Since The Dillinger Escape Plan disbanded in 2017, their enigmatic frontman appears to be a man on a mission, allowing his creative juices to flow and taking the opportunity to musically expand and collaborate like never before. Continue reading
While Georgian five-piece Vatican may name-check Meshuggah and Dillinger Escape Plan, their roots are firmly planted in (the original type of) metalcore, owing as much to Earth Crisis and Vision of Disorder (et al) as the latter-day spearheads of discordant “popular” heavy music. Ultra (UNFD) may be the band’s second full-length overall, however with a focus on the sound and style, and with the smooth integration of new vocalist Mike Sugars, it feels like a milestone moment in the definition of what Vatican is as a band, and who they are as an artist.
The last two years have been a hell of a ride for Heriot, the English Post Hardcore/Extreme Metal band who have experienced a rebirth of sorts and are firmly riding the crest of a wave on a distinct upward trajectory. They started life in 2016 as a three-piece, consisting of Jake Packer (vocals/bass), Erhan Alman (guitar), and Julian Gage (drums), but in 2020 drafted in former Dead Hands guitarist Deb Gough, applying depth to their musicianship, while also adding a new voice for the band to share vocal duties with Jake, enabling an intriguing expansion of their sound.
The Black Queen, the ambient electronic music project from Greg Puciato (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan, Killer Be Killed) Josh Eustis (Teflon Tel Aviv, Puscifer), and Steven Alexander have released a limited edition version of their classic album Fever Daydream on cassette. But slipped into the message ot fans on Bandcamp, was word of a new album coming in 2022. Rejoice!
The Black Queen’s debut album Fever Daydream (interview here) turned five years old last week and the band celebrated with a merch drop, including limited edition vinyl that immediately sold out. Now they have released a deluxe digital edition of the album expanded to 39 tracks with demos, alternate takes, and other gems.
Last Friday (1/29/21) I got to check out the live stream from Housecore bands Scour and Shock Narcotic. Both of these groups are “supergroups” but I’m not going to get into that right now. I will say though that the list of bands that make up the background for each band are some of my favorites so I was kinda excited for this show.
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Relapse Records are releasing the first three classic albums by The Dillinger Escape Plan from their Relapse Alumni series on limited splatter vinyl configurations. The albums are 1999s Calculating Infinity, 2004’s Miss Machine, and 2007’s Ire Works. You can purchase each at the links below via the labels’ Bandcamp. Relapse Records is one of the greatest metal labels ever and celebrated 30 years in business in 2020.
In a year of great tragedy and upheaval, where the word ‘unprecedented’ became a mantra spoken around the world, music has been a stabilising force for millions of us. It has been a consistent power for good at a time when many of us have struggled with unemployment, illness, and bereavement. Whether providing companionship during stretches of isolation, rallying us to fight for change when faced with corrupt political machinations, or even just handing us a convenient distraction from the horrors outside our window, never have I felt such a kinship with music and the people who dedicate their lives to the art.
Greg Puciato is a force of nature. You never know where his music is going to take you but you know it’s coming from a place of raw emotion. His recent creation “Fuck Content” is a powerhouse of energy that displays his passion and power in a fresh and original production. Part live-streamed concert and part documentary, “Fuck Content” takes a deep dive into the creative process of the former The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman. It was a real treat to be given an inside look into the creation of multiple new tracks that premiered on the stream.Continue reading