shai Hulud or Gigan song names. I have to say that since becoming a fan of easy-core new school classic Homesick by A Day To Remember which featured some Prada guest vox and then meeting them a few years back at Mayhem Fest and finding out they were chill dudes, I changed my tune. It helped though that ever since Prada signed with Roadrunner they’ve become more mature and just a better band in almost every way. Actually, Dead Throne was the bomb too. Plus, they really do slam live. I’ve been a fan of pretty much every song they’ve released since and the new one is no exception. Bump this! Awesome tune for early summer’s arrival.
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On The American Dream Died, Agnostic Front vocalist Roger Miret -even so many years into the classic NYHC band’s tenure- has delivered maybe his most vocally succinct set of lyrics on an album ever. The focus of the energized social blast’s recalls the band’s early lightning rod heyday as well as more recent forays into melodic, working class punk. And fret not…crossover fans need only listen to the rampage of “Test Of Time” to hear the metal influence that landed the band props from Kirk Hammett of Metallica on his Fear Festival this year.
It was great to talk to Miret about the record, on current events like “Police Violence”, real patriotism, welfare, Edward Snowden and how NY is the “Greatest city in the world, but it just don’t feel the same”. Plus MUCH more. “There’s no justice/it’s just us”!
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In celebration of not so Good Friday we’re posting All Out War‘s For Those Who Were Crucified for no good reason other than it rules (and I mean, those Slayer riffs with the early metalcore…still so fuckin heavy)!
Did I mention the Long-running New York-based hardcore/metal stalwarts will also release Dying Gods this year? Yes, my homie Mike Score continues to lead the assault the band started in 1991 on the ears of the sheeple. Pure crossover of the illest kind, metallic and angry as hell but educated in history.
From the press release:
Now nearing the band’s two-and-a-half decade mark, ALL OUT WAR proves that age has only refined the band’s killing capabilities on Dying Gods, a brand new EP which the band is about to unleash upon humanity early this Summer. Dying Gods sees the band return to the sound of For Those Who Were Crucified, and just like that timelessly brutal album, Dying Gods was engineered and produced by Steve Evetts (Hatebreed, Turmoil, Buried Alive, Suicide Silence) at West West Side Studios in New Windsor, New York. The record sees the band bringing five decimating new original tracks and covers of two iconic underground anthems.
Tour dates and music to get pumped to below.
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Poughkeepsie, NY shook as Suicide Silence and Emmure packed the house and cracked concrete for the Stronger Than Faith Tour. The rowdy show featured adrenalized performances met with major enthusiasm from the mixed age crowd (though full of young fans primarily). Frankie from Emmure was still suffering throat problems and sat this one out, seeming really bummed as he told the near capacity crowd he couldn’t sing their set. I thought it was the guy who fronts Emmure’s NYC buddies Sylar who filled in at first but was told a bit later it was the controversial bands tour manager stepping in. The crowd supported wholeheartedly and people were flipping out and singing along nonetheless.
I honestly heard several people say it was the best show they’d ever gone to there. While it was a good show it didn’t come near the balcony kamikaze jumper insanity of Soulfly/Incubus over a decade ago or some of the nutsballz Gwar, Hatebreed or All Out War shows I’ve seen there over the many years I’ve been attending concerts at the theater.
But yeah, it was a fired up night for metalcore fans. Openers Fit For An Autopsy had the heaviest set besides Suicide Silence (who seriously brought in this first time I got to witness them live since Mitch died). FFAA were clearly hungry and delivered a death heavy performance with particularly satisfying bass fluidity from Shane Slade.
I was most excited probably to see Within The Ruins who have one of the best guitarists in metal. They recently survived a snowy van crash and Tim Goergen still had his arm in a sling when off stage. The Westfield, MA band didn’t dissapoint though, bringing Dillinger-worthy technical madness to the masses.
Suicide Silence’s Eddie Hermida really owned the night, though. Hermida told a heckler that “if you want to see All Shall Perish go to an All Shall Perish show”, his new band bearing down with crushing forward momentum as the pit swelled.
Catharina Christiana and Matt Slater provided photos.
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In anticipation of Earth Crisis‘ next record THE DISCIPLINE out this year via the good folks at Bullet Tooth , a few of their friends and biggest fans got together to speak about what the band and music means to them. 20 years after their debut album Destroy The Machines was released, Davey Havok (AFI), Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy), Igor Cavalera (Sepultura), Toby Morse (H2O), Dan Smith (LA Ink), Paul Waggoner (Between The Buried And Me), Peter Young (ALF), and Joel Capolongo (Sea Shepard) discuss those songs, the messages, and the impact Earth Crisis has had on their lives and the straight edge and animal rights movements worldwide. Watch it BELOW.
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