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Song Review: To The Grave – “Born Dead”

Song: Born Dead Band: To The Grave Location: Sydney, Australia Date of Release: 15/09/2015 Genre: Deathcore Reviewer: SoulDoubt For Fans Of: Despised Icon, The Red Shore & early Thy Art Is Murder Why They Aren’t Famous: New line-up may just make this happen. To The Grave: a band who has repeatedly crossed my online path, but never elicited anything more than a feigned acknowledgement. Now, when commander and chief, General Erised, tasked me with this review, I was expecting another derivative, unexceptional Deathcore band which tend flood our submissions inbox (and local shows near you). However I was elated – overjoyed, even – to hear something with finesse, groove, and melody. Immediately, the track has me enthralled; a pulsating bass and drum groove, the guitar coming in to deliver delicious accents, before launching into riffage reminiscent of Despised Icon’s “Arms Of Perdition”, supported by punishing gutturals. The vocals are incredibly important in this song – the beat placement and tone is brilliant, and his ability to pick when a pitch shift is required is also to be commended; it brings some awesome levels of contrast to the track. About a minute in is where the guitars show some real finesse. The riffs were brilliant, but the way the solo sits right along with the pulse of the track adds an extra level to the groove – instead of the solo drawing focus, it accented the brilliant swing of the riffs. The drums are also important, from the impressive half phrase fills, the constant feel changes or the driving blasts the man with sticks is a force in this track....

Album Review: Bring Me The Horizon – “That’s The Spirit”

Album: That’s The Spirit Band: Bring Me The Horizon Location: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England Date of Release: 11th September 2015 Genre: Hard Rock/Metalcore Reviewer: Thall For Fans Of: Linkin Park, Shiny Toy Guns, Bastille, FIFA soundtracks. Track Listing: 1. Doomed – 4:34 2. Happy Song – 3:59 3. Throne – 3:11 4. True Friends – 3:52 5. Follow You – 3:51 6. What You Need – 4:11 7. Avalanche – 4:22 8. Run – 3:42 9. Drown – 3:42 10. Blasphemy – 4:35 11. Oh No – 5:00 After over just two years, Bring Me The Horizon are back with a more revitalised and refined sound than ever; refreshed and recuperated with another collection of melodic, catchy, anthem-like tracks which will hook into your ears and never escape. That’s The Spirit continues with the sounds from previous efforts There is a Hell … and Sempiternal, showcasing melancholic themes, elaborated programming, and well-composed songwriting which brought in a solidified prominence of clean vocals and more ‘band-driven’ compositions, rather than having one or two instruments sticking out from the others. Contextually, the theme of the album focuses on the interminable struggle between optimism and pessimism and, although there is seemingly a constant drive of negative and depressing vibes, there is also a ray of light which envelops it all and helps maintain the strong belief of an end following the 45-minute tunnel. There is no right or wrong way in which you can approach That’s The Spirit – as long as you do. With singles such as “Drown” and “Throne” having already provided audiences with an idea as to what the rest...

Song Review: Mammoth – “Innate”

Song: “Innate” Band: Mammoth Location: Los Angeles, California, USA Date of Release: 19th May 2015 Genre: Instrumental Progressive Fusion Reviewer: Thall For Fans Of: Animals As Leaders, Between The Buried And Me, Dream Theater, The Contortionist Why They Aren’t Famous: They should be. Metal, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Goku, Vegeta … lots of things can be fused. Mammoth, however, fuck the rules of what can and cannot be fused and have created a tasty, five-act, ten minute long journey titled ‘Innate’. Each movement showcases different compositional conventions which allows this instrumental masterpiece to be a captivating, consistent, and intriguing song which flows one after the other. Firstly, I’d like to say thank you to the bassist for actually participating in bass activities, rather than just loitering around the tonic notes. Thanks for shredding like you’re about to chop up the four ninja turtles. There were punchy slaps and thundering thuds throughout the composition, but most notably during Act II where the listener is treated with an early Christmas present … that is, a bass solo. Damn son. The percussion section truly knew its place in this composition too by allowing the melodic gracefulness to shine through, but, if it wasn’t for the consistent transitions and dynamics from the rhythm section, I don’t believe this track would have the justice deserved. The snare was so mystifyingly haunting with the amount of ghost note potential throughout the whole tenure of this track. The diversity found with the cymbals and skins were unique for each act and fit well with the strings sections. The random accentuations and dynamics brought the...

