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31st March 2012

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When it comes to textbook cookie-cutter metalcore, I just can’t seem to be bothered anymore. Far too many band’s are just regurgitating the same old riffs over and over again instead of taking the time to release something original.
Coventry’s Silent Screams more or less falls into this catagory. Excessive use of breakdowns? Check. Screamed/sung vocals? Check. Dissonant chords? Check. Heavily tattooed frontman? Check. Random shouts of “fuck?” Check.
But for some reason their generic take on metalcore does something for me. Their debut record ‘When It Rains’ is chalk full of all the aforementioned cliche’s and yet I still found it to be a fairly enjoyable listen.
The harsh screamed vocals by James Ryan are definitely the albums weakest point as they are extremely monotonous but the cleans by bassist Tom Craig are a highlight and provide just enough diversity to save the release.
Having already shared the stage with the likes of Bring Me The Horizon and For The Fallen Dreams, Silent Screams are well on their way to the top of the metalcore circuit.    

When it comes to textbook cookie-cutter metalcore, I just can’t seem to be bothered anymore. Far too many band’s are just regurgitating the same old riffs over and over again instead of taking the time to release something original.

Coventry’s Silent Screams more or less falls into this catagory. Excessive use of breakdowns? Check. Screamed/sung vocals? Check. Dissonant chords? Check. Heavily tattooed frontman? Check. Random shouts of “fuck?” Check.

But for some reason their generic take on metalcore does something for me. Their debut record ‘When It Rains’ is chalk full of all the aforementioned cliche’s and yet I still found it to be a fairly enjoyable listen.

The harsh screamed vocals by James Ryan are definitely the albums weakest point as they are extremely monotonous but the cleans by bassist Tom Craig are a highlight and provide just enough diversity to save the release.

Having already shared the stage with the likes of Bring Me The Horizon and For The Fallen Dreams, Silent Screams are well on their way to the top of the metalcore circuit.    

25th March 2012

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Obscene Art

I realize I haven’t posted one of these in a really long time so hopefully today’s installment is over-the-top enough to make up for the lack of obscene updates.

Anyway…

Wurdulak is a Norwegian/American black metal “All-Star” band featuring members of Necrophagia, Mayhem, and Immortal. Given what I know of Norwegian black metal (the church burnings, the murder/suicides, the apperant need to offend anyone within ear shot, etc.) I was hardly surprised when I came across the artwork for their 2002 debut album ‘Severed Eyes of Possession’:

  

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19th March 2012

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As fans of the band already know, Your Demise recently began debuting new material from their 4th studio album ‘The Golden Age’ which hits stores March 26th. Unfortunately, the band hasn’t exactly been receiving too many positive reviews from fans who appear to be downright gutted by YD’s decision to incorporate pop-punk melodies into their angsty hardcore. There are certainly no shortage of comments to be found online begging the band to bring back former vocalist George Noble, who left the band in 2009, and kick Ed McRae to the curb. The backlash has been so fierce in fact that guitarist Daniel Osborne has issued the following statement:
"I would never normally write/post something like this, as nothing has really affected me to this extent before. There are a few things I would like to clear up in regards to Your Demise’s past. I’m not going to talk about everything, but I feel the time now to mention my view of our previous singer. Towards the end of his time in the band, my confidence was at an all time low, and the final straw was when he broke my collar bone and gave me internal bleeding from kicking me on stage. Not many people know this apart from my band and family because I keep personal stuff to myself."All the people saying bring him back and giving Ed [McRae, singer] a hard time is ridiculous. That person is not a god, or the leader of UK hardcore."Ed has been in the band for 3 years now and it’s been the best time of my life; since Ed has been in the band, the band has grown closer and tighter together and we are like brothers."I wanted to get this off my chest coz it’s been brewing up inside me for years, and I’m not one to badmouth, but you need to know the facts."

As fans of the band already know, Your Demise recently began debuting new material from their 4th studio album ‘The Golden Age’ which hits stores March 26th. Unfortunately, the band hasn’t exactly been receiving too many positive reviews from fans who appear to be downright gutted by YD’s decision to incorporate pop-punk melodies into their angsty hardcore. There are certainly no shortage of comments to be found online begging the band to bring back former vocalist George Noble, who left the band in 2009, and kick Ed McRae to the curb. The backlash has been so fierce in fact that guitarist Daniel Osborne has issued the following statement:

"I would never normally write/post something like this, as nothing has really affected me to this extent before. There are a few things I would like to clear up in regards to Your Demise’s past. I’m not going to talk about everything, but I feel the time now to mention my view of our previous singer. Towards the end of his time in the band, my confidence was at an all time low, and the final straw was when he broke my collar bone and gave me internal bleeding from kicking me on stage. Not many people know this apart from my band and family because I keep personal stuff to myself.

