Brief storytime. Back in the mid-2010s, the WWEwas hellbent on crowning star Roman Reigns as the next big thing. As soon as fans caught on to this shove-it-down-your-throat approach, they balked, and booed Reigns out the building every chance they got. It took years for the majority to embrace Roman finally. And maybe that path is prophetic when it comes to Veil Of Maya’s newest record, Mother (Sumerian Records).
Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival has announced most of their 2022 lineup! Headlined by Korn, Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin and Evanescence and also featuring Lamb Of God, Papa Roach, Seether, Falling In Reverse, Three Days Grace, I Prevail, Black Label Society, Theory Of A Deadman, Black Veil Brides, Jelly Roll and more! Taking place July 15th – 17th, music fans will converge for three days of nonstop music, tattooing, haunted attractions, and more, all held on the historic grounds of the Ohio State Reformatory(made famous by the movie “The Shawshank Redemption”) located in Mansfield, Ohio.
Progressive metallers Veil of Maya have shared a new single and concert performance video “Outrun” via Sumerian Records. Filmed on their current tour, The Afterburner Tour – Dance Gavin Dance, Polyphia, Eidola, and Wolf & Bear, the music video is one of the first of its kind filmed at a live concert since the Covid-19 pandemic. The track is streaming at all DSPs today. The band is teasing more news soon. Watch the video now!
I assume it’s easy to look back at the aughts and be dismissive of the entire decade particularly from the perspective of metal or punk fan. Nu-Metal was slowly being phased out as any goodwill from the previous decade had eroded and acts like Simple Plan and Good Charlotte made everyone realize that maybe the idea of Pop-Punk was a mistake. But those who kept their ear close to the ground knew better than to become jaded. Hard rock was alive and well and young bands were doing very exciting things. Young bands like Between the Buried and Me with their seminal Alaska (Victory Records 2005/Craft Recordings 2020).
Atilla is currently on tour in Russia and are gearing up to smash the UK and Europe again starting this coming weekend! The band is on tour behind their album Villain, released on their own label earlier in 2019. Direct support on all dates to come from Veil of Maya. You can win a pair (1 winner) of tickets to see the show live in London, at the legendary Electric Ballroom on 22nd of November. Ages 14+ admitted only. 14s to 16s must be accompanied by an adult. The contest ends in one week! To enter, just find the contest post on Facebook and drop a comment with your favorite Attila song! We’ll announce the winner on the 19th!
From their self-released debut album, Remnant of Humanity, From Sorrow To Serenity showed they have what it takes to sit alongside comfortably with their peers in the Metalcore/Djent scene. Almost three years has passed on from then and with that time has come growth as they’ve risen through the ranks, supporting the likes of Chelsea Grin and Veil of Maya.
What musical progress have the band made for their sophomore release, Reclaim (Long Branch Records) and does it live up to their first efforts?Continue reading →
Along with the likes of After The Burial and Veil of Maya, Born Of Osiris spearheaded a wave of bands who looked to take Death/Metalcore into new realms with a healthy dose of electronics and progressive elements added to the mix. To this day their debut EP, The New Reignis a genre classic. The Simulation is their latest offering and comes off the back of a real return to form that was Soul Sphere (all Sumerian).Continue reading →
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.
Underoath recently confirmed that their highly anticipated new album, Erase Me, will be released on April 6th via Fearless Records. Today the band has announced the first tour dates in support of the new material, and you don’t want to miss it.Continue reading →