Album Review: The Afterimage – “Lumière”

Album: Lumière Band: The Afterimage Location: Toronto, Canada Date of Release: 28th August 2015 Genre: Progressive Metalcore Reviewer: Thall For Fans Of: ERRA, Dance Gavin Dance, Chon, Protest The Hero Why They Aren’t Famous: I tell you what these lads are onto something … something huge. Track Listing: 1. Lumière (2:00) 2. Seeking (4:11) 3. Follow (3:25) 4. Unseen (4:54) 5. Onyx (3:58) 6. Distance (3:31) 7. Without You (1:20) 8. Reach (3:53) Lumière means “light” in French, just incase you were wondering what the fuck that little dash is doing on that letter ‘e’. It’s called an “acute accent”. Thanks Wikipedia, that settles it then. There’re still more questions to be asked, however, after listening to this album. These questions include: “How the fuck did they do that?”, “Who the hell even thinks of that as a composition?”, “What the hell is going to happen next?”, and “Did I turn the stove off before I left the house?” Okay, maybe not the last one, but I will say that not only have The Afterimage raised a lot of questions, but they also set the bar in modern progressive metal with this release. Excellent transitions showcasing gracious melodies and crushing rhythms, catchy vocal passages and guitar virtuosos which blend better than a fucking NutriBullet. This is an absolute must listen. If you’re already a fan of this band, you may recall a few songs which have been released as singles, such as ‘Seeking’, ‘Unseen’, and ‘Onyx’. These have been slightly fine-tuned with studio magic and a number of different ‘widdly-diddlys’ here and there, but everything still essentially follows the...

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...

Album Review: Dead Letter Circus – “Aesthesis”

Album: Aesthesis Band: Dead Letter Circus Location: Brisbane, Queensland Twitter: @deadlettercircu iTunes: http://smarturl.it/aesthesis Date of Release: 14th August, 2015 Label: UNFD Genre: Progressive Rock Reviewer: Erised (abuse me on twitter @Giaccattack) For Fans Of: Karnivool, The Butterfly Effect “There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” – Aldous Huxley Perception is everything. It is ubiquitous, yet esoteric; omnipresent, yet insular. Just as a rainbow is an intensely personal experience shared by everyone, and no-one, so too is the appeal of Progressive Rock. It is that unique genre which perfectly embodies the juxtaposition between complexity and mass appeal, baser urges, and cerebral appreciation. To the untrained ear, it can appear clouded, cluttered with extraneous ideas surplus to the traditional requirements of your standard four-chord rock song. But, to those possessed of a more refined musical palette, it is a lucid technicolour dream composed of dancing melodies, and the wax and wane of intricate time signatures. In Aesthesis, Brisbane’s Dead Letter Circus have crafted a multi-faceted gem that, depending on your vantage point, will show you a different colour with each listen. Opening the doors of perception, as it were, is but the first step … Given that Dead Letter Circus have been an institution in the Australian Progressive Rock scene for around a decade or so now, I probably don’t need to tell everyone how amazing Kim Benzie’s voice is, or how perfectly Luke Williams’ delectable drumming suits the instrumentation facilitated by newish guitar duo, Clint Vincent and Luke Palmer (2013 and 2015 arrivals, respectively). What I do need to do,...

