Monday, May 9, 2011
Anyway, back to Pick Your Side. This band picks up right where Haymaker left off. While I’m not overly familiar with Haymaker’s discography, I’ve listened to them enough to know their sound; fast, pissed, thrashy hardcore, and that’s exactly what this is. This 7” blazes through 10 tracks in less than 11 minutes, with music and lyrics (politically and religion based) akin to Beckman’s former bands.
There are two major things I don’t like about these songs/this recording. Firstly, I’m not big on the vocals. While it still sounds like Jeff Beckman, the vocals sound so lo-fi it’s hard to tell if he’s saying actual words half the time or just groaning. Secondly, these songs are very forgettable. I can’t find one memorable riff, vocal pattern, chorus, etc. on this record.
While not bad by any means, I just find these songs a little too repetitive and uninspired to warrant repeated listens. Don’t take my word for it though, head over http://www.a389records.com/boombox.html to listen to a song from the record and maybe you’ll think differently. Oh yeah, and there is a cool Crucifucks cover at the end of this one too.
Pick it up here
Two Songs is the second effort from melodic hardcore band Praise, these two songs continue to progress the bands sand and establish them within the youth crew scene by combining elements of Dag Nasty, Insted, Uniform Choice and label mates Give. Both Give and Praise share the same approach on hardcore with Revolution Summer/ 80’s Youth Crew blend creating a blend of powerful and moving hardcore. The two songs while being two in a half minutes long both are completely different with “Could Have Helped” taking on the bands more common approach of melodic youth crew, while “Autumn” is a more faster paced song with much Youth Of Today, Bold approach. I would check out this album for this band is still spreading the message of positivity within the hardcore scene and using thought provoking lyrics while having a straight edge back bone.
Rating: 4/5 (This is only leaving me waiting for an LP)
Favorite song: Could Have Helped
Get it here: http://www.itstimetoreact.com/store/
Saturday, May 7, 2011
I’ve been a fan of Skin Like Iron since All Human Failings came out so when I was asked to review their newest album Arrival, I knew that it would continue the amazing progression the band has made between that their last album. Arrival does not disappoint at all, going from melodic tendencies to punk, to very experimental songs to even at times being unclassifiable. The musicianship on this album is also worth mentioning for the riffs on this album are much more atmospheric and yet crushing, which adds a much more dynamic element to each song as well as the dark basslines and vocal performance which will make you bang your head. The album as a whole is a lot different than anything else the band has put out and yet in my opinion is their best effort to date and most hard hitting, with no song being a filler song and the flow of the album working perfectly especially with the lyrics since they are usually told telling stories it seems to continue the natural progression of the stories. I would recommend this album for anyone who is into music from Ceremony, Lewd Acts, Pulling Teeth, Joy Division, Deafheaven and a group of other eclectic bands. Yet I would definitely pick up this album if you’ve been sleeping on Skin Like Iron since it has something anyone into hardcore can find to their likings.
Rating: 5/5 (My favorite SLI release now)
Favorite Songs: Silence Swells & Blame II
Get it here: http://www.itstimetoreact.com/store/
Thursday, May 5, 2011
No Omega from Sweden seem to be a hidden secret since their first EP entitled No Omega shows the band living up to many European contemporaries such as Rise and Fall, Zann, Oathbreaker and Trainwreck. The EP embodies very emotional/ dark hardcore spreading across many topics lyrically from veganism, politics and is written in a poetic muse much like their contemporaries. Though what sets them apart from these bands is the amount of passion and dedication put into each chord and each lyric. I don’t want to lump them into a category but I could definitely see this band on Deathwish Inc. or A389 in the near future. If you are a fan of dark/metallic hardcore and such as Seraphim, Rise and Fall, Oathbreaker, and Cursed then I would definitely check this out.
Rating: 4/5 (While I love bands like this and think they executed it well, I can’t stop feeling like I’m listening to Rise and Fall and Zann which rules but takes away something)
Favorite Songs: Constants and The Design
Check them out here: http://www.noomega.bandcamp.com
Balance and Composure have done it again, proved to me that they can create even more mindfully catchy and amazingly structured songs. Keeping in mind that I just went to see them tonight, I’ll still say that Separation far surpassed anything I had in mind for this band and then some, no song feels like a filler song and each one compliments the next. What is interesting about Balance and Composure is that they have three guitarists to make this trifecta of amazing melody and harmony that works perfectly together. I am even sad to say that this has now one upped Title Fight’s Shed in my eyes and will be on rotation for the next few weeks or so. Please go out and buy this record or go out to see them with The Dear Hunter and Dregd.
Rating: 6/5 (record is pretty much all that I wanted from a Balance and Composure full length)
Favorite Song: The whole album.
Pre-orders are sold out but look for it from the No Sleep Records Store
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
On their full length debut, Baltimore Maryland's PALA deliver a melting pot of several different sounds that all somehow come together to form a surprisingly cohesive mix. You can hear elements of hardcore, screamo and stoner metal on this record, but this doesn't sound like a band that threw together their songs at random, these are cohesive and extremely well written jams. While the faster hardcore songs on this album are awesome, in my opinion the band really takes it up a notch when they break out into slower passages, some containing riffs that sound downright ethereal/hypnotic. This mix of genres fuses to create an album that stands out as being extremely fresh to these ears, and highly recommended. Fans of newer hardcore/screamo acts such as Capsule, Comadre and Furnace owe it to themselves to check this out, as you may have found yourself a new favorite band.
Favorite Tracks:Inside Of, The Singularity
Stream 2 songs from We Are Nothing Here
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