Following on from debut EP ‘From Day One’, Hungarian metal band Harmed have dropped their newest single Jester.
Commenting on the release, Levi (vocals) explains “Jester” is a song about hate for those who ridiculed us in the past. It serves as a source of revenge.” The groups brutal take on their music shows a definite improvement in their musical abilities, despite the song being shorter than usual. Make sure to check out the video below!
Download Festival has unleashed a new set of bands for this year’s stacked lineup.
The variety ranges from larger bands such as Beartooth, Halestorm and Clutch, to smaller artists such as Parting Gift and Crystal Lake.
Check out the full list of new bands below!
Two shows in one city in a row. One sold out night down, one more to go. After selling out the original Manchester date for the UK/Europe album tour, a second night was on the list, on the verge of selling out. Can the groups still put on a energetic show for another night?
Beartooth (7) have been a name on the scene since 2012, leading up across many tours and releases. Stage-audience interaction was average, simple lyric repetition and speeches – on the more negative side. In perspective, it’s understand where Caleb comes from in his speech. Mental health issues never being overcome, but to state it will always be stuck in you is a little negative because it isn’t. Perhaps a poor word choice, but a nice message of accepting who you are. In terms of performance, they haven’t shown too much improvement. In terms of reciprocating recorded material live, the group do an impressive job. The issue is, there is little to separate them live from any other band. Besides the flag logo, Beartooth have little to separate them from the average metal band. An improvement that will come with time.
Architects (9) are no strangers to putting on incredible performances. Whether jumping on the Architects bandwagon before or after ‘Holy Hell‘, their popularity as a band has increased tenfold. Opening with the venue anthem Death Is Not Defeat an instant aura took over the Mancunian crowd. ‘Holy Hell’ has pushed Architects to new heights and this first track is a snippet of this peak.
Sam Carter is a entertaining frontman, both as a vocalist and in connection with the audience. Interestingly, even Dan Searle (drums) has a word for the audience, related to not chugging wine but a word either way. Also any band quoting the Scottish ‘Disgusting’ vine after whisperings within the in-ear monitors have clear interpersonal relationships with each other. Even in the crowd, people are encouraged to take part in the pits and sing alone with encouragement from Sam himself. Audiences make gigs as much as a band can. Any audience that stops the middle of a show pretending to row as pirates helps entertain quite a large majority of people to say the least.
Yet, an important part of the show revolved around the passing of bandmate Tom Searle. Emotional connections in a true form are hard to make work, but from a perspective hearing 4000 people clap and shout ‘Tom’, the emotional impact on the band was more than visible. From unscripted memories to the visual tribute following ‘Gone With The Wind’, Architects have developed an incredible connection with the audience. Something not expected On such a level.
On a lighter note, visuals were a surprising impact to the show. Adding small references to ‘Modern Misery’ and rarer setlist appearance ‘Momento Mori’ created a perfect balance of visual storytelling to the tracks. Dramatic use of pyrotechnics and Co2 cannons also added a kick to tracks such as ‘Mortal After All’, lifting the energy in quick succession. However, of the setlist is an aspect to improve. ‘These Colours Don’t Run’ being the oldest track following tracks ‘Broken Cross’ and ‘Naysayer’ from ‘Lost Forever // Lost Together’. Crafting a set list is difficult, but perhaps a bit more variation of older tracks could be a move forward
Of the night, the best performance comes in the form of single ‘Royal Beggars’. Proving Sam Carter’s ability to transition from brutal highs to low harsh vocals, its clear why this band are so respected. For a finale, ‘Doomsday’ sounds like a good form of closure. While loud and well executed in a musical sense, for a finale the performance sadly wasn’t as extravagant as expected. Still, not a negative ending, one that was rather enjoyable.
Consistently improving since 2004, Architects are reaching new heights of performance and audiences. A strong show musically with an honest appreciation for those around them.
Christmas is over and Of Virtue are already hitting the ground running for the year ahead. Signing to Sharptone Records also comes the release of ‘Suffer’, a new step ahead for the group, but where does it hold up in the ratings?
Well, Of Virtue are undoubtly throwing the heavy punches to the track. Combining harsh and clean vocals perhaps takes the track to different tones, but as a whole the bands usual heavy influence still remains. Verses are heavy, gritty with a hardcore depth emerging juxtaposed by the melodic choruses where emotional depth is concieved. This is a contrast that works in the bands favour, with the balance almost right for the style of music Of Virtue are working to create. In terms of the tracks length, the breakdown is slightly underwhelming. Pehaps better fitting as a track intro, the breakdown leaves you wanting more. Something solidified, something to really impact listeners.
Of Virtue are still putting out good tracks. Trial and error is a factor all bands must embrace from time to time. ‘Suffer’ is still a great track with the potential still shining through from the band, its just the polishing that is the next stage.
Every year bands branch out and break out into the scene, making a monumental impact nobody expected. Last year’s list of Dream State, Stand Atlantic and Milk Teeth have all gone on to release new music, tour and gain international recognition. So, who’s making the list for 2019?
Holding Absence have gained a massive amount of traction this last year, from touring and creating a split EP with Loathe, to supporting As It Is across their recent November headliner. The band are destined to make an impact this year, releasing their self-titled debut album in March and embarking on a national headliner in March 2019. Two massive events in the bands timeline in only the first quarter of the year. Trust us, Holding Absence are going to be around a lot, it won’t be long before you hear them too.
Take a second to recollect – have you heard of Behind Blue Eyes? Perhaps one of the smaller bands on the list, but a band rising through the ranks quicker than you may expect. Despite currently playing smaller shows, BBE won the oportunity to play alongside Our Hollow, Our Home this October in their ‘Road To Holloween’ competiton. Word is quickly spreading through the metalcore scene and within a year it’s safe to say these guys will go a long way.
Teetering on the edge of popularity over the last year, the scales are about to tip. Silent Planet are only going to get bigger. Being added as a new support to The Amity Affliction/ Senses Fail co-headliner (remember the Bad Omens drama?), touring the UK and releasing their third studio album, they’ve already made waves in the coming year. Bands with already released material can still have their oportunity. Becomung Billboards #16 Top Current Album wuithin a week of release, racking up 913K streams and selling 8600 albums, these guys are firing up on our radar. Check them out, they’re ready for you.
A little different to the alternative/metal dominated list, Gold Steps are a Texas based pop-punk band setting foot into the world of their genre. With popularity slowly building up over social media mentions, the outfit are slowly branching out through their American hokme country – soon to an international reach by the end of 2019. With some fiesty tunes already on the market, now is a good chance to really get familliar with the band themself.
Teddy Rocks Festival have announced the first wave of bands on the bull for 2019’s full-on lineup. Featuring a mixture of bands known for generations, as well as newer artists on the scene, this announcement already makes a statement.
After moving Teddy Rocks to an outdoor field in 2015 for the three day event, the festival aims to raise money throughout its course for children’s cancer research. The festival also upholds its status, becoming larger each year and attracting more fans to the annual event. Headlining Saturday are nostalgic Christmas rockers The Darkness, with The Zutons rocking Sunday’s a lot. Spread across the three days are also a variety of artists from the likes of Dream State, Press To Meco and The Lounge Kittens, all doing their part for the fundraising festival.
Make sure to check out the full lineup below!