EDENBORN takes the cake this week with their release of 2183.
Formerly The Legacy Hour, the new group consists of Pat Grasso, Jeremy Davis, Sharon Malfesi, Andrew Formale, and Joe Natale. After a few line up changes and a short break, the band released 2183 on Tuesday May 7th, 2013.
Before the release, the band has been making major waves in the metalcore scene winning the battle to play Eat Your Heart Fest with headliners including Whitechapel and Emmure, unfortunately that date of the tour was cancelled due to the severe weather that plagued much of the Northeast this past winter.
Featured track “Tali Vas Normandy” (insert Mass Effect 3 nerd reference) highlights the bands technical mastery of the metalcore genre featuring clean backing vocals from Malfesi who also shreds as one of the bands lead guitarists. Combine the flawless screaming with subtle melodic vocal parts, controlled technical drumming, and guitars so precise you almost find yourself categorizing the group as an instrumental djent/metal band much like Intervals.
The production value of 2183 is pristine. Every format that I play the EP through sounds great, the mixes translate well even on my laptop speakers. It is clear that the bands’ partnership with Westfall Recording Company in Long Island NY is paying off.
2183 is available for DONATION on the bands Bandcamp page, a trend that has been sweeping the music industry as bands attempt to get their music to fans by any means possible. Therefore, it is up to you, download it for free, or throw the band some extra cash as a donation. Travel, gear, and recording time are not free so why not help an unsigned band.
Overall, I rate 2183, with a 5/5 and it is a great start for the bands career.
RYIL: Misery Signals, August Burns Red, Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside, Shai Hulud
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ROCHELLE ROCHELLE is a group whom we have followed closely over the past few months due to their ability to encompass a variety of rock styles and provide professional image and media presence. Great Music + Marketing = Successful bands
Here is a clip of “Sailors Delight” the bands, 2nd video from their recently released EP, Mere Exposure. “Sailors Delight” is the most upbeat and pop oriented track on the EP reminding me of Mayday Parade mixed with a harder rock styling close to that of Broadway.
Be sure to pick up a copy of Mere Exposure, for only $5 on bandcamp and iTunes.
Okay I know I have been slacking with my posts. In my defense, I had some job interviews, rehearsal with my 2nd band, and my 25th birthday all within the same week = CHAOS
On with the goods! Over the past few years all has been quiet from previous members of Damiera and Kiss Kiss until they united to form Chicago based quartet HIDDEN HOSPITALS.
Here is a clip from their second effort, EP 002. I revisit this due to the bands recent vinyl release. I have never heard a vinyl that sounds so true to the mastery of the bands performance. It is easily in my opinion, the BEST sounding vinyl of 2013. Don’t believe me? I guess you’ll have to order it to find out. http://music.hiddenhospitals.com/merch
Until next time! -Doug L4L
This week’s submission comes from Pittsburgh based band AMPLIFIERS. For those who have not heard of the band, they are not a new part of the Pittsburgh music scene. Forming in 2007 the band has gone through a continual evolution of musical and theatrical development leading up to their first full length Everything Obsolete due out April 13th at their physical release show and April 16th for the digital world.
This will inevitably be a revival to the pop punk and hardcore saturated regional scenes. A breath of fresh air from layered atmospheric music that moves one without catchy choruses and breakdowns. “Everything Obsolete,” is an amalgamation of post-rock styling, with hard-hitting alternative rock roots. The album makes use of several instrumental preludes and segue tracks, from the beginning of the album to title track, “Everything Obsolete” transitioning again from, “Formations,” to “Semiformations,” to my favorite track “Redemption Song”.
“Redemption Song” is my personal favorite due to it’s explosive drum intro and hard hitting guitars coupled with the vocalists’, Si Lewis, ability to draw his lyrical styling from many 90s legends. A few of which that come to mind in this track are Maynard Keenan in the verses and Layne Staley in the chorus. The album has a big sound and it is easy to see why. Everything Obsolete was blessed by the presence of Casey Crescenzo (The Receiving End Of Sirens & The Dear Hunter) who served as co-producer of the record providing background vocals and additional instrumentation on several tracks. Lewis stated that Crescenzo mixed Everything Obsolete in its entirety with producer Mike Watts at Vu Du Studios in Long Island, New York.
I highly recommend this album for anyone who is a fan of Tool, Moving Mountains, Failure, The Dear Hunter, and/or Alice in Chains.
Fans 4 Bands is putting together a really cool serious of compilations that all together provide you with 50 GREAT tracks by 50 GREAT local bands that everyone should know about! Everyone should definitely check this out and listen to the new generation of music that is soon to be sweeping the nation. Fall in love with new local bands and help them explode!
AKIRA just released their debut single “Wizard Sticks” The song contains elements of metalcore and hardcore genres much like August Burns Red and Parkway Drive which is the main reason why this track sticks with me. Another reason why “Wizard Sticks” is such a great debut song, is it’s production value. At points it sounds as if the singer is turning into a demon with modulated harmonies, perhaps emulating a struggle between two Wizards? Lord of The Rings? Harry Potter? Magic The Gathering? Whatever they are going for, it works.
Be on the look out for more great things from this South Carolina quintet!
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Today’s feature is PROPHET, an Atlanta based hardcore/metal band. They are a reminder to the scene of how heavy a band can really get. Their new EP, Bottom Feeder, is a collection of suspense driven down tempo breakdowns, eerie guitar dissonance, coupled with brutal guttural vocal stylings leaving the listener wondering if they might be murdered while listening to the open track “Degenerate”.
Be sure to check out these guys while you still can, it was announced March 11th that the group will be going on a hiatus for an undetermined amount of time.
Their last show will be March 23rd at the Deli in Ringgold, Georgia.
RIYL: Recon, The Acacia Strain, Reign Supreme, King Conquerer
Until next week! -Doug L4L
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I don’t think enough people have been listening to Fall City Fall! As soon as I heard these guys, I fell in love! I’ve been listening to all of their songs over and over again for weeks. Take a listen and fall in love instantly.
ROCHELLE ROCHELLE, a post hardcore/rock band out of Shippensburg, PA, is making waves in their local scene.
The band’s most notable feature is their powerful vocal styling that passes from flawless pop style into a hardened emotive scream. “Ba-Becka” is the bands debut single, with a professional video to back up the level of musicianship presented in their song crafting.
My favorite part about this band, is that they are NEW, and already garner a vast online following. Joining the Facebook realm just last October, being just shy of 1,000 “LIKES”, but where they lack on FB they make up for on Twitter, with over 6,000 followers, which has proven to be one of the most useful discovery tools in the industry.
Check back next Tuesday for our next review! -Doug L4L
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HALLOWS is the embodiment of this generations melodic hardcore scene. When I say hardcore, I mean aggressive vocals, ripping dissonant guitars, and drums that will destroy your eardrums. This is not the chug chug breakdown “gang chant” hardcore that has taken to the mainstream. Hallows draws from the roots of hardcore, driven by anger and intensity. The quintet utilizes their raw emotion and energy to their fullest in their latest release “Common Grounds”.
While the band is young (formed in 2012) I can see they have great potential in the evergrowing hardcore scene.
If you find yourself in southern Indiana, be sure to check out Hallows tearing up the stage.