Bad Omens‘ self-titled debut full-length has multiple personalities, but like your favorite on-screen psychopaths, that’s part of its dark charm. Standard but well done metalcore ragers like “Exit Wounds” and “Malice” show Bad Omens acting boisterously tough, while “F E R A L” rides a slower, nü metal rock vibe and soft tunes like “Enough, Enough Now” and “Crawl” are vulnerable and desperate. Maybe this is the mark of a band that hasn’t quite figured out their own identity yet, but in the process of trying to riddle it out they’ve come up with an impressive first record.
The five piece Stages delivers a refreshing take on metalcore with their debut EP New War. The whole thing doesn’t play like the work of newcomers. It’s reminiscent of some of the genre’s finest acts at their best. There are also slight notes of death metal with a hint of progressive and a strong aftertaste of “fuck, yeah!”
The most powerful song is the last on the release and the title track, which also features Exotype’s Steven McCorry. The deep, low, savage growls over the high, distant sounding keyboard strokes creates a devastatingly chilling sound. It is a grotesque perversion of the traditionally beautiful sound of the keys by the violence of the screams. It truly is warlike. Stages has crafted a phenomenal EP that deserves your attention.
Detroit is still producing American made things these days. The latest export from the Motor City is a boiling maelstrom of old school hardcore for today’s problems. Turncoat is true to the ideals of the scene holding nothing back in their self titled debut EP. The need for self-respect, hard work, and honesty is thrown in your face, while the disenchantment in the delusion of the American Dream is shoved down your throat.
Atreyu‘s long awaited return has been official for some months (WOOHOO!), and now it’s finally starting to feel real with the premiere of the music video for “Long Live,” the title track of their upcoming album. The video portrays a grim, yet somehow hopeful concept, and is the cinematic debut from the metal band’s own bassist, Porter McKnight. After five cloaked figures emerge from a lake dragging coffins behind them, we watch each band member become fearful for their life. However, as the words “Our bond is forever lasting” ring out, the end reveals a glimmer of optimism and a twist that convinces us not only of McKnight’s skills as a writer/director, but of Atreyu’s continued reign in the modern metal scene.
Long Live hits stores September 18. Preorder it HERE and get some exclusive Atreyu items: A bike, a surfboard, a skate deck, a Dan Jacobs guitar, a studio-used drumhead, canvas prints, or muay thai gloves. And if you haven’t yet, check out the band’s live video for their single “So Others May Live.”
Live to Labor
I Would Kill/Lie/Die (For You)
Cut Off the Head
A Bitter Broken Memory
Do You Know Who You Are
Heartbeats and Flatlines
Moments Before Dawn
Start to Break
HEADLINING TOUR DATES
9/18 | Pomona, Calif. | The Glasshouse
9/19 | Sacramento, Calif. | Ace of Spades
9/20 | Los Angeles, Calif. | Troubadour
10/2 | Detroit, Mich. | Crofoot Ballroom
10/3 | Louisville, Ky. | Louder Than Life Festival
10/5 | Toronto, ON | Opera House
10/6 |Montreal, QC | Corona Theater
10/7 | New York, N.Y. | Irving Plaza
10/9 | Boston, Mass. | Paradise Rock Club
10/10 | Philadelphia, Pa. | Rockhouse Philly Fest
10/11 |Baltimore, Md. |Baltimore Sound Stage
10/12 Norfolk, VA The Norva