"All the people saying bring him back and giving Ed [McRae, singer] a hard time is ridiculous. That person is not a god, or the leader of UK hardcore.

"Ed has been in the band for 3 years now and it’s been the best time of my life; since Ed has been in the band, the band has grown closer and tighter together and we are like brothers.

"I wanted to get this off my chest coz it’s been brewing up inside me for years, and I’m not one to badmouth, but you need to know the facts."

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19th March 2012

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Every Time I Die’s new album ‘Ex Lives’ has been receiving quite a lot of praise from fans and critics alike. Last week it even managed to land at #20 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 14,000 copies. I was planning on writing my own review but comedian Patton Oswalt (best known as Spencer on The King of Queens) summed it up better than I ever could…
The Only Review That Matters!
Patton Oswalt on Ex Lives…
Oh my goodness gracious!Look, I like metalcore as much as the next guy. I own Linda Rondstat’s Heart Like A Wheel and nothing gets me more pumped than Journey’s “Open Arms” from the – you guessed it, fellow metalheads – Heavy Metal soundtrack.So when the band Every Time I Die contacted me about reviewing their newest album, Ex Lives, I was very excited. If only for a chance to add some new songs to the “speedwalking playlist” on my iPod (you can only listen to Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” so many times, no matter how awesome it is!). They sent me the CD a week ago. I listened to it, and have finally collected my thoughts.For some reason, the band decided not to record the album in a studio, but rather on a demolitions testing sight where 900 Samoan women were given PCP and told to fuck goats over the sound of concrete being jackhammered. This is not a criticism – the metal-on-stone/goat ejaculating mix creates a mulchy, corpse-rich sonic soil on which the band builds its pulverizing guitar and drums attack. I say “pulverizing” because when I was halfway through the first track – the crazy-man-on-a-corner demon gospel rave-up “Underwater Bimbos from Outer Space” – I hit my scrotum with a rolling pin several times. I can’t remember now why I did it. Maybe it was Keith Buckley’s repeated howling of, “I want to be dead with my friends”, which is what I say before I eat pancakes.Which is a pretty accurate way to describe this album, as a whole – screamed despair over a genuine stack of sweetness. For all their fury over the “devil’s blood” in “Typical Miracle”, the band is still polite enough to say, “Thanks, Lord…” before refusing any help from him on “Revival Mode.” The guitar assault is delivered by Keith’s brother Jordan and Andy Williams (not the wonderful crooner who sang “Moon River”, but a younger guy; I checked). If Tetsuo, the Iron Man ever wrote lullabies, they’d sound a lot like the guitars on Ex Lives. The drums, by Ryan Ledger, are as urgent as GG Allin’s revived corpse, pounding its way out of a crypt.Also, make sure you get the deluxe edition, so you get the bonus track “Business Casualty.” After listening to it twenty times, I finally got the courage to forgive Sylvester Stallone for Rhinestone.On my Good News About Fred Durst Scale (a “1” being “Fred Gets A Slight Hangnail”) I give Ex Lives a “5” – or “Fred Durst Drowns in Nancy Grace’s Diarrhea.”

Every Time I Die’s new album ‘Ex Lives’ has been receiving quite a lot of praise from fans and critics alike. Last week it even managed to land at #20 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 14,000 copies. I was planning on writing my own review but comedian Patton Oswalt (best known as Spencer on The King of Queens) summed it up better than I ever could…

The Only Review That Matters!

