Two decades after their debut, the ever-evolving rock quartet Thrice have finely crafted a dynamic set of songs that are not only sonically pleasing, but lyrically awakening. Their eleventh (Self-Released) studio album, Horizons/East, is an eclectic collection of songs that practices extensive experimentation while maintaining the rawness of previous releases.
From the stark desert of Joshua Tree National Park, Rock and Post-Hardcore connoisseurs Senses Fail perform two livestream sets in homage to their classic albums, Still Searching and Let It Enfold You (Vagrant Records). With the former being presented at sunset and the latter at sunrise, they utilize the barren yet persevering environment to bring the deeper meaning of their music to life. A 360-degree track camera and surrounding steadicams capture it all, complemented by flashing lights and projected images of the band’s skeleton mascot beaming from each towering rock.
It takes a lot of blood, sweat, beers to make it in the music business. A lot of bands form around a good idea, some beers, mutual bands, or a few riffs, heat up, run cold and call it day. Few bands have the temerity to overcome real adversity with all the music industry shit that crushes your soul. If you know, you know. Graveslave has overcome the death of their original vocalist Don “Doombringer” Durkee in 2019, and are still here. Putting out a killer EP during the lockdown Devotion, and now a new album, this is far above what most others could muster. No matter what happens in their career, they have defied the odds for the love of music.
In the absence of live shows as we know them, Dutch symphonic metal act Within Temptation have taken the idea of playing a simple online gig and moved it up a level, giving fans the full virtual reality sci-fi treatment. Instead of performing on a stage in an empty room, the band have produced something much more visually stimulating, creating not only a sequence of lavish futuristic sets but a fully functional wraparound storyline detailed ahead of each separate section by the disembodied head of a digitally constructed android.
Arising from Los Angeles, California, Melodic Metalcore trio Light The Torch prove just how fitting their name is with their sophomore album, You Will Be The Death Of Me (Nuclear Blast Records). Each metallic anthem sets the stage as if the band had just lit their torches and sharpened their pitchforks in preparation for taking on their greatest demons.Continue reading
Rewinding back to August 2010, Metalcore savants The Devil Wears Prada put out the Zombie EP (Ferret Music) – a release that introduced a new level of maturity and heaviness for the band and remains a fan favorite to this day. Fast forward to the present day, TDWP have written ZII (Solid State Records), a sequel EP no one knew was coming. While its precursor is about fighting the apocalypse, ZII embodies the stemming feelings of exhaustion and hopelessness.
Entertainment One (eOne) Music will release a limited-edition vinyl repressing of One Wing, the fifth and final studio album from hardcore unit, The Chariot. Initially released in 2012 through eOne and Good Fight Music, One Wing was described by the band as being their “weirdest” release to date. Rock Sound championed a, “ruthless, heartbreaking, and agonizingly profound release from a truly unrivalled band,” Kerrang crowned One Wing a, “weird, unconventional and utterly thrilling classic,” while All Music wrote, “On One Wing, The Chariot avoids the pitfalls that have caught up many a band, striking just the right balance between technique and raw fury to create a sound that is both emotionally and intellectually satisfying.” The critically lauded offering served as the band’s highest-charting album of their career debuting at number 85 on the Billboard 200 upon its first week of release.
New York post-Hardcore legends Quicksand (Gorilla Biscuits/Deftones members) have shared a new single and inventive animated video for the track “Inversion.” The standalone single follows their 2017 full-length album Interiors. The video features artwork by Japanese artist Tetsunori Tawaraya animated by Los Angeles-based artist Rob Fidel. Quicksand’s current lineup includes frontman/guitarist Walter Schreifels, bassist/guitarist Sergio Vega and drummer Alan Cage. Watch it now!
Los Angeles Hardcore band Matriarchs have dropped a new single, “Deadman” – a slamming re-recording of their off 2015 debut album Scandalous Jointz with their current lineup. They also released an amazing animated concert video for the track that really brings a unique and new flavor to this rising, impressive group. The band is releasing their current crop of singles, all on streaming DSPS, to stay busy and engage the fans, until touring returns. These singles follow the acclaimed album Year of the Rat, which released last fall on the respected hardcore label Upstate Records. Stay tuned for an interview with the band here soon, and check out the video today at Ghost Cult!
Relentless Metalcore prodigies Of Mice & Men have been through the wringer with their share of lineup changes, so a lockdown surely isn’t enough to break the united strength they have built. Conversely, it has only fed their resolve as they announce their plan for an EP trilogy, the first one titled Timeless. Prioritizing quality over quantity, Timeless (Sharptone Records) places Metalcore’s simpler times in a new context by using its nostalgic facets to tell a story we can all relate to today.