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Record Review: The Ongoing Concept – ‘Handmade’

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The Ongoing Concept is, without a doubt, one of the most unique bands in the alternative/metal/hardcore music scene today. They are a band of brothers plus one—Dawson, Kyle, and Parker Scholz, along with friend TJ Nichols—who are a powerhouse of chaotic sound. Handmade proves that with every track.

“Amends” kicks off the album with attitude. Starting with snapping fingers and a sassy drum beat, the song lets you know you’re in for a ride with this record. Horns and a big band sound guide you from the very beginning, in addition to the aggressive guitars and vocals. The chorus makes you want to dance and the verse makes you want to start a fight. “Feel” is much like “Amends” in its feisty sound, and its chorus is another that makes you want to get down with your bad self and then some. These two tracks start the album off strong and are reflective of the unconventional sound of the record. 

“Prisoner” has a more rock and roll vibe to it and, although still a great song, is not as fun as the first two that begin Handmade. “Melody”, one of the most eclectic songs on the album, is a depart from the screams and loud guitars. It projects a more folky, summer vibe with a catchy, sweet chorus: “Come back, come back to me/ Don’t turn your back on me/ Come back, come back to me.”

“Unwanted” is one that, after hearing, is hard to forget. The verse is belligerent, but the chorus is vivid, memorable, and definitely a sing-a-long. It switches back and forth between melodic and turbulent, much like the lyrics: “I wanna fall in love and I wanna fall in love with you/ You’re everything I’ve wanted/That’s it. I’m sick of it all. I can’t keep my mouth shut anymore/ I’m not your pawn. I’ll break your vice. I won’t idolize the unwanting.” It’s an emotional ride.

“Soul” is next on the record and is another rock anthem that catches you by the ear and doesn’t let you go. “I sold my soul to the devil”, the theme of the song repeated on a number of occasions, caters to the darker side of vices, temptation, and how far one is willing to go to get what he or she wants. “Falling” closes out the record with a passionate showcase and was definitely the right choice of song to end Handmade. With an amazing bridge full of emotion and powerful vocals, the end gave me goosebumps and, just like that, I fell in love with The Ongoing Concept.

by Kelly Fay

Four Star Rating

Miss May I Release New Single “I.H.E.”

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Miss May I have released a single from their upcoming LP Deathless, and it certainly packs a punch. The new song entitled “I.H.E.” starts off strong and intense with biting screams and edgy riffs. After listening to “I.H.E.”, it seems as though the Ohio metalcore band have returned to their heavier roots. The vocals, both clean and screaming, are raw and ruthless. About two and a half minutes in, a quick but satisfying guitar solo brings us back to the chorus, chanting “I hate everything, I hate everyone” and closing the song on a powerful note.

Singer Levi Benton’s words about the upcoming LP gives fans of the band something to be excited about. In a recent interview with AP, Benton said the following about Deathless:

“This record is about how the last two years have tested us on many levels and how we have come through it all stronger and better. That’s where the title comes from, because we are deathless.”

Deathless is currently available for pre-order on iTunes and will be released on August 7th. You can also catch Miss May I on Warped Tour this summer. Stream the song below and let us know what you think in the comments.

by Kelly Fay

Deathless Track Listing:

01. I H.E
02. Trust My Heart (Never Hope To Die)
03. Psychotic Romantic
04. Deathless
05. Bastards Left Behind
06. Arise
07. Turn Back The Time
08. Empty Promises
09. The Artificial
10. Born From Nothing

August Burns Red Release New Single “Identity”

Photo taken from band's Facebook page
Photo taken from band’s Facebook page

Earlier this week, Pennsylvania-native metal band August Burns Red debuted the second single off of their upcoming album, Found In Far Away Places. This will be the band’s seventh album and their first studio release after joining Fearless Records. The new single, entitled “Identity,” consistent with August Burns Red fashion, combines an ultra-melodic chorus with heavy riffs and vocals laden with emotion.

One of if not the best parts of this track is its radical surf tremolo picking verse/interlude. The segment gives the song a vintage, West Coast feel and keeps the listener guessing at what might follow. The lyrics to the song are powerful and expressive, nodding to self-acceptance in the face of criticism. The song ends with the repetition of, “I’m standing firm/ It’s who I am, who I am/ You can’t keep me, you can’t keep me down/ Im moving on/ I’m living free, living free/ You cant stop me, you can’t stop me now.” The lyrics are certainly empowering and can hold meaning for any individual, no matter the circumstance.

“Identity” proves that ABR has still got it, consistently finding new ways to bring something fresh to the metalcore genre. Speaking recently with The Aquarian in regards to the new album and the band’s unique musical choices, guitarist JB Brubaker said, “We aren’t trying to reinvent the metalcore genre, but we certainly aren’t interested in sounding like the latest wave of bands.” If “Identity” is indicative of the sound of Found in Far Away Places, fans have nothing to worry about.

Found In Far Away Places will be released by Fearless Records on June 30th. Give the new single a listen below and let us know what you think in the comments!

by Kelly Fay