Album Review: Storm The Sky – ‘Sin Will Find You’

Album Review: Storm The Sky – ‘Sin Will Find You’

Band: Storm The Sky Album: Sin Will Find You Genre: Alternative, post-hardcore Date of Release:5th August, 2016 Location: Melbourne, Victoria Reviewer: Chris Giacca For Fans Of: letlive, Issues, anonymous fucking Track Listing: 1. Second Best 3:08 2. Jaded Ghost 3:26 3. Carcinova 4:42 4. Medicine 4:23 5. Wake Up Sleeping 4:39 6. In Vein 4:05 7. Lilac 4:18 8. S.W.F.Y 3:31 9. Disappointed 3:14 10. Burning 6:21 Storm the Sky are back. They are now minus a pointless vocalist, but they are back, just the same. This album shows a marked divergence from their previous incarnation as a stock-standard post-hardcore band, and honestly, they are much the better for it. They have capitalised on the single best thing they have going for them – Will’s exceptional voice – and more or less jettisoned the detritus. However, this comes with a little bit of a caveat. The lyrics. Holy shit, seriously. I was actually really tempted to ditch reviewing this album, and just do a ’10 worst lyrics from Sin Will Find You‘ article, but I managed to restrain myself. Just. ‘Does it hold you back the way it breaks me that my baby is better than everything?’, for instance. Fucking hell. The whole album is full of super similar imagery, as if he ran out of metaphors two songs in. Hearts cold as ice, people fucking bed posts because the other person may as well not be there, bulk amounts of super edgy drug references, and an overarching theme of ‘I’m a piece of shit, but that’s pretty much all you deserve’ kind of gets old real quick. But...
Album Review: The Amity Affliction – This Could Be Heartbreak

Album Review: The Amity Affliction – This Could Be Heartbreak

Band: The Amity Affliction Album: This Could Be Heartbreak Genre: Post-hard-bore/metalcore Date of Release: 12th August, 2016 Reviewer: Chris Giacca For Fans Of: Listening to the exact same thing ad infinitum Hey kids! Today, I thought I’d have some fun and try out a concept I’ve been sitting on for a while, waiting for the exact right moment to bring it to fruition. In this review, I’m going to make a called shot. I’m going to review this new Amity Affliction album before actually listening to it. That’s right, don’t adjust your filth-encrusted screens, you read 100% correctly. I am so supremely confident that this album will be every bit as generic, formulaic, and terminally forgettable, that I am going to write the entire review, titles omitted of course, and then if any amendments are required, I will notate them at the bottom of the review. Sound like fun? No? Well get fucked, because I’m doing it anyway! Now, before I really get started, I just want to address something briefly. The Amity Affliction deal with criticism both terribly, and publicly. Both Joel and Ahren – read: the only two members anyone gives a shit about – have a history of totally pissing their giant knickers on Twitter, and it’s always funny. They typically accuse people of Tall Poppy Syndrome, which is hilarious. Newsflash: sometimes, people have valid points, and it doesn’t relate to how famous you are. Sometimes, when people say that all your songs sound the same, they are just telling the truth. Sometimes, it’s not so much Tall Poppy Syndrome, as it is I Listened To...
Album Review: If I’m The Devil … – letlive.

Album Review: If I’m The Devil … – letlive.

Band: Letlive. Album: If I’m The Devil … Genre: Soul punk, post-hardcore Date of release: 10/06/2016 Location: United States Reviewer: Peyton Bernhardt For fans of: Counterculture Track Listing: 1. I’ve Learned To Love Myself 2. Nü Romantics 3. Good Mourning, America 4. Who You Are Not 5. A Weak Ago 6. Foreign Cab Rides 7. Reluctantly Dead 8. Elephant 9. Another Offensive Song 10. If I’m The Devil… 11. Copper Colored Quiet Over half the press coverage published in respect of the new Letlive. album If I’m The Devil … have said something along the lines of the act having chucked a 180 and become an entirely different band. “It’s a good thing”, they stress, that there’s more melody and less yell. “It’s just different”. We’re calling that out. Sure, maybe they’ve evolved. They’ve definitely experimented. But is that a departure from what they usually do? Is it a variation on the exploratory soul punk ethos underpinning their entire discography? No, no and absolutely not. We’d be lying if we hyperbolically said it was. First, the soul component. Underlying everything that frontman Jason Aalon Butler sings is a distinctly recognisable influence that prompts him to express himself with more skill than any other vocalist in the scene. ‘Foreign Cab Rides’ is your best representation of his mad pipes on this record, but a quick spin of any of these tracks should do the trick. Musically, while darker instrumentals dominate, they co-exist with eclectic shades throughout its whole run through; if you skip the intro notes of ‘Who You Are Not’, you’re missing out on this dynamism and you should...
Album Review: Driven Fear – Freethinker

