Motionless In White are back yet again with their new release, Graveyard Shift. This band has always had a knack for genre transition, and Graveyard Shift is no exception. They stay on the industrial path they’ve been going down with tracks like “Queen For Queen” and “Necessary Evil,” the latter of which features Jonathan Davis, frontman of Nu-Metal juggernaut, Korn. MIW also introduce a more punk-inspired vibe on their single, “Loud(Fuck It).” Most refreshing to hear is that they’re not afraid to still get heavy, which is obviously apparent on the ironically titled, “Soft.”
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.
Because the press tent was actually a “press barn” at the Rock’n Derby Festival, I forced vocalist Mattie Montgomery of For Today to sit in a tiny, uncomfortable wooden chair that we can only assume is usually used for milking cows. In this video interview, he tells HXC Magazine about his favorite songs from Wake and just how awkward it is to be here.
Even if you’re apolitical, it’s essentially impossible to stay out of this year’s presidential election. The 2016 candidates have been causing the biggest stir in recent history, taking the frustrations of Americans to extremes and even inciting physical violence. The airwaves are constantly muddied with the latest “shocking” phrases spewing from politicians’ mouths like some sinister version of a reality TV show, and people, like New York hardcore band REPS, are pissed off.
Is it any wonder we picked August Burns Red‘s music video for “Identity” as our music video of the week? Battling sharks with tridents, swimming with schools of cartoon fish, and turning into mermaids–what more could you ask of modern metal? The band’s hilarious animated undersea antics totally don’t match the vibe of a song as heavy as this one, but maybe that’s the point. Found In Far Away Places is a record with some serious themes, so why not lighten things up a bit? Watch the full music video below and let us know what you’d do if you could be Poseidon for a day.
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.
Atreyu‘s first full-length album in six years, Long Live, blends the band’s beloved signature sound with an almost classic metal vibe. While songs like “Start To Break” and “Heartbeats and Flatlines” echo the Atreyu of 2004’s The Curse, tracks like “Do You Know Who You Are?” offer a bigger break between then and now. The question is, is the change in sound worthwhile or a little too jarring?
The answer: a bit of both. Long Live definitely sounds like a more grown up Atreyu. Screaming is still a very present element on this record, but it’s clear the band give clean vocals and starker melodies a leg up. The soloing found on songs like “Live To Labor” and “Start To Break” are much needed moments of ornamentation on an album that sometimes becomes too bare, and “Revival” is a lovely palette cleanser in between all the heaviness. However, “Do You Know Who You Are,” though an intriguing deviation in song structure, is like “I Would Kill/Lie/Die (For You)” in that it gets somewhat boring after a while. As so often occurs with bands who have been around for years and aim to evolve, their maturity gets in the way of some of the more unrestrained elements that made releases like 2002’s Suicide Notes and Butterfly Kisses so exciting.
Where Atreyu is perhaps most successful is with the dark and enchanting “Moments Before Dawn.” It begins with a few twinkling and hypnotic notes taken from, as the bassist explains in the track commentary, Marc McKnight’s niece’s music box. The band builds off of these childish notes, using them as a guiding leitmotif that haunts the track. A beautiful example of how inspiration can come from the most unlikely sources, “Moments Before Dawn” gives Long Live a unique, albeit odd dimension that would otherwise be lacking on the record.
Atreyu may still have a bit of soul-searching to do, but Long Live absolutely has its merits.
Just in time for Halloween will be the release of Get Scared‘s new album Demons, out October 30th. This announcement also comes with the release of a new music video for opening track “Buried Alive.” (Sensing a theme here?) Accompanying the creepy titles is a hell of a lot of black and a slightly heavier sound for the always melodic Utah-born band. Check out the dark and enigmatic video for “Buried Alive” below, and visit the band’s website for preorder options!
1. Buried alive
4. Under My Skin
6. The Devil’s in the Details
7. What if I’m Right?
8. Take a Bow
9. Relax, Relapse
10. Second Guessing
Stray From The Path are back with more politically charged social commentary calling out systemic injustices and corruption. Subliminal Criminals hits you with melodic guitars and a deep seething anger beyond outrage on almost every track. The album is catchy but the fury against government crimes and societal ills will leave you simmering with rage. The entire record is a call to arms to save our future from an Orwellian dystopia and to protect ourselves in the present.
“These Things Have To Fall Apart” is the final song on the album and an ominous declaration of what must happen to fix the system. “It’s only a lie if you believe,” whispers vocalist Drew York as the song concludes. It is an eerie way to end a record so hateful, vengeful, and ferocious. It’s as if Stray From The Path have worn themselves out trying to motivate us to speak up.
The band delve into corporate greed putting profit over life and humanity. “Cancer causing capital/The people turned to animals/The poison is the antidote,” yells York on “Outbreak,” a judgment on Big Pharma and the blood on its hands. However, the strongest emotion comes through in “D.I.E.P.I.G.” Nothing makes Stray From The Path angrier than preying on the weak or defenseless. The track is as close to a death threat as you can legally get. It’s about a specific case, but it applies to all child abusers. “Take him out to the slaughter house, it’s time for you to D.I.E.”
The majority of the anger is directed at the government and its inability to act in our interest and keep us safe, all the while supporting its own agenda and greed. “Badge & A Bullet Part II,” “Shots Fired,” and “Eavesdropper,” each rip at a different injustice left unresolved: police brutality, dishonest wars, cover ups, and invasion of privacy–all of which are supposedly for our own safety.
Subliminal Criminals can be overbearing at times, but the unabridged wrath is aimed toward positive results. Stray From The Path, although retaliatory, fierce, and violent, are hopeful for solutions to the systemic problems they touch on. It is still definitely a fight record. It has much to say, and one listen isn’t enough, but it’s hard to play on repeat unless you’re trying to anger yourself. If Big Brother doesn’t get them first, it’s safe to expect more social commentary hardcore music from them. Stray From The Path won’t go down without a fight. York promises, “Let my last words be: ‘Free speech is dead.’”
By David Marulanda
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.