There are some bands more adept at riding the chaos than others in the storied history of underground music. From noise and hardcore pioneers like Steel Pole Bathtub to Man Is The Bastard to synth/indie/post-core bands like Six Finger Satellite to numerous grindcore bands like Fuck The Facts, etc.- some groups just embody the concept of "fuck it/let's really go for it" more than others. NY's Black Mesa sits proudly in that same spirit of frenzy and ferocious inventiveness, as evidenced by their recent compilation of insanely manic live performances. Whatever sub genre they throw in the emotional blender, you are bound to enjoy a deliciously nutritious smoothie of muddy sonic punk purée.
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This post does not represent the “official” opinion of Metal Riot, just the cynical author.
So, it seems the last decade or so has seen a growing trend in music journalism to be snarky, dismissive or brief. Sure, the UK press has always been snarky. People have always ripped apart bands or movements they don’t like or think are bloated (prog) or talentless (punk). It is a treasured part of rock writing. These days it often seems like the ONLY kind of writing I see out there.
I just read an article ripping apart a pretty good song by This Or The Apocalypse, a metalcore band who actually write songs with current events in mind. While I love the website the critique was posted on and regularly read it (despite it being the most snarky of sites out there), I was kind of disgusted.
Can we please stop the cynical BS and try and make metal and hardcore grow stronger? For a few thoughts. Click HERE.Add to My Radar
Pennsylvania metalcore band This Or The Apocalypse have released a music video for the single “Hate The Ones You Love.” The track comes from their recent third full length album Dead Years which is out now via E1. The video was directed by David Brodsky of Brooklyn’s MyGoodEye Music Visuals (The Black Dahlia Murder, Goatwhore, Municipal Waste, Suffocation)
To check the video out click here.
This Or The apocalypse frontman Rick Armellino had this to say about the video:
“‘Hate the Ones You Love’ was the first complete track that we knew would end up on ‘Dead Years’ and it helped frame the rest of the album. The lyrics themselves are about how often I find myself mistrusting or even disliking people who remind me of myself, and what it’s like to try and remain trusted to those you love when you can’t accept who you are. Writing a script around the lyrical themes and acting for the first time seemed risky but the final product really matches what we are trying to do. Brodsky is an artist; I can’t describe how cool it was working with him. Hope you guys dig it!”Add to My Radar
Pennsylvania metalcore band This Or The Apocalypse have released a lyric video for the song “In Wolves.” The song is taken from their upcoming third release Dead Years, which according to vocalist Ricky Armellino, “features both some of the saddest, most melodic songs we’ve ever played and it also holds some of the angriest.”
To check out the video click here.
Dead Years was produced by Kevin Lankford and Andreas Magnusson (Born of Osiris, Haste the Day) and will be released September 25, 2012 via E1 Entertainment.Add to My Radar
Good Fight Music giving away a second free digital sampler featuring The Chariot, This Or The Apocalypse, While She Sleeps
Good Fight Music have posted their second music sampler as a free download on Amazon.
1. The Chariot “Robert Rios”
2. Madball “Invigorate”
3. The Contortionist “Contact”
4. Conditions “The End of Progression”
5. This or the Apocalypse “The Incoherent”
6. Funeral For A Friend “Front Row Seats….”
7. While She Sleeps “My Conscience, Your Freedom”
8. S.O.S. “Keep Me Outside” (brand new, unreleased track)
Click here to download yours.Add to My Radar
Lancaster up-and-comers This or the Apocalypse are currently touring Europe, but have taken a small break to release a video for the track “Subverse.” The song comes off of last year’s Haunt What’s Left record, a big lift from their 2008 debut Monument, much in part to their work with Lamb of God‘s Chris Adler.
Both album’s were released on Lifeforce Records and had minor critical success.
Lead singer Rick Armellino spoke about the new song with Noisecreep.com:
“The song has a lot to do with the wars and me struggling with my own identity. I’m a 24-year-old American, and I’ve only seen only the worst out of my country. Failed wars with no justification, millions of confirmed kills, military contractors making massive profits, and the complete disconnection that many people my age have with the idea of being ‘American.’ We’re the children of the Internet and I think most of us could honestly care less about borders, nations, or the flag at that. We’ve been lied to endlessly, and I can get online to chat with a guy from Pakistan or Brazil as if they were my next door neighbor. So when someone talks about liberty I just close my ears and go back to my own thoughts.”
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LA’s prodigious progsters The Human Abstract isn’t done with the road just yet. Fresh off the third installment of the Atticus Metal Tour, they announce Pull Me From The Gallows. This headlining tour starts in May, giving the band a much needed breather before tackling a 32 date tour across the US. In support will be Scale The Summit, This or The Apocalypse, letlive, Across the Sun, No Bragging Rights, and for certain dates, Elitist.
The Human Abstract recently released “Digital Veil,” their third studio album, on E1 Entertainment.
Click here for tour dates and rejoice if they come to your town.Add to My Radar
This Or The Apocalypse Added to Spring Tour with In the Midst of Lions, Your Memorial, and No Bragging Rights
This or the Apocalypse have just been added to a nation-wide U.S. tour alongside In the Midst of Lions, Your Memorial and No Bragging Rights.
The tour begins on March 6th in Steger, IL and comes back around to end in Springfield, IL on March 23rd. Click here for all current tour dates.
The Pennsylvania metalcore quintet has just wrapped up a winter tour, and they also appear on the soundtrack for the new indie horror film, “The Orphan Killer.” The song ‘Charmer’ was cut from the band’s 2010 release “Haunt Whats Left.”Add to My Radar
Lancaster, Pennsylvania metalcore act This or the Apocalypse have announced an upcoming headlining tour heading across the U.S. this December and January. The first leg of the tour (Dec 26th-Jan 4th) will feature guests An Early Ending, Deception of a Ghost, and Where the Ocean Meets the Sky. The second leg of the tour (Jan 5th-Jan 16th) will feature Destruction of a Rose, An Early Ending, and Deception of a Ghost.
This or the Apocalypse’s most recent album and their Good Fight Music debut, “Haunt What’s Left,” was released on June 22nd, 2010.
For a complete list of tour dates click here.Add to My Radar
Rockers This or the Apocalypse have announced European tour dates for April and May of 2011. The “Scream It Like You Mean It” tour begins on April 21st in Switzerland and ends on May 11th in Germany.
Supporting acts include, We Came as Romans, Miss May I and The Word Alive who will be with the band for all of their European tour dates.
For a complete list of tour dates, Click HereAdd to My Radar