Album Review: Driven Fear – Freethinker

Band: Driven Fear Album: Freethinker Genre: Hardcore/Hardcore punk Date of Release: 26/02/2016 Location: Gold Coast, Australia Reviewer: Benjamin Muir For Fans Of: Comeback Kid, Polar Bear Club, Defeater Track Listing: 1. Falling Awake 4:39 2. Fireball 3:40 3. Crisis 3:49 4. Dancing with Daffodils 4:03 5. In Care Of Pt. 2 4:27 6. Built to Fire 3:26 7. A Bright Flash 3:28 8. The Red Hill 3:36 9. Hold on You 3:59 10. Stumble 1:32 11. Reach 3:00 12. The Feedback Loop 5:28 Driven Fear are a band who would have been very easy to categorise a few years ago, but in this year I have real trouble pinning them down with a term specific enough. Ten years ago or more, you would have simply called this hardcore or even post-hardcore. There were a lot of bands in a similar vein. Nowadays, there aren’t so many. It’s definitely hardcore, but not in the way that the beatdown/mosh/modern hardcore kids would probably recognise – but they’re not doing the Turnstile thing either. They do, however emphasise the punk suffix of hardcore and while they’re at it, recall fond musical memories of the last decade, rather than the one before that. So, more circle pits and less downtempo. Will definitely sit well with the purists. Driven Fear reside sonically somewhere in between Defeater, Comeback Kid and Polar Bear Club – with the occasional echo of the less dissonant parts of early Frank Carter-era Gallows in the heavier sections. I like all of these acts enough individually, so there’s no reason why I shouldn’t enjoy a pastiche of all of them in...
EP Review: Drown This City – ‘False Idols’

EP Review: Drown This City – ‘False Idols’

Band: Drown This City EP: False Idols Genre: Metalcore/Post-hardcore Date of Release: 3rd June, 2016 Reviewer: Chris Giacca For Fans Of: Any metalcore band, but with a female singer. Drown This City, huh? Right, we’re going to have some words here, you and I. First of all, I want you to know that this is for your own good. I don’t take any perverse pleasure in tearing bands down or anything of the sort, but I feel that there are some things that need to be said. Yes, I do like to be the one that says them, this is true, but more often than not, I’m also the only person who will actually take the liberty of doing so anyway, so bear with me a little. Firstly, you don’t get any brownie points for self-producing your music. When it comes to the crunch, I don’t care if Fredrik Nordstrom, Joey Sturgis, Will Putney, or the Queen of fucking England has produced your EP; if it sounds good, it sounds good. Conversely, if you can actually hear the parts where vocals have been cut in, have to deal with an uncomfortable peaking the entire time, amongst other lesser complaints, it doesn’t matter in the slightest who has produced/mixed/mastered it because the end result will be the same. The listener is going to pick up on it, and it’s probably going to shit them to tears. It definitely annoyed me enough that I wasn’t keen on having to give the EP the amount of repeat listens required to review it properly. Secondly, I’m sure I speak for plenty of people...
Song Review: Future Corpse – ‘Cyber Vegan’

Song Review: Future Corpse – ‘Cyber Vegan’

Band: Future Corpse Song: Cyber Vegan Genre: Heavy Prog / Progressive Metal / Post-Hardcore Date of Release: 02/10/2016 Location: Melbourne Reviewer: Chemikarl For Fans Of: Between the Buried and Me, SikTh, Protest the Hero Modern “heavy” prog as a whole has, of late, been an almost depressingly conservative subgenre. Be it the fickle commercial aspect of the music industry in the 2010s or the infamous close-mindedness of fans of heavy music, especially metal, in embracing new ideas or sonic evolution, we’ve been at a dearth of new and interesting ideas for a while now. Dream Theater and their “traditional prog” disciples continue to put out the same power-metal-meets-Yes concept albums, while djent titans like Tesseract choose to build a prison of their own with off-time open chugs and processed atmospheric loops. Put simply, heavy prog needs a saviour. Enter Future Corpse. I’ll be blunt: they’re not the redemptive leap forward heavy prog so desperately needs. But goddamn it, in five years’ time they just might grow to be, and that gets me excited as fuck. By far the most obvious comparison Future Corpse are going to receive from new fans is to Between The Buried And Me. However, while Between The Buried And Me have the temerity to assume needlessly schizophrenic time and genre changes are tantamount to interesting songwriting, Future Corpse take a much more restrained, structured route, and are all the better for it. That’s not to say there isn’t a metric fuckton of sonic variation – the guitars alone in this track jump back and forth from single-note noodle fests that bring to mind a burlier,...
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