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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

Bullet For My Valentine Release New Single “No Way Out”

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Perk up metalheads, Bullet For My Valentine have just introduced the upcoming release of their fifth record, Venom, with the premiere of biting new single, “No Way Out.” The track harkens back to the glorious days of The Poisonthe monumental 2005 record that pushed BFMV into modern metal stardom–with complex overlays of vocal harmonies, ripping guitars, and versatile drumming the likes of which we haven’t seen from the giants in their more recent records. Of the new record and the new song, vocalist/guitarist Matt Tuck says the following:

“To write this track I had to put myself into a very dark place, a place I hadn’t been to for a while mentally because of how my life is now, compared to what it was before the band exploded. It is one of, if not the heaviest tracks we’ve ever recorded musically and lyrically. I’ve lived with it for a while now but still every time I hear it, it gives me chills. Hold on tight it’s a hell of a ride.”

Upon first listen the truth of Tuck’s statement is immediately recognizable. Perhaps BFMV got a little too used to the spotlight for a couple years, but reaching back to those darker periods has given them a single that their very first fans will love in 2015. Will the rest of the album match up? Let us know what you think!

Venom will be released August 14, 2015 and is available for pre-order HERE. Catch them on tour with Slipknot, Lamb of God, and Motionless In White this summer.

VENOM track listing:
1.   “V”
2.  “No Way Out”
3. ”Army of Noise”
4. “Worthless”
5. “You Want A Battle? (Heres A War)”
6. “Broken”
7. “Venom”
8. “Harder the Heart”
9.  “Skin”
10. “Hell or High Water”
11. “Pariah”
Deluxe edition also includes:
12.  “Playing God”
13. “Run For Your Life”
14. “In Loving Memory”
15.  “Raising Hell”
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Bullet For My Valentine North/South American Tour Dates:
July 8 – Alegre, Brazil – Opiniao (w/Motionless In White)
July 10 – Curitiba, Brazil – Vanilla Music Hall (w/Motionless In White)
July 11 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Via Marques (w/Motionless In White)
July 12 – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Circo Voador (w/Motionless In White)
July 14 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Groove (w/Motionless In White)
July 16 – Santiago, Chile – Teatro Cariola (w/Motionless In White)
July 18 – Bogota, Colombia – Downtown Majestic (w/Motionless In White)
July 24, 2015 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
July 25, 2015 – Tampa, FL – Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
July 26, 2015 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
July 28, 2015 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
July 29, 2015 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
July 31, 2015 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 1, 2015 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 2, 2015 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 4, 2015 – Mansfield, MA – Zfinity Center (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 5, 2015 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Art Center (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 6, 2015 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 8, 2015 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 9, 2015 – Montreal, QC – Heavy MTL
August 11, 2015 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 12, 2015 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach(w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 14, 2015 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 15, 2015 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 16, 2015 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 19, 2015 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 21, 2015 – West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 24, 2015 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 26, 2015 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 28, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Resort Festival Lot (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 29, 2015 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
August 30, 2015 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
September 2, 2015 – Austin, TX – Austin 360 Amphitheater (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
September 4, 2015 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)
September 5, 2015 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion (w/Slipknot, Lamb of God)

New TDWP Single “South Of The City”

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The Devil Wears Prada released a 7″ of their new single “South Of The City” exclusively for Record Store Day (April 18th). While the physical copy was only available for the audiophile’s holiday, the digital download is now available for purchase on iTunes and for streaming on YouTube below. The new single was preceded by a documentary of the same name from the band’s recording sessions.

The single is a significant turn in style for the well known metalcore band. The sound of “South Of The City” is more stripped down, contemplative and unassuming than some of their past tracks for which they have become known (“Outnumbered,” “Hey John, What’s Your Name Again?”, “Born To Lose”). The feeling the song exudes is a lingering one, a sensation and a sound like falling rain, as vocalist Mike Hranica repeats the line “When it rains, I feel better” for a good part of it’s 4+ minute duration.

Do you like the new TDWP sound? Let us know what you think of the new song and what else you picked up for Record Store Day!

Review: OPHEON – ‘As I Walk With Fire’

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While modern metalcore seems to be gravitating more to the -core side of the spectrum, budding Birmingham ensemble Opheon deliver a refreshing and much-needed take on metalcore proper, where intricate guitar work and heavy symbol usage reign bloody and supreme. Though the vocals sometimes dip into melodic hardcore textures and they even work in their own take on breakdowns in “The Distance” and “A Portrait Of Self Hate,” it is the versatility and prominence of the guitars, the intensely varied and seamless syncopations, and the sheer speed of the work that put the ‘metal’ in ‘metalcore’ on this EP.

With the exception of the one slow song on the record (“The Answer”), As I Walk With Fire is the very definition of brutal. The EP hearkens back to the glory days of acts like Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine and Lamb Of God, reaching insane heights with the last song, “Lost In Undertow.” This song is the crowning achievement of the EP in terms of showcasing the virtuosity of nearly every instrumentalist. Between the catchy yet searing chorus, the almost inhuman double bass, and the masterful oscillation between devastating squealing and shredding and the slower, chugging grooves, there is so much dimension in this one five minute track it is practically impossible to believe most of the members are only around 19 years old.

Though the bass guitar tends to get lost and the vocals need to be tightened before slow songs become their strong suit, As I Walk With Fire demonstrates incredible talent and crushing tenacity. As yet unsigned, Opheon surely won’t remain so for long.

4/5 stars.

Four Star Rating