Wage War – Deadweight

Ahh, Metalcore. That much maligned subgenre of metal that some naysayers would have you believe was dead and gone. But here come Wage War from Florida to press the reset button with their sophomore album Deadweight (Fearless) and show you Metalcore is far from over. Continue reading

August Burns Red – Found in Far Away Places

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I loved Pennsylvanian quintet August Burns Red, purveyors of fulminating Metalcore with an extra double-shot of espresso in the form of dynamic, rabble-rousing screamer Jacob Luhrs. Then came the queer melodies and repetitive codas of the comparatively anodyne Leveler and Rescue & Restore (both Solid State Records)…

‘The Wake’, the opening gambit from seventh studio album Found in Far Away Places (Fearless), possesses the ferocity of former years: the extra edge to JB Brubaker’s rapid, Eastern-tinged leadplay assisted by Rob Greiner’s bludgeoning sticks and Luhrs’ tar-stripping larynx. The juddering, scything attack of ‘Martyr’ is a further improvement: trademark staccato breakdowns invaded by a gentle lead and string section break, while Brubaker’s delicate, intricate patterns show his continuing evolution.

The mix of light and shade is given a real kick in ‘Identity’, technical savagery traversing the same road as some seriously emotive guitar; an out-of-place 50’s Country / Rock ‘n’ Roll mid-section, however, raises eyebrows. The chaotic battery of ‘Separating the Seas’ is similarly affected by a tango / polka-style bridge, and all of a sudden we’re back in the silly country of the last two albums. The machine-gun riff of the Jeremy McKinnon-graced ‘Ghosts’ is brutal, and even the faux-emotion of the clean vocals is acceptable in the intensity of their surroundings. The howling melodies of ‘Majoring in the Minors’, however, can’t save it from a ludicrous ‘cartoon western’ interlude.

Here, it seems, we have a band who have grown so keen to display the breadth of their invention and myriad influences that utterly pointless incursions into whimsy appear de rigeur: breaking any flow and leaving us wondering what in the blue blazes is occurring.

The soaring, moving lead breaks of standout track ‘Broken Promises’ are far more fitting and more organic, whilst the wanton aggression of ‘Blackwood’ and ‘Twenty-one Grams’ is beautifully tempered by Brubaker’s increasingly judicious, occasionally dainty solos. Repeated plays focus the listener on the overwhelming positives of the album but, lads, for the sake of all that’s holy, stop the excursions into surreal fancy. They cheapen the memorable output of a largely incredible band of musicians.

 

7.0/10

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Music Video + Tour: Neck Deep – Can’t Kick Up The Roots + Vans Warped Tour Dates

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Neck Deep is streaming their music video for “Can’t Kick Up The Roots” off of their sophomore full length Life’s Not Out To Get You, out on August 14th, 2015 via Hopeless Records. The album was produced by Jeremy McKinnon (A Day To Remember) and Andrew Wade (The Ghost Inside, Issues).

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Life’s Not Out To Get You – Track listing
01: Citizens Of Earth
02: Threat Level Midnight
03: Can’t Kick Up The Roots
04: Kali Ma
05: Gold Steps
06: Lime St.
07: Serpents
08: The Beach Is For Lovers (Not Lonely Losers)
09: December
10: Smooth Seas Don’t Make Good Sailors
11: I Hope This Comes Back To Haunt You
12: Rock Bottom

The band will be taking part on the main stage at this year’s Vans Warped Tour with dates posted below.

