Chiodos will be releasing DEVIL on April 1. The full-length is the first album with fully-reformed original lineup plus Thomas Erak of The Fall of Troy and Just Like Vinyl. You can check a new song, "Ole Fishlips is Dead Now" over at Alternative Press. Bonus album art and tracklist.
There's lots of great emo being released in January and February this year, most from Topshelf Records. Prawn are dropping a split with Joie De Vivre, and you can listen to their new song "Why You Always Leave a Note" below. Dreary, dreamy, post-rock drenched emo. Get sad.
We have featured the excellent Canadian progressive metal band previously, so you should already know why we have kept tabs on them. Well, now the once-instrumental group has picked up a voice and is set to release the cleverly-titled A Voice Within on March 4th. I've had the chance to hear the full album, and I think you all are in for a treat. I won’t give away too much, but the addition of vocal chords to the band’s repertoire really rounds out the group. Fans of modern progressive metal should save a place in 2014’s top ten for A Voice Within.
Yeah, it’s that good. I had the chance to discuss the year that was with guitarist/songwriter Aaron Marshall and new vocalist Mike Semesky. They gave me their “best of” list, which you can see below.
In no particular order:
1. Protest the Hero- Volition
2. Letlive- The Blackest Beautiful
3.Bastille- Bad Blood
4. Misery Signals- Absent Light
5. Justin Timberlake- The 20/20 Experience
6. TesseracT- Altered State
7. Northlane- Singularity
8. Tilian Pearson- Material Me
9. Karnivool- Asymmetry
10. The Dillinger Escape Plan- One of Us Is the Killer
Do you agree or disagree with this list? Let us know in the comments. The band is headed out across 'Murica with Protest the Hero, Battlecross, and The Safety Fire this spring. Check the dates here.
Norwegian sludge-infested post-hardcore troupe Wolves Like Us has released the first single from its upcoming sophomore record. Black Soul Choir is set to be released on March 4, 2014 in North America. "I Don't Need To Be Forgiven" is decidedly excellent, showcasing an improvement on the band's interesting mixture of 90s post-hardcore and stoner/sludge. There is also that fun-lovin' rock element that fellow-countrymen Kvelertak have down pat. Let us know your thoughts in the comments, where you can also view the video.
Tool have announced that they will embark on a brief West Coast tour. The tour is scheduled to take place in early March.
3/4 Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
3/6 Portland, OR @ Moda Center
3/7 Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Arena
3/9 Reno, NV @ Reno Event Center
3/11 San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
In celebration of Rave Tapes, Mogwai have bottled 9 year-old scotch whisky because
Diamond Youth have debuted "Red Water" from their upcoming EP Shake. The track sounds a little like Muse played through the speaker system of a haunted house.
Indie rockers Nai Harvest have released two songs from their upcoming EP Hold Open My Head, due out March 4 on Topshelf Records.
Intervals have released a second new song from their upcoming debut full-length. Listen to "The Escape" below. A Voice Within drops March 4.
Get your hardcore fill with the new video for "Hard Lessons" from Terror below.
As part of Sumerian Records' huge Youtube playlist of their releases, you can find Periphery's new EP Clear in its entirety. Misha's part is particularly grand.
Rise Records own Issues has released its first single from the upcoming debut full-length. "Never Lose Your Flame" is a definite step up from the material on the band's previous EP, showcasing a much more melodically-focused sound. Hopefully it's a portent of things to come. You can stream the track in the comments.
Issues is set for release on February 18th via Velocity/Rise Records
RIYL: Hands Like Houses, Woe, Is Me
Check out the video for "Rap Viper" from Wordburglar below. Takes you back to your childhood, eh?
La Dispute have announced pre-orders for their new album Rooms of the House, and have released new music to coincide. Peep "Stay Happy There" below.
Lacuna Coil are heading out on the road with Sick Puppies, Eyes Set to Kill, and Cilver for "the hottest chicks in hard rock tour". See dates below.
20: Wilmington, NC - Ziggy's By The Sea
21: Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
22: Lexington, KY - Buster's
23: Springfield, VA - Empire
24: New York, NY - Irving Plaza
26: Worcester, MA - Palladium
27: Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
28: Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa
01: Joliet, IL - Mojoe's
02: South Bend, IN - Club Fever
05: Broussard, LA - The Station Live
06: Houston, TX - Scout Bar
07: Austin, TX - Infest
08: Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey
10: Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
12: Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
14: Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
15: Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
19: Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues
20: Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues
Check out "Devil's Night" below, from Caliban's upcoming album Ghost Empire. It's got some noticeably more melodic choruses than in the past.
It looks like Amazon is having a metal sale. Go get albums from tons of great bands like Animals as Leaders, Between the Buried and Me, Protest the Hero, Lamb of God, TesseracT, and many more.
Former instrumental progressive metal group Intervals has introduced a singer into the fray. Former The HAARP Machine vocalist, Mike Semesky, has become the band's first singer. After putting out two EPs (The Space Between and In Time), Intervals is set to release its debut LP sometime this spring. The band will tour Europe and America with Protest the Hero and The Safety Fire.
Personally, I think the vocals add a nice element to the band's arsenal. What do you think? Stream the new track "Ephemeral" in the comments.
RIYL: Animals As Leaders, Periphery, The Safety Fire
Flynn and Luke Gower of defunct prog act Cog have formed a new project called The Occupants, and you can sample "Wonderland" over at their Soundcloud.
Matt Halpern's track from Periphery's upcoming release Clear has leaked over on The Tumblrs. Check it out.