Band: Sailor's Grave
Album: Hopeless Path
Now and then it feels good to get back to basics, right? If you want to get in touch with the style of metalcore that used to reign with early It Dies Today, Unearth, As I Lay Dying, or If Hope Dies then crank up Sailor's Grave. You won't find any cheesy synth lines or bass drops here. It's all straight ahead metalcore riffing and hardcore inspired breakdowns. There's no cliched clean singing either; it's all harsh vocals, but not so unintelligible that you are turned off. I mention IDT and AILD above because there are a LOT of elements on this album that remind me of the first albums from both of those bands. If Sailor's Grave could travel back in time to the early 2000's, they would no doubt be stalwarts of the metalcore scene. As it is, they're a great reminder of why we all loved this genre.
Band: Sailor's Grave
It Prevails have a new album coming out soon (Perdition). Check out the song "Glimpse" from it below.
Album: La Dernière Renaissance
Oestre's style of metal operates at an odd crossroads that shouldn't on its face, really work. However, it does. This isn't really djent or metalcore or prog or industrial or tribal, but a mish-mash of all of them. Vocally and structurally, a number of songs resemble Meshuggah, but the grooves are a bit more tribal in nature, bringing to mind Soulfly from time to time. But then there's the electronic flourishes that bolt on an industrial (and prog) edge. And, not to be forgotten, you can rock the flip out when listening to Oestre. There are some heavy moments. It's pretty amazing to hear all of these different elements come together so well.
Check out "Suicide; Stigma" off of The Color Morale's upcoming album, Hold On Pain Ends.
Album: Djent Is Dead
A lot of people probably think that djent should be dead, but in the case of this album, it most definitely is not. However, similar to yesterday's find, Budosh trend toward the heavier end of the spectrum. On Djent Is Dead the focus is more on rapid fire riffing and staccato guitar playing. You will have your prerequisite number of progressions that form the bedrock of the songs, but they are often very sharp and tight instead of the more "wide" sound you get when riffs are allowed to linger. What this does is give the album a very surgical and precise feel, one that will try to drill itself a hole right through your ear holes.
Album: Polydirectional Lines
Something that you don't hear a lot in the djent realm is a sound that is truly menacing. The sub-genre seems to be focused on what types of grooves and riffs can be shoehorned into the progressive metal template in a specifically polyrhythmic nature. Zmerna manages to do this, but they do so in such a way that they sound unnervingly evil. The majority of the song "Crystalline" you'll be buffeted by edgy, meaty, growling riffs that kick you around like a well-worn soccer ball. If you want some dark djent with a huge sound, Zmerna are right up your alley.
Post-rock with a post-metal edge? Don't mind if I do! Hailing from Poland, Frondibus have put together a seven track album that spans the gamut of what you'll find in the post-(whatever) realms. You have the epic grandeur that doesn't resort to just using twinkly guitars splashed between waves of Russian Circles levels of post-metal volume. All the while, the idea of putting together songs (and not just movements) isn't lost. I never really felt like Frondibus was doing what they were doing simply for the sake of showing off, despite the fact that they have some talents to show off.
The young teen/pre-teen metal band Unlocking the Truth have locked themselves in with Sony for at least two albums for $1.8 million. There are some caveats, though... The band will receive 16 to 17 percent royalties on sales, but must sell at least 250,000 copies before they get the full $1.8 million (they'll get $60,000 before any albums are released).
Our Last Night continue making covers of pop hits for funsies with this cover of NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye".
Personal favorites of the site, Aeges, has finally resurfaced. We raved about the band's debut two years ago, and it's a must have for fans of 90s post-hardcore, Queens of the Stone Age, or Torche. The band's brand of pop-fuzz is definitely back with the premiere of "Fault", the first single from the band's sophomore record. Above and Below is set for release September 23rd via The Mylene Sheath. You can stream the new song here, and keep up with Aeges on Facebook.
If you're in Europe, it's highly encouraged that you go see Protest the Hero with The Contortionist and The Faceless to get your full fill of progressive and technical metalcore. Dates below.
14.11.14 Germany Leipzig @ Conne Island
15.11.14 Czech Rep Pilsen @ Pod Lampou
16.11.14 Germany Berlin @ Bi Nuu
18.11.14 Norway Oslo @ John Dee
19.11.14 Sweden Gothenburg @ Sticky Fingers
20.11.14 Denmark Aarhus @ Voxhall
21.11.14 Holland Enschede @ Atak
22.11.14 Germany Köln @ Essigfabrik
24.11.14 Belgium Antwerpen @ Trix
25.11.14 UK Southampton @ Mo Club
26.11.14 UK Manchester Academy 2
28.11.14 Ireland Dublin @ Voodoo Lounge
29.11.14 North Ireland Belfast @ Limelight 2
30.11.14 UK Wolverhampton @ Wulfrun Hall
01.12.14 Scotland Edinburgh @ Studio 24
02.12.14 UK London @ Koko
04.12.14 France Paris @ Trabendo
05.12.14 Germany Karlsruhe @ Substage
06.12.14 Italy Milano @ Live Forum
07.12.14 Italy Rome @ Traffic Club
08.12.14 Germany München @ Backstage
09.12.14 Austria Wien @ Arena
10.12.14 Switzerland Geneve @ L'Usine
12.12.14 Switzerland Winterthur @ Gaswerk Kulturzentrum
13.12.14 France Lyon @ Warmaudio
Album: With Grass Above Ones Head
I'm sure everyone has had a raucous 4th of July weekend... well, at least here in the United States. After a long weekend of drinking, blowing things up, and laying in the sun it's hard to ease back into the everyday working life. Shodai should help make the transition easier as the calm, soothing post-rock on With Grass Above Ones Head could ease even the most staunch hangover, which will be helpful so that you can also be ready to take on some of the shoegaze tracks on this album. Not content to stay confined to post-rock, Shodai also ventures into shoegaze realms, at times creating some very abrasive, yet emotive, compositions. This diversity and lack of fear to venture beyond set genres should challenge listeners, as well as fit a plethora of moods.
Aussie post-metal group The Matador has released the first taste of its new album, Destroyer. The band has released the title track, which can be purchased via Bandcamp and streamed in the comments. To coincide with the release of "Destroyer", the band is giving away a custom Destroyer guitar/bass cabinet designed and built by guitarist Ryan Creighton. All who purchase the single on Bandcamp between July 6th and August 5th will be entered into the contest to win the speaker cabinet.
If that doesn't entice you, maybe hearing the song will be the icing on the cake. The band's take on post-metal is laced with heavy doses of doom and melancholic hardcore. It feels both entirely familiar and fairly unique. Let us know what you think in the comments.
Artist João Onofre is trying to get bands to do something a little different--play while locked in an airtight box until they run out of air. He's opened this up to bands that want to try it during the month of July.
Anyone hoping he can convince Emmure or Brokencyde to try it out and then never open the box again?