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Song Review: El Monstro – “Caprica”

Song review: “Caprica” Band: El Monstro Location: Brisbane, QLD, Australia Date of Release: 05/03/2013 Genre: Post-Hardcore Reviewer: Thrillhouse ‘El Monstro’ means ‘The Monster’ in Spanish… And believe when I say THIS BAND IS FUCKING MONSTER! I have not heard many new post-hardcore bands that are this downright amazing at what they do. I think these guys and Trophy Eyes are like my favourite bands at the moment, no joke. And I only just found out about El Monstro like 25 minutes ago. And they have like one (recorded) song. ‘Caprica’ starts of with this smooth as hell, swingin’ jazz drum intro, then blasts into a full-on, mind melting, tech post/melodic hardcore piece of musical genius. The vocals are kind of La Dispute-ish, but who doesn’t love La Dispute? Those damn Commies, that’s who. The guitar in this song is enough to stir the loins of any music aficionado, which is something you don’t expect from many bands of this genre. There’s some rad as fuck guitar harmonies, even some old-school hardcore influences chucked in. The tone is perfect, the textures and layers are beautiful, and there’s just so much awesome stuff going on at one. One complaint: the lead parts are mixed a bit low at times, but they’re still passable. The bass is amazing as well, this guy has mad chops. He doesn’t hug the root note the whole song like a pleb, and he brings the groove like a bass player is supposed to. The drums are awesome, especially that awesome little intro. A bit too much reverb in parts, but that doesn’t have a very negative effect in my...

EP Review: Ascension – “Shaping Structures”

EP review: Shaping Structures Band: Ascension Location: Perth, Western Australia Date of Release: 9th October 2013 Genre: Melodic Death Metal Reviewer: Erised Man, I just fucking love this page. I mean it. When I started this page, I really thought most of my time was going to be spent ripping on shitty bands and doling out some constructive criticism from up on my throne of judgement (read: my couch. my ottoman is my desk). What has actually happened is I have discovered a bunch of seriously impressive music that has been immediately added to my regular listening rotation. Oh…..and I’ve ripped the fuck out of some bands in the mean time I guess… Where to start with this? Well, first of all the riffwork reminds you instantly of Lamb of God, which is a fantastic starting point, and it just continues to impress. Seriously, these guys can REALLY play a guitar. Lots of really tight shred technique, replete with neo-classical tomfoolery, on display throughout the rest of the EP as well. The vocals are an interesting mix not really seen very often. He manages to mix Hardcore-style mids, Death Metal style lows and Black Metal style highs into a really refreshing mish-mash of vocal range. The drums are wonderfully well written, complementing the rest of the band perfectly and yet still standing out on their own with some very inventive pattern shifts. Great job. For me, the hero is really the songwriting. These guys are consummate songsmiths, crafting wonderful pieces of Modern Metal that segues perfectly from genre to genre without ever sounding contrived. One minute you have a...

EP Review: Redflag – “Event Horizon”

EP Review: Event Horizon Band: Redflag Location: Jacksonville, Alabama Date of Release: 13th October 2013 Genre: Chiptune Reviewer: Erised This is easily the most left-field submission we’ve had, and it’s actually my first proper account with chiptune. For the uninitiated, like myself prior to this review, chiptune is 8-bit music, so basically like what your old NES used to have in-game (if you’re my age or older, or just have an interest in retro gaming). For a better musical comparison, think the electronic parts of HORSE the Band. Yeah. Awesome. So it’s pretty obvious that when working in a format like this, it’s 100% about composition, because production is pretty much irrelevant, and I can definitely say this. This guy’s one hell of a composer. The EP is pretty much split between what I would consider “traditional” game composing, and chiptune adaptations of Melodic Hardcore/Metal-core/Prog songs. I can say with absolute conviction that if this was an actual band I would be adding this to my regular music rotation. There’s not much more I can say about this EP really, it’s chock full of wonderful melodies, harmonies and rhythmic counterpoint, with barely a note out of place for the entire duration. As a cool concept, this works fantastically well, as a purely artistic project it’s an eclectic display of precocious talent, especially from a guy so young (he’s 18….sickening). It’s near impossible to rate on a conventional scale, so I’ll just cut to the chase and say that for what it is, I would rate it a solid 9/10 effort, and definitely worth checking out! Wanna help us help...

Song Review: Trophy Eyes – “Hourglass”

Song review: “Hourglass” Band: Trophy Eyes Location: Newcastle, NSW, Australia Date of Release: 06/08/2013 Genre: Melodic Hardcore, Pop-Punk Reviewer: Thrillhouse Wow… Honestly, I don’t even know where to begin with this song. I’ve seriously not heard a song with this much raw, intense emotion in so long that’s almost surreal listening to ‘Hourglass’. The lyrics are just… Wow. So personal, so fitting and so fucking good. I could honestly just sit here and read the lyrics on their own and still be blown away. This band has got to be the most perfect mixture of pop-punk and melodic hardcore ever to grace this Earth. The guitars are your basic hardcore/pop-punk power chords and octave chords, with little licks thrown in here and there; but they fit perfectly. If they were different in any way I honestly think it would take away from the overall amazingness of this song. The drums are full on and in your face, but slow down and change it up in all the right places. Srs guys, this drummer has mad skillz. He uses a pretty basic setup, but I’d be fucking scared of what he could do with any additions to his kit. Now, the bass is pretty much your typical, run-of-the-mill punk bass, BUT the bassist does his own thing when appropriate and doesn’t just copy the guitar the whole time like 99% of bass players seem to do these day; this guy has some chops. He uses a Mark Hoppus bass too; activate 12 year old me fangirl attack. Now for the vocals. All I’m going to say is this: John Floreani, you are...

