Doc Coyle (guitarist of God Forbid) recently put up an article that looked back on their career and the musical landscape's changing during the course of their career. It's an interesting read about how it feels to almost make it big.
It's often hard to put into words exactly what a post-rock band sounds like. You can't talk about the vocalist (since there usually isn't one). The mood is almost always "somber" or "beautiful" or "heart-wrenching". There's always atmosphere, so mentioning it sounds like stating the obvious. Often you're stuck comparing to other post-rock bands that seem to have the same vibe. It's weird that this genre is so hard to talk about. Astralia, as you guessed, are a post-rock band from Spain and all of the sentences above easily describe the band. And you could also throw around word like "triumphant" and "epic" too. They're all true. If any of this sounds remotely like what you enjoy listening to, you'll have no problem getting into Atlas... so go get into it.
2014 has been a fantastic year for metalcore for some reason, and that trend looks to be ongoing (pun intended). Massachusetts exports and classic-era metalcore group Unearth is set to release its latest album, Watchers of Rule, on October 28th via eOne. You can now stream "The Swarm" thanks to Revolver. Let us know what you think of the track in the comments.
Give a listen to "False Idols", the latest song from Hacktivist, below.
Atmosphere's North of Hell tour starts tonight. All of the dates and locations are below.
09.08.14 Santa Ana , CA The Observatory (SOLD OUT) USA
09.09.14 Chico, CA Senator Theatre (SOLD OUT) USA
09.11.14 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre (SOLD OUT) USA
09.12.14 Portland, OR Roseland Theater USA
09.13.14 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo (SOLD OUT) USA
09.14.14 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory USA
09.16.14 Missoula, MT The Wilma Theater USA
09.18.14 Boise, ID Knitting Factory USA
09.19.14 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex USA
09.20.14 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen (SOLD OUT) USA
09.23.14 Duluth, MN Clyde Iron Works USA
10.02.14 Glasgow, Scotland O2 ABC 2 EUROPE
10.03.14 Manchester, UK Club Academy EUROPE
10.05.14 London, UK Koko EUROPE
10.06.14 Birmingham, UK The Library and The Institute EUROPE
10.07.14 Bristol, UK Trinity Centre EUROPE
10.08.14 Brighton, UK Concorde 2 EUROPE
10.10.14 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg EUROPE
10.11.14 Zurich, Switzerland Rote Fabrik EUROPE
10.12.14 Paris, France La Machine du Moulin Rouge EUROPE
10.14.14 Hamburg, Germany Uebel & Gefährlich EUROPE
10.15.14 Brussels, Belgium VK EUROPE
10.16.14 Cologne, Germany Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld EUROPE
10.17.14 Berlin, Germany C-Club EUROPE
10.20.14 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Hornstulls Strand EUROPE
10.21.14 Gothenburg, Sweden Pustervik EUROPE
10.22.14 Malmo, Sweden KB EUROPE
10.23.14 Oslo, Norway Vulkan EUROPE
10.24.14 Copenhagen, Denmark Pumpehuset EUROPE
11.04.14 Columbia, MO The Blue Note USA
11.05.14 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom USA
11.06.14 Little Rock, AR Juanita's Cantina USA
11.09.14 Dallas, TX House of Blues USA
11.10.14 Houston, TX House of Blues USA
11.11.14 New Orleans, LA Tipitina's USA
11.12.14 Atlanta, GA Center Stage USA
11.14.14 Richmond, VA The National USA
11.15.14 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live USA
11.16.14 New York, NY Terminal 5 USA
11.17.14 New Haven, CT Toad's Place USA
11.18.14 Providence, RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel USA
11.20.14 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theater USA
11.21.14 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection USA
11.22.14 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom USA
11.23.14 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue (SOLD OUT) USA
11.02.14 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose Tap House USA
Check out "Avalanche" from The Ghost Inside below.
