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INTERVIEW: Zachary Scott of It Lies Within

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How’s the tour going so far?

The Fear No Evil Tour is actually going really well. We’re definitely stoked to be down here in Florida for the tour, for the most part [the bands are] coming from Michigan and Pennsylvania. The crowds are going great. It’s a great end of the year for us and we’re having a lot of fun.

Awesome. Your new album Paramount comes out in a few weeks, too. How are you feeling about it?

It’s a crazy feeling because it’s been such a long time in the making for this album. The most member changes and just kind of being busy on the road so much. We’re just excited that it’s finally done and completed and we can’t wait to show the world, honestly. It’s cliché to say, but it’s honestly some of our best work and we have the best member lineup we’ve ever had right now. So words cant express how excited I am.

It’s been a few years since your debut album Chrysalis came out. What have you been doing in that time?

Basically, we’re a touring band. Anybody that does know anything about us would know that we’re constantly on the grind and for those that don’t know, basically we just try to tackle a different message throughout the industry and more staying on the road and playing constantly. We played over 180 shows last year, and we’re on our way to 140 this year, also hitting another country and going overseas for the first time. We’ve just been taking a different route, and again it’s primarily due to the member changes. We just wanted to make sure everybody felt good and really felt like they were a part of the album. I call it “the dream team” now. We’ve had our most solid lineup for over a year, adding our newest member, the old guitarist of the band Deception Of A Ghost (Kyle Dameron) to the band now. So we’re just really excited and we’re continuing this year like we would normally, just playing shows and touring out the year. And we’re gonna start [2016] with a new album.

I watched your new music video for “Ecdysis” and I’ve got to admit I had to look that term up. But it’s like a molting process, the shedding of an outer layer, right? So, in relation to the album title Chrysalis, what does this new song title and this new album mean for you?

We have a scene. We have a niche that we’re trying to work on. I think it’s something that’s important for every band to have and I think we’ve found that. And we’re a positive message band, you know, so the message we try to portray is we all have darkness inside us and we have to shed that skin. Chrysalis is kind of about that cocoon that you’d always be in and trying to break out, and [Paramount] is more about shedding out of that–breaking out to the top. The video was the latest song we wrote on the album, and we had most of Kyle’s influence on that, being the new member, so that’s definitely one that we wanted to start off with strong.

Do you have a favorite track off the record?

You know, I have a few to be honest with you. There’s a couple that just really equal out. “Starscream” is up there. I really like the song “Light The Way,” and the whole album is just awesome. There’s not a stagnant song. I don’t feel like there’s any fillers in the album just to get by. Every single part in the album is just exciting, and the way we put the album together, the way the songs flow, it’s just like a constant elevation. It’s like a fun roller coaster ride.

How does this album compare, in terms of sound, to your first album?

That album came out almost four years ago now. We’ve always been a metalcore band, but we were more influenced by bands like As I Lay Dying, All That Remains, and back then those bands were powerhouses. Those were the bands that motivated us to actually start this band and do what we’re out here doing, especially spreading a positive message. So I would say we’ve come into our own, having a new vocalist, Erik Mckay (bass/vocals), he’s just got some amazing clean vocals so we’re singing a little bit more on this album. And with having co-producer Jonny McBee from The Browning on it, obviously you’re gonna get that electronic element coming from him and I think he’s one of the best in the game. So we were really excited to collaborate with him on that. We wanted to just open the doors to new audiences. We didn’t want to keep this one narrow focus.

You mentioned The Browning. You also have members from The Word Alive and Fit For A King on this record. How else did that affect your sound?

This is the first time we’ve ever had guest vocalists on our album. And again, being such a long road between albums, we’ve just done so many things and accomplished so many things including rubbing elbows and hanging out and meeting these cool people that we looked up to. To be able to have Ryan Kirby (Fit For A King), Telle Smith (The Word Alive) and Jonny McBee (The Browning) on our album…them supporting us and believing what this album can do–it feels really good to have that backing. We’re just really excited for what 2016 has for us because the sky’s the limit and we’re definitely not going anywhere any time soon. It’s been a long, long, hard road for us. We’re definitely ready.