Patton Oswalt on Ex Lives…

Oh my goodness gracious!
Look, I like metalcore as much as the next guy. I own Linda Rondstat’s Heart Like A Wheel and nothing gets me more pumped than Journey’s “Open Arms” from the – you guessed it, fellow metalheads – Heavy Metal soundtrack.
So when the band Every Time I Die contacted me about reviewing their newest album, Ex Lives, I was very excited. If only for a chance to add some new songs to the “speedwalking playlist” on my iPod (you can only listen to Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” so many times, no matter how awesome it is!). They sent me the CD a week ago. I listened to it, and have finally collected my thoughts.
For some reason, the band decided not to record the album in a studio, but rather on a demolitions testing sight where 900 Samoan women were given PCP and told to fuck goats over the sound of concrete being jackhammered. This is not a criticism – the metal-on-stone/goat ejaculating mix creates a mulchy, corpse-rich sonic soil on which the band builds its pulverizing guitar and drums attack. I say “pulverizing” because when I was halfway through the first track – the crazy-man-on-a-corner demon gospel rave-up “Underwater Bimbos from Outer Space” – I hit my scrotum with a rolling pin several times. I can’t remember now why I did it. Maybe it was Keith Buckley’s repeated howling of, “I want to be dead with my friends”, which is what I say before I eat pancakes.
Which is a pretty accurate way to describe this album, as a whole – screamed despair over a genuine stack of sweetness. For all their fury over the “devil’s blood” in “Typical Miracle”, the band is still polite enough to say, “Thanks, Lord…” before refusing any help from him on “Revival Mode.”
The guitar assault is delivered by Keith’s brother Jordan and Andy Williams (not the wonderful crooner who sang “Moon River”, but a younger guy; I checked). If Tetsuo, the Iron Man ever wrote lullabies, they’d sound a lot like the guitars on Ex Lives. The drums, by Ryan Ledger, are as urgent as GG Allin’s revived corpse, pounding its way out of a crypt.
Also, make sure you get the deluxe edition, so you get the bonus track “Business Casualty.” After listening to it twenty times, I finally got the courage to forgive Sylvester Stallone for Rhinestone.
On my Good News About Fred Durst Scale (a “1” being “Fred Gets A Slight Hangnail”) I give Ex Lives a “5” – or “Fred Durst Drowns in Nancy Grace’s Diarrhea.”

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18th March 2012

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I only just recently discovered Heart In Hand but they are quickly becoming one of my new favorite melodic hardcore bands. They released their first full length album “Only Memories” on May 23rd 2011 and have been slowly making a name for themselves through a rigorous touring regime. With the recent inclusion of former The Eyes Of A Traitor drummer Sam Brennan, Heart In Hand are currently working on album #2 which will no doubt be just as passionately intense as the first.

I only just recently discovered Heart In Hand but they are quickly becoming one of my new favorite melodic hardcore bands. They released their first full length album “Only Memories” on May 23rd 2011 and have been slowly making a name for themselves through a rigorous touring regime. With the recent inclusion of former The Eyes Of A Traitor drummer Sam Brennan, Heart In Hand are currently working on album #2 which will no doubt be just as passionately intense as the first.

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18th March 2012

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A glimpse into the debauchery that went down on the Call Me Maybe Tour with my friends in Through Tragedy, The Promethean Labyrinth, and Dusty Tucker! I don’t think I’ve partied so hard or met so many rad people in all my life! If you like what you see please visit the band’s on Facebook and show some love!

17th January 2012

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Grim Reality

Yup…

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10th January 2012

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The Ghost Inside signs with Epitaph Records
Official press release:
"Epitaph Records is proud to announce the signing of Los Angeles based heavy melodic hardcore band The Ghost Inside. Formed in 2007, the band has built a following with two previous records, Fury And The Fallen Ones and Returners, as well as their riveting live performances touring with bands such as Bring Me The Horizon, Parkway Drive and The Devil Wears Prada.The Ghost Inside’s powerful and affecting sound merges insightful and introspective lyrics with charging drums, lightning fast riffs and devastating breakdowns. The group is currently working on their yet untitled Epitaph debut with Jeremy Mckinnon (of A Day To Remember) producing."Signing to Epitaph is a dream come true for me," singer Jonathan Vigil says. "The label is home to some of my all time favorite bands. Epitaph continues to be successful while maintaining the integrity of an independent label. I really look forward to the future of The Ghost Inside and Epitaph. There’s honestly no other place I’d want to call home."

The Ghost Inside signs with Epitaph Records

Official press release:

"Epitaph Records is proud to announce the signing of Los Angeles based heavy melodic hardcore band The Ghost Inside. Formed in 2007, the band has built a following with two previous records, Fury And The Fallen Ones and Returners, as well as their riveting live performances touring with bands such as Bring Me The Horizon, Parkway Drive and The Devil Wears Prada.

The Ghost Inside’s powerful and affecting sound merges insightful and introspective lyrics with charging drums, lightning fast riffs and devastating breakdowns. The group is currently working on their yet untitled Epitaph debut with Jeremy Mckinnon (of A Day To Remember) producing.

"Signing to Epitaph is a dream come true for me," singer Jonathan Vigil says. "The label is home to some of my all time favorite bands. Epitaph continues to be successful while maintaining the integrity of an independent label. I really look forward to the future of The Ghost Inside and Epitaph. There’s honestly no other place I’d want to call home."

