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Upstate NY's Surmiser are a grunge, hard rock and post punk marriage who play every note with the conviction of lifers who have long since given up the notion of turning back. The band is an excellent power trio and have just released their buzzed about latest effort Hold The Static. Songs about depression, addiction and self assessment pair with focused but inspired soul eruptions that take you on a journey through a wide range of emotions. Surmiser are very much worth checking out, constantly working on ways to expand their impact and body of songs to mirror their experiences into something representative to their values in sonic form.
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This line up did not fuck around. Each band hit the minuscule stage and went straight for the neck. Seven bands, both local and national, absolutely lit the room up, each with their own unequivocal performance and flair. Santa Cruz, California’s Arsonists Get All The Girls helmed this massive tour, with The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Beyond The Shore, MetalRiot.com homies Seeker, and Your Chance to Die opening the show. Refuge and Airismine ran the local New York City support, bringing with them a slew of fans to flood the intimate Club Europa in Brooklyn, New York.
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People come to Texas seeking many things, but Dallas already has a hometown Seeker who are rapidly staking a claim as one of, if not the best, live bands in (not just Lone Star) but all of Metalcore. When people talk obsessively over Victory Records hardcore salad days, I point them in the direction of Seeker’s latest Unloved. “Art, community, and aggressive non-conformity above all else.”Add to My Radar
“I’m starting to think more and more that Seeker was inevitable. Everything about this band is a true extension of me.” – Bryce Lucien (VOX)
Remember the feeling when you first connected with a heavy record? Remember the power? Be it FAR BEYOND DRIVEN, BEAST ON MY BACK or FOR THOSE WHO WERE CRUCIFIED, the music rooted you to the spot and tore the scabs of the everyday away to bleed out and cleanse the conformity.
New Victory Records signees Seeker are a Dallas based band who just might make you feel that way again if you have become numb to most goings on in the “hardcore” and “metal” scene. The band’s new album UNLOVED is a direct and unforgiving portrayal of tensions wrapped in a big bow of hate (click HERE for our review). It builds nicely on their recent 2012 EP The Antagonist and will hopefully help the band get a real toehold to rip some of the weeds out of the once lush bed of metal/hardcore crossover. Sharing stages with Aegaeon, Impending Doom and Betrayal has certainly not made them less hungry.
I talked to vocalist Bryce Lucien about Dallas, metal core, Victory and more. Click HERE for the scoop.Add to My Radar
Texan death metal influenced insano-core band Seeker are aiming sights on improving the metal scene on their upcoming Victory Records label-debut Unloved. Texas has some great metal and hard rock from Turbid North to Hawk Vs. Dove and Seeker really explode. Much like the fun to zone out to Transformers: Dark of the Moon showed us an alternate reality where major acts in U.S. history such as the moon landing were truly linked to a Decepticon cover up, Seeker’s Unloved shows us an alternate reality where deathcore didn’t become a joke and instead reached full fledged/hostile potential. Combining whiplash percussion attack and speed reminiscent of (now label mates) Blackguard with crushing “core” mosh ala The World We Knew and genuine anger, Seeker stake one potent claim as a new heavy band to watch.
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