Ghost Cult Keefy got to catch up with vocalist Monica Strut of Australian Metalcore band The Last Martyr. We chatted about the bands’ last two releases, the single ‘Like a Ghost’ and their EP Creatrix, some of the new directions the band is headed in with their new music, how the band is coping with self-isolation due to the coronavirus, Monica’s throwback vocal influences, a deep discussion on singing and extreme vocal techniques, her career as a music marketer and coach to bands, her Being In a Band Podcast, her new membership group and much more! Stream and purchase ‘Like a Ghost’ here, and check out our chat!
Metalcore band Glamour of the Kill reunited last year after four years on hiatus and based on the initial response and sold-out shows, the band has decided to keep it going full steam. They have booked a mini-tour fo the UK next month, with direct support from Silent Screams and Invisions. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 16 January at 9AM via regular ticket vendors. The band also released a comeback single, ‘Fire Fight’ which is a banger! Check it out below. Continue reading
I’m pretty good at separating the art from the artist. James Woods’ political leanings aren’t my cup of tea, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to change the station whenever Videodrome or Casino comes on. I can ignore his tweets and enjoy the work. That’s the approach I took with All That Remains’ latest, Madness (Razor & Tie). Continue reading
There is something other than faeces and fluoride in the water down on the South Coast of England. And it’s contributing to a burgeoning scene of some repute; while the energetic and promising Saint(The)Sinner passed into the night, Southampton’s Creeper stand the dark denizens hotly tipped to become the UK’s next mainstream breakthrough. So where in the pecking order do melodic Metalcore merchants and fellow Hampshire dwellers Our Hollow Our Home sit Continue reading
The Black will be the first new music with new frontman Denis Shaforostov at the helm. Guitarist Ben Bruce reflects on changing singers and the new course the band has set:
“We hadn’t reached our destination yet, and Danny (Worsnop) had. I think it was necessary. When it happened, I was devastated. I lost my best friend. We even started referring to this part of our career as ‘the black period.’ It was the darkest time, but we weren’t going to give up. If he hadn’t left, I don’t think we would’ve been as inspired as we were. I also don’t think Asking Alexandria would still be around. Instead, we’re more excited than ever about this band.”
The Black track listing:
01. Let It Sleep
02. The Black
03. I Won’t Give In
04. Sometimes It Ends
05. The Lost Souls
06. Just A Slave To Rock N Roll
07. Send Me Home
08. We’ll Be Okay
09. Here I Am
12. Circled By The Wolves
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Bury Tomorrow continue their attempt at finding a top spot in the field of metalcore with their latest release, Earthbound (Nuclear Blast). Contrary to the group’s wishes, one hears the album as them playing it a little too safe. It can be classified as good metalcore but lacks a special and iconic something.
Overall the album is angry sounding. Whether it is frustration or a try at being heavier is open to interpretation. One is thrown right into the action at the start of the first track ‘The Eternal’ and the album is quick to get down to it. There is a slight improvement as the album goes on but the group never seems to find what it is they are lacking with this release.
‘The Burden’ is the first track on the album to contain some traces of the quality songwriting and sound that were found on earlier works. Bury Tomorrow find some footing by bringing on 90s metalcore representative Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed for the track ‘301’. Credit can be given to them for including their elders in an attempt to solidify them as the new masters of the genre. It is the best track on the album.
Although classifiable as a good album, Earthbound is missing the original soul and ambition that the group’s other albums such as The Union of Crowns. Perhaps this is due to the fact that The Union of Crowns marked the crew’s departure from their independent labels and into something more professional whereas Earthbound is their third album with Nuclear Blast. Another acceptable album for fans of the band, but here is hoping they whip up something special with their next release.
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Melodic metalcore leaders Affiance are self-releasing their new EP on March 11th, titled Gaia, following a successful crowdfunding campaign last year. The bad has premiered the title track, which you can hear at this link or below:
Vocalist Dennis Tvrdik commented:
“The title track is very much the general theme of the EP. If we keep this course, we will destroy ourselves. We can’t survive if we don’t respect our home. Though it may come off as a cheesy ‘global warming’ song, it has more to do with the overall disregard of how our actions today will impact society for the next generation.”
The band is celebrating the release with a special FREE hometown show at The Agora Ballroom, in Cleveland OH on March 11th, when the EP drops.
Pre-orders bundles for Gaia are available now via MerchNow.
Gaia EP track listing:
3. Hollow Empire
Affiance tour dates:
Mar 11: The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH (Record Release show/FREE admission)
Mar 12: The Summit – Columbus, OH
Mar 13: The Ritz- Warren, MI
Mar 14: The Cinema- Connellsville, PA
Mar 15: Waterstreet Music Hall- Rochester, NY
Mar 16: Firehouse 13- Providence, RI
Mar 17: Amityville Music Hall- Amityville, NY
Mar 18: The Loft- Poughkeepsie, NY
Mar 19: Championship Bar & Grill- Trenton, NJ
Mar 21: Arizona Pete’s – Greensboro, NC
Mar 22: The Handlebar- Pensacola, FL
Mar 23: Scouts Bar- Houston, TX
Mar 24: Dirty Dog- Austin, TX
Mar 25: The Rail Club- Ft. Worth, TX
Mar 26: Texas Korova- San Antonio, TX
Mar 28: Aftershock Live Music Venue – Merriam, KS
Mar 30: The Garage- Burnsville, MN
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