Album Review: After The Burial – ‘Dig Deep’

Album Review: After The Burial – ‘Dig Deep’

Band: After The Burial EP: Dig Deep Genre: Progressive Metal Date of Release: February 19, 2016 Location: Minnesota, United States Reviewer: Nick For Fans Of: Immensely low tunings and polyrhythms Track Listing: 1. Collapse 4:12 2. Lost in the Static 4:33 3. Mire 4:25 4. Deluge 4:25 5. Laurentian Ghosts 5:02 6. Heavy Lies the Ground 4:46 7. Catacombs 4:24 8. The Endless March 3:38 9. Sway of the Break 3:26 After The Burial have always been a band I’ve had mixed feelings for. There’s no doubt that they have put out some great music in the past, all of the musicians are very gifted players and they’ve definitely always had their identifiable sound. Dig Deep may very well just be the album that changes my views. This is, of course, their first without the sadly departed guitarist Justin Lowe, who had a highly publicised mental breakdown and committed suicide days after disappearing. There’s no doubt that this would have been a very difficult album for them to write, but does that mean the end product is good? The singles which preceded the release, ‘Collapse’ and ‘Lost In The Static’, are the first on the track list. As you’d expect, they’re very hook-driven and heavy. It’s definitely a good start. ‘Deluge’ reminds me a fair bit of their earlier material in the way the riffs are written, and the solo contains some really cool unison double tracked sections that sit in the mix really well. ‘Heavy Lies The Ground’ displays a sound more in line with their previous album ‘Wolves Within’, and suitably, it’s a fair bit faster and...
EP Review: I, The Burden – ‘Reaktsiya’

EP Review: I, The Burden – ‘Reaktsiya’

Band: I, THE BURDEN Album: Reaktsiya Genre: Post hardcore Location: Darwin, NT Date of Release: July 13, 2015 Reviewer: John W. Mason For Fans Of: Dance Gavin Dance, Yesterdays Rising, Circa Survive I had already listened to Reaktsyia from beginning to end twice before sitting down to write this review, a sure sign that you have a release on your hands which will stand the test of time. Post-hardcore can be a fickle beast and, while producing some of the most innovative bands to grace the scene, it has a tendency to churn out some of the most recyclable pleb-tier crapola at the same time. I, The Burden thankfully have produced a very considered and well-formed EP, a pleasant surprise in every form, from their locale in sleepy old Darwin to their soul-laden, post hardcore infused jams. The opening track ‘Rations’ is deceiving – as mentioned in the interview, I had a worrying moment when it seemed like I, The Burden were to be placed firmly in the bin of mediocrity. While I feel it may ultimately serve as an unhelpful deterrent to prospective listeners, who might not have the patience to sit through the first track to see what the EP really has to offer, realistically I’m just nitpicking. The song is a little out of character for the EP as a whole, but still quite a solid track in its own right. The second track ‘Strangers on the Sidewalk, Pt. II’ is where we really get down to business. This is where I, The Burden really show their talent for solid and progressive songwriting. Their timing and...
EP Review: Polaris – ‘The Guilt And The Grief’

EP Review: Polaris – ‘The Guilt And The Grief’