Song Review: I Shall Devour – “Pessimistic Misery”

Song review: Pessimistic Misery Band: I Shall Devour Location: Gold Coast, Queensland Date of Release: 11th May 2013 Genre: Deathcore Reviewer: Erised Well, fuck….I didn’t think I’d be giving up a perfect 10 so early in the piece, but i’ll be damned if that isn’t just utterly perfect in every conceivable way. If you are only interested in criticism, I suggest you find another review, perhaps our Solitary Son write-up, because you will not see a solitary shred of anything other than unabashed idolatry from me in this piece. What has me gushing forth like a veteran porn star on the set of “Backdoor Sluts 9”? Read on, dear music fan, and you’ll see….oh you’ll see….. Volume Swell……Perfect Black Dahlia Murder-esque riffs….Punishing Drums….Demonic screams that are perfection incarnate. This is what greets you upon pressing the play button. Even if you don’t know the premise of the song and film clip, you are instantly sucked in by the sheer atmosphere of the song, and the matching darkness of the impressive video that accompanies it. It’s gripping, it’s emotional and yet it’s juxtaposed by a detachment that you don’t quite notice until you’ve viewed it in it’s entirety a few times and fully understood the impart of what you have just witnessed. It’s exactly like watching Se7en for the first time; you must immediately watch it again. And again. Suddenly, a pause. An instant becomes an eternity. You are yearning for it to continue, needing to continue the narrative and finish the ride. Bleeding for closure. It comes, and like a trusted companion, a faithful friend, it doesn’t disappoint. A...

Song Review: Allegaeon – “Behold (God I Am)”

Song review: “Behold (God I Am)” Band: Allegaeon Location: Denver, Colorado Date of Release: 7th May 2012 Genre: Melodic Death Metal/Tech-Death Reviewer: Erised This is one of the few occasions where a band we get to review’s reputation precedes them. I’ve heard of Allegaeon, but never actually listened to them. Pressing play on this song immediately made me regret that omission. Seriously. The intro is an absolutely gorgeous display of how layered clean guitars should be done. It’s all very 80’s/90’s trad metal, and it’s fucking glorious. The inevitable heavy version of the same riff sounds even better, and after this it ditches all pretense of nostalgia and really starts skullfucking you with pounding double kick and tremolo picked tech-death riffery. It’s all very tight, very technical and just all around amazing.   The only real piece of criticism I can think of is that the vocalist’s flow is a touch on the average side IMO. There are times when the vocals feel a little on the jerky side, and they could possibly “wrap” to the rest of the band a bit better. That being said, this is being EXTREMELY picky. Seriously, I’m less picky about public toilet seats. Yep. That picky. Back to the action though, the solos are typical tech-death licks, resplendent in their sweepy/shreddy/borderline wanky mastery. Tech-death is certainly not known for any great amounts of vibrato or subtlety in phrasing, so looking for it here is like looking for my dick after I haven’t shaved my pubes for a month. All in all, this song is frankly jaw-dropping. I could go on forever about how...

Song Review: Caulfield – “Sour Grapes”

Song review: Sour Grapes Band: Caulfield Location: Sydney, New South Wales Date of Release: 24th September 2013 Genre: Post-Hardcore Reviewer: Erised So of late, we’ve had a few good songs, a few average songs and this definitely falls into the former category. Not gonna lie, I enjoyed the fuck out of this. Starting off, first impression of this song was definitely along the lines of “I think I might like this”. Within about 10 seconds my suspicions were confirmed. Why do I like this? I’m glad you asked! Now, I’m a massive fan of A Day To Remember, and owing to the fact that the harsh vocalist bears more than a passing resemblance to Jeremy McKinnon, I was instantly put in mind of them. The screams are probably a bit heavier, and the cleans are more similar to ADTR‘s earlier stuff than what they offer now, but the song structure and excellent phrasing definitely doesn’t suffer in comparison.   The guitar work is really tasty.There’s some nice riff work with some catchy little taglines, and it really endeared me to them further. The production is quite slick, even if the vocals are maybe a touch quiet in the mix. I’d be remiss in my duties if I didn’t acknowledge the 0-5-8 syndrome that this song definitely displays, as do a LOT of metalcore songs, but in this case it doesn’t grate, which is a credit to the vocal/guitar/drums interplay that distracts from the more cliche elements. And speaking of drums, they follow the guitars nicely, emphasize the vocals which is exactly what should be happening in this style of...
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