Album Review: Hellions – ‘Opera Oblivia’

Album Review: Hellions – ‘Opera Oblivia’

Band: Hellions Album: Opera Oblivia Genre: Melodic hardcore Date of Release: 28th July, 2016 Location: Sydney, New South Wales Reviewer: Chris Giacca For Fans Of: My Chemical Romance but heavier. Sort of. Track Listing: 1. 24 2. Quality of Life 3. Thresher 4. Lotus Eater 5. He Without Sin i) Halation 6. He Without Sin ii) Heels of the Hands 7. Bad Way 8. Nightliner Rhapsody 9. Nuestra Culpa 10. 25 It’s 2016, picture the scene: the world is awash with discontent, and conflict. Terrorism runs rife amid a geopolitical landscape that is eerily similar to many pre-apocalyptic works of fiction that were dismissed as nonsensical and unrealistic. The choices in American presidency amount to a bumbling narcissist or a calculating sociopath. Pigs fly, unchecked, through the night skies. Hell freezes over, as the price of rent skyrockets to the point where heating is unaffordable. And Hellions release a good album Now, I know we’ve been pretty quick to take the piss out of them in the past, but this album is really fucking good. Naturally, when it was released, there was the normal cacophony of ‘OMG new Hellions guise!!11!!’ and whatnot from the usual UNFD sweaters, but this time was a little different. This time, the hype was actually warranted in full. So kick back, relax, and enjoy as I eat a nice, big ol’ serving of humble fucking pie. So starting off, I’d like to make a couple of observations, which may or may not have eluded the general populace. This album is titled Opera Oblivia, and a lot of people may have felt that it was...
Song Review: Purity – ‘Runaways’

Song Review: Purity – ‘Runaways’

Band: Purity Song: Runaways Genre: ‘Metaphorical ambient post-rock, with a touch of spoken word’, but really it’s just glorified melodic hardcore Date of Release: 10/12/2015 Location: Canberra Reviewer: BigBoi For Fans Of: Perspectives, Turnover, the shitty spoken word content of Being as an Ocean Before I listened to the song, I had a read through the lyrics. The first thing I thought was, did some 12 year-old write this? Come on …. Seriously. With lyrics such as “Where the girls are far too girly” and “A place filled with drugs, and half these girls have babies”, I thought I was in for a half-baked, teeno-core-based torture for the full four minutes. I wasn’t entirely correct, but the song isn’t without its flaws. Primarily, what this song does right is emotion. Hosting on Dreambound usually gives a pretty good indication of what the content will be like, and Purity got it right with this song. The lyrics – while I stand by the fact they’re poorly constructed – complement the music and the vocalist’s voice, well, delivers the intended message (or at least the message I got) of the downward spiral of party culture and the effect it can have on a mere mortal. Musically, this song is a cut-and-dry melodic hardcore song. I don’t know why they label themselves as post-rock, really – most of the song lacks the atmospheric vibe, which only kicks in about halfway through. The tremolo picked lead line works well but only hangs around long enough for you to start bobbing your head, then it takes off into a weak ‘solo’ where they would...
Song Review: Grim Indiana – ‘Youth On Repeat’

Song Review: Grim Indiana – ‘Youth On Repeat’

Band: Grim Indiana Song: Youth On Repeat Genre: Melodic Hardcore, Post-Hardcore Location: Central Coast, Australia Date of Release: 20th November, 2015 Reviewer: Chris Giacca For Fans Of: Trophy Eyes, Columbus, Being As An Ocean Yes. Every time we get a submission that falls into the melodic hardcore genre, I’m always after something exactly like this, but I almost never get it. Except when I do. Like now. Whatever. Anyway, the point is that this is really good and if you care to read on, I’ll tell you why. One of my main criticisms about melocore is that there’s very rarely much going on with the guitars, especially nothing memorable. This song takes that stereotype, crumples it up into a little ball, pisses on it, and shoves it still dripping into your mouth. That delicious single coil twang really brings out the opening guitar hook, and it ends up a really delightful reference point for the whole song. We get taken on a journey through the listless open chord voicings, and brought home by the excellent lyrics. The lyrics are wonderfully executed, with plenty of great lines that absolutely reek of quality. “Satan lives in that bottle and he sparks the blush in those little rose cheeks” and “Slowly building comfort in your pain and in vain I tried to take, take, take” are but a few. To further complement this, the vocalist delivers the lines in a manner befitting a bar drunk, spitting his distaste at himself and his circumstances. The pushed clean vocals have a rich timbre which also lends a certain pained quality to the lyrics, an...
Song Review: Sine Cura – “Survival Instinct
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Song Review: Sine Cura – “Survival Instinct
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Song: “Survival Instinct
” Band: Sine Cura 
 Location: Mcallen, Texas,
 USA Date of Release: 13/07/2015
 Genre: Melodic Hardcore/Emo
 Reviewer: Teemo Main
 For Fans Of: Adventures, Placebo
 Why They Aren’t Famous: Emo isn’t a big thing anymore, no matter how good it is. There are some bands out there who aren’t doing anything wrong. They haven’t fucked anything up, their marketing is fine, and their music is great. However, there’s still something missing. Sine Cura seem to be one of those bands – ‘Survival Instinct’ is an excellent song, and most definitely under-appreciated . My only real criticism for the band is lyrically. I’m convinced they must be aware the lyrics can come across as cheesy and extremely cliched, but in-between the loathing and angst there lurks a few genius lines with some real depth. What really helps the band is the vocalist, the lyrical content countered by his pain and sincerity. Listening to the song, you can feel the raw emotion and sadness present in his voice. Vocally, the song is thought out and executed well. For me the best vocals shine with authenticity and self-belief, and the vocalist conveys the authentic feeling throughout the song exceptionally well. The screamed lines used sparingly reinforce the passion – it drips off the page; strained and angsty, suiting the music perfectly. 