Band: Polaris EP: The Guilt And The Grief Genre: Metalcore Location: Sydney, NSW Date of Release: 29/01/2016 Reviewer: Harvey Danger For Fans Of: Bring Me The Horizon, The Amity Affliction, Architects, Veil of Maya Track listing 1. Regress 3:29 2. L’AppelnDu Vide 03:14 3. Unfamiliar 04:06 4. Voiceless 03:54 5. No Rest 04:15 6. Hold You Under (Feat. Marcus Bridge) 04:31 Sydney metalcore lads POLARIS have returned in a blaze of hype and glory with The Guilt & The Grief, their first release since 2013’s Dichotomy. Opener ‘Regress’ is tempered with glaring tech influences, brutal screams, and singalongs throughout. Although ‘L’Appel Du Vide’ and ‘Unfamiliar’ showcase obvious The Amity Affliction influences, this reviewer is happy to note that somehow Polaris have managed to avoid following the Amity formula in making every song sound exactly the fucking same. ‘Voiceless’ begins with a guitar-riff which sounds as though it belongs in a mid-2000s motocross game, before moving into WWE entrance song territory when the rest of the band joins in. What’s most notable about this track is that during the bridge, you’re finally able to hear the bass stand out for the first time on the whole EP, though, sadly, it’s an all too brief appearance. ‘No Rest’ somehow manages to follow the old songwriting-adage of “soft verse, loud chorus” to a tee, something not often seen in this genre, with the harmonised guitar work during the outro making for a delightful treat. The EP’s closer, ‘Hold You Under’, which features Northlane vocalist Marcus Bridge is an absolute banger, with the vocal interplay between Bridge, vocalist Jamie Hails, and bassist Jake...
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...
Album Review: Sean Ashe – Flux

Album Review: Sean Ashe – Flux

Artist: Sean Ashe Album: Flux Genre: Instrumental/Shred Date of Release: January 12th, 2016 Location: Indiana, USA Reviewer: Chris Giacca For Fans Of: Plini, Joe Satriani, Marco Sfogli Track Listing: 1. Imagine 4:19 2. Memory Lane 3:28 3. Floating Thread 2:50 4. Luminescence 3:40 5. Creature (feat. Denis Chang) 2:41 6. Hemisphere 4:22 7. Meteor Eyes 5:10 8. Abandon 4:42 I’ve attempted to start this review a solid six times now. Six times, I’ve penned an intro. Six times, I’ve erased all trace of it. Six starts, for no results, thus far. This also happens to be my seventh listen-through of the masterpiece that is Flux, by Northern Indiana’s Sean Ashe. We often have instances where the line between correlation and causality is blurred, but rest assured, this is most certainly not one of them. Make no mistake, the reason for my literary profligacy is crystal clear. This album is a time-waster of the highest order, a licentious black hole of musical genius, the likes of which I’ve not come across since Plini‘s masterful Trilogy was released last year. In Flux, you have a myriad work of infectious melodies which will suck you in and command your attention for the full half-hour-and-change of its duration. Starting out, I’ll apply the same caveat to this review as I always do whenever reviewing this particular genre. The musicians that comprise the instrumental/shred/virtuoso genre are all consummate theorists and technicians to a man (or woman), and as such, it is incredibly difficult to split the hairs required to analyze how good their respective pieces of art are. And they are all exceptional works...
Branch Circus – “Filth”

Branch Circus – “Filth”

Song: Filth Band: Branch Circus Location: Perth, Australia Date of Release: 23/10/2015 Genre: Post hardcore/Metal Reviewer: Welmanshire For Fans Of: letlive, Emarosa Over the last twelve months we’ve seen an interesting trend emerge within the Australian scene. More and more bands are beginning to throw off the shackles of their respective genres, making music with a more stripped-back approach to creativity, with less pretension. The days of riding on the coattails of popular successors has more or less come to an end. In the wonderful days of the all-knowing internet world, you will get cut down before you even have time to inflict your horrible brand of progressive metalcore, or whatever, upon the world. Probably by IPHYB. You just won’t survive. This is a symptom of a collective sigh from everyone — we’re getting to a point where almost everything that can be done in modern heavy music in this country has been done, and we’re screaming out for something different, something more “real”. It’s been delivered of late with commercially successful records such as Ire by Parkway Drive, Aesthesis by Dead Letter Circus – albums outside the square. We’ve also seen bands that are starting to make a name for themselves as the newcomers, part of the new wave of heavy Australian music. She Cries Wolf, Hellions, Ocean Grove, the list goes on – and you can now confidently add Perth band Branch Circus, and a worthy contender for one of the most promising acts I have heard in a long time. The versatility in vocalists Jonothan “Johnson” Donoghue’s voice is a binding influence on the song, leading it like a...
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