All posts by Justin LaMot

Writer, Photographer and Designer

RECORD REVIEW: CANE HILL – SMILE

Cane Hill is easily one of the most diverse bands under Rise Record‘s label and even in today’s metalcore scene overall. Yet with their new album Smile, they completely ditched the metalcore sound and have embraced the nü metal revival.

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RECORD REVIEW: INVENT, ANIMATE – ‘STILLWORLD’

Most would say Invent, Animate is America’s own Northlane, and the comparison isn’t unwarranted. Both bands are melodic and ambient, Ben English’s vocals resembles Adrian Fitipaldes’ (Original Northlane Vocalist) vocal style and they both share a similar writing approach as well. Does this mean that Stillworld is just a Northlane clone in disguise? Absolutely not.

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VIDEO PREMIERE:The Plot In You “Take Me Away Acoustic”

If The Plot In You‘s 15 Track album, Happiness in Self Destruction, wasn’t diverse enough for you, here’s another track! Their song “Take Me Away” was not only feelsy to start with (especially with their original music video), but now this raw, acoustic sound takes it even deeper. This was a pleasant surprise in addition to their Happiness in Self Destruction Tour announcement alongside Erra, Sylar and Invent, Animate.

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LIVE SHOTS: SWORN IN, WILSON, MISS MAY I, WE CAME AS ROMANS

GRAMERCY, NYC – The Road to Bands VS. Food Tour may have been an odd tour title, but named an unforgettable night (April 23rd). Featuring the bands Sworn In, Wilson, Miss May I and We Came as Romans, the line-up was diverse, but oh so satisfying. Starting with Sworn In definitely got the room going wild, especially the crowd killers. Tyler Dennen (Vocalist) fueled the audience as everyone raised their fists and yelled the lyrics with him. When the song “Sunshine” kicked in it got real. Coming down into the crowd, Tyler became surrounded as he continued to scream out the words along with everyone else. It was an epic moment and a great turnout since Sworn In’s previous New York shows were filled with technical issues and illnesses. Luckily their curse was broken and they were able to put on a sick opening to the night.

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LIVE SHOTS: CHELSEA GRIN, OCEANS ATE ALASKA, LORNA SHORE

Nothing gets a crowd going more than a band playing one of their own classics. You know, the songs we’ve all had time to memorize every word, riff and beat too. Playing their first full-length record, Desolation of Eden, in it’s entirety was not only a gift to Chelsea Grin fans, but a hell of an experience which had some killer openers including Wage War, Lorna Shore and Oceans Ate Alaska.

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