If you had one wish for 2016 what would it be?

Warped Tour.

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Paramount comes out 1/8/16. Preorder it HERE.

Need-To-Know: Fine Fine Titans

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Raw female-fronted post-hardcore, punky jams? Sign us up! Fine Fine Titans have one of those sounds that you could pick out of a lineup in the dark. We were able to get an exclusive first listen of the band’s upcoming full-length, Renaissance, and it’s like nothing you’ve heard in a while. Vocalist Jennifer Bartlett packs a punch with captivating melodies and biting screams, and the instrumentals are just as intense. While there are some softer, folkier, spoken-word elements on the album, Fine Fine Titans are at their best when at their hardest. Listen to tracks like “Molasses Tongue” and “Appetite” and you’ll be asking for more. For now, check out their video for “Mistress” below.

Renaissance will be out November 20th via CI Records.

Record Review: Parkway Drive – ‘Ire’

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When Parkway Drive released the single “Vice Grip” from their latest album, Ire, I had my doubts about what the rest of the album would be like. I sensed a new direction that was all too similar to bands that have seriously softened or altered their sound recently (cough, BMTH). Fortunately for everyone involved, Ire is absolutely nothing you were expecting. There are some attempts at singing from a guy not known for clean vocals (Winston McCall). There are a couple of songs with vocals I can only describe as spoken word-esque. There are also instances of gang vocals–even some brief chanting. Catchy, brutal and inspiring, this record is delightfully refreshing with its broad spectrum of songs. “Writings on the Wall” and “A Deathless Song” are not decidedly metalcore songs, while “Vice Grip” offers everything you could want from the genre, and “Bottom Feeder” is as angry as it gets.

“Writings on the Wall,” a slow-starting, violin-laced ballad, is the jewel of the album. It has a Gothic ambiance with a revolutionary vibe.

“They came for our minds
We said nothing
They came for our hopes
We said nothing
They came for our souls
We still we said nothing
Now they’re coming for our lives
So what’s it gonna take?”

The song seems, at first, misplaced in an album ripe with thunderous vocals and the nonstop chugging of melodic guitars, but it is its uniqueness and its call to action that makes it so memorable.

Songs like “Dedicated” and “The Sound of Violence” bring the frenzied sounds Parkway Drive is known for, but still demonstrate the band’s evolution. Yes, they are formulaic in structure, but what the band does with their vocals and instrumentals overcomes this issue and gives us one of the best metalcore albums of the year.

by David Marulanda 

Four and Half Star Rating

Record Review: We Came As Romans (Self-Titled)

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The fourth full-length record from the Michigan group We Came As Romans hits almost all the right notes. The band’s self-titled touches on some of the major themes of life: identity crises, falling in and out of love, and the ever-changing nature of the world as a whole. Some pretty heavy stuff, but We Came As Romans have never shied from heavy topics.

Musically the album showcases a broad range of styles. There is, of course, the traditional hardcore screaming over thumping guitar riffs and pounding drum beats. But they also incorporate pop punk elements, repetitive choruses and a strong electronic tone that hums throughout the album. It’s a range that works well.

In “Flatline,” the opening verse gets crooned out with a whiny Tom Delonge-inspired voice, hitting a pop punk high note that carries throughout the album. The song “Who Will Pray” juxtaposes a deep life question (“If I fall too far, disappear in the dark/ Who will pray for me tomorrow?”) with some computer licks that could feel just as at home in an Imagine Dragons song. “Defiance” also starts with electronic strumming, seeming particularly influenced by early-2000s Linkin Park. But We Came As Romans’ use of metaphors sets them apart. In the second verse of “Defiance” they sing, “Ready to contend, ready to withstand/ Open up these walls built to keep you out/ Nothing you say can make me give up/ I’m persistent like a river cuts through a rock.”

