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VIDEO PREMIERE: Vesta Collide “I Can’t Sleep”

Vesta Collide‘s new record, New Obsession, is one that metalcore fans (we included) are absolutely enamored with. The band just premiered a music video for the third track on the record, “I Can’t Sleep.” You can check out the brand new music video, along with a brief explanation of it by the band, right here!

Why did you choose to do a music video for “I Can’t Sleep”?

We chose to do a video for “I Can’t Sleep” because we feel it’s a very strong song and a good representation of what to expect from New Obsession.

What do you hope fans get out of the song?

We hope that fans can relate to the song in someway, as it is lyrically universal. It’s dark and something everyone can relate to at some point in their lives because there is always a point where you don’t feel good enough or want something that you can’t have.

What’s the most meaningful lyric in this song (to you) and why?

The most meaningful lyric from “I Can’t Sleep” to me is a very simple line that asks, “Am I dead to you?” Because sometimes you just feel like a ghost to the ones that mean everything to you.

RECORD REVIEW: Vesta Collide Make Big Metalcore Debut With ‘New Obsession’

Vesta Collide‘s new album New Obsession drops January 20th and they absolutely slay it with a purely great metalcore album. The debut record is a great blend of unclean and clean vocals with just the right amount of synth to back it up. What really sets this album apart from other metalcore albums is the haunting, ominous backing track that can be found in songs like “Death Spell” and “I Can’t Sleep.”

New Obsession opens up strong with “Death Spell,” setting the tone for what the rest of the album has to offer. A personal favorite from this album would have to be “Hallucination.” It really stood out to me as having everything a great metalcore song should have and is my top pick for this album. If Vesta Collide keep putting out such great albums like this I could see them being a huge up-and-comer in the scene, touring with the likes of Miss May IWe Came As Romans and Ice Nine Kills!

For those of you who have never heard of this band before but really enjoy great metalcore I suggest you pick up this album when it drops. It does not disappoint! And check them out on there headlining tour right now and on the west coast leg of Alesana‘s Ten Frail Years Of Vanity And Wax Tour!


Three and Half Star Rating

by Michael DeLucia 

VIDEO PREMIERE:The Plot In You “Take Me Away Acoustic”

If The Plot In You‘s 15 Track album, Happiness in Self Destruction, wasn’t diverse enough for you, here’s another track! Their song “Take Me Away” was not only feelsy to start with (especially with their original music video), but now this raw, acoustic sound takes it even deeper. This was a pleasant surprise in addition to their Happiness in Self Destruction Tour announcement alongside Erra, Sylar and Invent, Animate.

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Top 10 HXC Approved Albums of 2015

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In no particular order, here are the HXC Magazine staff’s favorite records from 2015!

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Need-To-Know: Vesta Collide


Vesta Collide, a five-piece metalcore act from Detroit, have just signed with Stay Sick Recordings and released a music video for their song “VII”, and they’ve certainly caught our attention. “VII” moves from heavy, early-Asking Alexandria type riffage and unclean vocals to ethereal melodies to eerie synth embellishments, and does so pretty seamlessly. Check out the music video below to listen to this new sick jam and definitely keep an eye on these guys and the rest of the Stay Sick bands!

Want MORE Vesta Collide? Check out the lyric video for “Moondancer” HERE.

Interview: The Plot In You at Loud Fest


We hung out with The Plot In You at Loud Fest in New Jersey to talk about the important subjects: Avril Lavigne, The Wiggles, and of course, their latest release, Happiness In Self Destruction. Watch the video below and spend some quality time with Landon Tewers (vocals), Josh Childress (guitar) and Ethan Yoder (bass). And Goombas.

Live Shots: Cane Hill, The Plot In You at Loud Fest

Ryan Henriquez of Cane Hill
Ryan Henriquez of Cane Hill

Both Cane Hill and The Plot In You dropped new albums in the past few weeks, and both hit the stage on the second day of Loud Fest in Freehold, NJ this past weekend. Photographer Justin LaMot was able to capture some of the magic, from The Plot In You’s “My Old Ways” to Cane Hill’s “Time Bomb.” Check it out!

Photos by Justin LaMot

Record Review: The Plot In You – ‘Happiness In Self Destruction’

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Happiness In Self Destruction is The Plot In You’s most versatile release to date. Vocalist Landon Tewers has written exactly what he wanted to say without anyone telling him otherwise, making for a more personal record. The album has a total of 15 tracks, each with their own personality. Happiness In Self Destruction is The Plot In You both at their softest and at their heaviest. But no matter how soft or heavy, every song belongs and fits within the album. Every song has it’s own purpose and theme, making this album quite the journey.

It’s the vocals that truly make this album. Tewers’s range has greatly improved since their last album, Could You Watch Your Children Burn. Whether its his eerie whispers, trembling screams, deep gutturals or soothing yet at times haunting cleans, he has truly perfected his vocal range. Yet it wouldn’t stand out as much if it weren’t for the instrumentals complimenting his voice along the way. Breaking from the usual metalcore chugs and the excessive need for palm-muting breakdowns, Josh Childress (guitar) and Ethan Yoder (bass) show us that they can still produce a heavy album without having to rely on solely those techniques. Yes, they do use palm-muting and they have their breakdowns here and there, but it’s not overdone and abused like with other bands in the scene. Of course there are points where the riffs may lack originality, but that’s where the vocals come in to run point, making each song feel balanced and in sync.

The album starts off strong with “Hole in the Wall,” proving that they did not give up their roots on the heavy side of things. As the album progresses, it begins to mellow out with songs such as “Take Me Away.” You’ll soon follow the formula The Plot In You laid out before you, as it shifts from heavy to soft and a few mixed tracks in between, such as “My Old Ways.” There are about five softer songs on the album, leaving the rest to be either pure bangers or dark, twisted tunes much like one of my favorites, “Pillhead.” This song, and many others, has a resemblance to Tewers’s solo EP Dead Kid, but “Pillhead” has a dark spoken/whispered monologue that turns into one of the most memorable songs on the album, with a chilling chorus and amazing vocals to follow. One song to surely be repeated has to be “Time Changes Everything.” Not only does it tug at your heartstrings, giving any listener the feels, but it has a powerful chorus, and for a soft song, even has screams. The albums’ conclusion is definitely the most unique song off the album and is quite possibly the most personal Tewers has ever written. “Happiness In Self Destruction” tells us a story with some acoustic and ambient effects giving it an old-timey feel, as if it were from an old record. It concludes the album in a very sincere way, but also leaves you craving to drop the needle on the record to listen to it once more.

Happiness In Self Destruction  is the perfect example of how a band should evolve. It is an album that combines past releases and side projects as well as adopting a new sound to separate themselves from the rest. Not only is it different, but it’s something that older fans will love as well as newcomers alike. The three year wait for this album was totally worth it and the work put into it was clearly shown. Make sure you stick around two minutes after the final song, for Tewers left us and Rise Records (with whom TPIY recently parted ways) a very special treat. This hidden track will make you truly appreciate the work he has put into the album as well as understand why the transition to Stay Sick Recordings was greatly needed. 

by Justin LaMot

Four and Half Star Rating