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I Prevail Release New Single “Come And Get It”

I Prevail have released yet another single off of their upcoming record Lifelines, and they say it’s one of the album’s heaviest. The track, “Come And Get It,” comes after the release of their last single “Stuck In Your Head.” Of the new song, the Fearless Records band had this to say:

“”Come And Get It” is one of our heavier songs off Lifelines. This song is a response to all the keyboard warriors and other people out there that run their mouth and question the legitimacy of our band. Bring your hate, bring your judgement, bring your criticisms. Just know that nothing is going to change what we’re doing. We’re doing what we love and worked hard for and nothing and no one is going to take that away from us.” – Eric Vanlerberghe (co-vocalist)

I Prevail’s response to the people who make digs at their band can be found in the lyrics of the breakdown: “This is an invitation/ to get the fuck out if you can’t take it.”

I Prevail Release New Single “Stuck In Your Head,” Talk New Record ‘Lifelines’ in Q&A

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I Prevail released a brand new single yesterday called “Stuck In Your Head,” and the name definitely does it justice. The new track from the band’s upcoming record Lifelines is heavy but catchy–exactly what the band have become known for since their cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” got them serious attention back in 2014. Check out the new track below and for more inside info on the band, read our Q&A with drummer Lee Runestad right here!

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RECORD REVIEW: Devour The Day ‘S.O.A.R.’

The boys from Devour the Day pretty much nailed the recipe for a hard rock record on their sophomore album S.O.A.R. They create a fitting harmony between the drums and guitars so neither overpowers, the lyrics growl and intimidate, and the music sinks into your veins. Their sound heavily resembles fellow rockers Adelitas Way. However, Devour the Day tend not to stray from that rock recipe, which makes for a lackluster album.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: A Day To Remember “Paranoia”

A Day To Remember is one of the few bands that remains impressive as the years go on and the record sales go up. Releasing their new material through their very own ADTR Records, they stay true to themselves and their sound and yet still move forward. Their new single, “Paranoia,” proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt. The only thing that would’ve made this video better is if the ADTR dudes transformed into actual superheroes. But given the split second AP comic book cover shown at around 1:10, maybe they’re saving the tights and the capes for the next video.

Record Review: Spoken ‘Breathe Again’

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Breathe Again is Spoken‘s eighth studio album, and it definitely has the polished sound of a band so advanced in their career. This record is radio rock made heavy. It’s got the catchiness of an arena band and the edge of a grungy music hall outfit. Songs like “Hold On” could easily blare through your car speakers when you turn on your favorite hits station, while bangers like “Beyond The Stars” and the title track featuring Matty Mullins (Memphis May Fire) touch on the more melodic side of the hard rock underground.

With Breath Again, Spoken offers technical precision in their songwriting and true emotion in Matt Baird’s vocals. However, that same technicality and smoothness is both its greatest asset and arguably its biggest detraction. Depending on who you are, its glossy sound could be a slight deterrent or it could make the album alluringly accessible. Either way, you have to admit to the fact that Breathe Again is a well put together product. That being said, once you listen to a few songs, you pretty much know the direction the rest of the album will take.

On the whole, Breathe Again is a solid record, and one that you’ll want to listen to again, just maybe not one that will move mountains.

Three and Half Star Rating

Something You Whisper Cover The Weeknd’s “The Hills”

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So a bunch of covers of The Weeknd‘s smash single “The Hills” have been surfacing lately, but here’s one you may not have known about that seriously rocks. They key to a “great” cover and not a “good” cover is reinvention and reinterpretation. Something You Whisper definitely achieve both these goals by blending the original track with some suspenseful rock ‘n’ roll elements. Electronic backbeats and soft melodies meet new heaviness and even a devilish little guitar solo for some super satisfying tension. Check out the video below and compare it to the original and let us know what you think!

Want MORE Something You Whisper? Check out their music video for “Beautiful Sins.”

Record Review: Crossfaith – ‘Xeno’

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It is impossible to brand the new Crossfaith record Xeno with a simple label. An amalgamation of hard rock, metal, techno and house music, this album does not fit neatly into any one package. And that’s exactly what makes it so much fun.

“System X” begins the record with racing violins and raging electronic beats in an exciting cross between movie soundtrack and rave. And essentially, that is the tone of Xeno. As the album picks up hard rock and industrial cues with songs like the title track and the inspirational “Raise Your Voice,” a sense of drama and increasing tension unfolds between the technological elements and the more human ones. The two sides work synergistically with each other at the same time that they compete, and that’s what makes tracks like “Dystopia” and “Ghost In The Mirror” feat. Caleb Shomo (Beartooth) so intriguing.

Xeno does venture off into the realm of camp, however, with the likes of “Wildfire” feat. Benji Webbe (Skindred). The song feels more like a video game theme than anything. The record is also decently long at 15 tracks, which can get a little tiresome if you’re not living it up in a ne0n-lighted warehouse somewhere. But the melodic moments in songs like “Vanguard” and the more sentimental “Tears Fall” help keep things fresh, and overall Xeno ends up being an adventure worth taking.

Three and Half Star Rating

Video Premiere: Atreyu “Long Live”

atreyu_longliveAtreyu‘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.”

TRACK LISTING

Long 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
Revival (interlude)
Heartbeats and Flatlines
Brass Balls
Moments Before Dawn
Start to Break
Reckless

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

 

 

Live Streaming and Hardcore: Match or Misfire?