While WCAR pepper the album with electronic beats and synthetic sounds, it never becomes too much. The self-titled’s electronic undertone helps keep a continuous theme as the songs jump from semi-ballads like “Memories” to full on hardcore affairs like “Regenerate.” It works as a unifying theme and helps make the album cohesive, even though they pull from all corners of the rock world for each song. It’s a solid album, and a great addition to We Came As Romans’ discography as a whole, but not the second coming of the rock gods.

by Maria Spiridigliozzi

Three and Half Star Rating

For Today Announce New Album ‘Wake’

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For Today have announced they will be releasing their new album Wake on October 2nd. Check out the slow and mysterious piano teaser for the album below, and be sure to catch them on their headlining tour with Fit For A King, Gideon, Phinehas, and Silent Planet this fall!

Tour Dates

10/1 | Vanguard  | Tulsa, Okla.
10/2  | Trees | Dallas | Texas.
10/3 | Korova | San Antonio, Texas
10/4 | Walters | Houston, Texas
10/6 | Murray Hill  | Jacksonville, Fla.
10/7 | Backbooth | Orlando, Fla.
10/8 | Masquerade | Atlanta, Ga.
10/9 | Rocketown | Nashville, Tenn.
10/10 | Greene Street Club | Greensboro, N.C.
10/11 | MACC | Gambrills, Md.
10/12 | Gramercy Theater | New York, N.Y.
10/14 | Palladium |Worcester,  Mass.
10/15 | TLA  | Philadelphia, Pa.
10/16 | Mr. Smalls | Pittsburgh, Pa.
10/17 | Agora | Cleveland, Ohio
10/18 | Bottom Lounge | Chicago, Ill.
10/20 | Skyway Studio B | Minneapolis, Minn.
10/21 | Ready Room | St Louis, Mo.
10/22 | The Waiting Room | Omaha, Neb.
10/23 | Marquis Theater | Denver Colo.
10/24 | Murray Theater | Salt Lake City, Utah
10/26 | El Corazon | Seattle, Wash.
10/27 | Hawthorne Theater | Portland, Ore.
10/28 | Ace of Spades | Sacramento, Calif.
10/29 | Strummers | Fresno, Calif.
10/30 | Glass House | Pomona, Calif.
10/31 | Soma | San Diego, San Diego, Calif.
11/1 | Joe’s Grotto | Phoenix, Ariz.
11/2 | Launchpad  | Albuquerque, N.M.

Defeater Release Music Video for “Unanswered”

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From their upcoming record Abandoned comes Defeater’s new music video for “Unanswered.” Black and white live footage of the band and scenic natural shots pair off with this single’s minimal style for a more intimate experience than your standard concert video. A little past the 1-minute mark, the song gets stripped down to the isolated melodic uncleans of vocalist Derek Archambault, proving that sometimes the less sound there is, the more it resonates.

Check out the video below and grab Abandoned when it hits stores August 28th.

Miss May I Stream ‘Deathless’ Full Album

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Since the combative single “I.H.E.” was released, fans everywhere have been waiting to know what the full new Miss May I album would sound like. Wait no longer! The entire Deathless stream is on the Rise Records YouTube channel right now. Check it below and let us know what you think! We’ll get you our opinion soon enough…

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

 

 

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.

 

Jarrod Alonge Releases Album, ‘Beating A Dead Horse’

A lot of people like to make fun of metal and hardcore, but no one enjoys it as much as metalheads and hardcore kids do. It turns out the old saying is right: If you can’t beat ’em, join em. Literally. One of the foremost satirists of the underground, Jarrod Alonge, dropped his parody album today, appropriately titled Beating A Dead Horse.

Satirizing major tropes of the scene from idolized misogyny (“Misogyneric feat. Mattie Montgomery”) to Chiodos and The Devil Wears Prada-style song names (“The Distance Between You and Me is Longer Than the Title of This Song”), it’s clear that Alonge wants you to laugh, but just maybe to think a little bit, too. The YouTuber pokes fun at everything from pop punk to breakdowns, and also the fact that he’s totally getting away with it.

So take a few minutes out of crying over your ex and ordering pizza to listen to the album and let us know what you think! For a taste of the (almost) plagiarism, check out the lyric video below to “Hey Jarrod, What’s That Song Again?” and see how many bands you can name that get ripped off in four minutes.