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August Burns Red Books “10 Years Of Constellations” World Tour

 

Metalcore leaders August Burns Red have announced the Constellations 10-Year Anniversary World Tour. The band will perform the album in full every night of the tour. The tour runs from the end of summer through the end of the year. The North American leg of the tour, presented by Merch Central, kicks off on June 20 in the band’s hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and runs through August 11 in New York City. Silverstein and Silent Planet will serve as support. The band will then travel to Australia in October and to Europe in November and December. Opening acts are for Australia are TBA, while Erra and Currents will be supported on the European leg. All dates are below. VIP tickets are available now, while general on-sales are this Friday, March 15 at 10 am local time. Information at the link below. Continue reading

Currents – I Let The Devil In EP

Currents burst onto the progressive side of the Metalcore scene with their debut album back in 2017, displaying an array of influences including Architects and Northlane. Just over a year later, and the band is back with their third EP.

Continuing on the same path they have previously laid out, Currents display some great Mathcore guitar feats focusing on twangy, winding guitar tones similar to the likes of Periphery or Veil of Maya, showing those bands influences very clearly on their sleeves, though the combination of their influences in one complete sound gives Currents their own unique sound.

Similar to The Place I Feel Safest, I Let The Devil In (Sharptone) features dark, introspective lyrics. The opening track, ‘Into Despair’ exhibits this perfectly as vocalist Brian Wille’s tortured screams cry out “I never said I could make you better, What did you expect from me?!” It’s clear this isn’t just a set of generic lyrics, but something that as cheesy as it sounds comes straight from the heart. Wille’s performance from start to end shows the passion and authenticity of the emotions from the lyrics.

While the overall sound of Currents could be grouped alongside a growing number of Tech Metalcore bands, the vocals and emotional content fits far more alongside bands like Casey. If Currents keep up the development of their music, they could be one of Metalcore’s new trendsetters.

8 / 10

CHARLIE HILL

Rock N Derby Festival Features Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Halestorm And More

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Upstate New York will be the site of the 2016 Rock `N Derby featuring three days of demolition derby action and killer bands. Sponsored by SLP Concerts and GameLoud , among the already announced lineup Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Halestorm, Megadeth, Sixx: A.M., Lamb Of God, Clutch, Anthrax, Ghost, Wolfmother, Sevendust, Dokken, Trivium, Memphis May Fire, We Came As Romans, Scott Stapp (Creed), Pop Evil, Thy Art Is Murder, Currents, Wild Throne and 40 more bands TBD. In addition to the derby fun, there will be wrestling, camping and 24/7 food and vendors too. The festival takes place at Schaghticoke Fairgrounds – 69 Stillwater Bridge Rd, Schaghticoke, NY, near Albany and tickets are on sale now, with packages and VIP info detailed below:

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS

WEEKEND GENERAL ADMISSION

Tickets

Prices start at $119.00

TWO DAY GENERAL ADMISSION

Tickets

Prices start at $89.99

CHILDREN TICKETS (12 and under)

*Children under 16 need a guardian to attend

SINGLE DAY $29.99

TWO DAY $54.99

WEEKEND $74.99

DEMOLITION DERBY GENERAL ADMISSION

Single Day (Saturday and Sunday) $29.99 PER DAY

ON-SITE CAMPING – PRICES & PACKAGES

2 PERSON (10×30) $120.00

4 PERSON (20×40) $180.00

6 PERSON (20×40) $200

6 PERSON RV (20×40) $225.00 (no hook up)

6 PERSON RV (20×40) $325.00 (with hook up)

ADD ONS:

ADDITIONAL PARKING $29.99

10×10 TENT w/ SIDES $150.00

COTS $65.00

SLEEPING BAGS $40.00

LOCKER RENTALS $20.00 PER DAY or $50.00 WEEKEND RENTAL

VIP PACKAGES (Powered by Soundrink, 21+ ONLY)

RV PACKAGE – $6,599.99 (11 AVAILABLE)

Six (6) VIP Weekend Passes & Lanyard

$250.00 in Stock Food & Drink (alcohol served to 21+ only)