Jun 19: Pomona Fairplex – Pomona, CA
Jun 20: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
Jun 21: Seaside Park – Ventura, CA
Jun 23: Quail Run Park – Mesa, AZ
Jun 24: Isleta Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM
Jun 25: Remington Park – Oklahoma City, OK
Jun 26: NRG Park Main St Yellow Lot – Houston, TX
Jun 27: Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
Jun 28: AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
Jul 01: Tennessee State Fairgrounds – Nashville, TN
Jul 02: Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
Jul 03: Vinoy Park – St. Petersburg, FL
Jul 04: Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
Jul 05: Tinker Field – Orlando, FL
Jul 06: Morocca Shrine Auditorium & Grounds – Jacksonville, FL
Jul 07: PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
Jul 08: Farm Bureau Live – Virginia Beach, VA
Jul 09: First Niagara Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 10: Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
Jul 11: Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre – Wantagh, NY
Jul 12: Xfinity Theatre – Hartford, CT
Jul 14: Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
Jul 15: Darien Lake PAC – Darien Center, NY
Jul 16: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
Jul 17: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON
Jul 18: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
Jul 19: PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
Jul 21: The Pavilion at Montage Mountain – Scranton, PA
Jul 23: Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Jul 24: The Palace of Auburn Hills Parking Lot – Detroit, MI
Jul 25: First Midwest Bank Amphitheater – Chicago, IL
Jul 26: Canterbury Park – Shakopee, MN
Jul 27: Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Maryland Heights, MO
Jul 28: Marcus Amphitheatre – Milwaukee, WI
Jul 29: Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, IN
Jul 30: Cricket Wireless Amphitheater – Bonner Springs, KS
Aug 01: Utah State Fairpark – Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 02: Pepsi Center Parking Lot – Denver, CO
Aug 05: Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot – San Diego, CA
Aug 07: Portland Expo Center – Portland, OR
Aug 08: White River Amphitheater – Auburn, WA

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Lyric Video: August Burns Red – The Wake

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August Burns Red is streaming a lyric video for “The Wake,” off of their forthcoming album Found In Far Away Places, out June 30, 2015 via Fearless Records. Watch it below.

Found In Far Away Places Track List:
01: The Wake
02: Martyr
03: Identity
04: Separating The Seas
05: Ghosts (Featuring Jeremy McKinnon)
06: Majoring In The Minors
07: Everlasting Ending
08: Broken Promises
09: Blackwood
10: Twenty-One Grams
11: Vanguard

The band will be taking part on the Main Stage of Vans Warped Tour 2015 this summer. Confirmed dates are posted below.

Jun 19: Pomona Fairplex – Pomona, CA
Jun 20: Shoreline Amphitheater – Mountain View, CA
Jun 21: Ventura County Fairgrounds @ Seaside Park – Ventura, CA
Jun 23: Quail Run Park – Mesa, AZ
Jun 24: Isleta Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM
Jun 25: Remington Park – Oklahoma City, OK
Jun 26: NRG Park Main St Yellow Lot – Houston, TX
Jun 27: Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
Jun 28: AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX
Jul 01: Tennessee State Fairgrounds – Nashville, TN
Jul 02: Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
Jul 03: Vinoy Park – St Petersburg, FL
Jul 04: Cruzan Amphitheater – West Palm Beach, FL
Jul 05: Tinker Field – Orlando, FL
Jul 06: Morocco Shrine Auditorium and Grounds – Jacksonville, FL
Jul 07: PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
Jul 08: Farm Bureau Live – Virginia Beach, VA
Jul 09: First Niagara Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 10: Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
Jul 11: Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater – Wantagh, NY
Jul 12: Xfinity Theatre – Hartford, CT
Jul 14: Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
Jul 15: Darien Lake PAC – Darien Center, NY
Jul 16: Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
Jul 17: Molson Canadian Amphitheater – Toronto, ON
Jul 18: Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
Jul 19: PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
Jul 21: The Pavilion at Montage Mountain – Scranton, PA
Jul 23: Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Jul 24: The Palace of Auburn Hills Parking Lot – Detroit, MI
Jul 25: First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
Jul 26: Canterbury Park – Shakopee, MN
Jul 27: Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – Maryland Heights, MO
Jul 28: Marcus Amphitheater – Milwaukee, WI
Jul 29: Klipsch Music Center – Noblesville, IN
Jul 30: Cricket Wireless Amphitheater – Bonner Springs, KS
Aug 01: Utah State Fairgrounds – Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 02: Pepsi Center Parking Lot – Denver, CO
Aug 05: Qualcomm Stadium Parking Lot – San Diego, CA
Aug 07: Portland Expo Center – Portland, OR
Aug 08: White River Amphitheater – Auburn, WA