Album: Guards Of May – “Future Eyes”

Album: Future Eyes Band: Guards Of May Location: Brisbane, Queensland Twitter: @guardsofmay Date of Release: 14th August, 2015 Genre: Progressive Rock/Alternative Reviewer: Erised (abuse me on twitter @Giaccattack) For Fans Of: Dead Letter Circus, Karnivool, Amazing Fucking Music Pre-Order: http://bit.ly/futureeyes Why they aren’t famous: With quality career direction and tunes like this, it’s only a matter of time… I don’t get legitimately excited about many bands. I review plenty that I like, sure, but that’s not the same thing. With Brisbane’s Guards of May, however, I am actually waiting with bated breath to see just how far these lads can go. Why? Read on, and I will leave you beyond any reasonable doubt as to why they are, simply put, Australia’s next great success story in the making. In order to truly stand out from the pack as a rock band, you need a couple of things. The first thing is easily the most important, and correspondingly the most rare to find. Truly great singers are very few and far between. There are plenty of good singers around, but in Richie Harvey, GoM have found the holy grail; the rarest of rare birds. I promise you I’m not one given to hyperbole, so believe me when I say that he is among the finest singers we have in our fine country. It’s actually criminal that he is currently languishing in the relative obscurity of the local Alternative/Heavy scene when, given slightly different circumstances, his voice would already be earning him the sort of plaudits (and recognition) that he no doubt dreamt of as a young lad singing to himself...

Song: Dry Heave – “New! Quick! Weight Loss Tricks!”

Song: New! Quick! Weight Loss Tricks! Band: Dry Heave Location: London, Ontario Date of Release: 05/01/2015 Genre: Hardcore/Punk Reviewer: Welmanshire For Fans Of: Real music Why They Aren’t Famous: Real Hardcore™ + Punk + Canada = Not going to happen. Considering New! Quick! Weight Loss Tricks! only goes for one minute and eleven seconds, I’ll try my best to be as on point, succinct and no-nonsense as Ontario’s Dry Heave. The song blasts in with a powerviolence furore while vocalist Gabie Nestor yells: Victim complex, expecting insult? I’m just a student, teach me the shit that you preach. The animosity continues midway into the song when the breakdown into a more straight-up hardcore punk beatdown, Nestor spits; Time for a fucking change Closing out with: Fuck a façade, this is all your fault. Negative and violent. Listen to the entire EP immediately here: Conclusion: Take note. This is honesty. This is fucking hardcore – real life, unbridled hardcore. Fuck your shitty, expensive film clips. Stop ‘acting’ as a member of a band, and just fucking be in a band. Make music that’s inside your bones. Kill your idols. Fuck the happy path and burn your own. Be a band – be a group of artists. Make something real. Vocals: 9/10 Guitars: 9/10 Bass: 9/10 Drums: 9/10 Production: 8/10 Lyrics: 9/10 Songwriting: 9/10 Overall IPHYB Rating: 9/10 Personal Enjoyment: 10/10 Demo 2015 by DRY HEAVE Wanna help us help support local music? Check out our...

Song: Hollow World – “The Wrath Kept Within”

Song: The Wrath Kept Within Band: Hollow World Location: Melbourne, Victoria Date of Release: 07/07/2015 Genre: Melodic Death Metal Reviewer: Welmanshire For Fans Of: The Black Dahlia Murder, Golden Gaytimes, Buffalo Bills. Why They Aren’t Famous: They’ll get there eventually. I’ve made some significant withdrawals from the Bank Of Memory throughout the days of my youth. I suspect that as I take passage into my elder years, I’ll find my balance to be modest and my credit questionable at best. For that reason I won’t bore you with a trip down the fragmented and denigrated lane that is my memory; I wouldn’t trust what we would find, and it’s likely we’ll bump into some frighteningly objectionable characters along the way. Chad Kroeger’s Father once said: “Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem. They’re no good at all” That’s not actually funny in any way, but it rings true. Prolonged experimentation with drugs (expert of denial) will make you forget things. Like the point I’m trying to make. I seriously can’t remember. Anyway, I believe I was planning a segue into how fucking inspiring Melbourne melodic death metallers Hollow World are. So let’s talk about their song The Wrath Kept Within, and why you should listen to it immediately. The track opens with a true to roots melodic death metal riff which showcases the backbone of the band. The vocals in The Wrath Within are solid as all hell; Ben Roberts’ highs are frantic, fluid and full of raw energy – you could draw comparisons with The...