The guitars bind beautifully with the music and vocal techniques – the writers deserve a pat on the back. Smooth and discordant is what I would use to describe the overall vibe of the music, and structurally the song flows perfectly from one section to another. My personal favourite being...
Song Review: Sail On! Sail On! – “Breach”

Song Review: Sail On! Sail On! – “Breach”

Song: “Breach” Band: Sail On! Sail On! Location: Perth, Australia Date of Release: 05/06/2015 Genre: Twinklecore/Emo Reviewer: Dongslurper For Fans Of: Home Brand noodles Why They Aren’t Famous: Their song isn’t very good, but they do have potential. Perth is an interesting city. Contrary to popular belief, it is in fact a real place, which I know because I was ‘fortunate’ enough to have endured the five hour flight west of everything good in Australia for work a couple of years back. While it certainly did exceed my expectations (which amounted to little more than a gigantic iron ore mine with Michael Crafter standing in the middle of it screen printing t-shirts) I found myself repeatedly asking “what’s the point of Perth?” and “why does it even exist?”. Fittingly, listening to Sail On! Sail On! conjures up very similar questions. Now, Perth isn’t all bad. The ratio of good bands to bad ones leans heavily toward the freakishly top-notch, and the part of the city I stayed in had a Nandos, Guzman, some pub with a bunch of Little Creatures beers AND a fucking Timezone. Needless to say, I got trashed every night, smashed the company credit card with overpriced chicken and obliterated every existing high score on Dance Dance Revolution while the locals pressed against the windows, marvelling at the novelty of a visitor from the east and his fresh dance moves which are illegal in most developed countries. After leaving Timezone and fighting off the mob of adoring natives, I walked further into the city and it soon became apparent that my trip had peaked with that...
Song: This Existence – “Too Far Gone”

Song: This Existence – “Too Far Gone”

Song: “Too Far Gone” Band: This Existence Location: Perth, Australia Date of Release: 26/09/2014 Genre: Melodic Hardcore Reviewer: Mr Mason For Fans Of: Unbuttered toast, Meth, Bonox Why They Aren’t Famous: Heart In Hand cover bands never make any money these days. Melodic Hardcore is fast becoming a genre so weighed down with mediocre melodi-posi-emogroove-beatdown bands, it’s about to “sink” like an “anchor” to the “bottom of the ocean”, much like an excerpt straight from ‘The Big Book of Ocean Themed Hardcore Vernacular: For Dummies’. The scene is awash with vacuous, namby-pamby, milquetoast bands playing the hardcore-by-numbers game, at a loss as to why nobody’s appreciating their ‘art’, when most people have far more exciting activities to engage in, such as working in Finance, listening to British political radio broadcasts, or standing entirely still facing a wall for several hours. It takes something unique to cut through the crap out there. A snazzy name, six guitarists, or a DJ, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YF-XO_CWC because when you’re emulating bands that are emulating bands emulating bands, you end up sounding old, tired, and full of lard, like Matt Preston. Or the other guy. Whatever. Perth’s This Existence are in no way breaking or even remotely reshaping the mould, but in the interest of this being my first review with IPHYB, I’ll begin with the positive to deflect from the true shitty nature of my personality. Overall, the guitars are pretty solid. The track opens with a melodic intro and leading into a melodic verse and chorus – the riffs in these sections are well put together, although uninspired. But who really gives a fuck....
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