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3rd January 2012

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Every Time I Die will release their new album, Ex Lives, on March 6th via Epitaph Records. Here’s the official press release:
"Buffalo’s magnificently brutal metallic punk ensemble EVERY TIME I DIE is set to unleash its brand new album, titled "Ex Lives", on March 6 via Epitaph Records. The CD was helmed by renowned heavy rock producer Joe Baressi (THE MELVINS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, PARKWAY DRIVE) and offers an unrelenting onslaught of ingeniously composed and furiously executed cathartic hardcore."Ex Lives" track listing:01. Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space (02:43)02. Holy Book Of Dilemma (01:49)03. A Wild, Shameless Plain (01:49)04. Typical Miracle (02:25)05. I Suck (Blood) (02:55)06. Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow (03:12)07. The Low Road Has No Exits (02:51)08. Revival Mode (03:46)09. Drag King (04:11)10. Touch Yourself (02:17)11. Indian Giver (04:09)12. Grudge Music (bonus) (02:24)13. Business Casualty (bonus) (02:45)14. Starve An Artist, Cover Your Trash (bonus) (02:53)A video for the song "Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space" can be seen by clicking on the above image. The clip was directed by the band’s vocalist and lyricist, Keith Buckley, and features a barrage of startling visceral images which perfectly match the raging brutality of the track. As Buckley explains, “In order to write lyrics I had to pay attention to the defeatism that the music suggested. To compile this video I had to acknowledge the masochism I wrote of to myself. You don’t get rewarded for your faith and you don’t get celebrated for your heroism. Just when you find yourself attached, you have lost it. Everything is borrowed. C’est la vie.”Catch EVERY TIME YOU DIE's patented brand of rock and roll mayhem live when they take their beloved brand of punk infused metal mayhem on the road, joined by Los Angeles based hardcore stage-diving aficionados TERROR. EVERY TIME YOU DIE will follow the tour by spending their summer adding some of their patented punk infused metal to the annual Vans Warped Tour.”

Every Time I Die will release their new album, Ex Lives, on March 6th via Epitaph Records. Here’s the official press release:

"Buffalo’s magnificently brutal metallic punk ensemble EVERY TIME I DIE is set to unleash its brand new album, titled "Ex Lives", on March 6 via Epitaph Records. The CD was helmed by renowned heavy rock producer Joe Baressi (THE MELVINS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, PARKWAY DRIVE) and offers an unrelenting onslaught of ingeniously composed and furiously executed cathartic hardcore.

"Ex Lives" track listing:

01. Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space (02:43)
02. Holy Book Of Dilemma (01:49)
03. A Wild, Shameless Plain (01:49)
04. Typical Miracle (02:25)
05. I Suck (Blood) (02:55)
06. Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow (03:12)
07. The Low Road Has No Exits (02:51)
08. Revival Mode (03:46)
09. Drag King (04:11)
10. Touch Yourself (02:17)
11. Indian Giver (04:09)
12. Grudge Music (bonus) (02:24)
13. Business Casualty (bonus) (02:45)
14. Starve An Artist, Cover Your Trash (bonus) (02:53)

A video for the song "Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space" can be seen by clicking on the above image. The clip was directed by the band’s vocalist and lyricist, Keith Buckley, and features a barrage of startling visceral images which perfectly match the raging brutality of the track. As Buckley explains, “In order to write lyrics I had to pay attention to the defeatism that the music suggested. To compile this video I had to acknowledge the masochism I wrote of to myself. You don’t get rewarded for your faith and you don’t get celebrated for your heroism. Just when you find yourself attached, you have lost it. Everything is borrowed. C’est la vie.”

Catch EVERY TIME YOU DIE's patented brand of rock and roll mayhem live when they take their beloved brand of punk infused metal mayhem on the road, joined by Los Angeles based hardcore stage-diving aficionados TERROR. EVERY TIME YOU DIE will follow the tour by spending their summer adding some of their patented punk infused metal to the annual Vans Warped Tour.”

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30th December 2011

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Lads On Tour - The Movie

Ever wonder what the lads in Bring Me The Horizon are really like? Well wonder no more! LADS ON TOUR THE MOVIE has finally been released! Part stoner documentary part Jackass, this movie gives some pretty good insight into what it might be like to tour with these guys.

Filmed by Tom Sykes, the movie also features a few remixes of BMTH songs by Draper called ‘The Chill Out Sessions’ which will reportedly be released on New Years Day.

"the most offensive, vulgar, awkward, retarded band DVD of all time. But also the funniest and the best." - Oliver Sykes

Enjoy!

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