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HOLLOW I AM DROP BRUTAL EP ‘NEVERWAKE’

Nearly three years after debut release ‘Dead/sleep’, Utah rockers HOLLOW I AM are back with brand new release ‘Neverwake’.

With first single ‘Bloodletting’ setting an overall tone for the EP, the band truly “wanted to showcase a song that brings immediate chaos and energy when playing the first few notes.” – David Blake (Vocalist)

Make sure to listen to the track below and download their new EP available now!

FALLUJAH – UNDYING LIGHT – REVIEW

FALLUJAH’S fourth studio album ‘Undying Light’, following fan favourite album ‘Dreamless’ is to be released. From just one look at comments on single ‘Ultraviolet’, focusing on the debut of new vocalist Antonio Palermo, fans weren’t impressed. Yet, that was one single alone. With the new album out Friday 15th, it’s up to them to redeem themselves to old and new fans.
 
Each track as singular entities are falling on the weak side. Fallujah are trying to drift from the criticisms of ‘Dreamless’ and as an album, it’s a good drawn out emotional push. As single entities, the tracks are not as memorable. ‘Distant and Cold’ is one of the few tracks that is, more so because of its clear stylistic change. More atmospheric, quieter vocals, a nicer feeling. It is different, in turn making it memorable. Common sense , but it does stand out, emotive and relaxing. Vocally the same occurs on ‘Dopamine’, a bit more on the dull side at first, but slowly builds up .
 
Following on from build-ups and interest, ‘Departure’, the albums closing track is down to be the best on the album. Punchy riffs, heavy structure and its ability to keep up its strength throughout the progression of the track. There is definitely the same level of instrumental talent in this album. Heavy riffs protrude through ‘Glass House’ while quick paced drum beats power through ‘Sanctuary’ (despite the rest of the track taking time to push into an interesting boundary.) Yet, this cannot be described as the same Fallujah sound as before. With member changes, you either try to stick with the same sound or change, the middle mix the outfit have created sounds more like they are trying to be influenced by the old Fallujah, instead of BEING them or changing. It’s a copy that doesn’t work, is repetitive and slightly disappointing.
 
Even so, one thing Fallujah did nail is lyricism. With Palermo taking the role of song writing, the lyricism is stronger than ever on ‘Undying Light’. Clearly coming from a personal point in the band, it explains how the atmospheric melodies of the album fit so well with the lyrical pinpoints of the album. Narcissistic societies and similar themes are a key part of the album. This background idea helps set the album in stone, the ideas they wish to show and why.
 
There are different ways to evaluate the album, even score it dependant on the aspects chosen to take into account. Lyrically, ‘Undying Light’ is their strongest release, musically, not quite. As a whole the album is good, tipping the scales into generic melodic hardcore but still good. Separately dissecting each track is when the flaws come in. Fallujah gave it their best and with line-up changes it is hard, now is the time to push, now is the time to build.
 
Rating: 7.5

AVENOIR – ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE – REVIEW

Avenoir have changed. With their original vocalist/bassist departing and two new members joining the party, there is a lot on the line for the Leeds quartet. ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’, named from the Greek myth tragedy (well the majority were tragedies) is the next step for the group. How does the story end?

A consistant buildup of intensity shrouds the track in a fuzzy, yet slightly distorted manner, bringing the power of the lyrics to light. Guitar solo? Not entirely necessary, but fits well enough that it isn’t too isolated, but adds some extra length and change to the track. The track is fairly similar throughout, but the slow build saves what could have ended up as a constant repetition. It isn’t bad, in fact, the melancholic guitar tones help bring a gloomy atmosphere to the track, similarly seen in their EP ‘3027‘.

However, there is an obvious change from their previous releases. This is always the risk when changing members, especially vocalists. The vocals aren’t mixed as well into the track, but with their distorted grunge style, this could be attributed towards their gritty, raw genre. Yet, what does come through is that the vocal tone is less fitting. Slightly off at points, and too separate from the rest of the track. As the track builds the vocals do become more fitting, clearly seen through in the lead-up to the tracks guitar-solo bridge. This helps settle the tracks flow creating more balance, but gaining this through the tracks entirety is the next step.

Avenoir have the musical potential as seen in their previous releases. With two lineup changes now in place, Avenoir could go down a completely different route. Finding the balance as a band is the next step and only time will tell if they will reach it.

Rating: 6/10

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL REVEALS THIRD LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT

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!

  • Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics
  • Alcest
  • Animals As Leaders
  • At The Gates
  • Bad Wolves
  • Batushka
  • Beartooth
  • Behemoth
  • Black Peaks
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Cane Hill
  • Clutch
  • Coldrain
  • Conjurer
  • Crystal Lake
  • Deadland Ritual
  • Fever 333
  • Godsmack
  • Groundculture
  • Halestorm
  • Heart Of A Coward
  • Icon For Hire
  • Intervals
  • Last In Line
  • Like A Storm
  • Lost In Stereo
  • Love Bites
  • Municipal Waste
  • Ne Obliviscaris
  • Palaye Royale
  • Parting Gift
  • Redhook
  • Skid Row
  • Skynd
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • Sumo Cyco
  • Those Damn Crows
  • Three Days Grace
  • Toska
  • Trash Boat
  • Twelve Foot Ninja
  • Vega
  • Wolf Jaw

GIG REVIEW – ARCHITECTS – MANCHESTER 15/01/19

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.

OF VIRTUE – SUFFER – REVIEW

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.

8/10

 

BANDS SET TO BREAK IN 2019

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

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.

BEHIND BLUE EYES

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.

SILENT PLANET

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.

GOLD STEPS

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.