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On June 19th, Yahoo! Screen streamed the first date of Vans Warped Tour 2015 on its Live Nation Channel from the Fairplex in Pomona, CA. The live stream kicks off a hugely important festival for the “underground,” but it also kicks off an important question: Do live concert streaming and hard rock shows really belong together?

We’re all used to seeing live performances on TV by now. Come the Super Bowl, the halftime show is all that matters for many viewers. We watch televised performances from the likes of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, The Oscars, and nightly programs like Jimmy Kimmel Live and Conan. While broadcasted musical events have become commonplace, live concert streaming takes the concept to a next level and thus raises next level questions. When a -core band’s show inside a local venue becomes easily viewable from remote locations, is it just cool or does it take something away? When you can watch Stick To Your Guns play a set from your laptop in bed with some hot cocoa, for example, it inarguably changes the experience. But is it for the better?

Vans Warped Tour and Stick To Your Guns aren’t the only examples of streamed shows, of course, and Yahoo! isn’t the only platform for this market. (Others include IROCKE and ConcertTV & Concert Window, for instance). Various acts from genres all across the board have dabbled in the new digital music phenomenon. Bands like The Ghost Inside, Falling In Reverse, Chelsea Grin, August Burns Red, and Bayside have live streamed their shows via Yahoo!, as have acts like Stone Temple Pilots, Infected Mushroom and Meghan Trainor. On one hand, you might note how fair the platform is to music of all types. Heavy bands aren’t usually deemed noteworthy enough to appear side-by-side with ultra-famous pop singers or widely-known psychedelic trance groups. Alternatively, though it may be nice to see your favorite bands emerge from the more shadowy corners of the music world, there is something about watching their performances from a computer screen that can justifiably raise an eyebrow or two.

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I’ll admit, the first time I heard about live concert streaming, I thought it was pretty freakin’ awesome. “No way!” was followed by “I’ve gotta try that!” was followed by “I’m totally living in the future right now!” I actually tuned in to a couple of shows to see what it was like or to see how the bands actually performed live. Each time, I stared at my computer screen allowing that exact same train of thought to pass through my brain…for about 60 seconds. Then I got over it.

Then I started thinking, That’s cool. I’m sure the people who are actually there right now are having fun. Because although being able to watch a live show from your couch is admittedly a neat trick, the initial magic wears off rather quickly. Sure, with pop acts and more mainstream sounds it’s probably a bit different. After all, watching Super Bowl Halftime shows is always fun. But pop, hip-hop, and stadium rock acts are what the doorman of Oz would call a horse of a different color as compared to a hardcore outfit. Those streamline genres are more tailored to broadcast performances. For the most part, vocals are really most of what’s going on in a pop act, and the audio engineers are well-adjusted to those kinds of smooth vocals. But introduce some screaming and growling into the mic, some double bass pedals alongside intense cymbal work, and some crunchy guitars and most live music coming from your home speakers sounds crappy. Even though the actual live show at the venue could be insane, a live hardcore band will never sound as good over your internet connection as it will in person. As it always has with this kind of music, it comes down to the live show, and the thing about live shows is you should probably be there when they happen.

A Hardcore Crowd at NYC's Gramcery Theatre
A Hardcore Crowd at NYC’s Gramcery Theatre

Half of hardcore is the live performance. The recorded tracks are what get you interested perhaps, and they’re definitely what keep you going, but the live show is what it’s all about: being between a certain set of a walls with a certain set of people playing your favorite set of tunes. You go to your favorite venue with familiar graffiti impetuously scribbled on the walls. You stand in a crowd of 50, 100, 500 people wearing shirts of bands you’ll be seeing next month or whose CD you have laying around your car. You get pushed around, jump up and down, thrown front to back, toppled, drowned in the sweat of strangers, get a beer spilled on you, and get close enough to the band that the spit as their screaming flies past your eyelids. To use precise terms, there’s a vibe, an energy you get from the sense of community and from the charisma of the musicians striking chords you’ve heard alone in your room a thousand times. You go to a show to not be alone in your room anymore. You go to a hardcore show because there’s nothing like being at a hardcore show.

True, live streaming can allow you to virtually attend a show you otherwise might not have been able to attend. Boiler Room streams music events from all around the world, making it possible for someone who lives in New York City to “attend” a concert in London. Live streaming also may introduce you to new bands before you decide you want to spend your money on a ticket. However, you don’t get an accurate depiction of what the band in question is actually like because you’re not physically in the space, and you could end up hating a band you might have otherwise loved.

Am I standing atop a hill with a torch in one hand and a mace in the other shouting, “Down with the internet!”? No. Is live concert streaming a terrible development in technology? By no means. However, does it make sense for genres that have historically and culturally found a home in dingy basements and mosh pits? Not in my book.

Blessthefall Announce New Album ‘To Those Left Behind’

to those left behindMetalcore titans Blessthefall have just announced the title and the date of release for their fifth full-length record. The album, To Those Left Behind, will be available via Fearless Records on September 18th. The band will also be playing the Vans Warped Tour main stage this summer, as they ride the success of their last album, Hollow Bodies, which came in at No. 1 on the Hard Rock Charts and No. 15 on Billboard’s Top 200.

No new singles have been released as of yet, but while you count down the seconds, remind yourself of what chart-topping Blessthefall sounds like with the title track of their last record.