As if to redefine the word “mindfuck,” Eskimo Callboy explode onto 2015 with the video for the title track of their upcoming album, Crystals. Their previous record, We Are The Mess, established the German electrocore outfit as a confusing entanglement of ravaging hardcore, precise instrumentation, and scandalous lyricism. While the band seem to still be clinging to a similar type of danceable heaviness for “Crystals,” the music video delivers some unexpectedly stunning moments uncharacteristically meaningful for Eskimo. This music video is defined by the brilliant and heavily stylized melding of camp and near high art. Between the outrageously glamorous costuming, the kitschy dangling hearts, and the monochromatic religious symbolism and iconography, the “Crystals” video could almost pass more for a modern art installation than anything. Not to mention, the song itself is devastatingly catchy.
Crystals is due to be released March 6th on Redfield Records / Earache Records (UK/US).
2014 was a huge year for music. We saw the first time a band from the post-hardcore scene put on a music festival that was entirely in, of and for the scene with A Day To Remember’s Self Help Fest. We watched the aftermath of My Chemical Romance’s breakup dissolve into glorified solo projects. The Bury The Hatchet Tour finally happened, marking a long awaited resolution between Escape the Fate and Falling in Reverse. And hell, even Taylor Swift gets a shout out since more hardcore-influenced bands covered her songs than ever before. So the real question is: what were the best musical moments of the year? Check out our editors’ picks for the Top Albums of 2014 in no particular order and let us know what some of your favorites were!
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You don’t always have to be in a club or listening to Top 40 to turn up on a Tuesday. In celebration of the new year, we’re bringing you the ten tracks that got us pumped from beginning to end on our own New Year’s Eve. We enjoy everything from metalcore covers to German dubcore (yes, that’s a thing), so without further ado, relive the soundtrack of our night that got our 2015 started.
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