Band: The Matador
It's been said a million times, but if you want something done well, get an Australian band to do it. The Matador's previous Poe-inspired EP was a favorite of the site, so does the follow-up meet the high expectations? Oh Hell yes, it does. I'm happy to report that Destroyer, the debut full-length from the Aussie group, is absolutely a destructive album. The riffs here are meatier than a Ron Swanson-approved dinner, with a fullness that most bands would dream for. Credit must go to the mighty Kurt Ballou, as his mixing job here is stellar. The heavier aspects of the band bring to mind Cult of Luna and The Ocean, while the softer aspects are gorgeous and are reminiscent of Thrice's The Alchemy Index. Destroyer is surprisingly brief, clocking at just around 30 minutes; however, this only adds to the band's powerful punch. The album feels like a tasty package of German sausages, stuffed as tightly as possible with post-metal goodness. Every aspect of the band is on-point, as each of the five main tracks here serve as a how-to manual for writing atmospheric sludge. If you need a great post-metal band in your life that won't get confused with a terrorist group, The Matador is an excellent choice.
I miss the days when bands made actual earnest rock/alternative. The current musical landscape only seems to attach the "earnest" tag to bands that are screaming uncontrollably about stuff over post-hardcore. I like that as much as anyone, but I sometimes miss the days of early Jimmy Eat World, Further Seems Forever, The Juliana Theory, Sunny Day Real Estate, and their ilk. It's not an accident I named all of those bands when talking about Aniqatia--you'll get hints of all of them throughout this otherworldly EP. It's a throwback to the days when this millennium was just starting out. The music doesn't have any gimmicks. The vocals are sung passionately. The songs are mature and straight-forward. And I'd be remiss if I didn't also throw out the name Minus the Bear in relation to Erratics. There's a distinct mathy bent to many of the songs (notably "Elegy") that adds to an already potent mix. A full length from Aniqatia can't come soon enough.
Album: Relatively Speaking
One of the reasons I fell in love with the band Scamp was the pummeling rhythm section of the band. Every bass roll was felt, with supreme force. Their form of groove metal was a cut above because it had that rock solid rhythm section as their foundation. With Kinetik, Scamp have a peer that has figured out their magic formula. On the 6 songs of this EP, Kinetik's style of groove metal hits you over the head with the solid, room-filling drumming (even with it being programmed), but then keeps you around with the riffs that, as so many bands do nowadays, tend to dip into the djent and progressive realm. It's not as cut and dried as that, though, as you'll encounter well used electronics, the occasional sung vocals to go with the harsh, and some nifty traditional guitar solos. It's nice hearing some solid groove metal again, even if the band has called it quits.
Check out the latest song from The Contortionist's upcoming album below. It's heavenly.
The song below, "Selfish", comes from Dope's upcoming 6th album Blood Money. Six albums, guys. How have they gotten to a sixth album?
Band: Left For Wolves
Album: Real Life
Metalcore seems to have lost its edge a bit the last couple of years. With so many bands focusing on a glossy sound, cleanly sung choruses, electronic flourishes, and breakdowns that are as tame as they are loud, everything feels neutered, even though the bands still seem "heavy". Left For Wolves, another rock solid band from Australia, really don't seem to give a shit about any of those things. They're much more concerned with playing aggressive, face-punching, hardcore-focused metalcore. They share more in common with the glory years of Unearth and Hatebreed than anyone currently on Rise's or Victory's rosters. This is no-frills metalcore, and that's definitely not a bad thing.
Blue Swan Records has now become the de facto home for progressive post-hardcore, with great recent releases from Hail the Sun, Sianvar, and Secret Band. Let's include Las Vegas' Stolas to that list. We gave their debut a good review but felt the band needed to work on a few things. Fast forward just over a year, and the band has given us a taste of its upcoming sophomore record Allomaternal, which is due for release on October 15th. You can stream "Solunar" in the replies. To this ear, the band has leveled up in every conceivable fashion. Consider this the opposite of a sophomore slump. You can pre-order the album on the band's Bandcamp page.
Today Decoy Music is happy to bring you the exclusive stream of indie singer/songwriter Matthew Heller’s latest EP. Tragedy Town is slated for release on August 26, 2014. You can pre-order it via Amazon and keep up with Matthew on Facebook. According to Mr. Heller, “Making Tragedy Town was an awesome and organic experience from the start. The songs started out being very private, about personal subjects, but as we recorded with Densmore and Pollock, we realized that the songs on this EP really meant a lot to folks. We were looking to make a statement with these songs but also have fun.”
You can stream the new EP at this Soundcloud link. Tragedy Town definitely makes a statement and should appeal to a wide range of listeners. The “fun factor” permeates each of these four tracks, as Matthew delves into alt rock, folk, space rock, country, blues and soul. It’s a great credit to him that none of these tracks feel even remotely scattershot. It’s an impressively cohesive and enjoyable listen.