Gift Box of Festival Merch

Access to Monster Energy Artist Bar’n

Artist Meet and Greet

Pre & After Party Access

6 Pit Pass for Demo Derby

Six Festival Sleeping Bags

CABANA PACKAGE – $3,499.99 (10 AVAILABLE)

Six (6) VIP Weekend Passes & Lanyard

Six Pack of Craft Beer Per Day

Gift Box of Festival Merch

Access to Monster Energy Artist Bar’n

Artist Meet and Greet

Pre & After Party Access

6 Pit Pass for Demo Derby

For more information on, including FAQ, directions, parking tips, hotel information, vending and more, please visit:

Rock’n Derby online

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Codas – Currents EP

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Largely, samples and Electronica really piss me off. Where’s the musical aesthetic or skill in roughing-up a squealing knob, for Christ’s sake (unless it’s George Osborne…)? When those bleeps are accompanied by low-fi riffs and drums which gradually increase in pulverising power, however, as with the opening track to this EP from one-man Brooklyn project Codas, the amalgam can be very effective.

An instrumental affair, Currents (Crowquill) is an Industrial sequence-fest. Sound effects twist and growl through ‘Follow The Blind’, which begins with an artificial drum section before the guitar grabs the song by its lapels to take us on a viciously swirling journey of grime-coated riffs and ‘Post’ leadwork. It remains as beguiling as it is compelling; the closing mess of howling feedback going absolutely nowhere, yet retaining a curious interest.

The nasty, fuzzed guitar and rapid drum battery, reminiscent of Royal Blood, marks ‘White Black’ as the most attractive track for those of us who appreciate more structured, less synthesised outbursts. The closing title track, however, returns to the tiresome ‘scratching’ and stuttering samples, only briefly punctuated by the warning growl of the strings. Rare, Post-rock lead strains occasionally threaten to keep the interest alive and there’s a harsher edge to the second half, with an eerie poignancy; but overall it’s an irritating quarter of an hour that I’ll never get back, and sadly indicative of the EP as a whole.

There’s obviously interest in this stuff, but really it’s nought more than incidental music in a movie scene and, for this technophobe, as dull as dishwater.

 

4.5/10

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PAUL QUINN

Atlas Losing Grip – Currents

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At first glance, the idea of combining melodic punk with speed metal seems like a notion dreamed up after eating too much cheese, but the more you think about it, the more it starts to make sense given that both styles of music rely on catchy and powerful melodies to drive forward their songs. That’s exactly what Swedish quintet Atlas Losing Grip realised and has spent the past few years attempting to perfect. And they just may have managed it on third full length Currents (Cargo Records).

Opening track ‘Sinking Ship’ merges crunchy, compressed riffing with a widescreen, emotive chorus that immediately lodges in your frontal lobe. The band’s shining light is undoubtedly new vocalist Niklas Olsson who has stepped fearlessly into the shoes left by the recently departed Rodrigo Alfaro. Olsson’s clear, commanding tones give the likes of the anthemic ‘The Curse’ a truly epic quality that instantly raises the spirits, helped along by some perfectly executed guitar lines and harmonies. The band have an obvious appreciation for So-Cal punk which is demonstrated on the Bad Religion worshipping ‘Cynosure’ which manages to cram in the perfect amount of soaring vocal lines and gritty riffs in under three minutes, while the no holds barred speed metal of ‘Nemesis’ is like Annihilator and A Day to Remember fucking on the deck of the Jolly Roger.

While many bands have used nautical themes before, its use on Currents feels appropriate for while the band are by no means lost at sea, the choppy and unpredictable nature of their music may at first put off newbies. But for those brave enough to take the plunge, there is so much to discover, such as the mature and sombre ballad ‘Closure’ and the classic songwriting of ‘Kings and Fools’ which if penned by Dave Grohl would be a Top Ten hit, no questions asked.

With far much more going on than your average punk or metal album that feels content to just go through the motions, Currents is a joy from start to finish, an album chock full of life-affirming hooks and meticulously written riffs and melodies that, unless you’re a militant punk douche or elitist metalhead tool, is simply impossible to dislike.

 

8.5/10

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JAMES CONWAY