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.
There's nothing wrong with some healthy Isis worship, is there? In all fairness, though, Ire Wolves also have some definite Cult of Luna and Neurosis influences in their music as well. I'm not trying to call Ire Wolves copycats, because if that's all they were, I wouldn't bother telling you about them. Even though the influences of the aforementioned bands is quite strong, they are simply the basis for wall of sound created in these 6 tracks. Ire Wolves are thundering. When they come to a crescendo, they don't pull back. It's what they do best. But don't discount their ability to craft rising action as that is also essential for the crescendos to hit with as much force as they do. In a genre that can sometimes get too caught up in worrying about "the riff", Ire Wolves instead goes for "the wall of sound" and it's a welcome focus.