Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine are back and haven't sounded this good since they released a personal nostalgic favorite, The Poison, nine years ago (time flies when you get old...). You can head to YouTube to stream the band's debut single, "No Way Out". The song is an absolute banger, with tasty thrash riffs and a hell of a chorus. Unfortunately, the lyrics still feel like they're coming from a teen's diary, but it's a minor gripe. Plus, with a name like Bullet For My Valentine, are you really expecting deep, life altering poetry?
The song is taken from Bullet For My Valentine's upcoming fifth album, Venom, which is due for release on August 14th via RCA Records. You can pre-order the album at this location. From the sounds of "No Way Out", it appears the band is just as ready to forget their recent, disappointing output as fans are. This signals a very welcome return to form for the Welsh band.
In a post shared on Facebook earlier today, I Kill Giants accused Canadian math-rock larcenists Hawking (formerly Tommy Alto) of "steal[ing] (not rip[ping] off but literally steal[ing] lyric, melody, and beat) from a section of two different songs of ours."
Click here to sample Tommy Alto's "My Heart is Bigger Than Yours,"
then click here to sample I Kill Giants' "Lucky Shirt" (ff to 1:41).
San Francisco's own (and site favorite) I The Mighty is returning with its sophomore record, Connector, which is due for release on June 2, 2015 via Equal Vision Records. The album can be pre-ordered at this location.
As for the now, the band has premiered the lead-off single from Connector, "Playing Catch with .22"; you can stream the song on YouTube. The video is pretty neat, featuring the use of drones to capture the footage. Hey look, drones aren't all bad... yet. The song is exactly what you'd expect from the band: catchy, driving alt/post-hardcore with a dash of progressive seasoning sprinkled on for good measure. Catch the band on tour with Enter Shikari, Stray From The Path, Hundredth, and A Lot Like Birds for the next month. Peep the dates at this location.
Remember the good ol' days of Guitar Hero and Rock Band? Seems like ages ago, right? Well, if you want to relive those glory days, check out an actual guitar cover of "Through the Fire and Flames" below by a 15 year old. Mmmm... revel in the nostalgia.
Intercontinental (seriously) progressive deathcore group Slice the Cake are readying their third record, Odyssey to the West, for impending release (date is unknown as of yet). The group has just premiered the debut single from the record, "Stone and Silver I: The Mountains of Man". The song is streaming on YouTube, where you can peep the album's gorgeous cover. I had the group's debut, The Man With No Face, in my top 10 a couple years ago, so you know I'm beyond excited to hear what's next for the group/ This latest track seems to suggest the Cake is getting more progressive, without sacrificing heaviness. Let us know what you think in the comments.
.....you do remember Full Devil Jacket, right? No? Well, you can listen to a new song, "Valley of Bones", to get reacquainted. They'll be releasing a new album, which goes by the same name as this song, sometime this spring.
Dance Gavin Dance is set to release its latest album, Instant Gratification, on April 14th via Rise Records. The album sees the group reunited with producer Kris Crummmet, so hopes are high, at least here. The album can be pre-ordered at this location. You can peep the teaser video on YouTube. Of course, the teaser does not offer any instant gratification...
We reviewed the band's previous album in grand fashion, stating that Tilian was a more-than-welcome addition to the band, but the production was lacking. Here's hoping working with Kris again will sort that out. We'll keep you posted when a single drops.
That ruled, right? It's like the heaviest soundtrack to an 80s horror film, but with a delicious amount of low end. The one-man group is signed to Blood Music and is set to release its debut on Blood Music this upcoming April. You can check out GosT's past releases on his Bandcamp.