Album Review: Stories – “The Youth To Become”

Album Review: Stories – “The Youth To Become”

Album: “The Youth To Become” Band: Stories Twitter: @StoriesAU Location: Sydney, New South Wales Date of Release: 14th August, 2015 Genre: Metalcore/Post-Hardcore Reviewer: Erised (abuse me on twitter @Giaccattack) For Fans Of: Underoath and Plagiarism Track Listing: 1. State Of Intermittence 1:50 2. A False Sense Of Security 3:18 3. Highwater 4:26 4. Alone In The Fallout 5:23 5. For A Second …I Couldn’t See A Thing 4:56 6. Shadow Window 3:25 7. The Golden Thread 4:01 8. Zuko 3:46 9. Under Haze 3:15 10. Waves Of Me 5:22 11. One-Hundred Percent Grey 5:20 Does any remember that silly little band which used to rip off Northlane so hard that someone actually made a S T O R T H L A N E video with Abrasumente and one of their songs overlaid and you couldn’t tell the difference? Well, it appears that Stories have pulled off one of the turn-arounds of the century. Not since auld mate Steven Bradbury became the luckiest athlete in history, has anyone managed to effect such a monumental turnaround as Stories has. That’s not to say that they’ve all of a sudden become original, because they really haven’t. Anyone familiar with [Disambiguation] era Underoath will immediately feel their hackles raise upon pressing play on The Youth To Become, but I would implore you to see past the obvious hero worship. If you are one of these people who immediately dismisses a band as soon as they sound remotely similar to another band, then you will hate this. If you are the kind to defend artistic purity at all costs, and categorically dismiss all...
Editorial: Grief As It Pertains To Those Left Wondering

Editorial: Grief As It Pertains To Those Left Wondering

It’s late. Too late, perhaps. The sky has an unsettling air of indecisiveness about it, as if to play the part of a character based on myself in some otherworldly stage play, where the very elements themselves take on roles inspired by the inherently mundane. Black clouds flirt with each other in a brazen display of stratospheric courtship, while planets jealously covet their golden-crowned suns through a paneless window framed by meteorites, and here I am, alone in front of a keyboard. Insignificant, cold, a little hungry, but mostly alone. Chapter one reads ‘denial’, but that’s absurd. I’m not in denial, it just isn’t real. It can’t be real. God, please tell me it’s not real. They were too young, too talented to go like this. Dysfunction was cited as the killer. In an almost charming way, the swift yet torturous cause of death was a bittersweet metaphor for their life; a knot in your back, but fatal. To create art is to suffer, and regresser had suffered and excised enough. Some wounds are too grievous to heal, it seems. I read on in disbelief, in the same way that one cannot look away from a car crash, despite the suspicion that doing so won’t benefit you in any way. Compelling and repulsive. Traumatic. A question, unsated by the absence of a statement. My anger became the forum. You cannot stop a landslide; momentum can prove irresistible. Apoplexy gave way to a more controlled, quiet rage. I voiced my disgust to the emotionless void, pitting my perceived slight against the apathy of the briefly stirred dust settled atop my...
“Nikki Webster Goes Metal” Strong Contender For New Aussie National Anthem

“Nikki Webster Goes Metal” Strong Contender For New Aussie National Anthem

Did you feel that? That feeling of utter joy which encompassed your being for no perceivable reason? Well, it’s no coincidence! Are you sitting down? Because if you aren’t, you may want to. This is easily the best thing you are going to see all day, hell, maybe even all week. If you lead a particularly depressing life, this may just be the catalyst for that turnaround you’ve been planning since you accidentally shit in the punch bowl at your cousin’s wedding that time. I present to you, without further comment, the crowning achievement in Sydney musician, Scotty Daniels’, otherwise largely pointless life. Strawberry. Fucking. Kisses. There. Bathe in the fucking...
10 Bands That I Can’t Even Be Bothered Hating

10 Bands That I Can’t Even Be Bothered Hating

Hi everybody! It’s time once again for us to decongest the insanely cluttered pile of songs pending reviews by singling out 10 of them that were too bland to really warrant their own standalone review. If your band shows up in this list, it’s because the song you submitted wasn’t good, bad, or ugly. It was boring. So without further adieu, I present to you 10 Bands That I Can’t Even Be Bothered Hating! Channels – Foundations Good vocals and a decent chorus but with really bland lyrics and structure. Screams are completely superfluous. This could have been a good song but just ended up sounding like a million other bands instead. Callista – I’ll Always Have My Doubts Absolutely abominable production saps this of any emotion it could have had. Vocal melodies are completely forgettable and the orchestration over the top sounds cheap and nasty to go with the godawful drum tones. Mehhhhhhhhhh. Shorelines – Traveller Generic band name: Check. Generic song title: Check. Generic gated, syncopated chugs: Check. Generic lyrics: Check. Generic clean vocals: Check. I think you can see a pattern here without me continuing in detail. Okami – Backbone For a song called Backbone, this lacks any kind of musical spine. It’s just so soporific in every conceivable way, and jesus fucking christ those lyrics. Neeeeeext! Coastal Break – Dementia I love Djent. I love Prog. I love Instrumental. I don’t love this, but I also don’t hate it. The problem is that the song title sums up the overall feeling of the song far too well for this to ever be something I would...
Amazing Sydney Band Cover Amazing Jon Gomm Song … Amazingly

Amazing Sydney Band Cover Amazing Jon Gomm Song … Amazingly

Sydneysiders The Helix Nebula have well and truly thrown down the covers gauntlet, with a bold Metal re-working of the Jon Gomm instant classic Passionflower. THN have applied their own distinct Tech spin to what was originally an acoustic song, even working in a wonderfully phrased bass solo for good measure. THN are currently mid-tour with Prog phenom Plini, whose touring band is comprised of two members of THN in Jake Howsam Lowe (guitar) and Simon Grove (Bass), as well as Gold Coast based drummer Troy Wright. There are two remaining dates on the tour, with the Melbourne show already sold out. You can listen to THN‘s EP Meridian...