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Video Premiere: Ice Nine Kills “Communion of the Cursed”

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After the release of their last horror-inspired singles “Me, Myself, & Hyde” and “Bloodbath & Beyond,” Ice Nine Kills have burst through the gates with a The Exorcist themed music video for “Communion of the Cursed.” Spooky ghost stories with grandpa, demons in the mirror, levitations and possessions are all found in this highly produced video. Vocalist Spencer Charnas also goes a little crazy, and we love him for it. The winning combination of a no-holds-barred single with a well-crafted, cinematic narrative makes “Communion of the Cursed” one of the best music videos released in a while. And when the little girl demonically chants, “Her soul is mine, and mine to keep / If she dies before she wakes / I’ll find another soul to take,” you may very well need to find a new pair of pants.

The single comes from the band’s upcoming record Every Trick In The Book, which is to be released December 4th via Fearless Records.

Record Review: August Burns Red ‘Found In Far Away Places’

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The seventh studio album, Found in Far Away Places, from Pennsylvanian Christian metal band August Burns Red is their first on Fearless Records. It is a brutal yet sometimes hopeful twelve-song trek through faith, anger and other trying emotions, with melodic respites in between.

Found in Far Away Places begins with “The Wake,” the album’s first single, and it’s exactly what ABR fans have come to expect–loud, crushing instrumentals with deep, unforgiving vocals. Humanity’s greed and indifference to the world’s problems are, as usual, the focal point of ABR’s aural assault. Following “The Wake” is the accusatory “Martyr.” The ascent through brutality and anger continues and then, near the halfway mark, the listener gets a moment to catch a breath with an unexpected brief but beautiful guitar solo.

This record has more instrumental breaks than August Burns Red’s previous works. “Separating The Seas” has an interlude (weirdly similar to “Hava Nagila”) which serves as a bridge between two points of the usual ABR aggression. Almost every track on this album contains a melodic, relatively quiet bridge or interlude, and they tend to take the songs in an unexpected direction. The western interlude in “Identity” is yet another twist.  

A Day to Remember’s Jeremy McKinnon delivers clean vocals on “Ghosts,” reminding the listener to “Just look at the world around you/There’s a consequence for what we do.” Then the album avalanches down through confusion, anger, redemption, and even hope. There is hope in “Everlasting Ending,” but “Broken Promises” and “Blackwood” return to the palpable violent anger of the opening tracks. The album ends almost entirely in opposition to how it begins with “Marathon” and its last sentiment: “I will climb this mountain to find you/I will search far and wide/I will climb this mountain to find you before running out of time.”

The first words out of Jake Luhr’s mouth in “The Wake” are “Destroy everything.” The final words on the record are humble and hopeful. Found in Far Away Places demands to be listened to carefully in order to fully appreciate the scope of the emotions and themes it encompasses. There is no doubt that with each listen there will be more to discover, and whether or not you believe in a higher power, August Burns Red might just help you see hope for all of us.

By David Marulanda 

Four Star Rating

August Burns Red Drops New Single (feat. Jeremy McKinnon)

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There’s been a large build up in anticipation for August Burns Red‘s newest album, Found In Far Away Places. Even though the album doesn’t come out for a few more days, ABR fans can check out a bunch of the new singles right now! Their latest release, being the ever melodic “Ghosts,” features a nice vocal cameo from the voice of A Day To Remember, Jeremy McKinnon.  McKinnon helps give the harsh yet oh so lovable edge that ABR is known for a bit of a twist, so check out the single for “Ghosts” below and get ready for the full album drop on 6/30/15!