Danish metalcore upstarts Coldblack (sometimes stylized as Cold Black have signed with Artery Recordings and will release their debut album Circles on August 18th. You can check out the first video and single from the album, the title track ‘Circles’, below: Continue reading
It’s been quite a transformation few years for new Artery Recordings signees Wildways. Hailing from western Russia and operating until just a few years ago under a different name, this metalcore prospect comes up big on the US debut Into The Wild. The current wave of modern metalcore, bands with the ability to be heavy, but fluid enough to genre bend and flow well. Everyone aspires to this style, and fewer can make it there own sound. Wildways has done this big time.
Tapping into that millennial angst is easy. Try doing for a generation that would rather Snapchat then make a real personal connection. The kids in Wildways know this, and since they are their own audience, this helps them connect on real level. No fantasies or fakery, but real songs about personal problems. Tracks meld metalcore, EDM, rap (in English and Russian!), punk rock, and even thrash on occasions, coming on like the Linkin Park meets Parkway Drive in a game of carnival bumpercars. Big songs, tuneful melodies, verbose wordplay, and plenty of feel-good moments are the hallmarks of this album.
Opener ‘Skins’ is one of the longer tracks on the album. It’s a kitchen-sink type affair musically, building from a whisper to an emo-core roar of major proportions. Alternating between singing, rapping and screaming, it just kills. They have been a band long enough that they grasp dynamic and tempo shifts and are not just trying to spaz out the listener with changes. Props.
‘3 Seconds To Go’ is a hyperactive song that sounds like what would happen if you had Dragonforce and asked them to write for Enter Shikari or Chiodos at gunpoint. Again, vocalist Toli impresses. There is some baddass keys/programming going on here too. ‘Faka Faka Yeah’ will have the Atilla loving kids losing their shit. I can see this crossing over easily to pop fans. It’s still pretty metal, even though I have no idea what the hell this song is about. The album definitely gets stronger as it goes on with the best tracks being ‘Slow Motion’, the single ‘Princess’ (with mystery female vocals), ‘Don’t Give Up Your Guns’ and ‘Illusions And Mirrors’.
Wildways have arrived and might be a good bet to be the next big thing. This is a good first step into a larger world, and we’ll be following along closely.
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After forming in 2014, London-based sextet She Must Burn release their self-titled début EP (Ghost Music). Describing themselves as “entwining crushing brutality and beautiful melody”, it is hard not to be intrigued.
The fusion of screaming vocals and clean vocals is used in most heavy genres nowadays, so in some ways it has lost its original appeal. However, there is definitely something different about She Must Burn: it is obvious from the first full-length track ‘Possessed’ that this is not just another gimmick, but that Joseph Louis Sinclair and Aimy Miller’s vocals contrast perfectly. The innocent-sounding clean vocals fuse together incredibly well with the brutal screaming vocals, creating a dramatic metal sound.
One of the most impressive songs on the EP is ‘Into Light’. The song has a much softer vibe to it than the previous tracks, and it opens with a beautiful piano melody. Aimy’s vocals are almost enchanting, and it is easy to see exactly why She Must Burn have gained so many fans in just a short space of time.
Throughout the EP there are obvious influences from heavy metal, rock, metalcore and even symphonic metal. Each one of the six songs sounds unique, whilst still being able to create a definitive sound for She Must Burn.
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Artery Recordings has launched a new campaign to help underground bands get discovered on the last Friday of every month 12PM (PST). Artery A&R reps will listen to the bands that submit. Bands are encouraged to share their music to Artery’s Facebook page.
Conquer Divide will release their self titled debut via Artery Recordings on July 24, 2015. The record was produced by Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, We Came as Romans). The band will be taking part on this year’s All Stars Tour with dates posted below.
Conquer Divide are Kiarely—Vocals; Janel—Vocals; Kristen—Guitar; Izzy—Guitar; Sarah—Bass; Tamara—Drums
01: Sink Your Teeth Into This
02: Self Destruct
03: Eyes Wide Shut
06: What’s Left Inside
07: At War
08: Despicable You
09: Heavy Lies The Crown
Jul 17: Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX (no DayShell)
Jul 18: Summer Showdown Festival – El Paso, TX (Upon A Burning Body only)
Jul 19: Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM (no DayShell)
Jul 20: Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO (no DayShell)
Jul 22: Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Jul 23: Soma – San Diego, CA
Jul 24: Hard Rock Live – Las Vegas, NV
Jul 25: Pico Rivera Sports Arena – Pico Rivera, CA
Jul 26: Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ
Jul 28: The Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
Jul 31: Gamechanger – Freehold, NJ
Aug 01: The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Aug 02: Reverb – Reading, PA
Aug 07: Dirtfest – Flint, MI (Upon A Burning Body only)
Aug 09: Heavy MTL – Montreal, QC (Upon A Burning Body only)
Aug 11: Agora Theater – Cleveland, OH
Aug 12: Webster Hall – New York City, NY (feat. Summer Slaughter Tour)
Aug 15: Empire Garage – Austin, TX
Aug 16: Scout Bar – Houston, TX (no A Skylit Drive)
Attila frontman Fronz is releasing his long-gestating and much-anticipated rap album Party People’s Anthem on June 30, 2015 via Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie. Stream “They Still Talk,” featuring Issues’ Tyler Carter below. Fronz will be on the Warped Tour all summer with his band Attila.
Fronzilla Party People’s Anthem Track Listing:
01: Turn It Up
02: Next Level
03: In Too Deep
04: They Still Talk
07: Party People’s Anthem
09: Get Buck
11: I Ain’t Trippin
Iwrestledabearonce is streaming “Wade in the Water,” off of their new album Hail Mary, out June 16, 2015 via Artery Recordings. Stream it below.
Hail Mary Track Listing:
01: Gift of Death
02: Remain Clam
03: Green Eyes
04: Erase it All
05: Curse the Spot
06: Doomed to Fail Pt 1
07: Doomed to Fail Pt 2
08: Killed to Death
10: Man of Virtue
11: Carbon Copy
12: Wade in the Water
13: We All Float Down Here
14: Your God Is Too Small
Phinehas is streaming “Dead Choir” from their forthcoming debut album Till The End, out July 10, 2015 via Artery Recordings. Listen to it below.
Phinehas Till the End Track Listing
01: Dead Choir
02: White Livered
03: Truth Be Told
05: Forever West
07: Coup De Grace
10: Iliaster (More Than Skin)
11: Evening Gray and Morning Red
13: Till the End