After two years it’s about that time again: Like Moths To Flames dropped there new album Dark Divine on November 3rd. Buckle your seats and get ready.
We got to chat with Alesana vocalist Shawn Milke on their 10-year anniversary tour celebrating their 2006 release On Frail Wings Of Vanity And Wax about the past, present and future of the band. Milke discusses where the band were circa 2006, the choices they made to get them where they are today, and what is in store for the next record (which is already underway).
Most would say Invent, Animate is America’s own Northlane, and the comparison isn’t unwarranted. Both bands are melodic and ambient, Ben English’s vocals resembles Adrian Fitipaldes’ (Original Northlane Vocalist) vocal style and they both share a similar writing approach as well. Does this mean that Stillworld is just a Northlane clone in disguise? Absolutely not.
Alteras is the latest band to be added to the Revival Recordings roster and their new full-length is coming up fast! You can get the pre-order of Grief here, or you can wait until the release date which is coming around the corner on August 5th. Their premiere single, “Could Ever Love,” showcases the band’s clean vocals and melodic power, but stick around and you’ll see there’s definitely an impressive heaviness to this band.
It’s hard to strike the balance of progressing your band’s sound without going overboard and selling out or otherwise alienating your original fans. Hands Like Houses third full-length record, Dissonants, accomplishes this difficult task with ease.
The master storytellers in Alesana deliver yet another mindfuck with the short film/music video for “Comedy Of Errors.” The song comes from the band’s most recent album and the third and final installment of their Annabel Trilogy, Confessions. Only a small portion of “Comedy Of Errors” is featured in this video, however, and screen time is mostly reserved for a cinematic look into the sci-fi realm of time travel as it plays in to the overarching story at work here.
And this is only Part 1. Watch the short film/music video below, and then rewatch it about twenty more times to wrap your mind around it.
Ice Nine Kills have stepped up their artistic game with their latest full-length record, Every Trick In The Book. As the title implies, the band borrow from some of their many literary inspirations to create their most melodic (“Tess-Timony”) and most heavy (“Hell In The Hallways”) songs to date. William Shakespeare, George Orwell and Stephen King are just a few of the authors INK turn to for their own brand of musical storytelling, and as a lit nerd myself, I’m pretty goddamn giddy about it.
Creating songs based off of personal experiences alone is a perfectly good way to go about writing music. However, when artists look to the works of other artists both in admiration and for inspiration, something special happens: A dialogue is created between the old tales and the new tracks, and in INK’s case, the conversation is exceptionally moving. Reimagining known stories in modern ways makes for not only a fun listen but an engaging one. As the listener, you start to look for clues; little pieces of the story you already know and little embellishments added in that you’re just hearing for the first time.
While the overall sound of Every Trick In The Book is very similar to that of their last full-length, The Predator Becomes They Prey, the most noticeable and impressive difference is the band’s use of added sound effects and dialogue to enhance and enliven the stories they’re telling. “The People In The Attic,” for example, based off of The Diary of Anne Frank, is not only a great song musically, but goes above and beyond when it incorporates suspenseful dialogue and threatening sounds that recreate the terrifying moment of an S.S. officer coming for the hidden Jews upstairs. Something similar happens in “Hell In The Hallways” (Carrie is announced prom queen followed by screams) and “Communion Of The Cursed” (the possessed little girl from The Exorcist adds a demonic twist to a prayer). These moments of theatricality give the record that extra umph, turning a standard Ice Nine Kills record into a noteworthy one.
For All I Am aren’t afraid to sneer and growl with the heaviest of their hardcore counterparts, which is why their video for “Young Grave” provides such an emotionally striking contrast. Almost entirely composed of melodic vocals and relatively minimal instrumentation, this track expertly builds tension for the biting screams and bolder sounds to cut through at the climax. Set in a small, windowless room and never allowing any of the band members to appear in the same shot, the video itself matches the minimalist style of the song, except for intriguing little embellishments here and there; wind flipping through the pages of a book, a girl lighting a candle. Yet the most important thing here is clearly the message: “Write a song that’ll change your life one day / Where the harmful words of other people dim away.” Watch the video below and listen to a song that might just do the same for you.
Too Close To Touch, a Kentucky based band recently signed to Epitaph Records, have streamed a new single from their upcoming full-length Nerve Endings. The new album, out March 24th and currently available for preorder, follows the band’s October 2014 self-titled debut EP. If the EP and the new track, “Hell To Pay” featuring Telle Smith of The Word Alive, are indicators of what’s to come, be prepared to strengthen your lungs. Melodic, winding, and emotionally gripping, “Hell To Pay” deals with vocalist Keaton Pierce’s feelings of his father’s abandonment of him and his family:
For Pierce’s full explanation of the track, give them a like and check out their post on Facebook.
RIYL: Jonny Craig, Pierce The Veil, Sleeping With Sirens